Bike races in Michigan are famously fun, fast, and pretty darn unique. Michigan is home to the biggest gravel race in the country and one of the biggest one-day mountain bike races in the world. We have a lot of events to pick from year-round, making Michigan a state that knows no offseason!
Want to get a feel for the action? You can read recaps from previous editions of these races on the blog.
kolo t.c Group Rides
Make sure our two big summer fundraisers are on your calendar, too.
Less Cancer Bike Ride. June 10, 2023. Supporting Less Cancer.org.
Michigan Mountain Bike Races and Gravel Races
Hastings, Michigan has become the home of gravel racing in the Midwest and with good reason. Barry-Roubaix has become the biggest gravel race in the country and now offers 100, 62, 36, and 21-mile races to get everyone involved in the action. The race is typically in late March or early April.
Yankee Springs Time Trial
One of the original mountain bike races in the state, the Yankee Springs Time Trial is an important fundraiser for West Michigan Mountain Biking Association. Held every April, it’s a unique format that queues up riders for a lap or two of the “Devil’s Soup Bowl”.
Mud, Sweat and Beers
The unofficial start of the mountain bike season in Traverse City, Michigan, MSB is a non-profit race supporting Mt. Holiday, a neighborhood-owned ski hill on TC’s east side. The race nearly always sells out.
8 Hours of Ithaca – July 15
Ride it solo or as a team! Explore the Ithaca Jailhouse Trail at this mid-summer classic and support Central Michigan Mountain Bike Association.
The Watermoo presented by Jolly Pumpkin is a challenging yet fun gravel adventure that starts and finishing in Dexter, Michigan. It’s a part of the Michigan Gravel Road Series.
Traverse City Trails Festival
The TCTF is one of the last truly singletrack mountain bike races in Michigan. With 40 and 25 miles race options, plus the option to tour the course at your own speed and support Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association.
Rusty Fish 100 – TBD
45 or 100 miles of gravel goodness in Manistee. Pick your challenge and enjoy stunning sights in this self-supported race. There’s also a race for the little ones so they can get a taste of the thrill of racing.
Iceman Cometh Challenge – November 5
It’s the biggest one-day race of the season. With more than 5,000 riders making the trek from Kalkaska to Traverse City, this is the final race of the year for most mountain bikers and by far the biggest party. The race typically sells out by August.
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