Waterloo G & G Gravel Race presented by Q + M

Saturday, March 16, 2019 @ 10:00 AM


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 OR knit gloves  (for the first 5oo to pick up their packets)
  • free downloads of all race photos taken by our sports photographer, Greg Sadler Photography
  •  Zoup and Hot Cocoa
  • Post-race party in the Wolverine State Brewing Co. beer garden for participants ages 21 and up (your first beer is compliments of the Waterloo Natural History Association! Each additional beer will cost $5. Your beer purchase goes to support the Waterloo Natural History Association and the wonderful work they do! We thank them for sponsoring our beer tent!



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! Please see their food menu on race day info page.

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.

Your Entry-Fee Guarantee

Epic Races has teamed up with TicketGuardian to provide Waterloo G & G participants with race-insurance coverage for this event. Change in plans? Something suddenly come up? Whatever your reason, you can cancel your registration up through one minute prior to race start… and your entry fee is 100% refundable at no additional cost to you! For further details, please see the following links:


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.


Event 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 Speed, 50K Fat Bike & 50K Single Speed:
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 Race presented by Q + M Entry Fees


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. 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.


Saturday, March 16, 2019
10:00 AM
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Packet Pickup Information
TBA for 2018


11500 Seymour Road
Grass Lake, MI 49240 United States
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