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77-Mile Race Details

The Peak to Coast gravel grinder, like its big brother Coast to Coast, will not be known for its gravel, ironically, but for everything that’s NOT gravel – the forest roads, the two-tracks, the snowmobile trails. We’re not in Kansas anymore. Much of the second half of the course is heavily forested, closed in, constantly changing. It’s a 100% rideable, challenging, roller coaster ride.

  • Date: May 12, 2018
  • Start: Caberfae Peaks Resort, west of Cadillac.
  • Finish: Stearns Park, Ludington
  • Distance: Currently 77 miles but subject to small change (likely downward if at all).
  • Support: supported OR self-supported; we’ll provide a list of fluid and food options along the way if you choose to go on your own

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 two-tracks, seasonal roads and snowmobile trails. The Peak to Coast contains almost all 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 for restaurants, breweries, lodging, an amazing state park and love for the outdoors. Ludington is just 1.25-3 hours away from the majority of racers so you can get home without even needing lodging, although staying at the Holiday Inn next to our HQ/awards center would be a well-deserved reward!

Schedule

Saturday, May 12
Start: Caberfae Peaks Resort, 10 am (subject to change but plan is to start between 9 and 11 am).
Awards Ceremony: TBD

Sunday, May 13
Cut-off, Stearns Park Beach,  Ludington: 3:00 am (you won’t need this long but you can have it since it’s the Coast to Coast cut-off)

Support & Aid

  • Peak to Coast will be self-supported, unlike Coast to Coast.
  • You will find water and food at Dublin, checkpoint #3 on the Coast to Coast race, and at the gas station in Freesoil along the route.

Endurance is all about heart. — Bear Grylls

Start

  • Caberfae Peaks Resort
  • Consider staying overnight Friday before the start of your race
  • May 11 rate is $89 for single or double occupancy.

Finish

  • Stearns Park Beach, Ludington
  • Touch Lake Michigan to 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 if the concession stand is closed.

Lodging

  • Saturday night recommendation: Convenient, top-rated Holiday Inn Ludington connected to the Greystone 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 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: $110.46
  • Free Breakfast Bar, Indoor Heated Pool, Jacuzzi, Fitness Room, Guest
    Laundry, High Speed Internet.

Awards

  • Because this is a first year race, age group awards will be determined based on demand.

Shirts & Merchandise

  • Race shirt $15. Design TBD. Order online with registration to guarantee availability.
  • Short-sleeved, tech/wicking
  • women’s shirt specifications | men’s shirt specifications
  • Extra Coast to Coast stainless steel pints available at the race for $10 each.
  • Looking for Michigan Adventure Racing gear (shirts, sweatshirts, pints, headwear/buffs, stickers)? Contact us and we’ll have it at the race for you.

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!

Open Facebook Page
Check out our Facebook informational page for more general ride communication from the organizers.

Closed Facebook Group
Forum (to come) to connect with other riders, seek support crew, transportation to/from the start, and to have questions answered from veteran endurance riders.

Consider using #C2C and #C2C2018 tags for photos, posts, and tweets on social media.

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