The Time Trial course is approximately 11 miles of single track trail that runs through the heart of the Yankee Spring Recreation Area. The trail is fast and flowing in most sections and includes several technical climbs and descents. Racers will face roots, rocks and sand throughout. Beginner and Sport racers will do ONE lap, while Elite and Expert racers will do TWO.
The trail is predominantly sandy and known to drain extremely well. It is one of the few trails in the area that can be ridden after rainy conditions, so don't worry if there is rain in the forecast.
The main section of the Deep Lake trail is used for the race. Since the time trial is on a Saturday this year, the Yellow direction will be used. The warm-up loop will be used for the Dirt Dawgs races starting at 11:30, but will be open the remainder of the day.
Awards / Prizes
It doesn't matter what you ride or the level you ride at, there are plenty of race categories to choose from. The top 3 finishers from each category will receive one-of-a-kind awards that you'll be proud to display for years to come.
For a complete list of the categories available, see the registration page.
Hot Lap Competition
Elite/Expert Single Speed
Elite/Expert Fat Bike
New for 2018!!
We are awarding cash prizes for the fastest laps during the Elite / Expert races. The top 3 men and the top 3 women with the fastest single lap will be recognized and awarded cash for having the HOTTEST OF THE HOT single lap efforts. For those who want to send it hard for one lap at Yankee, this is for you.
** NOTE ** You MUST COMPLETE THE RACE in order to be eligible for this competition. So kill it for a lap and soft pedal the second if you must.....but you gotta complete both laps to be eligible.
Championship Points Series
The MMBA Championship Point Series (CPS) is Michigan’s premier grassroots MTB race series. CPS races attract all levels of racers from the first-timer to national and world champions. The races are exciting and competitive, as well as beginner friendly for those wishing to try their first mountain bike race.
The Yankee Springs Time Trial is once again proud to partner with the MMBA to be the first race in the CPS series. Participation in the series is free, but you must register separately through the MMBA in order to collect points.
(Various Distances - Free)
The Yankee Springs Time Trial is proud to partner with the Grand Rapids Dirt Dawgs to promote the participation of kids into the sport of mountain biking. Once again we will be holding special races for our young aspiring mountain bikers. See the Race Day page for race options and starting times.
These races are free, but you must sign up to participate. Day-of race sign up only.
Girls & Boys Race
(11 Miles - Registration Required)
The Girls & Boys race is for kids 10 and under who are ready to take on a bigger challenge. This race is a single lap of the time trial course, same as the beginner and sport racers. Be impressed with the participants of this race... we are!
Registration is required for this race. It is highly recommended that an experienced adult rider accompany each participant.
For a small fee, teams and vendors can reserve tent space along Team Row. The spaces are directly across from the finish line and are a great location for staging, recovering and watching fellow teammates finish.
To reserve a space, select the Team Row category when registering. But register soon as there are limited number of spaces available.