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100 Mile Race Details

The Coast Loop gravel grinder, like its big brother Coast to Coast, is a 100% rideable, challenging, roller coaster ride. Due to popular demand and permits, this shorter race will be a LOOPED race.

  • Date: May 12, 2018
  • Start and Finish: Stearns Park Beach, Ludington, MI
  • Distance: 100 mile LOOP
  • Support: Self-supported. A support crew can meet you at the official checkpoint if desired.

Course Design
Matt Acker, co-course designer, who knows Michigan’s gravel roads and gravel racing better than anyone, and I (creator and race director of 40 races since 2011) have teamed up to create a course you will be sure to love, highlighted by blistering fast gravel and challenging, scenic seasonal roads. The Coast Loop contains many of our favorite parts of the Coast to Coast version. See the Route page for details.

Finish your race in one of the great outdoor towns in the country, Ludington, touching the waters of Lake Michigan and completing your amazing adventure.

I arrive at the finish a better person. – Rebecca Rusch, world champion mountain biker (and gravel road lover)

Ludington provides an ideal finish town with restaurants, breweries, lodging, an amazing state park and maybe the best sunset in the U.S. Some of you will be able to get home Saturday night, but staying at the Holiday Inn next to our HQ/awards center would be a well-deserved reward!

Schedule

Friday, May 11
Lodging if needed: Holiday Inn (recommended; see below for rates and more information)

Saturday, May 12

Check-in: Holiday Inn Graystone Convention Center, Ludington, time TBD
Start Location: Stearns Park Beach, Ludington
Start Time: 10 am (subject to change but plan is to start between 9 and 11 am).
Awards Ceremony Location: Graystone Convention Center
Awards Ceremony Time: TBD, but likely mid to late afternoon.
Post-Awards: Grab dinner and head to Stearns to cheer on the Coast to Coasters!

Sunday, May 13
Finish Location: Stearns Park Beach
Finish Time: Before 3:12 am. You won’t need this long but you can have it since it’s the Coast to Coast cut-off.
Lodging if needed: Holiday Inn

SWAG/Awards

  • All participants will receive a Specialized water bottle with Salsa/C2C logos.
  • All finishers will receive a Salsa/C2C top/stem cap and a 100-mile sticker.
  • Because this is a first year race, age group awards will be determined based on demand.

Support & Aid

  • The Coast Loop will be self-supported, unlike Coast to Coast.
  • You can get water and food at an official checkpoint at approximately the 50-mile mark and at convenience stores along the way.
  • You may meet a support crew at this checkpoint if you wish but at no other point (unless you are withdrawing).

Route Finding

  • Course directions are via gpx file (Garmin, Strava, etc.) and cue sheets. ALL riders must have at least cue sheets.
  • There will NOT be signs on the course. See the Route page for details.

Endurance is all about heart. — Bear Grylls

Start/Finish

  • Stearns Park Beach, Ludington
  • Touch Lake Michigan to start and finish your quest.
  • Sunset is at 9:02; a good goal to shoot for! We will welcome you with a hearty congrats, food and drink. You will have until 3:12 am on Sunday, the cut-off for the Coast to Coast race.

Lodging

  • Friday and/or Saturday night recommendation: Convenient, top-rated Holiday Inn Ludington connected to the Graystone Convention Center where we’ll do awards and post-race wrap-up.
  • Please let the hotel know that you are with the race. We get a small amount of money back toward the $3,000 convention center cost if you stay there, which helps us keep your entry fees low next year.
  • Discounted 2-queen room rate on Friday night is $116.96 and on Saturday night is $110.46
  • Free Breakfast Bar, Indoor Heated Pool, Jacuzzi, Fitness Room, Guest Laundry, High Speed Internet.

Shirts & Merchandise

  • Race shirt $10. Unisex/men’s crew or women’s scoop. Short-sleeved, 65% poly/35% cotton. Order online with registration to guarantee availability.
  • Barrel/Moscow Mule mugs. Double walled. $10

Weather

  • Race organizers reserve the right to cancel the event in the case of extended severe weather or any emergency situation.
  • We will do everything possible to get the event in, but refunds are not available if it is cancelled due to significant costs we must pay in advance of the race. In all likelihood, we would adjust start and finish times to dodge bad weather. If you encounter severe weather during your ride, definitely seek shelter!

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