Course Descriptions & Map
The Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association (NMMBA) designs our course routing. The design protects our fragile single track while still making the race fun and challenging for all skill levels in any weather condition. Stout will be about 24 miles and Pale Ale about 13 miles.
All races start and finish at Mt. Holiday to maximize spectator enjoyment and racer convenience.
The Stout and Pale Ale will start and wind around the Mt. Holiday property onto the first section of private land*. After about a mile you will reach the Huma Hump (approx 100' vert over .2 miles) to the Holiday Hills neighborhood. From the pavement you will launch onto our second private property* section called Joy Ride.
The Pale Ale and Stout racers will spliton the "Special K" section of the VASA. Stout riders will wind counterclockwise on a fun mix of single track, two tracks and VASA Pathway. The Pale Ale will circle clockwise through Timber Ridge with the mostly wide VASA trail until rejoining the Stout riders 3 miles before the finish.
The finish is the famous adrenaline rush slalom down the ski hill to the famous Max's Service Mud Pit Finish.
PLEASE NOTE THE ATTACHED COURSE MAP IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON TRAIL CONDITIONS AND DNR APPROVAL.
Please respect the rights of our private land owners and access their land on race day ONLY. Riders caught or reported trespassing on private land up until 7 am day of race and after 5 pm race day will be blacklisted from Mud, Sweat, and Beers. The proper authorities will be notified as well. If you have questions about what private land is, contact us here. Sorry ... but without these landowners, our race can't happen.
Please Also Note:
- Pale Ale riders will follow the initial portion of the Stout. Keep an eye out for the split to make sure you do not end up riding +20 miles. Pale Ale arrows are blue.
- Ginger Ale riders follow the same start route but get to skip Will Power Hill. The relatively short (< 2 miles) of trail is anything but easy. Steep assents and wicked fast descents are sure to burn the legs of any rider regardless of age. We highly recommend children under the age of 10 stick with the Root Beer loop unless they are highly skilled and well trained. After the long and difficult climb up the back side of Mt. Holiday, the riders finish down same blistering slalom to the mud track as the Stout and Pale Ale.
- Root Beer riders will make a nice kid-friendly loop from the official start line down to the tube run area and back. Although the course is less than 1,000 yards, it covers soft terrain and the return is a steady climb. If you want to see how to enjoy a mud pit, be sure to watch the little ones.
- As always we will provide a "Chicken Loop" for all riders who just do not want to get those tires wet in the mud pit at the finish.