Park at Rasho Road on Friday to Pre-ride the Course 
(See map on the right for where to go from Timber Ridge.  It will be signed.)

Besides all of the excitement and activities at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa with the SRAM Expo and packet pick-up, Friday has become a very busy day at Timber Ridge Resort as well.

Our operational plan calls for all of our major construction projects to be completed Thursday night but we have to finish buttoning everything up for Saturday’s races throughout the day Friday. Friday is also a day for our sound, webcast, and timing vendors to place their equipment and dial it in for the big day. Bell’s Beer, sponsors, food vendors, and SRAM Expo exhibitors all move their trailer rigs into Timber Ridge Resort and their assigned spots within the venue on Friday. Finally, Timber Ridge Resort guests pull their campers into the main parking lot to check-in and find their camping locale.

Because of all this frenzy, the parking lots at Timber Ridge will not be available for parking. Instead we ask that you park at Rasho Farm just south of Courtade Elementary. (Use the address of Courtade Elementary School, 1111 Rasho Rd, Traverse City, MI 49696) 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 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!

For a full list of busing and parking on race day please see:


WD-40 BIKE will be on hand to clean & lube your bike after your course inspection on Friday as well as Saturday. With the rain/snow forecast for the next to days, the course should be a little sloppy. Be sure to stop by the WD-40 BIKE wash area to take advantage of their professional services. After the race on Saturday WD-40 BIKE is going to care your bike for you with a full clean before stashing it in the bike corral. 


The Jumbotron is back in 2016! That’s right, the 17 feet long by 11 feet high big screen video display located at last year’s finish line will once again be located very close to the finish line and be visible from the Bell’s Beer outlets! Sneak a peak at the Jumbotron to follow live race updates from the course and the finish line from almost anywhere in the Celebration on Zone!

The webcast of the 2013, 2014 & 2015 Bell’s Iceman & Meijer Slush Cup & Sno-Cone events were huge hits with folks who couldn’t attend the events in person! In 2016, we are integrating the Bell’s Iceman and Meijer Slush Cup course splits right into the webcast production.

2014 was the first year that was able to provide live course updates for your favorite riders. Plans are now being ironed out to sort the split times by racing age categories. For example, you can follow along & get live information for Men 53 from the Dockery Rd timing line and see how your favorite racer is faring against his competiton. Interested in Williamsburg Rd or IceStation Zebra splits? Just wait a few minutes for the riders to progress towards those landmarks and boom! There are the results as they happen live.

Clark Cambern & his crew from SCP Media in Lansing, Michigan have the technical know-how to grab the data provided by the timers and add that information right to the live images of the webcast. Specializing in automotive racing, SCP Media has more than ten years experience producing webcasts & television shows for CBS Sports Network. “Racing is racing whether it’s cars or bikes. We just want to tell the story of five thousand determined cyclists making the pilgrimage from Kalkaska to Traverse City in a comprehensible manner,” said Cambern.

NEW FOR THIS YEAR: Live Stream and Text Alerts!

We have expanded webcast coverage to include a Live Stream from the start line in Kalkaska and the "halfway" point at Williamsburg Rd (for the pro race). Viewers will be able to switch between three different camera views so that everyone can see their friends and family start, and cross the finish line. Everyone at the finish line will be able to watch the live stream right on the jumbo-Tron on the last corner before the finish line. 

We are excited to offer to you expanded access to your favorite riders progress with more timing split points. Rider Text Alerts will give you updates on the riders as they make their way to the finish line.   Simply subscribe to Rider Text Alerts from the Iceman homepage. Follow the instructions below to “Subscribe”:

Search for the Rider you would like to follow:

Once the Rider Profile is displayed.  Select your desired Rider Profile.

Subscribe to follow the riders’ progress by entering your cellphone number and service provider then select the RED “Subscribe to receive text alerts for this rider.”

Once successfully subscribed you will begin to receive text alerts with the following information on the riders Ice Society profile page: