Gravel Grinder (Orange)
27 miles - Dirt Roads
Route on Ride With GPS
Frequently Asked Questions
wHERE'S THE ROUTE FOR THE 50/75/100 MILER? i ONLY SEE SHORT ROUTES!
That's the beauty of our routes! You can combine any routes, in any order, to go whatever distance you want. Doing two of the 4 road routes will put you at 53 to 61 miles depending on which you choose. Three of them will give you 80 to 89 miles, and all 4 will give you 113 miles! You can also incorporate the Family route or Rolling Hills (gravel) route into your options. It's all up to you!
hOW DO i GET TO EXACTLY 100 MILES?
All four of the main road routes combined total 113 miles. So what if you're shooting for something closer to exactly 100. Here are your options:
- Substitute either the Belleville or Carleton route for the Family route. This will save 13 miles, putting you at 101 total.
- When the Belleville route turn right on Huron River Drive from Haggerty (at mile 18), turn left instead and you'll be on Willow Run instead. This "short cut" will save you about 20 miles, putting you at about 93 total after doing the Carleton and Grace Lake routes as well. You could do a short out-and-back along the Family route to get the last 7 miles.
- Do whatever you want! Get creative!
ARE THESE ROADS PAVED? OR GRAVEL? OR PARK PATHS?
- The Belleville, Carleton, Grace Lake, and Willow Run routes are primarily on paved public roads. The Carleton route makes some use of paved park paths.
- The Family Route is purely on paved park paths.
- The Rolling Hills route is primarily on gravel roads. A small portion is on paved public roads. This route will also pass by Rolling Hills Parks which has single-track trail available.
wHAT DO i DO WITH THE GPX / TCX FILES?
If you have a GPS based device for your bike, like a Garmin Edge, Wahoo ELEMNT, or similar device, you can download these files and install them on your device. Once on your device, depending on your specific device, you may be able to view the route and get turn-by-turn directions.
The details of how to install them will depend on your device. The best advice we can give is to consult the owner's manual for your specific device. However, here are some help documents provided by Ride With GPS that may help you:
Export Routes to a Garmin Device
Using Routes on Wahoo ELEMNT
Export File Formats (GPX vs TCX)
DO I HAVE TO PRINT MY OWN MAPS OR WILL YOU HAVE SOME AT THE RIDE?
You can print your own copies if you wish, but we will definitely have paper copies available at the start.
are the routes marked?
Of course! All routes are marked with our M-arrow logo (shown at right). The arrows will be color coded to match the route colors listed in the descriptions above. Make sure you pay attention to what color route you're on, because the routes will overlap at times.
Examples of our road markings are shown below. If you see an arrow pointing backward, it means you missed a turn and should check for markings at the prior intersection.
Where are the food stops?
There are only two food stops. The main food stop is adjacent to the registration area and the other is at Rolling Hills for the gravel route. A rider is never further away from our food stop than the longest route which is 33 miles. By default, riders are put back at the main food stop after completing each route.
what if I don't have a garmin? Can I follow the routes on my phone?
Yes, you can! Download the Ride With GPS app for Android or iPhone. Once you have it installed, just click on one of the links above labeled "Route on Ride With GPS". It should open in the app on your phone. Note that you do have to be at least a "Basic" subscriber to Ride With GPS to get turn-by-turn navigation on your phone. You can get further instructions on Ride With GPS's website.