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Waterloo G & G Gravel Road Race

Saturday, March 18, 2017 @ 10:00 AM


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Waterloo G & G Gravel Road Race

A portion of this event’s proceeds benefit our featured charity, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.


Our Fall Preview Ride, presented by Aberdeen Bike and Outdoors!

Join us on Sunday, October 23 for a preview ride of Waterloo G & G. We will leave from Aberdeen Bike and Outdoors in downtown Chelsea at 10:30 AM, and all riders and bikes are welcome (please choose a bike you’ll be comfortable using on gravel)! We will offer both a marked 20-mile course and a marked 37-mile course, both with limited support. This ride is strictly non competitive: no race shirts, no medals, no prizes, no fuss. Just a great autumn ride out in fabulous scenery! After the ride, meet at Jet’s Pizza (506 N. Main Street, Chelsea; just 1.1 miles up the road from Aberdeen) to enjoy a post-ride celebration featuring delicious Jet’s Pizza and, for those 21 and up, Wolverine beer, compliments of Epic Races.
The cost of our preview ride is $20 per person to help cover the cost of insurance, route marking, course support, etc. Online registration is open through 8 PM on Saturday, October 22. To register online, click here. We will also have event-day registration at Aberdeen Bike and Outdoors for $25 per person (cash only).
Already registered? Please check out our Event-Day Guide for all the information you’ll need to make Sunday’s ride a success! Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Saturday, March 18, 2017 and the 2017 Waterloo G & G Gravel Road Race!


Coming in March…

Kick off the cycling season with Epic Races and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for a truly amazing gravel bike experience: Waterloo G & G! This amazing adventure will take you through the wilds of Lower Michigan’s largest park, where pristine forests, rolling glacial terrain, and sparkling lakes provide a breathtaking backdrop for the cycling experience of a lifetime.


Choose Your Challenge

The Wolverine: a rugged, two-loop 100K course that winds through Waterloo’s more than 20,000 acres. Note: 100K participants must complete the first 50K loop by the 12:30 PM cut-off time.

The Black Bear: a powerful 50K course that condenses the best that the Wolverine offers into half the distance (one loop)

The Massasauga: a mighty 10-mile non-competitive ride perfect for both those new to bike racing and those built for speed

All courses run counterclockwise, turning left onto Seymour Road from Portage Lake, then right on List

Please note: Waterloo G & G is capped at 500 participants!


Fat Bikes and Single Speeds Welcome!

fat bikeLooking for a different spin on things? Consider riding your fat bike or single speed on our course for a one-of-a-kind Waterloo experience. Fat-bike and single-speed riders can compete in either the Wolverine 100K or the Black Bear 50K in their very own divisions, with the top three male and the top three females in each distance winning medals! Note: competitors in the Fat Bike division and Single Speed Division are also eligible for age-group awards in the main divisions!



Make It a Team Effort

The more is also the merrier! Bring your friends, your family, your cycling club out and compete as a team in the Wolverine 100K! Any group of riders can be a team, but a team must have a minimum of five riders, of which one must be female. The five fastest times per team will be scored for the team event (one of those times must be female); the fastest three teams will win awards!

Speaking of team efforts, tandem bikes are indeed allowed in this event! Tandem bike riders must both register individually to participate, however, despite the sharing of one bike.


Terrain and Topography

Given Waterloo Recreational Area’s glacial history, the bike courses will vary from rolling hill climbs and swift descents to winding curves and rare straightaways. Some of the roads will be NewGovCouncilpaved. Some of the roads may be patched. Most of the roads will be dirt and rock. There may even be mud, ice, and snow. Expect to get dusty. Expect to get grimy. Expect to have the time of your life!

Waterloo G & G is part of the Pure Michigan FITness Series of events and is endorsed by the Michigan Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health, and Sports.

Cycling Swag

Each Waterloo G & G participant will receive:

  • A fabulous finisher’s medal
  • A Waterloo G & G water bottle
  • Delicious post-race snacks
  • FREE Wolverine State Brewing Company beer for participants ages 21 and up
  • A virtual goodie bag with offers and discounts from our sponsors


Park Information

A State of Michigan Park permit is required to enter Waterloo Recreation Area. The Recreation Passport is your $11 ticket to Michigan’s state parks and outdoor adventures for an entire year! Michigan residents are not able to purchase a one-day park pass. For State Park entry, all Michigan residents must have a Recreation Passport. For details about the Recreation Passport, click here.

Out-of-state residents will be required to purchase an $9 daily permit or a $31 annual Motor Vehicle Permit.


Bike Support

Bike support for Waterloo G & G will be provided by Aberdeen Bike and Outdoors at the start/finish line and along the route.


