Iceman attracts competitive cyclists from 32 states including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and as well as Ontario, Canada. Their ability levels vary from first time racers to seasoned professionals. Ages range from 3 years to 82 years of age.
The Meijer Slush Cup offers beginning riders with a half frozen version of the Iceman. Approximately 8 miles long, the Slush Cup starts at Timber Ridge, follows the Vasa 10K ski trail, and then merges with the Iceman trail before winding up back at Timber Ridge.
The Meijer Sno-Cone is geared for riders under twelve who want to discover the thrill of bike racing. Each participant receives a medal, number plate, and stickers.
Kalkaska Middle School Parking
Starting at the Kalkaska Middle School, the Iceman trail consists of dirt roads, two tracks (the majority of the course), abandoned railroad beds, and the world famous Vasa Nordic ski trail. Approximately 27 miles long, the course crosses only one paved road (Williamsburg Rd. at mile 16) as it winds through the breath taking terrain of the Pere Marquette State Forest in Northwestern Lower Michigan. Course highlights include “Steve’s Secret”, “Lombard’s Luge,” “Cassle Cliffs,” and “Ice Breaker” (the last hill to climb). The finish line at Timber Ridge, just east of Traverse City, will be a welcome sight to all Icemen and Icewomen. The course can be best described as a road race on dirt.
GRAND TRAVERSE CYCLE FEED STATIONS
Grand Traverse Cycle is once again sponsoring the Feed Stations! Watch for their catchy signs on the course as you approach the three designated feed stations. The Ice House, Oasis, and Ice Station Zebra are located at about six, sixteen and twenty-two miles into the course, respectively. Volunteer crews will be serving up loads of Gatorade, cookies, fruit, and water for all!
Plans are underway to make the Oasis at Williamsburg Rd. a real happening with its own announcer and PA so the entire crowd can hear who’s made it that far.
Slush Cup riders will use the last Iceman feed station, Ice Station Zebra, located on the Vasa Trail.
As always, there will be a large recovery center at the finish line.
CUT OFF TIME
LOST & FOUND
PRE-RIDING THE ICEMAN COURSE
LEAVE NO TRACE
Race staff and volunteers spend a whole day cleaning up the trail after the big race. We understand that there is bound to be stuff left on the trail, but recently it has gotten a bit out of hand. If one out of four racers use an energy gel, and 1/2 of those drop the wrapper, that's 250 packs of slimey, guey, sticky, and covered with ants and dirt (why do you think they named it that way) foil wrappers that have to be picked up afterwards. That's almost 10 wrappers per mile!
Don't ruin a pristine forest, take the two seconds to put the gel pack back in your pocket so it can be properly disposed once your adventure is finished.
Principles of Leave No Trace:
Plan Ahead and Prepare
Future Iceman Dates