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The Coast to Coast gravel grinder 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. Set your eyes on the glorious sunset over Lake Michigan or ride into the night to get to the finish line on time.

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

Date: May 12, 2018
Start: Saginaw Bay, between Standish and Au Gres
Finish: Stearns Park, Ludington
Distance: Currently 218 miles but subject to small change (likely downward if at all). We also offer a 77-mile race.
Cap: 700 male riders (no cap for female riders)

Course Design
Matt Acker, co-course designer, who knows Michigan’s gravel roads and gravel racing better than anyone, and I 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. See the Route page for details.

Support Crew
You must have a support crew available (but necessarily present at all checkpoints) throughout the race. Up to x racers may share the same support vehicle. Very likely you and your support crew will drive together to the check-in and start so that no vehicles will be left at the start, but it’s not required. They must be with you at the pre-race meeting Friday evening.

They can but are not required to meet you at three checkpoints/aid stations along the way. They are only required to be somewhere within designated zones (TBD) so that they can retrieve you if you drop (call 911 for emergencies first). They must use different routes than you are on. If they reach you in between checkpoints for any reason, you will be required to drop out of the race. If you are able and safe, you must make it to the next (or previous) checkpoint to receive aid or seek it from another racer or someone along the course (unplanned).

You are allowed to check in at checkpoints without your support crew and re-supply at convenience stores, gas stations, etc. in checkpoint towns or anywhere else, as long as you return to the point at which you exited the course to access aid. Your support team must meet you at the Lake Michigan shore and celebrate with you as you touch the water of a Great Lake for the second time that day, under your own power.

Endurance is all about heart. — Bear Grylls

Schedule (tentative)

Friday, May 11
Check-in, Big Bend Campground, Standish (Lake Huron side): 3:00 – 8:00 pm
Pre-race Dinner & Meeting, Big Bend Campground: 8:30 pm

Saturday, May 12
Final Race Announcements, 2929 S Hale Rd (3 miles south of Big Bend): 5:45 am
Start, Saginaw Bay channel, 2929 S Hale, 6:12 am (sunrise)
Checkpoint #1 (Gladwin) Cut-off: TBD
Checkpoint #2 (Marion) Cut-off: TBD
Checkpoint #3 (Dublin) Cut-off: TBD
Awards Ceremony: TBD
Sunset Award Cut-off: 9:02 pm

Sunday, May 13
Cut-off, Stearns Park Beach,  Ludington: 3:00 am  (10.3 mph average)

Check-in (and Recommended Friday Night Lodging)
Big Bend Family Campground
513 Conrad Rd, Standish, MI 48658

$10 per night for group tenting area
$32 per night for sites with electric
Call 989.653.2267 to reserve.
You may lodge anywhere you’d like as long as you attend the pre-race meeting in person with your crew. Search here for Standish (west of check-in) and Au Gres (east of check-in) lodging.

Start
2929 S Hale Rd, Standish, MI 48658
You will start this race while touching Lake Huron and you will finish this race by touching Lake Michigan. That pretty much HAS to be the case, right? Sunrise is 6:12 am so make sure you have your front and rear lights on.

Finish
Stearns Park Beach, Ludington (permit pending)
Touch Lake Michigan to finish your quest. 9:02 sunset might be a good goal to shoot for! We will welcome you with a hearty congrats, food and drink if the concession stand is closed.

You’ll never forget racing westward toward the amazing sunset over Lake Michigan. Lots of great gravel races out there but none has a Lake Michigan sunset as the goal. 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.

(permit pending) Ludington provides an ideal finish town for venues, lodging, breweries and love for the outdoors. Ludington is just 1.25-3 hours away from the majority of racers so your support team could get you home without even needing lodging, although staying at the Holiday Inn next to our HQ/awards center would be a well-deserved reward!

Lodging
Stay at the convenient, top-rated Holiday Inn Ludington connected to the Greystone Convention Center where we’ll do awards and post-race wrap-up. Please let them 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.

Official Checkpoint/Support Crew Locations
Checkpoint #1 (Gladwin)
Cut-off: TBD
Gas Station, etc. TBD
Directions/map

Checkpoint #2 (Marion) Cut-off: TBD
Cut-off: TBD
Gas Station, etc. TBD
Directions/map

Checkpoint #3 (Dublin) Cut-off: TBD
Cut-off: TBD
Gas Station, etc. TBD
Directions/map

Shirts & Merchandise
Race shirt $15. Design TBD. Order online with registration to guarantee availability. Short-sleeved, tech/wicking, women’s v-neck in orchid or adult/men’s crew neck in black.
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.

More Course Details
Road composition:
x% gravel roads (generally good quality)
x% two-tracks, seasonal roads, snowmobile trails
5-10% paved road (estimated; generally low traffic)

Scenery, terrain type:
X% forest and wetland (mostly state and national forest)
X% farmland, grasslands
Less than 5% urban/residential

Peak to Coast option (77 miles)
Start at Caberfae Peaks Resort. 10 am. 3 am cut-off (but certainly won’t take you that long!). Same route and finish as Coast to Coast. One checkpoint in Dublin. Support crew required. Please sign up on the Register page. If there’s not enough demand, we will refund your money but we are planning to offer this.

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.

Charity Partner
TBD

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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