Michigan Bike Races

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.

The Cookie Ride. July 2, 2022. Supporting Great Lakes Humane Society. This year’s Cookie Ride will be hosted by Brick Wheels!

Check out all of our organized group rides on Strava.

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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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The Watermoo

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.

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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.

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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.

More information.

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.

More information.

Upcoming Rides

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