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Best Michigan Cycling Events 2024

Best Michigan Cycling Events 2024

Riders on a climb during Marji Gesick MTB race

With its rich cycling culture and diverse terrain, Michigan is an outstanding destination for cyclists seeking adventure across road, gravel, and mountain biking. The state’s scenic landscapes, from the rugged Upper Peninsula to the rolling hills and vibrant communities of the Lower Peninsula, offer a backdrop for a range of cycling events that cater to enthusiasts of all levels. Here, we explore some of the Best Michigan Cycling Events 2024, illustrating why the state is a haven for cyclists and outdoor adventurers.  The team at Strambecco rates the Best Michigan Cycling Events 2024 based on various factors, including reputation, route quality, location, rider feedback, and the event’s or race’s overall uniqueness. Strambecco does not list every event.  We strive to identify and review special and noteworthy events, spanning Road, Gravel, and Mountain Bike events and races.

One of the most noteworthy events on our list is the iconic Barry-Roubaix, in Hastings, Michigan, held annually in April.  It is dubbed the ultimate gravel cycling experience and one of the top events in the country. Inspired by the classic Paris-Roubaix race, Barry-Roubaix tests riders against a challenging mix of rolling gravel roads, pavement, two-track trails, and variable weather conditions that could include rocks, sand, mud, and potentially snow and ice. This event is renowned for its dynamic and demanding courses, offering four distinct race lengths to accommodate a wide range of cycling proficiencies. From the 18-mile “Chiller” to the ambitious 100-mile “Psycho Killer,” Barry-Roubaix has something for every gravel enthusiast. The event promises an unforgettable day of racing and fosters camaraderie among the participants, making it one of the best gravel cycling events in the Midwest​.

For those seeking an equally rugged MTB adventure, the Marji Gesick 50/100 endurance mountain bike race pushes participants to their limits. Set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, this event challenges cyclists with treacherous trails, unpredictable weather, and formidable terrain, demanding physical prowess and mental fortitude. The race is distinguished by its lack of aid stations, a unique LeMans start, and the collection of tokens at checkpoints, emphasizing self-reliance and strategic planning. The Marji Gesick offers various distances, including the grueling 100-mile journey and a colossal 200-mile event held every five years, making it one of the most demanding mountain bike races in the United States​.  The event is also part of the National Ultra Endurance Race Series (NUE).

Michigan’s cycling events are more than just races; they celebrate the cycling community’s spirit, offering challenges that cater to all levels while showcasing the state’s natural beauty and hospitality. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a casual rider, Michigan’s cycling events offer an unparalleled experience that combines competition, adventure, and camaraderie.

If you have suggestions on other events we should consider or review, please contact us here or send us a note at editors@strambecco.com.  Strambecco also rates the Midwest’s best Road, Gravel, MTB events, races, and experiences.

 

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