A portion of this event’s proceeds benefit our featured charity, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Kick off the cycling season on Saturday, March 18, 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, presented by Wolverine State Brewing Company, 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.
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!
Looking for a different spin on things? Consider riding your fat bike, single speed, or tandem on our course for a one-of-a-kind Waterloo experience. Fat-bike, single-speed, and tandem riders can compete in either the Wolverine 100K or the Black Bear 50K in their very own categories! Note: participants registered for one of these three special bike categories are not eligible for open-division awards.
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!
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 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.
Each Waterloo G & G participant will receive:
All Waterloo G & G participants ages 21 and up are welcome at the Wolverine State Brewing Co. beer garden to celebrate their circuit! Our friends from the Ann Arbor Velo Club will be there, serving as your hosts for the post-race party and ready to hear how your ride went!
The person behind the Waterloo G & G mike will be none other than the legendary Frankie Andreu! Frankie retired from racing at the end of 2000, after a 12-year professional career that included nine Tours de France, three Tours of Spain, and one Giro d’Italia. He also competed in the 1988 and 1996 Olympic Games, placing fourth in Atlanta. Frankie has announced at international, national, and local cycling events and we are thrilled to have him — and his voice — at this year’s event!
Come on out to Wolverine State Brewing Company, 2019 West Stadium Boulevard, Ann Arbor on Friday, March 17 for our early Packet Pick-Up! We’ll be there on the stage from 4 PM to 7 PM, ready to help you with your race bib, your pre-ordered WG&G gear, and any questions you may have! We’ll also have Packet Pick-Up on Saturday morning at the race venue — the Portage Lake Unit of Waterloo State Recreation Area — from 8 AM to 9:30 AM.
Coming from out of the area and looking for a place to stay? Experience Jackson has a variety of hotels, motels, and other accommodations. To find a room for the night, click here.
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.
Waterloo G & G is a Leave No Trace event. Learn more about our race-day recycling and composting efforts here. Want more information about running a great race and leaving no trace? Click here to visit Happy Planet Running!