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!
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:
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.
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