july, 2020

2020sun19jul10:00 amWaterloo G & G presented by Short's Brewing Company50K · 100K · 10 Mile Gravel Road Ride10:00 am EST Big Portage Lake State Park, Waterloo Recreation Area, 11500 Seymour Rd Grass Lake, MI 49240Event Type :BikeRegister now!Volunteer Signup!Athlete GuideResults

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Event Details

Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event could possibly become a virtual event. We will announce the status of the race four weeks prior to the race date. At this time, registration is open for both the live event and the virtual event. If you choose the live event and we need to cancel, you will be automatically transferred to the virtual event unless you opt to defer to next year or transfer to another race.

Waterloo G & G presented by Short's Brewing Company

Gravel Road Ride: 100K • 50K • 10 Mile

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

Kick off the cycling season by gutting it out on the gravel with Epic Races and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for a truly amazing 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.

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.

100K: 2 loops that wind through Waterloo’s more than 20,000 acres. Note: All participants in the 100K must begin their second loop by 1:00 p.m. (3 hours from start time).  At this time, the sag vehicle will begin cleaning the course and anybody behind the sag vehicle is advised to head to the finish line and call it a 50K!

50K: Condenses the best that the 100K offers into half the distance (one loop)

10-mile non-competitive, untimed: a little bit of everything!

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

Post race party presented by Short’s Brewing Company!

Please note: this event caps at 700 participants!

>> The Swag

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FREE for first 200 to register!

>> Lodging
>> Zero Waste

epic races happy planet runningThe event 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!

>> Bike Categories

Fatbike • Single Speed • Tandem

Fatbike: A fatbike  is an off-road bicycle with oversized tires.  To be in this category, they must be 3.8 in (97 mm) or larger and rims 2.16 in (55 mm) or wider.

Single Speed: A single-speed bicycle is a type of bicycle with a single gear ratio. These bicycles are without derailleur gears, hub gearing or other methods for varying the gear ratio of the bicycle.

Tandem: The tandem bicycle is designed to be ridden by more than one person fore to aft.

To register for one of these categories, please choose it during the registration process.

Participants registered for one of these three special bike categories are not eligible for open-division awards.

>> Support

Fraser Bicycle Logo ImageFraser Bike will be on course providing support.


8:00 am - 9:45 am Packet Pick-Up and Race-Day Registration

9:50 am Race Announcements

10:00 am Start: 100K

10:20 am 50K Starts

10:45 a.m. Start: 10 Mile

11:00 am Post race party begins (approximate time)

12:30 pm 50K Awards Ceremony (approximate time)

2:00 pm 100K Awards Ceremony (approximate time)

3:30 pm Official event closes


50K & 100K (2 loops) Maps

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50K & 100K (2 loops) Interactive Map with GPX download

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10 Mile

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10 Mile Interactive Map with GPX

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Age Groups (Male and Female Age Divisions):

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+

Team Awards


1st-3rd Place Overall Male/Female
•Engraved Award Charcuterie Board
•Free entry to next year’s race
Waterloo G&G Award Coaster/plaque

Top 5 in each in each age-group
•Waterloo G&G Award Coaster/plaque


1st-3rd Place Overall Male/Female
•Engraved Award Charcuterie Board
•Free entry to next year’s race
Waterloo G&G Award Coaster/plaque

Top 5 in each in each age-group
•Waterloo G&G Award Coaster/plaque

Fat Bike, Single Speed & Tandem Categories
100K and 50K

1st Place Overall Male/Female
•Engraved Award Charcuterie Board
•Free entry to next year’s race
•Waterloo G&G Award Coaster/plaque

2nd & 3rd Place Male/Female
•Waterloo G&G Award Coaster/plaque










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