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Glacial Hills Challenge

August 19 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Each summer, our friends at Fun Promotions, LLC help to put on a mountain bike race that attracts cyclists from all over the state and puts them on the fun, fast, and exciting trails we know and love. The race is a challenge for some of the best riders in the state, new riders, and everyone in between. That universal attraction is part of the excitement and camaraderie that makes the mountain bike community so close knit and supportive, and we love seeing faces come back year after year.

The event offers an incentive for racers, teams, and families to make the trip to Bellaire not just for race day. Many riders enjoy setting aside a weekend to pre-ride the course, often changing tires or other equipment to get their bikes dialed in just right for the race itself. During their trips, they’ll enjoy patronizing our local establishments and falling in love with Northern Michigan. Events like these make the whole region a beloved destination, and those enthusiasts help us maintain the trails year-round, even if they only make the trip a few times each season.

New for this year, Glacial is a part of the the NMMBA Trail Series, a three-event celebration of Northern Michigan’s favorite mountain bike trail networks that are protected and maintained by Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association. Glacial sits dead in the middle of the trio of races, neatly spaced roughly a month after the Traverse City Trails Festival on July 21, and a month before Bear Claw Epic at Cadillac Pathway on September 22.

Make sure you’ve got August 19th cleared on the your calendar and test your abilities against our world-class trails here in Bellaire! Registration is open online, and will also be available day-of.

If you’re planning on getting in some training miles, consider donating to the cause and joining NMMBA as a member. Your voice and support will help the Friends of Glacial Hills offer a quiet and enjoyable non-motorized experience for generations to come!

Short’s Glacial Hills Challenge – Mountain Bike Race Presented by Shanty Creek Resorts Sunday Aug 19th 2018

Race Location: Glacial Hills Trailhead Finish Downtown in Bellaire, Michigan
Race Start & Event parking @ Bellaire John R Rodger Elementary

Event Decription: Cross Country MTB race MMBA CPS Points Series race presented by KOMZ

Course Description: Trail is approx. 11 miles per lap of Single and Dbl track trails

Time Schedule: Saturday Aug 18th
6-9:30pm Short’s Glacial Hills Challange @ Shanty Creek Resort – packet pick up/racer check in/Pasta dinner/Short’s Tap Takeover!

Sunday Aug 19th 2018
8:30am – 12pm Late Registration and Pre-Registration # Pickup at John R Rodger Elementary 6535 John R Rodger Rd School parking Lot
Race Start & Event parking @ Bellaire John R Rodger Elementary 6535 John R Rodger Rd
10:00am Cross Country Race #1 Elite & Expert classes 3 laps and Sport 19-49 classes Sport classes 2 laps
12:30pm Cross Country Race #2 Sport classes 2 laps annd All Beginners Classes 1 Lap
1:00pm Awards for Race #1
2:00pm King Orchards Kids Races – Awards to all
2:30pm Awards for Sport & Beginner races

Required Equipment: No License Required, Approved Helmet
Bicycle in proper working order, Lap counting ability and a Competitive spirit

General Information:
Race Start & Event parking @ Bellaire John R Rodger Elementary 6535 John R Rodger Rd 2 race starts 10am & 12:30pm
$cash in Purses – $50% Payback for Both men’s and women’s elite and $25% for all Expert classes!
King Orchards Kids races with Awards to all young riders!
Over 100 awards, Prize Drawings for all participants! Ideal Family fun, Spectators welcome free of charge.
Your best 5 races count for the 2018 MMBA CPS cross country race series presented by KOMZ!

Event Sponsors: Short’s Brewing Company, Shanty Creek Resorts, Paddles & Pedals, King Orchards, Chamois Butt’r, KOMZ, Hollywood Racks, Muc-Off, GUTR, Maxima Racing Oils, Gordon Water, Vie-13, Rapid Fire, & Velocity

Contact & Additional Information:
Fun Promotions LLC 616-453-4245
Paddles & Pedals 231-533-4449
the official lodging partner is Shanty Creek Resorts – 800-678-4111 Special lodging rates mention “Glacial Hills”

This is a fund rasing event for Friends of Glacial Hills, a portion of race sponsorships + a donation of $5.00 per racer support this great trail system. – Fun Promotions LLC

Event Fees: Add $5 for day of race registrations

14 & Under Beg. & Kids races $10.00
Sport & Beginner Classes $35.00
Expert & Elite Classes $40.00

race age as of 12-31-2018

Elite & Expert race 10:00am race start
Elite Men – 3 laps $ to top 3-5
Elite Women – 3 laps $ to top 3-5
Expert 29 & Under – 3 laps $ to top 3
Expert 30-39 – 3 Laps $ to top 3
Expert 40-49 – 3 Laps $ to top 3
Expert 50+ 3 Laps $ to top 3
Expert Women – 3 laps $ to top 3
Elite/expert Single Speed – 3 laps $ to top 3
Elite/expert FatBike 3 laps $ to top 3
NEW Some SPORT classes will start at 10am after the expert/elite racers
SPORT Mens Classes 19-29 2 laps
Sport 30-34 2 laps
Sport 35-39 2 laps
Sport 40-44 2 laps
Sport 45-49 2 laps

Sport/Beginner race 12:30pm race start Awards to top 2 laps
Sport Women 15 – 18 2 laps
Sport Women 39 & Under
Sport Women 40 & Over
Sport 14 & under
Sport Men 15-18
Sport 50-59
Sport 60-69
Sport 70+ Masters
FatBike Open
Sport Clydesdale 200+ lbs
Sport/Beg. Single Speed 2 laps
Beginner classes race start 12:40pm Awards to top 3 – All Beg classes 1 Lap
10 & Under Boys & Girls 1 lap
Women 11 – 14 1 lap
11-14 Boys 1 lap
Women 15-18 1 laps
Women 19 & Over 1 laps
Men 15-18 1 laps
19-29 1 laps
30-39 1 laps
40-49 1 laps
50+ Masters 1 laps
Beg. Clydesdale 200+ lbs 1 laps

King Orchards Kids races Street Sprints – 2:00pm Strider 2, 3, 4 & 5 year olds, 6 & Under and 7-12 Awards to all!
NO REFUNDS Transfers allowed $5 to make a class/human change…made day of race only!!

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