Race Day Schedule

8:00 AM — Packet Pick-Up and Race-Day Registration open
9:30 AM — Packet Pick-Up and Race-Day Registration close.
9:45 AM — All participants report to the staging area
10:00 AM — 100K (18+ MPH) starts
10:03 AM — 100K (<18 MPH starts)
10:08 AM — 50K (20+ MPH) starts
10:11 AM — 50K (18-20 MPH) starts
10:14 AM — 50K (15-18 MPH) starts
10:17 AM — 50K (<15 MPH) starts
10:22 AM — 10 Miler starts
11:00 AM — Post-race athlete festivities start
12:30 PM — Cut-off time for 100Kers to complete their first 50K lap
12:30 PM — 50K Award Ceremony (approximate time)
2:00 PM — 100K Awards Ceremony (approximate time)
3:30 PM — Race ends


18 and under, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+



The Wolverine 100K:

- Overall First-Place Male and Overall First-Place Female each receive $250 and a medal
- Overall Second-Place Male and Overall Second-Place Female each receive $150 and a medal
- Overall Third-Place Male and Overall Third-Place Female each receive $100 and a medal
- Top five finishers in each age group receive a medal

The Black Bear 50K:

- Overall First-Place Male and Overall First-Place Female each receive $250 and a medal
- Overall Second-Place Male and Overall Second-Place Female each receive $150 and a medal
- Overall Third-Place Male and Overall Third-Place Female each receive $100 and a medal
- Top five finishers in each age group receive a medal

Fat Bike Category:
- Overall First, Second, and Third Place Finishers (Male and Female) in both the Wolverine 100K and the Black Bear 50K receive medals

Single Speed Category:
- Overall First, Second, and Third Place Finishers (Male and Female) in both the Wolverine 100K and the Black Bear 50K receive medals

Note: Those competing in the Fat Bike Category and Single Speed Category are also eligible for age-group awards in these respective distances.

TEAM AWARDS (The Wolverine 100K Only)

- First-Place Team receives $250
- Second-Place Team receives $150
- Third-Place Team receives $100

Note: For the team competition, the five fastest times will be scored for each team. A minimum of one of those five times must be female.

Hotel and Camping Information

Chelsea Comfort Inn & Village Conference Center

1645 Commerce Park Drive
Chelsea, MI 48118

Click Here to Reserve Your Room

Special rate: Mention Waterloo G & G to receive the special $109/night rate for Friday, March 17, 2017 . Reservations must be made by February 17, 2017.
Distance from race: 10 miles

Fairfield Inn at Marriott Ann Arbor

3285 Boardwalk Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Special rate: Call the hotel directly and mention the RAW block to receive the special $109 rate for Friday, March 18, 2016 and/or Saturday, March 19, 2016. Reservations must be made by February 18, 2016.
Distance from race: 33 miles

Registration Fees

Amount Deadline
$40 Oct. 23 – Nov. 15
$47 Nov. 16 – Jan. 31
$52 Feb. 1 – Feb. 29
$60 March 1 – March 17
$70 Race-Day Registration


Q. What kind of bike do I need to participate?
A. While there will be participants riding cyclocross bikes, there will also be racers on fat bikes, road bikes, hybrids, mountain bikes, single speeds, step-throughs, even tandems (each tandem rider must register individually)!

Q. I signed up for the 100K but I think 50K might be more to my taste.
A. Not a problem! To switch from one event to the other, log onto your Run Sign Up account and click on "Manage My Registrations" at the bottom of the page. Locate Waterloo G & G on your race list, then click "Manage Registration." Scroll to the bottom of your registration page and click the Switch Events button. You can change your event up until 4 PM on Thursday, March 17.

Q. I signed up for the 100K. What if I can't finish by 3:30 PM?
A. All 100K participants must complete the first 50K loop by the 12:30 PM cut-off. If you complete the first loop after 12:30 PM, you'll finish with the 50K competitors. If you complete the first loop before the cut-off, then we will be waiting for you at the finish line!

Q. Can I transfer my registration to someone else?
A. Yes! Log into your Run Sign Up account, click the My Registered Races button, click Manage Registration by Waterloo G & G, then click Transfer to Another Runner and follow the onscreen instructions. There is a $15 charge to transfer your registration to another event, as well as a Run Sign Up processing fee. NOTE: the deadline to transfer your registration to another person is Sunday, April 24.

Q. I can no longer attend. How do I get a refund?
A. By registering for an Epic Races event, you have purchased a ticket to participate in one of the most exhilarating and enjoyable races in Southeast Michigan. As with a ticket to any sports or entertainment event, there are no refunds if you are unable to attend.

Q. I can no longer attend. Can I defer my registration to next year!
A. Yes! To defer your registration to 2017, email us at info@epicraces.com. NOTE: The deadline to defer your registration is March 27.

