Where to go?
The start/finish is at the downtown pavilion in Railroad Park in Manton, MI. Manton is comfortable enough that it can’t be missed. But to give directions: Go to Manton and look West one short block … the start finish is on the corner of Rose and State St. and registration will be in the Pavilion.
Parking!There is unlimited parking available at the high school in Manton. It is located on Old 131 or S. Michigan Ave. Overflow parking is available at the athletic complex of Manton High School. You will have room for your truck, car and equipment/bike trailers.
Who are these idiots?
Really, idiots? Just kidding, we like to have fun and have a sense of humor even about ourselves. There are two of us.
Jeff Harding (as in HARDracING.COM) is new to the competitive biking world, but he has been riding for a number of years (sometimes with Don behind him). He has been putting on races and designing course for nearly two decades. He is the Manton High School cross country and track coach for the past 17 years.
Partnering in this venture is Don Passenger. Don has timed just about everything that moves, including the Kisscross events down in the Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Holland area. He and the company he works for, MichianaTiming.com are well most well known in the running world and triathlon worlds. MichianaTiming times the MHSAA State Championships and the MITCA State Finals for Track & Field as well as the State Games of Michigan where he is an event co-director.
I get lost a lot …
Well this time you won’t! We will have a lead vehicle to get the riders on course.
The 18 mile bike course can be
found here: https://www.strava.com/activities/324591739
The 40 mile bike course here:
The 50 mile bike course here:
The longboard course are all about town — I mean you didn’t want gravel right? The street sweepers will clean the corners for you though.
Plus, we know how endurance athlete’s brains work. Sometimes they shut down with fatigue after a bit on a hard ride, so we have 200 directional arrows, spray paint, and a few miles of Kenda tape as well. All corners will have multiple directional arrows before and then “confidence” arrows after. If you really get lost, and I don’t think you will, give us a call and we’ll come find you!
Won’t the bikers/longboards get in my way? We think each will enjoy watching the other. Boarders will be in the park when the bikers are finishing and the bikers will be in the park when the boarders are doing the push. Should be fun.
Isn’t there a sharp turn near the finish? Yep, should make for some good finishes.