Busing & Parking
Bus Transportation and Parking
!!!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 RIDICULOUS ALLOTMENT OF 'NO PARKING' SIGNS.
Friday Parking at Timber Ridge
The parking lots at Timber Ridge are not available for parking on Friday. Instead we ask that you park at Rasho Farm and ride your bike 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.
Additionally, riding backwards to preview the course is not allowed. Two-way traffic 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 Road 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 BISSELL Celebration Zone keep your eyes open to all of the pieces coming together for the following day!
For 2019 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.
Early Bird Buses
Rasho Farm to Kalkaska
Last year’s morning bus route from Rasho Farm to the Kalkaska starting venue was very successful. Over 500 riders took 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 about 45 minutes later.
This is far and away the most efficient use of time and resources to get to the Kalkaska Airport for the start.
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.
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 every 15 minutes at the Kalkaska Airport from 9:30 AM to 11:15 AM.
Timber Ridge Resort to Kalkaska
The original bus route from Timber Ridge Resort to Kalkaska ferries riders back to Kalkaska in order to pick up their car after the races. The buses to Kalkaska 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.
Shuttles: 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. The shuttle service is complimentary, just stop by contacting the Bell Station 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. Grand Traverse Resort & Spa will provide a shuttle bus from the Resort to Kalkaska for registered guests. The shuttle service is complimentary, just contact the Bell Station 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 Bell Station. 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.
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 Resort. Located 1.7 miles from Timber Ridge on Rasho Road, the farm is a very quick 5 minute shuttle bus ride to/from the venue. (See bus information on page 18.)
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. Turn left as the road becomes Supply Rd. Turn south on Rasho and the Rasho Farm is on the west side of the road just south of Courtade Elementary School.
Subaru owners’ VIP Parking is back!
You asked, and Subaru listened! Owners of Subaru vehicles will once again receive special VIP parking privileges at the Kalkaska Airport start area and at the Timber Ridge Resort finish line venue for the 2019 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 & Timber Ridge.
In Kalkaska, the Subaru parking area will be well marked at the new Airport location.
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.
Tow Away Zones
It is anticipated that the Grand Traverse County Road Commission will enact a temporary NO PARKING zone for the day of November 2nd for the adjacent neighborhood outside of Timber Ridge Resort. The No Parking Zone will be located on at least the following roads (and probably more): 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. The Grand Traverse County Road Commission shall erect and maintain appropriate signs to comply with the Michigan Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices to give notice of this Temporary Order. The Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Department will be monitoring the parking in the neighborhoods and will be issuing tickets and/or towing those not in compliance.
So, plan on parking at the Rasho Farm and don’t even consider parking in the neighborhoods just outside of Timber Ridge Resort!
Restricted Parking at Timber Ridge Resort
Slush Cup and Sno-Cone athletes and their families should plan on parking at Rasho Farm this year. “Every aspect of the Bell’s Iceman seems to rachet-up and intensify every year and parking is no exception”, said Steve Brown, Event Director. “Timber Ridge Resort staff has become overwhelmed with parking Slush Cup riders the very first thing Saturday morning and again later in the afternoon with the Sno-Cone riders. Yet, at the same time parking at Rasho Farm has become so easy that all athletes and spectators really only need to add ten minutes to their drive time to Timber Ridge. So we need everybody to park at Rasho Farm and ride the shuttle to Timber Ridge.”
Timber Ridge parking will be available only for handicapped parking, guests of Timber Ridge Resort and Subaru owners.