The Michigan Mountain Mayhem (MMM) is a series of cycling/road bike events held in Northern Michigan.
The first event is the Spring Classic and is the original MMM. The Spring Classic MMM is held on the second Saturday of June and is limited to 1500 riders. It is a timed challenge ride on the toughest terrain Michigan has to offer and will test you both mentally and physically.
It is one of the most grueling and challenging rides you will ever participate in.
The Spring Classic MMM has 4 routes to choose from: a 50K teaser, a 100K metric century, a 160K, (100 mile century), and for those who dare... a 200K double metric!
The second event is the Beat the Heat Tour. The MMM Beat the Heat Tour will be held on the first Saturday in August and is limited to 1000 riders. This ride is a merge between the MMM and Ride the Charx rides. It will have all new hill challenge routes just like the Spring Classic, but will also have some very flat scenic routes as well.
The Beat the Heat Tour will have 6 routes to choose from: a 22 mile and a 40 mile flat loop. Both these loops are very flat and include many miles of scenic bike paths without cars. There will also be 4 hill challenge routes, a 50K teaser, a 100K metric century, a 160K, (100 mile century), and for those who dare... a 200K double metric!
The Third event is the Gravel Grinder. The Gravel Grinder will be a gravel road race like nothing you could have imagined. This event will debut in the fall of 2014. Stay tuned for details.
The Michigan Mountain Mayhem raises money for numerous local charities:
The Spring Classic MMM is limited to the first 1500 registrants and the Beat the Heat Tour MMM will be limited to just 1000 registrants.
Both Michigan Mountain Mayhem Road rides will take place in beautiful downtown Boyne City. The starts will be at the Boyne City High School (BCHS). Camping will be allowed (outside only) for Friday and Saturday nights and there are shower facilities available for all riders. The finish and after ride party will be held at Peninsula Beach Park for the Spring Classic MMM and at Veterans Park for the Beat the Heat Tour MMM. Walking distance from downtown shops and restaurants, and a site offering scenic vistas including a "million dollar sunset". The parks also offer a playground for children, a beach for swimming (Spring Classic MMM only) and bathrooms.
Available at BCHS and limited parking at both Peninsula Beach and Veterans Park.
For custom driving directions for either BCHS, Peninsula Beach Park or Veterans Park click the links.
From I-75: Take I-75 to exit 282 (M-32) Gaylord. Follow M-32 west to US-131. Take US-131 (north) to Boyne Falls, turn west onto M-75. Follow M-75 (turns into Water Street) into Boyne City to the BCHS.
From US-131: Follow US-131 to Boyne Falls to M-75 (south). Follow M-75 (turns into Water Street) into Boyne City to the BCHS.
From 31 South - Take 31 to M-66 just south of Charlevoix. Follow M-66 (south) approximately five miles to the Ironton Ferry. Take the ferry ($2.50 one way fee) to Ferry Road. Follow Ferry Road approximately 10 miles into Boyne City. Turn left onto Lake Street then right at the Water Street light, then follow Water Street to the BCHS.
PACKET PICK-UP & START LOCATION:
You may pick up your packet on Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the BCHS. You may also pick up your packet on Saturday between 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. at BCHS.
Riders can start anytime between 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 160K & 200K riders need to start before 7:30 a.m.
The Spring Classic MMM event will be chip timed. This is not a race although many of you will treat it like one. The timing can be used to compare your accomplishment to others. Your time will start when you cross the starting point. Results will be posted on the website after the event. The starting point will be activated from 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. and the finish point will be activated from 9.30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
In order to insure that we get all riders off the course (especially the 200K) before nightfall, the following cut-off time will be enforced. All timing chips must be returned at Peninsula Beach Park by 7:00 p.m. June 8th, 2013. If you insist on proceeding on the route beyond these cut-off times, you must show that you have night safety equipment, surrender your chip, bib number, and agree to disassociate yourself from the event.
9:00 a.m. - All riders should be on the course and chip activation will be deactivated.
7:00 p.m. - Finish line will be deactivated, SAG drivers will come off the course
REST & WATER STOPS:
There will be well catered SAG stations every 15 - 25 miles along the route. The SAG stations are sponsored by Hammer Nutrition and Pure Water Works. They will be loaded with Heed Sports Drink, bottled water, and all kinds of great food.
There will be a large catered lunch or dinner (depending when you finish) at Peninsula Beach Park for the Spring Classic MMM and Veterans Park for the Beat the Heat Tour MMM from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.. Vegetarian options will be available. Food will be catered by the Red Mesa Grill, The Lions Club and BC Pizza.
SPECIAL NEEDS BAGS:
You can prepare special needs bags to be sent out to the various rest stops. We recommend you place your items into a large ziploc bag with your name and the rest stop where you would like to pick it up.
Bags must be dropped off by Friday at the BCHS between 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
CLOTHING RETURN BAGS:
If you would like to have something brought back from a venue (like a jacket, arm warmers, etc.), ask a volunteer at the Rest Station for a gallon sized ziploc and a sharpie. Put your stuff in the bag, write your name and rider number on the bag and drop it in a bin designated for this purpose at the SAG Station. If you are done with your special needs bag and want to pick it up at the finish, drop it in this bin as well. Our shuttle driver will take it back to Peninsula Beach Park where you can claim it at the desk. Bear in mind that in some cases you could get to the park before your goods. Any bags not picked up on Saturday can be picked up on Sunday at inspired living between 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Support vehicles will be on course with obvious support signage. They will be carrying tools, tubes, and pumps. They can also carry you to the nearest stop if necessary. In the event you can not finish they can arrange a ride back to Peninsula Beach Park.
ROUTE UPGRADES / DOWNGRADES:
These hills will test your ability. If you would like to downgrade to a shorter distance, that's no problem - decide out on the course. If you are used to climbs like L'Alpe d'Huez or Col du Galibier than you might want to stretch it out to the 200K. Fine with us, but be sure to tell the volunteer at chip collection which distance you rode. Please ride within your ability.
This event will be run by volunteers, please smile and say thank-you, as that is the only payment they will be receiving.
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