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Waterloo G & G Gravel Road Race presented by Q + M

March 17 @ 10:00 AM

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Waterloo G & G Gravel Road Race presented by Q + M
Part 1 of the Wolverine State Brewing Company Series of Races

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

Kick off the Michigan Gravel Road Series on Saturday, March 17, 2018, gritting and grinding 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: this event caps at 700 participants!



Make It a Team Effort!
New for 2018: 50K Team Challenge

The more, the merrier! Bring your friends, your family, your cycling club out and compete as a team in the 100K and 50K! 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!

 Cycling Swag

WGG Swag 2017

Our 2017 race swag. 2018 photos coming soon!

Each Waterloo G & G participant will receive:

  • A Waterloo G & G pint glass
  • A Waterloo G & G water bottle (for the first 600 registered participants)
  • free downloads of all race photos taken by our sports photographer, Greg Sadler Photography
  • Delicious light post-race snacks, including hot Zoup!
  • Post-race party in the Wolverine State Brewing Co. beer garden for participants ages 21 and up



Ray’s Red Hots Food Cart will be at the finish line! Ray’s Red Hots is the home of the only REAL Chicago Dog in town! Ray’s serves quality food, locally sourced when available, sold at a fair price, and supported by excellent customer service. We are thrilled to have them at our finish line! Food tickets will soon be available for pre-purchase or you can purchase them on race day.

The Wolverine State Brewing Company Series of Races

If one challenge isn’t enough, try three! The Wolverine State Brewing Company Series of Races features three challenging events — the Waterloo G & G Gravel Road Race, the Island Lake Triathlon, and the Ann Arbor Triathlon. For more information on the WSBC Race Series, click here.

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Park Information

A State of Michigan Park permit is required to enter Waterloo Recreation Area. The Recreation Passport is your 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. The Recreation Passport costs $11 when renewing your vehicle’s registration or $16 when purchased at a DNR property. For details about the Recreation Passport, click here.

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



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 paved. 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 gritty. 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.


Race Day Schedule

8:00 AM — Packet Pick-Up and Race-Day Registration open
9:45 AM — Packet Pick-Up and Race-Day Registration close.
9:45 AM — 100K participants report to the staging area
10:00 AM — 100K starts
10:10 AM — 50K participants report to the staging area
10:20 AM — 50K starts
10:30 AM — 10-Mile participants report to the staging area
10:45 AM — 10 Mile 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+



All awards will be based on gun time. Any participants wishing to contest the results have one week (until Saturday, March 24) to do so.

Overall Awards
1st Place Male/Female each receives $250 and a special award
2cd Place Male/Female each receives $150 and a special award
3rd Place Male/Female each receives $100 and a special award
Age Group Awards
Top 3 finishers in each age group will receive a special award

Overall Awards
1st Place Male/Female each receives $100 and a special award
2cd Place Male/Female each receives $50 and a special award
3rd Place Male/Female each receives $25 and a special award
Age Group Awards
Top 3 finishers in each age group will receive a special award

100K Fat Bike,100K Single Track, 50K Fat Bike & 50K Single Track:
Overall Awards in each race
1st, 2cd & 3rd Place Male/Female will receive a special award
Age Group Awards in each race
1st in each age group will receive a special award

50K Tandem Category:
Overall Awards
1st Place Male/Female duo will each receive a special award

Note: Those competing in the Fat-Bike and Single-Speed Categories are not eligible for open-division awards in these respective distances.


100K & 50K
1st Place Team in each race will receive a special award.

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 $119/night rate for Friday, March 16, 2018. Reservations must be made by February 16, 2018.
Distance from race: 10 miles

Waterloo G & G Gravel Road Race presented by Q + M Entry Fees

100K 50K 10 Mile Deadline
$75.00 $65.00 $50.00

February 1, 2018 – February 28, 2018

$80.00 $70.00 $55.00

March 1, 2018 – March 17, 2018


Q. What kind of bike do I need to participate?
A. On a dry day, the course is great for a gravel grinder, cyclocross, or mountain bike. In slushy or wet conditions, some may prefer a mountain bike.

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.

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 Saturday, March 3, 2018.

Q. I can no longer attend. How do I get a refund?
A. Your entry fee is guaranteed by TicketGuardian race insurance. You can cancel your participation up to one minute prior to the event's start time. For more information, visit http://claims.ticketguardian.net/fullattendee

Q. I can no longer attend. Can I defer my registration to next year!
A. Yes! To defer your registration to 2019, email us at info@epicraces.com. NOTE: The deadline to defer your registration is Saturday, February 3, 2018.

Q. What qualifies as a fat bike?
A. A fat bike is a bicycle sporting tires that are at least 3.8 inches wide.

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! We also encourage our participants to use bicycle headlights and tail lights.

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 and Fraser 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 will have two packet pick-ups: Friday, March 16 (time/location to be announced) and Saturday, March 17 from 8 AM to 9:30 AM at the race venue. Please see our 2018 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 and at the aid-station area at the Discovery Center.

Q. Can my friends and family serve as my pit crew!
A. Yes! Have them waiting for you at the aid-station area by the Discovery Center. To keep the flow of cyclists going, your support team may only offer you hand-ups (pre-filled water bottles, gel packets, and other items easily "handed up" to a cyclist).

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.


March 17
10:00 AM
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734-585-7101 x700


Packet Pickup Information
TBA for 2018


11500 Seymour Road
Grass Lake, MI 49240 United States
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Year Race Results
2017 Searchable Results View Results
2016 Searchable Results View Results

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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!

  7. Pam November 27, 2016 at 3:38 PM #

    Do the participants in the 10 mile receive the hat and finisher’s medal? I know they don’t have awards for this category, but I was wondering about the swag. 😉

    • ana November 27, 2016 at 9:17 PM #

      Hi Pam! Yes, the 10-mile participants still receive the hat and finisher’s medal. 🙂

  8. Beth February 18, 2017 at 12:48 PM #

    I don’t see shirts or medals listed in the race swag section–are there no shirts or finishers medals for this race?

    • Ana February 18, 2017 at 4:07 PM #

      Hi Beth! All finishers of Waterloo G & G receive a fabulous race-branded pint glass, which you can see under Cycling Swag on this page. Medals are reserved for our age-group winners. We have race short- and long-sleeved T-shirts as well as hoodies and other merchandise as pre-order add-ons; to order one, log into your Run Sign Up account, click Manage Registration under Waterloo G & G, then click the blue Add Ons button to view all the selections.

      • Beth February 18, 2017 at 5:15 PM #

        Thanks, Ana! I love the logo, so I’m happy to see I can get a shirt if I decide to register. What is the deadline for ordering?

        • Ana February 18, 2017 at 6:20 PM #

          Hi again, Beth! The deadline to order the WGG merch is March 1. 🙂

          • Derek J March 7, 2017 at 2:27 PM #

            Will there be sales of WGG merch when we register? I just found out about the event and registered fine but I’m too late to order goodies!

          • Eva March 7, 2017 at 2:39 PM #

            YES! We will have merchandise available at Wolverine State Brewing Company during packet pick up on Friday as well as at the race site race day! Sizes are limited so come early! (Unless you are only interested in a hat.) 🙂

  9. Jennifer January 25, 2018 at 3:37 PM #

    Is there a tandem category?

    • Eva January 25, 2018 at 5:08 PM #

      Tandems are welcome in the event, but we do not have a tandem category. If we have a year with more than 3 tandems, we will add that category the following year.

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