Q. What should I wear for the race?
A. Most competitors will be wearing biking shorts, bib pants, or tights, which are equipped with a "chamois," an absorbent pad that cushions a rider's bottom for a more comfortable ride. Many participants will wear cycling jerseys, a skin-tight no-sleeve, short-sleeve, or long-sleeve top that helps with aerodynamics. You are welcome, however, to wear whatever makes you comfortable for your ride.

Q. Do I need to wear a helmet?
A. Yes! Helmets are mandatory. No helmet, no race!

Q. Should I carry water with me?
A. This is purely up to you. If you are used to hydrating frequently throughout your ride, you might want to look into carrying a water bottle with you. We will have one aid station on the 50K loop.

Q. Can I wear ear buds/headphones while I ride?
A. No. Our course is open to vehicles and, for safety's sake, you will need to be able to hear vehicles as they pass you, hear fellow riders as they call out that they are passing you, and hear instructions from course marshals/race officials.

Q. What if I get a flat tire during the race?
A. We hope that our participants have enough basic bike maintenance under their belt to be able to change a flat and do other quick fixes. We will have on-course bike support from Aberdeen Bicycle on the course to assist.

Q. Can my child ride in a kids' seat/pull-along enclosure/ride-along attachment?
A. No! For safety and liability reasons, only the registered participant may be on a bike during the race.

Q. I ride with my dog running alongside me. Can I do that at this race?
A. No! For safety and liability reasons, dogs are not permitted at the race.

Q. Where do I pick up my race bib?
A. We have two packet pick-ups: Friday, March 18 from 2 PM to 7 PM at Wolverine State Brewing Company and Saturday, March 19 from 8 AM to 9:30 AM at the race venue. Please see our Race-Day Guide for full details.

Q. I forgot my photo ID. Can I still pick up my race bib?
A. No. We follow USAC guidelines and require that you present photo ID to pick up your race bib.

Q. Can spectators come and watch?
A. Spectators are very welcome to come and cheer you on at the start and finish lines! Because of the nature of the course -- being on a road open to traffic -- it is not recommended that spectators be on the course to cheer you on.

Q. Can my team bring its canopy tent?
A. Yes! Your team is welcome to set up its canopy in the area near the finish line, by the food and merchandise tents.

Q. When will results be posted?
A. Approximately six hours after the race. Please see our Race-Day Guide for full details.

Q. Is there hotel lodging nearby? I'm coming from outside the Ann Arbor area.
A. Yes! Please click the blue "Lodging" button at the top of this page for details about our host hotel, Chelsea Comfort Inn.


Saturday, March 18, 2017
10:00 AM
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(734) 585-7101


11500 Seymour Road
Grass Lake, MI 49240 United States
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Course maps: 100K 50K 10 mile

All courses are subject to change up to and including race day


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  1. Cynthia Gembarski February 27, 2016 at 10:19 AM #

    When do we get our racing bibs? I don’t see any details about a packet pick up?

    • ana February 27, 2016 at 2:35 PM #

      Hi Cynthia! These details are being finalized this week. Watch for an announcement on Facebook and Twitter that will let you know that the information is up on our website!

    • Eva March 15, 2016 at 10:31 PM #

      Packet pick up will be this Friday, 3/18 at Wolverine State Brewing Company from 2 – 6PM or race morning.

  2. Kelly March 15, 2016 at 9:01 PM #

    Is the course well marked?

    • Eva March 15, 2016 at 10:32 PM #

      Yes, the course will be very well marked with arrow signs, paint, and course marshals.

  3. TP March 18, 2016 at 2:42 PM #

    Please confirm we can still register at the venue on the morning of the race!

    • ana March 18, 2016 at 2:48 PM #

      We will be offering cash-only registration at both packet pick-ups for anyone who wishes to ride the course and get a finishing time; no swag is guaranteed and new registrants would be issued a generic bib. New registrants are still eligible for age-group and overall awards.

  4. Craig March 18, 2016 at 3:24 PM #

    Will you make all fat bikers begin together?

    • ana March 18, 2016 at 3:58 PM #

      Fat bikers do not start by themselves; they are seeded by estimated speed into corrals along with the rest of the 100K and 50K riders. For information about the starting waves, please see our race-day guide.

  5. Timothy Dickinson March 19, 2016 at 4:57 PM #

    Great time at the race, only change I’d ask for is next time could we please attatch the time cards / number bibs to the front of the bike to avoid poking holes in jackets and jerseys?

    • ana March 21, 2016 at 10:35 AM #

      We are definitely looking into handlebar numbers for next year!

    • cathy March 23, 2016 at 6:34 PM #

      I agree!

  6. Aaron September 29, 2016 at 12:58 AM #

    Any hope of a single speed division?

    • ana September 29, 2016 at 8:58 AM #

      Hi Aaron! As a matter of fact, we did just add the single-speed category this morning!

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