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New Wave Placement System in 2022!

New Wave Placement System in 2022!

You spoke and we listened. After spending the last few months researching other large races (such as the American Birkenbeiner) and how they place waves; we have a new system for the Bell’s Iceman Cometh Challenge. You can choose any wave that you qualify for and waves will be filled on a first registered first placed basis. Register early. Keep reading to learn how to qualify, what times you need to ride in which waves and quick FAQ to help with any questions out of the gate.

How to qualify:

Pull your results from the last 5 races (2021, 2019-2016). Choose the best three and average them together. This average is your qualifying time. Be sure to hold on to all of this data as you will be asked for it during the registration process. And to save time during the registration process, please determine your best times and average before you log in to register. You can find your results here.

What times standards for each wave:

Below are the qualifying time standards for each wave. Please note that whichever wave you qualify for, you can also request any wave after that. For example, if you qualify for wave 10, you also qualify for waves 11-48.

Wave Place

Wave Time Requirements

Wave 1

Faster than

1:51:38

Wave 2

Faster than

1:55:31

Wave 3

Faster than

1:58:44

Wave 4

Faster than

2:01:50

Wave 5

Faster than

2:04:25

Wave 6

Faster than

2:06:49

Wave 7

Faster than

2:09:01

Wave 8

Faster than

2:11:13

Wave 9

Faster than

2:13:14

Wave 10

Faster than

2:15:15

Wave 11

Faster than

2:17:10

Wave 12

Faster than

2:19:03

Wave 13

Faster than

2:20:59

Wave 14

Faster than

2:22:46

Wave 15

Faster than

2:24:57

Wave 16

Faster than

2:26:56

Wave 17

Faster than

2:29:03

Wave 18

Faster than

2:31:13

Wave 19

Faster than

2:33:16

Wave 20

Faster than

2:35:19

Wave 21

Faster than

2:37:32

Wave 22

Faster than

2:39:45

Wave 23

Faster than

2:41:57

Wave 24

Faster than

2:44:09

Wave 25

Faster than

2:47:36

Wave 26

Faster than

2:51:03

Wave 27

Faster than

2:53:51

Wave 28

Faster than

2:56:42

Wave 29

Faster than

2:59:47

Or First Time Rider

Wave 30

Faster than

3:03:12

Or First Time Rider

Wave 31

Faster than

3:06:52

Or First Time Rider

Wave 32

Faster than

3:10:46

Or First Time Rider

Wave 33

Faster than

3:15:24

Or First Time Rider

Wave 34

Faster than

3:20:03

Or First Time Rider

Wave 35

Faster than

3:25:34

Or First Time Rider

Wave 36

Faster than

3:33:43

Or First Time Rider

Wave 37

Faster than

3:44:34

Or First Time Rider

Wave 38

3:44:35

Or Slower

Or First Time Rider

Wave 39

First Time Rider

Wave 40

First Time Rider

Wave 41

First Time Rider

Wave 42

First Time Rider

Wave 43

First Time Rider

Wave 44

First Time Rider

Wave 45

First Time Rider

Wave 46

First Time Rider

Wave 47

First Time Rider

Wave 48

First Time Rider

Wave Placement FAQ

FAQ – Wave Placement

What happens if I qualify for a wave and it's full?

First, we are going to do our best to update waves as quickly as possible so we can communicate which waves are still open. However, it is manual process so it may take us a few days to verify times and place you in your correct wave. If the wave you qualified for and wanted is full, you will be automatically placed in the next available wave.

What if I only have one or two races completed out of the last five years?

Please average the times you do have from 2017-2019 & 2021 and use this number as your qualifying time.

I’d like to ride with my significant other, best friend, aunt, 3rd cousin twice removed, etc. Can we do that?

Yes, you can all apply for the same wave as long as you all qualify for that wave. In other words, base your wave request off of the person with the slowest times in your group.

I am a first-time rider. Any advice?

Spots are available in wave 29 and back for first time riders. Please choose the wave you’d like to be in. If you feel that you should be placed in a faster wave. You will have an opportunity to reach out in the late summer/early fall to request a placement change. This will occur after the transfer out/transfer in period has concluded.

My son/daughter is riding in Iceman Junior, can I ride with them?

While Bell’s Iceman Cometh, Bell’s Iceman Cometh Challenge Pro Race, and Iceman Junior may all follow the same course; they are separate races. Your child should be comfortable with the 30 mile course before taking to the race. If you or your child is not comfortable with the race course, we can easily transfer them to the Meijer Slush Cup.

We are here to answer your questions. If there is something you think would be valuable for us to share please comment on the blog or email icemaninfo@iceman.com and we will get your questions answered.

Wave Start Times

Bell's Iceman Cometh Challenge

Wave 1 9:00 AM
Wave 2 9:03 AM
Wave 3 9:06 AM
Wave 4 9:09 AM

Wave 5 9:12 AM
Wave 6 9:15 AM
Wave 7 9:18 AM
Wave 8 9:21 AM
Wave 9 9:24 AM

Wave 10 9:27 AM
Wave 11 9:30 AM
Wave 12 9:33 AM
Wave 13 9:36 AM
Wave 14 9:39 AM
Wave 15 9:42 AM
Wave 16 9:45 AM
Wave 17 9:48 AM
Wave 18 9:51 AM
Wave 19 9:54 AM

Wave 20 9:57 AM
Wave 21 10:00 AM
Wave 22 10:03 AM
Wave 23 10:06 AM
Wave 24 10:09 AM
Wave 25 10:12 AM
Wave 26 10:15 AM
Wave 27 10:18 AM
Wave 28 10:21 AM
Wave 29 10:24 AM

Wave 30 10:27 AM
Wave 31 10:30 AM
Wave 32 10:33 AM
Wave 33 10:36 AM
Wave 34 10:39 AM
Wave 35 10:42 AM
Wave 36 10:45 AM
Wave 37 10:48 AM
Wave 38 10:51 AM
Wave 39 10:54 AM

Wave 40 10:57 AM
Wave 41 11:00 AM
Wave 42 11:03 AM
Wave 43 11:06 AM
Wave 44 11:09 AM
Wave 45 11:12 AM
Wave 46 11:15 AM
Wave 47 11:18 AM
Wave 48 11:21 AM

Junior Iceman

Wave 49 12:00 PM MYC Men 17-18
Wave 50 12:03 PM MYC Men 15-16
Wave 51 12:06 PM MYC Women 17-18
Wave 52 12:09 PM MYC Women 15-16
Wave 53 12:12 PM MYC Men 12-14
Wave 54 12:15 PM MYC Women 12-14

Pro Bell's Iceman Cometh Challenge

Wave 55 2:30 PM Pro & Cat 1 Men
Wave 56 2:33 PM Pro & Cat 1 Women
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