The August route was added for two reasons: first the Spring Classic MMM riders wanted another extremely tough, leg burning ride with more food and support than anyone could imagine. Second as a merge with Ride the Charx a casual easy family ride with amazing scenery, so here it is...
Individual Route Descriptions:
22 Mile Flat Loop
The 22 mile route is very flat and scenic. This route runs the shoreline of Lake Charlevoix out to the historic Ironton Ferry. You will be able to ride the ferry over to the other side and back before returning to Boyne City. This route is an out and back so if you get tired you can turn around at any point.
40 Mile Flat Loop
The 40 mile Loop also starts with the rest of all of the other routes, but as soon as the big hills start to come the route will head towards the Little Traverse Wheelway a paved bike path that follows the shoreline of Lake Michigan. This route will follow the Wheelway into Petoskey where it will then get to ride the all new Bear River Trail, another paved bike path that follows the Bear River. Here you will get a chance to watch Kayakers battle Stage 3 rapids. The route finally merges for the easy ride home that includes a trip through the Village of Walloon.
The 50K teaser (38 miles) with almost 2,500 feet of climbing. This route doesn't have any monster climbs but does have plenty of short steep ones. Most of the climbing comes early then you get some flat easy roads to get you back home. It is a good way to see if you have what it takes to be a "climber".
100K Metric Century
The next route is a 100K metric century (67 miles) with almost 4,600 feet of climbing. The route will take you through the short and steep rollers of Camp Daggett, Resort Pike, Howard and Gruler and then lets you recover through the beautiful Joy Valley. Then you get to climb Fletcher the hardest climb of the day. Fletcher climbs 227 feet in just over a half mile. It starts out hard at 5% and then keeps getting steeper until the final section at 18%. Then you get more steep rollers on Atkins and McDougal before merging back with the 50K.
160K (A Full 100 Mile Century)
This full 104 mile century has almost 7,000 feet of climbing. It follows all of the grueling hills of the metric century but instead of turning around and heading for home after mile 43 it takes you to the big long climbs North of Petoskey. 2 miles after you the choice to go big you hit the first of the big climbs with North Conway Road. North Conway Road climbs over 450 ft in just under 3 miles. You then get big long climbs on Robinson and Brutus Roads with lots of steep rollers in between.
The 200K Double Metric
Finally... for those who dare. The double metric is 125 leg burning miles and almost 9,000 feet of climbing. Everything above plus an additional 21 mile loop and all in one day. The extra 21 miles will get you an easy flat ride on the most beatiful section of road in Michigan --> M-119 aka the "Tunnel of Trees", but you will pay for it dearly. To get to the "Tunnel of Trees" you have to cross Stutsmanville Road. Stutsmanville Road is 9 miles long with a total elevation change of only 5 feet. I know 5 feet in 9 miles doesn't sound hard but there are 2 giant ridges you need to climb and descend in that 9 miles. 900 feet of climbing and descending in just 9 miles will make you question your sanity. Oh and after the "Tunnel of Trees" you also have the return trip down Robinson Road that runs parallel to Stutsmanville and is almost as difficult.
No more description is needed, just look down at the graph and ask yourself......
Can I handle the Mayhem?
Garmin 22 Mile Flat Route
Garmin 40 Mile Route
Garmin 50K Route
Garmin 100K Route
Garmin 160K Route
Garmin 200K Route
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