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November 8th, 2014

Busing and Parking

Bus Schedule Expands

For 2013 we have six different bus routes planned to facilitate riders and spectators getting to where they need to go before, during, and after the races. For everybody's safety, pets are not allowed on any of the bus routes. All of the buses and shuttles will be followed by a Penske truck to carry bikes and other equipment.

Rasho Farm to Kalkaska

Last year's Rasho Farm to the Kalkaska starting venue bus route in the morning was very successful. We had over 200 riders take advantage of a stress free trip to Kalkaska last year! Park at Rasho Farm, load your bike into the Penske truck, climb on board the bus and relax. What could be easier? Buses will depart Rasho Farm every half hour from 7:00 AM to 9:30 AM arriving in Kalkaska approximately 45 minutes later.

Rasho Farm Early Bird Buses

The Early Bird buses originating at Rasho Farm have proven to be so popular that we are adding a second bus to Kalkaska departing at 7:30 AM in addition to the regularly scheduled departures. Also, Early Bird
shuttles from Rasho Farm to Timber Ridge start at 7:30 AM for Slush Cup riders looking to park at Rasho Farm.


Grand Traverse Resort & Spa to Kalkaska and Timber Ridge Resort

Grand Traverse Resort & Spa will provide a shuttle bus from the Resort to Kalkaska for registered guests. Space is limited, confirm your seat early! The shuttle service is complimentary, just stop by the Concierge Desk to make your reservation. Buses will depart Rasho Farm every half hour from 7:00 AM to 9:30 AM arriving in Kalkaska approximately 30 minutes later.

Additionally, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa will also run a shuttle from the Resort to Timber Ridge in the morning for Meijer Slush Cup riders staying at the Resort. Again, please make reservations for the shuttle with the Concierge Desk. The shuttle will depart Grand Traverse Resort at 8:00 AM and 8:30 AM for the 15 minute trip to Timber Ridge.

For trip back to Grand Traverse Resort from Timber Ridge Resort, Grand Traverse Resort  shuttles will begin picking up guests at 3:00 PM and will continue until 6:00 PM.

Kalkaska to Timber Ridge Resort

Spectators can now park in Kalkaska and leave the car behind for the day. Just catch the "upload" bus to Timber Ridge Resort! The buses to Timber Ridge will load approximately every 15 minutes  in the alley just east of the Municipal Parking Lot from 9:30 AM to 11:15 AM.

Timber Ridge Resort to Kalkaska

The original bus route from Timber Ridge to Kalkaska ferries riders back to Kalkaska in order to pick up their car after the races. The buses to Kalkaska buses run every 20 minutes from 11:00 AM until 6:00 PM and depart Timber Ridge from the main parking lot in front of the Main Lodge.

Rasho Farm to/from Timber Ridge Resort

The shuttle service between the Rasho Farm remote parking area and Timber Ridge Resort will run continuously from 7:00 AM until 6:00 PM. Shuttles will leave approximately every five minutes (except in the morning  until 10:00 AM when the interval will be about ten minutes). Rasho Farm is located 1.5 miles to/ from Timber Ridge so it's a very quick trip.

KPTA Shuttle to Start Venue

Kalkaska Public Transportation Authority buses have been sporting Bell’s Iceman riders all summer as they make their way around Kalkaska County!

For riders and spectators parking near the Kalkaska Public Schools, the KPTA shuttle provides a way for spectators to catch a quick ride to the start venue at the Municipal Parking Lot. The shuttle picks up passengers at Kalkaska Middle School and Kalkaska High School’s front parking lot on Birch St and drops them off right at the starting line! The shuttle loops between the two locations continuously throughout the morning.

Parking at Rasho Farm

Lewis Rasho and Holly Hawkins have graciously opened up the hay fields at their family farm for a remote parking site near Timber Ridge. Located 1.7 miles from Timber Ridge on Rasho Rd., the Rasho farm is a very quick 5 minute shuttle ride from Timber Ridge.  The address for your GPS is 1154 Rasho Rd. Traverse City, MI. 49686.

It is anticipated that the Grand Traverse Road Commission will issue a temporary NO PARKING ZONE for Saturday November 2nd on the south side of E. Hammond Road between Haaland Rd and Rasho Road and on the west side of Haaland Rd and Six Mile Road from Roselawn Drive to Dogwood Drive and the north and west side of Whispering Oaks and north side of Dogwood Drive.

Thus, do NOT plan on parking anywhere outside of Timber Ridge except at the Rasho Farm.

Our suggested route to the Rasho Farm is to take 4 Mile Rd South to Hammond. Turn east on Hammond and then continue on Hammond when the road makes a sweeping right turn. Then turn left as the road becomes Supply Rd. Turn south on Rasho and the Rasho Farm is in the west side of the Rd just south of Courtade Elementary School.

Busing will be running from Rasho Farm to Kalkaska in the morning and from Rasho Farm to Timber Ridge Resort from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM (see Busing details above).