Post Race Reminder: Food & Bell’s Beer

Timber Ridge has 13 food vendors line up for after the race. Plan on racing hard, then using the Team Bob shower trucks, changing into dry clothes, eat some good food, grab a delicious Bell’s beer and wait for the most anticipated races all year…the SNOCONE and the Pros.  

Reminder all beer proceeds go to the Timber Ridge Foundation that donates money to trail development in conjunction with TART trails.  So drink for a good cause! The official beer list is:

Bell’s Porter
Christmas Ale
Amber Ale
Bell’s Lager
Hopsoulution
Oarsman Ale
Best Brown
Two Hearted Ale
Winter White
Expedition Stout

Just a reminder no outside alcohol is allowed in the Celebration Zone.  Security will be inspecting bags and if alcohol is found you will have 3 choices:

  1. Surrender the alcohol (this includes flasks!)
  2. Take the alcohol back to your car.
  3. Be unruly, get a ticket, and get kicked out by the police.

Bell’s Beer Iceman registration open

Bell's Beer Iceman registration open

We want to thank the 300 or so riders that made their way to Bell’s Taproom in Kalamazoo and 7 Monks in TC on Friday, March 2nd for the in-person registration parties. A good time was had by all. Thanks to Bell’s and Clif Bar for the swag.

Now it’s on to online registration.

Online registration opened for riders that participated in 2017 (or entered & had to transfer their entry) on Friday March 9th at 9:00 am.

Online registration for new Bell’s Iceman riders opens the FOLLOWING Friday March 16th at noon which provides returning Bell’s Iceman riders a week to register before registration is completely open.

For the new riders that signed up in person, here is the link to the Ice Society article we posted a while back about how to link your Strava and why.

In other news…

As Michigan slowly emerges from this lingering winter it is important to remember that riding muddy trails during the thaws is really bad for trails. In most cases volunteers spend time away from their friends and families maintaining our fantastic network of Michigan trails and to have a few individuals who ignore chains across trails and trail closed signs is discouraging to say the least.

Save the date!

Our friends with the Shoreline Cycling Club in Ludington are trying to break the Guinness World Book of Records for the longest line of riders in a single line on June 9th. If you’ve always wanted to try to attempt such a thing stay tuned to the Ludington CVB calendar for more details as they emerge.

2018 registration starts March 2

2018 registration starts March 2

“The registration protocol of the last three years has allowed riders to register for the Bell’s Iceman races at a time convenient to them and greatly reduced stress levels for everybody across the board so we’re planning on replicating that process for 2018”, said Steve Brown, Event Director.

“Registration for 2018 kicks off with our on-site registration party at Bell’s Eccentric Café in Kalamazoo onFriday, March 2nd from 10 AM to 4 PM. This year marks the 6th year of the registration party at Bell’s Eccentric Café and the response has been very positive. It has become a celebration about the upcoming cycling season more than registration for the races. “Riders from the past season know they’re guaranteed a spot in 2018 but they still come to Bell’s Eccentric Cafe and register. It must be the Bell’s beer”, quipped Brown.

Registration forms will be available and Iceman staff members will be entering riders directly into the 2018 database on site. Personal attendance is required in order to get registered at Bell’s on March 2nd.

Can’t make it to the Eccentric Café on March 2nd?

2018 Iceman and Slush Cup online registration opens for riders who participated in 2017 (or entered & had to transfer their entry) on Friday March 9th at 9:00 am which provides returning Bell’s Iceman riders a week to register before registration is completely open. (Don’t worry about the invitation code…it’s built into your Iceman account and will allow you to complete your registration). 

Online registration for ALL Bell’s Iceman and Meijer Slush Cup riders opens Friday March 16th at 12 noon.

Thus, for riders new to the Bell’s Iceman, there are two options to register. Option #1 is to attend the Bell’s Iceman Registration party at the Eccentric Café in Kalamazoo on Friday, March 2nd from 10 AM to 3 PM. The second option is to register online beginning Friday March 16th at 12 Noon.

A total field limit of 4,500 Iceman riders and 400 Slush Cup riders will be accepted. The March 16th online registration opening for all riders will operate on a “first come – first served” method. The number of entries available on March 16th for the Bell’s Iceman and Meijer Slush Cup will be determined by the number of entries previously received.

The Bell’s Iceman entry fee for 2018 is $100.00 and includes the USA Cycling One-Day License and the online registration fee. USA Cycling members with an annual license will receive a $10 rebate upon showing their license at packet pick-up in November. The $10 USA Cycling annual license rebate is not available for riders in the Pro/Category 1 races.

2018 Meijer Slush Cup entry fees are $70.00 and include a USAC one-day license and the online registration fee.

The 2018 online registration system utilizes your Ice Society account on the www.iceman.com website. Thus, all registrants need to have an active account within the Ice Society. A new capability of the Ice Society is to allow parents to manage their children’s accounts with the same email address.

To eliminate confusion, tandem entries follow the one bike – one entry system. Tandem captains can enter their stoker’s name on their account page.

An USA Cycling account number (not an annual license) is required for each rider. For riders without an account number, you can create an account with USA Cycling by looking for the “sign-up” button in the upper right-hand corner of the www.usacycling.org website.

Two Words: Beer List

Two words: Beer List

Bell’s Iceman Expo @ Grand Traverse Resort
Amber 
Oarsman 
Two Hearted 
Oatsmobile 
Winter Whitens
Kalamazoo Stout 
Porter Lager
Winter White
Two Hearted 
Double Cream Stout 
Araba 

Bell’s Iceman Timber Ridge (Friday & Saturday)
Amber
Christmas Ale
Oatsmobile
Winter White
Oarsman
Lager
Two Hearted
Porter
Best Brown
Roundhouse
Hell Hath

Bell’s Iceman Party Union Street Station
Amber
Two Hearted
Winter White
Best Brown
Lager
Kalamazoo Stout
Oarsman
Araba
LL Soura