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Whether you enjoy the thrill of mountain biking or a leisurely stroll taking in the scenery, Shanty Creek is the place for summer biking. Pedal through the lush forests of Glacial Hills, take a road ride over gentle hills along Torch Lake Drive alongside the turquoise blue. Or train to participate in Michigan’s biggest race, The Iceman Cometh, which takes place on the first Saturday of November each year.

Glacial Hills Pathway + Natural Area

Over 750-acres make up a combined trail system well-suited for hiking, biking, cross country skiing, and wildlife viewing. Located 3 1/2 miles northwest of Shanty Creek’s Summit Village, and just outside of the Village of Bellaire, the successful protection of this land coupled with an exciting trail system developed by experts from Michigan Mountain Biking Association (MMBA) has created one of the most sought after riding and trail running experiences in Michigan.

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Race Events

Iceman Cometh
The Bell’s Beer Iceman Cometh Challenge is a 29 mile point-to-point mountain bike race from Kalkaska to Traverse City, Michigan. Held traditionally on the first Saturday of November.

The name Cherry-Roubaix pays homage to a classic single-day professional bicycle road race that takes place in northern France. The Paris-Roubaix is one of the oldest cycling races in the world and is considered a European classic. The Paris-Roubaix is famous for rough terrain and cobblestone roads, similarly the Cherry-Roubaix will include a short section of brick cobblestones on 6th street in Old Town Traverse City.

Opening Time Trial
A short drive north from Traverse City on Old Mission Peninsula we will be holding a 9 mile opening Time Trial. Registration is only open to the first 200 registrants.
Located at the Peninsula Township Park • Bowers Harbor Rd • Traverse City, MI 49684

The old town crit – an afternoon criterium Saturday, through the streets of old town Traverse City! Imagine the thrill of a criterium race roaring down historic streets in the heart of Traverse City… like a traditional European race, the course passes over a short section of cobblestone!
484 S Union St • Traverse City, MI 49684

Road Race
The Cherry-Roubaix Road Race follows a the same course for 2013. The course is a 23.3 mile (lap) course. The start-finish line is high atop Sugar Loaf Mountain in Cedar, Michigan.
4500 S. Sugar Loaf Mountain Road • Cedar, MI 49621

Bike Rentals

Stop by the Fitness Center located in Summit Village for mountain bike rentals. Traditional and e-bikes available.

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