Every year I put together a nice amount races starting with gravel races (see gravel page), followed by Mountain Bike Races, and finishing with Cyclo-cross races. Below I have information on each race that I do with results!
MTB training plans, new revised plans are up to get you in the best race shape for that particular race. Current non endurance race plans make sure you are at least 8 weeks away from your race, preferably 9 or 10 weeks. Check out the Mountain Bike Endurance plans as well, there are also some great tips in the plan to help you crush it!
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The Yankee Springs Time Trial at Yankee Springs State Park in Michigan has become a very fun race for me, I have done it 3 years now. My first and second year doing this race I did so in the Sport category, in 2015 I ran a time of just under 54 minutes and I do not recall my place, last season I was first overall sport and age group with a time of 47:55. This season I have jumped up to Elite/Pro, I had a good race this year 2017 despite getting a flat tire twice on the second lap. I had one CO2 that pumped me up for a bit, but had to roll the last few miles on a flat! I ended up 18th out of 24 in the category. 2018 I was able to race a little better and placed 13th, check out the NEWS page for the write up and video. For a training program to be at your optimal level for this race just check out the MTB training programs that can be found by clicking on the left sidebar! Click the link above to check out this great events website for more information! As one of the largest and longest running time trial races in the Midwest, the Yankee Springs TT event regularly draws over 700 participants who are looking to challenge themselves on some of the most advanced and well maintained single track in the state.
Fort Custer Stampede – http://www.swmmba.com/?page_id=78
The Fort Custer Stampede at the Fort Custer State Park in Michigan is a fun race, with great scenery, and some different challenges! I competed in 2015 with a time of 1:33:22 and 2016 was 6 minutes faster and was overall sport and age group winner. This year I did decide to do the Fort Custer Stampede the day after MSB to get miles in to better prep for LJ100. I placed 11th in the Pro/Elite field. In 2018 I did not do this race because I was not doing a super endurance race and MSB was the day before. For a training program to be at your optimal level for this race just check out the MTB training programs that can be found by clicking on the left sidebar and be sure to check out the website for more race information.
2016 was the first year I tried the Mud Sweat and Beers race (part of Fat Tire Festival up near Traverse City, MI) and I was very glad I did. This year, 2017, was my second year racing this event in the Pro/Elite category. I spent 8 weeks of training for this race, putting in the time to do well. I had an epic race here and placed 10th which was outstanding. This is a fun venue and a great course, how can you go wrong on the VASA! Last year I had peaked in my training to win the overall sport and age group in the Stout race with a time of 1:22:45, this year I placed 10th in the pro/elite race with a time of 1:13:55 and averaged 17.86 MPH! 2018 brought on another similar result, with a few more faster guys in the field I was happy to place 14th, once second out of 12th! Check the NEWS tab for the write up and the video. For a training program to be at your optimal level for this race just check out the MTB training programs that can be found by clicking on the left sidebar and be sure to check out the website above for more info on this race.
2017 was my first year doing the race, I raced the Pro/Elite category. I had a good time and will probably be back. The toughest part of this race is the climb for 1.5 miles, as you know in Michigan, that is a lot! The singletrack is amazing! I think this race is really around 27 miles, but who’s counting! I did pretty good at this race after losing the lead group in the first section of singletrack, I was able to gain ground on them in the second and third sections of singletrack before catching them on the huge downhill about 3 miles before the finish. I finished 12th, only 12 seconds behind the winner. For me this was a win, I have never come in with the lead group in this level of racing. In 2018 I lost the front group right away and was never able to pull them back in, I did manage to pull out 12th position again! Check out the NEWS tab for the write up and video. Check out the website for this race at the link above for more information, watch the race footage as well captured on two GoPro’s. For a training program to be at your optimal level for this race just check out the MTB training programs that can be found by clicking on the left sidebar!
The Hanson Hills MTB race up near Grayling, MI is a ton of fun, up north, challenging, and always a top one on my list! In 2015 this was the first race I won my age group in, and in 2016 I was 1st overall in age group and 1st or 2nd overall in the sport class. I did miss the 2017 race! For a training program to be at your optimal level for this race just check out the MTB training programs that can be found by clicking on the left sidebar and be sure to check out the link above for more information on this race. 2018 I missed the race again, I pulled the trigger to not race because of rain and more forecasted rain, and it ended up being perfect for racing.
This race is held at the Hanson Hills Recreation Area, M-93 Grayling Michigan. This race is just over a 10 mile loop, Elite riders do 3 laps, expert riders do 3, sport does 2, and beginners do 1 lap.
Michigan’s original 100-mile mountain bike race! The Lumberjack 100 always takes place on the third Saturday in June. The Lumberjack 100 will once again utilize a 33-mile loop through Michigan’s beautiful Manistee National Forest and the Big-M Ski Area. The Michigan style single track is composed mostly of hard pack trail, occasional sandy sections, and fast rolling terrain offering twists and turns that demand constant power, and total concentration as the trails quickly turn to nothing more than green blurs of forest. (If you’re expecting easy, fire-road coasting, look elsewhere!) Ninety percent of the 33-mile, 3-lap race is comprised of this single track that will eventually push racers over 9,000 feet of total elevation gain.
2017 was my first year attempting this, I went it with not enough endurance training as I had been racing shorter races. I did pretty good the first 2 laps and even into the third lap. With about 10 miles to go, I had a cramp come on in both adductors slowing me down to a crawl as I told a friend to go on without me. This turned into a burning bathroom stop, then light headedness, then unable to consume any fluids, then sick to stomach, walking and not riding. more stopping… I really didn’t think I was going to make it to the finish at one point. I did manage to ride downhills and carry as much speed as a could on the flats, walk the hills, and made it across the finish line on my bike and in under 8 hours which was my goal. This will probably be the last time I do an endurance race like this, the door is pretty much closed. Check out the website if this is your thing, and be sure to check out the race footage below, my buddy Josh is on the top and my buddy Jeff is on the bottom. Was lucky to be able to ride most of the race with them. One thing I would recommend if you are going to do this race as I think it was part of the reason I was unable to eat enough, bring toilet paper with you. They only had a few ports-johns set up for a lot of people. I did manage to get to the bathroom 40 minutes before the race, but with 15 minutes to go, nerves had me ready to go again, but the line was way too long if I was going to make the start. So, if I would have had some TP, I could have run off in the woods and hung out at the bears port-a-john if you know what I mean. For a training program to be at your optimal level for an endurance race just check out the MTB training programs that can be found by clicking on the left sidebar! I am not sure I will plan on doing this race again.
Big M Challenge http://www.funpromotions.com/eventinfo/bigm-mmba.html
Last year in 2016 I was going to do Peak to Peak in Thompsonville, MI, but my schedule was pretty full, so this year I have put this race on my schedule and had to drop out due to a tight back. This was from digging holes, raking leaves, and shoveling leaves over the fence. Still have a decent video below before I had to call it. After hearing everyone rave about this race last year, I knew this is going to be a great event! 2018 was again the year for rain weather, but at this race it just wasn’t rain, it was rain, sleet, snow and deep slick mud. I opted out. For a training program to be at your optimal level for this race just check out the MTB training programs that can be found by clicking on the left sidebar and click the link above for more information.
2018 Racing for Homes:
2018 Mohican MTB Race: