Busing & Parking
Bus Transportation and Parking
For 2017 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 busses and shuttles will be followed be a Penske truck to carry bikes and other equipment.
!!!WARNING!!! PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON HAMMOND ROAD UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE. THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT WILL BE THERE THIS YEAR AND A TOWING SERVICE FOR THOSE THAT DISREGARD THE RIDICULOUSLY ALLOTMENT OF 'NO PARKING' SIGNS.
FRIDAY PARKING at TIMBER RIDGE
Park at Rasho Road on Friday to Pre-ride the Finish
See the pre-ride map to the right.
The parking lots at Timber Ridge will not be available for parking. Instead we ask that you park at Rasho Farm and ride your bike (1.5 miles) to Timber Ridge Resort if you want to pre-ride the last few kilometers of the race-course. Please DO NOT park at Courtade Elementary School or use their facilities. Rasho Farm is immediately south of the school. You can use the School's address to find the Farm. Courtade Elementary School, 1111 Rasho Rd, Traverse City, MI 49696
Additionally, riding backwards to preview the course is not allowed. Two-way traffc on the race-course with single track & blind corners is asking for trouble and we want to ensure that everybody has a chance to race on Saturday. Look for our directional signs that will lead you to the Lands End crossing on the course and you’ll be able to ride the last 4-5 kilometers securely. Once you’ve got the lay of the course finale and are cruising through the Merrell/BISSELL Celebration Zone keep your eyes open to all of the pieces coming together for the following day!
1) Rasho Farm **Recommended* & FREE (NO PARKING AT COURTADE Elementary!)- - 1.5 miles from Timber Ridge Served by FREE Shuttle to Timber Ridge or Kalkaska START (The Farm is just south of the school for your GPS Courtade Elementary School, 1111 Rasho Rd, Traverse City, MI 49696)
2) Kalkaska Area Public Schools Property - FREE parking - Grade School, Middle School & High School Property with FREE Shuttle Service to START and to Timber Ridge
3) Timber Ridge Resort - Hosting the event and post party so parking is LIMITED and $25.00 pre-paid or $35 day of the event.
4) Snow Cone Racers - Park at Rasho Farms. There is no parking at Timber Ridge.
5) Slush Cup Racers -Park at Rasho Farms. There is no parking at Timber Ridge.
Fans/Observers/Onlookers/Others - Park @ Rasho Farm OR in Kalkaska Public Schools space. FREE Shuttle Service will take you to/from where you need to go in either place.
Subaru owners VIP Parking is back!
You asked, and Subaru Listed! Owners of Subaru vehicles will once again receive special VIP parking privileges at the Kalkaska Civic Center Start area and at the Timber Ridge Resort finish line venue for the 2016 event. With Subaru's return as the Iceman's official vehicle, Tribecas, Outbacks, Legacy's, Impreza’s, Crosstrek’s, WRX’s, Baja’s and even Brat’s all qualify for special parking close to all the action in Kalkaska and Timber Ridge.
In Kalkaska, Subaru cars may follow part of last years course near the water tower and park in the Country Fair’s demolition derby area.
Experienced Bell’s Iceman riders who own a Subaru are familiar with the location of the Subaru VIP Parking Lot at Timber Ridge Resort. It is located in the northwest corner of the Timber Ridge Resort property and provides easy access to all the finish line activities.
With the move of the start line to the Kalkaska Civic Center, parking becomes a lot easier! There's plenty of parking in the Kalkaska Public Schools lots from Birch St. Elementary and the Middle School to the High School. There's also parking behind the Country Buildings off Birch St. Additionally, the Kalkaska Church of Christ has graciously allowed Bell's Iceman riders to park in their parking lot just west of West Kalkaska Rd.
Note: the kalesium parking lot is reserved for their hockey tournament that weekend. Also note that West Kalkasa Road will be closed by the Kalkaska Country Sheriff's Department between M-72 and the dirt road used for the course. Only official buses will be allowed to us Fairgrounds Road to access the Civic Center. Thus all Bell's Iceman riders should plan on using Brich Street to accss all of the surrounding parking areas.
For spectators on foot and racers, a gap in the KPS fence just north of the Middle School is an excellent means of accessing the Civic Center. The Kalaska Area Recreation Trail (KART) encircles the entire area and ia another way of getting to the Civic Cneter after you've parked.
PLEASE Ride the Bus in the Morning! Park at Rasho Farms, ride the bus in the morning, and thank us later.
ALL Morning transportation to Kalkaska originates from Rasho.
For everybody's safety, pets are not allowed on any of the buses/shuttles.
All shuttles will be followed by a 24' box truck to carry bikes and other equipment.
Rasho Farm to Kalkaska (Stongly Recommended)
Last year’s biggest glitch was that we had about two hundred riders waiting at Rasho Farm for buses to take them to the Kalkaska Civic Center and all of our buses were currently in circulation. So this year, Ryan Cupp from Blue Lakes by the Bay has arranged four large fifty-six-seat motor coach buses to join the rotation and ensure that everybody makes their assigned start wave in the morning. Park at Rasho Farm in the morning and we’ll have a bus there waiting to deliver you to the Kalkaska Civic Center.
Park at Rasho Farm, load your bike into the 24' box truck, climb on board the bus and relax. Buses depart Rasho Farm every half hour from 7:00 AM to 9:30 AM arriving in Kalkaska about 45 minutes later. Please plan appropriately to arrive in time for your wave start.
This is by far and away the most efficient use of time and resources to get to the Kalkaska Civic Center for the start.
Early Bird Buses
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. Rasho Farm is only 1.5 miles from Timber Ridge, so it’s a very quick trip.
GPS Users: Courtade Elementary School, 1111 Rasho Rd, Traverse City, MI 49696
Timber Ridge to Kalkaska (Post Race)
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. Last bus from Timber Ridge to Courtade/Rasho or Kalkaska is 6PM.
Kalkaska to Timber Ridge Resort (Via Rasho)
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 every 15 minutes at the Kalkasa Civic Center from 9:30 AM to 11:15 AM.
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa to Kalkaska and Timber Ridge Resort
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa will provide a shuttle bus from the Resort to Kalkaska for registered guests. The shuttle service is complimentary, just stop by the Concierge Desk to make your reservation. Buses will depart Grand Traverse Resort 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 Resort 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 the trip back to the 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.
KPTA Shuttle to Start Venue
For riders and spectators parking near the Kalkaska Public Schools, the KPTA shuttle provides a way for spectators to enjoy a quick ride to the START venue at the Kalkaska Civic Center. The shuttle picks up passengers at the Kalkaska Middle School and the Kalkaska High School's front parking lot on Birch St. and drops the off right at the starting line. The shuttle will loop between the locations continuously throughout the morning.
Anyone planning to go from Timber Ridge to Kalkaska in the morning should get to Rasho Rd one of 2 ways:
1) riding their bike (1.5 miles) to Courtade/Rasho Farm to get on a bus
2) take one of the early FREE shuttles from Timber Ridge to Courtade/Rasho Farm.