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Black Bear Gran Fondo

Sat, 08 July 2017

Organiser Name : Grayling Rotary

Black Bear

Email Address : sdswarranty@gmail.com
Email CC : visitor@grayling-mi.com
Telephone : 1 989-348-5384

Basic Event Details

Title : Black Bear Gran Fondo
Location : Grayling, Michigan, USA
Start HQ : Hanson Hills Recreation Area, 7601 Old Lake Rd Grayling, MI 49738
Start Date : 08/July/2017
Time Zone : Central Standard Time (CST)
Event Type : GRANFONDO
Website URL : http://blackbeargranfondo.com/
Registration Open Date : 01/January/2016
Registration URL : http://www.active.com/grayling-mi/cycling/black-bear-gran-fondo-2017
Entry Limit:

Start Times

100+ Mile Loop  8:00 AM
53+ Mile Loop  8:30 AM

Route Details

Routes : 53, 100 miles
Difficulty : C – MODERATE, PROFICIENT cyclists, up to 60 miles, some climbing


100 mile loop – Individual Age group/12-120  $40.00 
100 mile loop – Student $25.00
53 mile loop – Individual Age group/18-120  $40.00 
53 mile loop – Student (Age 12-17) $25.00 

Whats Included in the Entry Fee


There will be nutrition/hydration stations with porta potties in four locations approximately every 20 miles for the 100+ mile loop and there will be two rest stops for the 53+ mile loop, with the final rest station at the finish line for both loops.  Nutrition/hydration stations will be well stocked with food items that appeal to cyclists as well as water and other types of hydration. 


A celebration meal will be waiting for you after you cross the finish line (with wrist band ID) and depending on when that occurs, it will either classify as lunch or early dinner.  Additional meals for family/friends can be purchased in pre-registration only through June 18 so we can plan for food quantity needed.


You can prepare special needs bags to be sent out to the various rest stops.  We recommend you place your items in a large Ziploc bag with your name, cell phone number, which loop you rode, and the rest stop where you would like to pick it up.  Bags must be dropped off to one of our volunteers during Friday night packet pick-up between 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM.


If you need something returned from one of our rest stops (jacket, arm warmers, etc.) ask a volunteer at one of the rest stops for a gallon sized Ziploc and a sharpie.  Put your things in the Ziploc bag, write your name, rider number and cell phone number on the bag and drop it in the bin designated for this purpose and they will be transported to the finish line area (special needs bags can be returned this way as well).

SAG (Support and Gear) mechanic vehicles

Support vehicles will be on the course with obvious support signage.  They will be carrying tools, tubes and pumps.  They can also carry you to the nearest stop if necessary.  In the event you cannot finish, they can arrange a ride back to Hanson Hills Recreation Area (HHRA).  Their cell phone numbers will be provided in your packet.



SAG Wagon / Sweep : Yes


Electronic Start/Finish Timing : Yes
Results Within 24 Hours: Yes

Number of Timed Hill Climbs

Event Size (Number of Riders)


Feed / Aid Stations : Yes
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry : Yes

Social Media

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Black-Bear-Gran-Fondo-172465619437559/

Event Details

The Grayling Rotary Club’s 16th year of producing a cycling event.  New Gran Fondo format of looped routes that start and finish at Hanson Hills Recreation Area (HHRA). Starting format is a mass start for each route with self organized starting corrals based on your MPH, fastest cyclers in the first corral. Loyal Black Bear loyalists and those new to the Black Bear can sign up for either the 100+ mile event or, for those looking for a few less miles, sign up for the new, 53+ mile ride. Dedicated volunteers at corners and rest stops with roving SAG Support.

Chip-timed ride on paved roads through the breathtaking setting of rural northern Michigan’s AuSable River Valley.   Riders will travel on both flat and gently rolling hills, past lakes, rivers and forests, with points of interest all along the way.  Both routes include the sites of Hanson Hills Recreation Area, Camp Grayling, Wellington Farm Park, Higgins Lake, Houghton Lake, Marl Lake, hills of Sunset Drive.  After Sunset Drive, the 53+ miles loop starts heading north on Grayling Road up to Four Mile, past Forest Dunes Golf Club and back to Hanson Hills Recreation Area. 

The 100+ mile route continues to the Village of Roscommon, up Chase Bridge Road crossing the Ausable River and Mason Tract paths, Forest Dunes Golf Club, Luzerne and loops back to Grayling.  These rides are a challenge for riders of all abilities. Finish line feast and fun. Helmets required. Event held rain or shine

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Hanson Hills Recreation Area
7601 Old Lake Road
Grayling, MI 49738 United States
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