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210 Mile Race Details

The Coast to Coast gravel grinder, presented by Salsa Cycles, 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.

  • Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019
  • Start: Point Au Gres Marina, Lake Huron
  • Finish: Stearns Park Beach, Ludington
  • Distance: 213 miles (subject to small change)
  • Duration: 21 hour cut-off

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. With his gravel experience and Michigan Adventure Racing’s experience putting on 45 races since 2011, this is sure to be a memorable, well-planned adventure.

The course is highlighted by fast gravel and challenging, scenic two-tracks, seasonal roads and snowmobile trails. See the Route page for details and check out the amazing scouting photos.

You’ll never forget the sunrise start on Lake Huron and the journey westward toward the amazing sunset over Lake Michigan. 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 venues, lodging, breweries and love for the outdoors. In 2019 Race Central for awards will be the historic Stearns Hotel, built in 1903 by lumber baron Justus Stearns and located downtown, near the finish and great breweries and restaurants. So that later finishers can join for the awards and raffle, we’ll hold it fairly early Sunday morning.

What Do I Get?
All 210 and 100-mile racers will receive a Coast to Coast/Salsa water bottle. 210-mile registrants will also receive the race shirt (if registered by late May). We will have subs, pizza or something similar at the finish line. The finish will be chip timed by Epic Race Timing.

Check out the finisher awards and top finisher prizes here.

Coast Loop 100-miler
See the separate 100 Miles Race Details page in the menu above.

Support Crew

  • You must have a support crew in your general vicinity throughout the race. They do NOT need to be present when you arrive at the three checkpoints. Why a support crew? Let’s say there’s unexpected severe weather and 50-100 bikers need to quickly be removed from a dangerous situation. Or it’s a day of record heat and 30 bikers need to drop out. How do they get to Ludington? That’s the job of the support crews.
  • We will have a sweeper vehicle to close down checkpoints as all racers get through them but that vehicle will not be picking up racers unless a major emergency where the support crew is not present.
  • Our recommendation is that racers be of performance levels at least somewhat similar with each other so the crew can stay in close proximity to all. Or have a support vehicle stationary at each checkpoint if you have a large group.
  • You’ll likely drive together to the check-in and start so that no vehicles will be left at the start, but it’s not required.
  • Support crew must be with you at the pre-race meeting Friday evening. Exceptions may be allowed as long as the support crew connects with race organizers in advance regarding logistics, rules, etc.
  • Your crew must use different routes than the official race course. They can simply use a map program which will keep them on the main roads between checkpoints. 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 should 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.
  • For additional information, consult the Rider’s Guide and Rules pages.

Endurance is all about heart. — Bear Grylls

Two-Person Relay
If you’d like to experience the crossing of Michigan with a friend, you can each bike half of the route and drive the support vehicle the other half (keep in mind the support vehicle can only meet the racer at each checkpoint). You must switch at a checkpoint and you must each do any two of the four sections.

Route Finding

  • Course directions are via GPS tracking file (gpx/tcx on Garmin, Wahoo, Strava, etc.) and cue sheets. ALL riders must have at least cue sheets.
  • There will NOT be signs on the course except at two-track and snowmobile trail intersections where clarity is helpful. See the Route page for details.

Schedule

Friday, June 21, 2019
Check-in, Big Bend Campground, Standish (Lake Huron side) or Point Au Gres Marina & Campground: 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Pre-race Meeting, Big Bend Campground: 6:00 pm

Saturday, June 22
Final Race Announcements, Pt Au Gres Marina & Campground: 5:45 am
Start: 6:00 am (5:52 am sunrise)

Checkpoint #1 (Gladwin High School).
Mile 53
Fastest rider projection: 8:51 am
Cut-off: 11:30 am

Checkpoint #2 (Marion Junior/Senior High School)
Mile 103
Fastest rider projection: 11:18 am
Cut-off: 4:24 pm

Checkpoint #3 (Dublin General Store/Marathon station)
Mile 163
Fastest rider projection: 2:21 pm
Cut-off: 10:30 pm

Sunset Award Cut-off, Stearns Park: 9:32 pm
Cut-off, Stearns Park Beach, Ludington: 3:00 am Sunday  (21 hours)

Sunday, June 23
Awards Ceremony, Raffle, Bagels & Coffee, Stearns Hotel: 8:30 am (limited to first 300 who purchase a $5 ticket good for admission and bagel/coffee breakfast)

Check-in (and Optional Friday Night Lodging)
Big Bend Family Campground
513 Conrad Rd, Standish, MI 48658
or Point Au Gres Marina & Campground (TBD)

  • You may lodge anywhere you’d like as long as you attend the pre-race meeting in person with your crew.
  • Search here for other Standish (west of check-in) and Au Gres (east of check-in) lodging options. Bay City and Midland are the largest nearby cities and have lots of options.

Start

  • Pt Au Gres Marina & Campground, 2325 S Green DR, Au Gres, MI 48703:
  • You will start this race with bike tire touching Lake Huron and you will finish this race with front tire touching Lake Michigan. That pretty much HAS to be the case, right?
  • Average temperature at the start: 53 degrees

Finish

  • Stearns Park Beach, Ludington
  • Touch Lake Michigan to finish your quest.
  • Average temperature at the finish: 65-70 degrees (depending on finish time)

Awards Ceremony, Raffle, Cold Breakfast

  • Stearns Hotel: 8:30 am Sunday
  • May be limited to first 300 who purchase a $5 ticket through BikeReg registration. May be standing room only.
  • All top finishers will be allowed entrance

Ludington Lodging

  • Saturday night stay at the convenient, historic Stearns Hotel
  • Please let them know that you are with Coast to Coast.
  • Rates start as low as $66. Room descriptions and prices.
  • All full or you need a pool? We recommend the Ludington Pier House Motel, which sponsors our adventure races in Ludington. It’s a 30 second bike ride from the finish.

Merchandise
Extra Coast to Coast shirts, barrel mugs, stickers, etc. will be available for purchase online. We will have limited quantities available at check-in and finish.

  • 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. $15

What Weather Can I Expect During the Race?
Graphs are for Cadillac (mile 125):

  • Average temp at start, Au Gres, 6 am: 53 degrees
  • Primary temp range (Cadillac data): 65-70 degrees (high 77)
  • Average temp at finish, Ludington, 60-70 degrees
  • Wind direction: 75% of time wind is NOT out of the west in mid to late June

Severe 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.
  • Hazardous Weather Policy

Charity Partner
Our charity partner is the Shoreline Cycling Club which works with a variety of land managers and municipalities to help maintain and increase access to cycling opportunities as well as educating the public about cycling and holding fun events and rides. The club builds trails, grooms fat bike trails, teaches bicycle safety to children and promotes the Oceana, Mason, Lake, Manistee and Benzie Counties in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula as a cycling destination.

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

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

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