Thanks for joining us this year and thanks to our sponsors. We will most likely hold this race again next year. The general thought after this year was maybe a late spring race might suit the trail better. We’ll see. Conditions for fat bike races are impossible to plan for, not sure there’s an easy way.

JANUARY 26, 2019   – BIG M RECREATION AREA   – MANISTEE, MICHIGAN
Brought to you by Munson Healthcare – Manistee Hospital, North Channel Brewing, 45NRTH and Spindrift Cyclesports.  AND THE SHORELINE CYCLING CLUB
All proceeds from this event go towards grooming and improvements to the Big M trails
PART OF THE 45NRTH GREAT LAKES FAT BIKE SERIES

The largest fat bike racing series in the United States, the 45N

RTH Great Lakes Fat Bike Series is a showcase of the best fat bike races in the Great Lakes region.  Click here to learn more about the series
DATE – JANUARY 26, 2019
LOCATION
 BIG M RECREATION AREA   MANISTEE, MICHIGAN

RACE DESCRIPTION
LONG COURSE (BIG M F’er) – The final race distance will be determined by the snow conditions but expect to be shredding singletrack for 2-3 hours.
SHORT COURSE – snow conditions will dictate actual race length but expect to be out there for 1 -1.5 hours.

COURSE DESCRIPTION
The main part of the course is a remote wooded singletrack loop of
approximately 16 miles with several areas groomed wide enough for
passing. There is a shorter start/beginner loop of 3-4 miles with
plenty of room for passing. Check on local trail conditions here.

REGISTRATION
Register online at BikeReg
Before 12-15-18 $45
Before 1-15-19 $50 free T-shirt for all registrations before 1-19
Day of $55
SCHEDULE
Friday, January 25
Packet Pick-Up Friday Night at North Channel Brewing in Manistee 6-8, free pint, pasta special
Saturday January 26
8:00 am – 9:30 packet pick up and late registration
10:00 am – Big M F’er race start.
10:05 am – Short Course race start
3:00 pm – Awards at North Channel Brewing in Manistee

AWARDS
LONG COURSE
Cash awards to the top 3 men and woman
Prizes/awards for top 3 in the following age groups

Men 40 and under

Men 40+

All Women

SHORT COURSE

Prizes/awards for top 3 in the following age groups

Men 40 and under

Men 40+

All Women

WHERE TO STAY
Lodging information

WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO DO
Brrrew fest – Ludington

OTHER THINGS TO KNOW
Big M has an extensive classic x-c ski trail network so please respect the tracks and do not ride on them.

Fat Bikes shall be defined as bikes with 3.7″ or wider tires. Only the long race will count towards the series point standings. E Bikes are not allowed in Great Lakes Fat Bike Series races.

This event is in cooperation with and under a Special Use Permit from the U.S. Forest Service.