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The Bell’s Iceman Cometh Challenge is a point to point mountain bike race held traditionally on the first Saturday in November. The race starts at the Kalkaska Airport in Kalkaska, Michigan and finishes thirty miles later at Timber Ridge RV & Recreation Resort on the eastern edge of Traverse City, Michigan. The course consists primarily of dirt roads, two-tracks (the majority of the course), abandoned railroad beds and the world famous Vasa Nordic ski trail. It crosses only one paved road (Williamsburg Rd at mile 17) as it winds through the breathtaking terrain of the Pere Marquette State Forest in Northern Lower Michigan.

The Bell’s Iceman Cometh Challenge events attract competitive cyclists from all of over the world! Ages range from 1.5 years to 80 years of age. Their ability levels vary from first-time racers to Olympians.

The Course changes each year. Check out the newest course in the Glacier Gazette each year or subscribe to our blog!

2023 Course Map & Description

Please check back for the 2023 Course Map and Description

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