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Paid Shuttle, Drop Bags, Rescue

Paid Shuttle, Drop Bags & Rescue Service
We’re thrilled to announce that we are teaming up with a fundraising team from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) to offer a shuttle & support package for 210-mile racers that are not able to provide their own shuttle and rescue/support vehicle. All proceeds will go to JDRF. We will also accept a limited number of riders who can get to Friday’s pre-race meeting and Saturday’s start but need drop bag and rescue service. Reserve either service on BikeReg, as you or after you register for the race. Here’s what the full service will include:

  • Shuttle Service from Ludington to Lake Huron Start
      • Coach bus or van service to the check-in on the east side at Big Bend Campground. Please park in the small vehicle lot south of the boat ramp and Loomis ST (1000 feet south of Stearns Park) in Ludington at 3:30 pm on Friday, June 21. You will arrive at Big Bend in time for check-in and then the 7:30 pm pre-race meeting.

    • Your bike will travel by open trailer, snug tight but separated by heavy furniture packing blankets. We are not responsible for any damage to your bike but be assured we will treat them with care.
    • Upon arrival at Big Bend check-in, you may leave your drop bags in the van or truck, especially if you will be biking to another place of lodging (not camping at Point Au Gres Marina or staying in St. Mark’s Church).
    • Continuing bus service after the Friday check-in and pre-race meeting on to the start at Point Au Gres Marina & Campground at Lake Huron OR St. Mark’s church in Au Gres (4 mile ride to the start in the morning; must carry all overnight gear with you).
    • Rustic tent camping available at Point Au Gres Marina & Campground or bike to your own lodging (the coach bus is NOT available to take you elsewhere). You need to reserve your own spot by calling the campground at 989.876.7314. The service will take your camp gear to the finish on Saturday.
  • Drop Bags to Each Checkpoint
    • You may provide up to four drop bags. Your bags will be dropped at a designated spot at the Gladwin, Marion and Dublin checkpoints and a dry clothes bag will await you at the finish (along with your camping gear).
    • The service will NOT include bike mechanical or other support at the checkpoints; don’t be shy as many fellow riders or other support crews can lend a hand.
  • Rescue/Sweeper Vehicle
    • A van and bike trailer will be near the back of the field for those that drop out and need a ride back to Ludington.
    • Keep in mind that, unlike your own rescue/support vehicle, you may have to wait quite a while to be picked up. In an emergency, call 911.
    • The sweeper vehicle will collect bags left at each checkpoint and return them to the finish where your camping gear and a dry clothes bag will be.

Experienced Team: This same JDRF team handles shuttle and support for the One Day Ride Across Michigan (ODRAM), our paved sibling ride so you will be in good hands.

Cost & Payment: $150 ($50 for drop bag/rescue service only). All profits go to JDRF. This is in addition to your entry fee. Order it under Purchase Event Items when you sign up for the race. If you’ve already signed up, simply go back into BikeReg and order it separately. It will link it to your BikeReg race registration provided you use your same email address (and name). It is fully refundable if you don’t need the service or can’t do the race (the race entry must be transferred to recoup costs; no money back on that).

Capacity: The service has room for 50-55 racers (12 for drop bags only at this time) and we will accept last minute orders as late as possible, assuming there’s room for your bike in the separate van/trailer.

We hope this allows a lot of racers to race who otherwise would not be able to or takes pressure off a friend or family member, especially if they are not comfortable driving for that long, especially at night.

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