FAQ

When is the Race?

This year it will be on Saturday, April 28th, 2018.  This will be the first time the race is held on a Saturday.

Where is the Race?

Registration, packet pick-up, start/finish, awards and the after party all take place in Yankee Springs Deep Lake Campground.  

2526 Yankee Springs Road, Middleville, MI 49333

Which direction will the race go, Red or Yellow?

Since the time trial is held on a Sunday, the Red direction will be used, same as in the years past.

Is there a racer cap?

Yes, 800 racers.  Registration will close Wednesday, April 19th at noon EST or sooner if the cap is met.

How do I register?

Registration will open January 1st, 2017 8:00 a.m. EST and close April 19, 2017 at noon EST.  You can register through BikeReg.com.

No license required.  Sorry no mail in registrations.  

Will there be day-of registration?

If we don't sell out, then yes.  Please note, cash or check payments only for day-of registration.

What age category do I sign up for?

Your registration race age category is your age on December 31, 2017.

What is the refund policy?

Sorry, but there are no refunds. This race is an all-volunteer effort and we do not have the resources to handle this.  Rest assured that your registration fee goes to support trail building and maintenance for trails here in West Michigan.

How is the race timed and scored?

Chronotrack Timing by Newton Timing.  Rigid handlebar number plates with timing chips will be used for the best timing available.  Do not remove the timing chip off of the number plate!  Do not put the number plate anywhere but on the handle bar or your time will not be recorded!  Do not use zip ties to hold your number plate, they will tear the plate.  Please use the twist ties provided.

What are the cash and prize awards?

Merrill Gift cards for 1st place for Elite Men and Women.  Other prizes are TBD.

How can I confirm my entry?

You may confirm who has entered the race by going to BikeReg.com and checking the confirmed riders.

I need to transfer my entry to someone, how does that work?

Sorry, but we do not handle transfers.  This race is an all volunteer effort and we do not have the resources to handle this.    Rest assured that your registration fee goes to support trail building and maintenance for trails here in West Michigan.

I need to edit my entry on Bikereg, my name is spelled wrong. How do I do that?

Yes, you have the ability to edit your registration information, category, team name, etc. through your BikeReg.com registration for the event.  Deadline for making changes is April 19, 2017.

Can I change categories?

Yes.  Self managed category transfers are now handled through BikeReg.com.  A $5.00 fee is charged for the service.

Can I setup a team tent?

Yes.  But you must register for a spot through BikeReg.com.  Limited spots are available and they will be assigned on a first come first serve basis.  Those who received a spot can setup the tent anytime on race day.  

** Bring stakes or weights to hold down your tent.

When are the awards?

The awards ceremony will start at approximately 1:30 PM.

Where and when is Packet Pick Up?

Packets may be picked up on race day at the Deep Lake Campground in the Registration Tent starting at 8:30 a.m.  Look for signs directing you to the Registration Tent.

Can I have someone pick up my packet for me?

No!  Everyone needs to pick up their own packet. To avoid unnecessary race day stress, please arrive early.  Packet Pick-up opens at 8:30 a.m.

Once you get your race plate, pre-purchased merchandise is listed on the back.  Go to Merchandise table to pick up your items

When does the race start and what are the wave start times?

The race starts at 10:00 a.m.  See the Race Day page for detailed schedule information.

I ordered some merchandise at registration. Do you mail it to me?

No.  The merchandise will be distributed to you at packet pick-up.  After you get your race number plate take it to the merchandise table to receive your items.

What should I do if I DNF.

We recommend you ride to the nearest volunteer and ask for assistance then work your way back to the start area.  Please inform a race official at the finish area that you did not finish. 

I know it takes a ton of volunteers to put on a race, can I volunteer?

Yes, we may have need of your help.  Please contact us.

Can I volunteer and race for free?

If you are interested in volunteering for the race please contact us, there is always plenty to do.  However, providing free race entries is at the discretion of the Race Director.

Is camping available?

Yes.  Deep Lake Campground spots can be reserved through the DNR website.  It's actually a ton of fun too.

Should I bring my family?

Yes.  The time trial is a family friendly event to watch.  See the Race Day page for more information.

What is available after the race?

There is a finish line recovery tent with food and hydration, a free lunch and awards.  See the Race Day page for more information.

Are the kids races free?

Yes and no.  The Dirt Dawgs races are free, but the more advanced Boys and Girls race requires registration.  See the Details page for more information.

When will individual start times be posted?

We are no longer posting individual start times.  However, pre-registered racers can find their start time on the back of the race plate when they pick it up on race day.