X 100 RACE ROUTE: STRAP YOURSELF IN:
YOU WILL HAVE HAMMER PRODUCTS AND WATER AVAILABLE EVERY 12-15 MILES ON THE ROUTE. AT APPROXIMATELY MILE 35(Bunker Hill road) AND MILE 75 (Kalkaska) ARE MAJOR AID STATIONS THAT INCLUDE, FOOD, WATER, HAMMER, MEDICAL, DROP OUT, TEAM ASSISTANCE AND TEAM TRANSFER STATIONS.
From the initial gravel climb on Muncie Lake Road, you will launch onto the Muncie Lake Trail (MLT). The MLT is a very fast flowing wide-open single track with several climbs and ample opportunity for passing.
Then onto some sweet single track in the world famous VASA trail system with some fast two track mixed lots of single track where you will find hydration stations #1 and #2 and ultimately take you to the Bunker Hill trailhead and to hydration station #3, which is also the first super-aid station, one of the racer drop out points and the first Team transfer station.
Right through the Bunker Hill station onto some fast downhill 2 tracks then back up to more single track and switchbacks that cross over Sand Lakes Road and hydration station #4 then connecting to the Traverse City to Kalkaska section (TC-K) of the North Country Trail.
There is single track, hills, trees, logs stumps, rocks and roots with ample opportunity for passing. Also, two MAJOR road crossings Williamsburg Road and Broomhead Road. Volunteers will be at the crossings but traffic does NOT stop. The TC-K trail will take you through and around the Sand Lakes Quiet Area and Guernsey Lake crossing and hydration station #5 as you make your way toward Kalkaska connecting to the Kalkaska Single Track already a local favorite and is the newest section of single track in Northern Michigan. Here you will find hydration station #6 which is also the second of two Super Aid Stations, the last racer drop out point, and the final team transfer station.
In the stretch, the last leg of the journey is where conditioning pays off. If you can keep a 20MPH pace this fast stretch of dirt county roads, which is wide open in some sections and covered by a canopy of trees in others you only have about an 1-1/2 to go. There will be one last hydration station #7 with approximately 12 miles to go. (Hope you kept a little fuel left in the tank, youre going to need it.)
X 50ST RACE ROUTE:
The race will start and finish at Ranch Rudolf (www.ranchrudolf.com) with the fist 40+ miles following the same route and the X100 to the Guernsey Lake crossing. Here turn South at Guernsey lake and you only 8 miles of dirt country back roads to the Ranch and cold beer.
X 50FT GRAVEL ROAD RACE ROUTE:
Out of the ranch and with the exception on a couple brief paved spots it is back roads, country roads and fire lanes. There are plenty of twists, turns, hill climbs, gravel, wash boards and a few descents as you make your way to Kalkaska to to hook up with the final dirt road leg of the X100 route. There will be three hydration stations on the gravel road route approximately 15 miles apart.