Take on the challenge of a brand new 62 mile multi-surface gravel grinder through the scenic Northeast Michigan countryside and trail system on June 1st, 2024. This fun and challenging route will take riders from rolling gravel backroads onto exciting snowmobile two-track against the picturesque Devils Lake, then weave through the woods of the Norway Ridge Pathway single/two-track system before cranking down the Alpena-Hillman Trail.
When: June 1st, 2024
Time: 8:00am (may be subject to minor change based on weather)
Start/Finish – Where: Thunder Bay Jr High, Alpena, MI 49707
Awards: Top 5 Men, Top 5 Women, Top Individual per age group, men/women: 11-14; 15-18; 19-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70 and over. Top nonbinary.
In-Person Race Cost: $70
Virtual Race Cost: $45 (more info below!)
Each registrant will receive a shirt and sticker with registration!
We recommend a minimum of at least 33c tires for this route, and you should opt for the cross or gravel bike. There will be some fast rolling hero gravel, slightly rougher two-track, and maybe a lil’ bit of (dare I say it?) sand from time to time on the back trails! Just enough for a good time.
This course will be marked, and marks/signage will be made clear in the rider’s manual sent out closer to race date to all registrants. All participants are highly encouraged to download and save the Strava Route above to their GPS device to ensure route knowledge and safety. Riders are expected to follow the rules of the road based upon Michigan Bicycle Law.
Once you’ve conquered the course, join us for some great craft beer, spirits, and delicious bites at our official After Party Sponsor location, Hopside Brewery! Hopside is perfectly situated right in the heart of downtown Alpena and within walking distance to many of the city’s entertainment options.
The event is based out of Alpena, MI. Known as the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes, Alpena features plenty of opportunities and experiences for outdoor, culinary, and families against the beautiful, water-centric backdrop of Lake Huron. For ideas on things to do and lodging, check out Visit Alpena: https://www.visitalpena.com/
VIRTUAL RACE: For those of you unable to attend, we will be hosting a virtual rider challenge on the same day as the race! Compete in a variety of challenges such as longest ride, most elevation gained, etc. More info on challenge details will be sent to virtual riders as we approach race date.
100% of all proceeds from the Thunder Bay Thriller go back towards the Rock CF Foundation: a nonprofit based out of Michigan dedicated to heightening awareness for cystic fibrosis and providing those living with CF the tools to not only survive, but thrive. Learn more about Rock CF here: https://letsrockcf.org/
Sponsored by Vertex, Viatris, Hopside Brewery, and the Rock CF Foundation.
3500 S 3rd Ave
Alpena, IL 49707