The Upper Peninsula Health System Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic will be celebrating its 16th year on Saturday, August 8th!

 

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The Upper Peninsula Health System Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic will be celebrating its 16th year on Saturday, August 8th! What started as a mere 480 racers has grown to well over 2,500–breaking records we never thought possible! This year, we are expecting an even more impressive turnout.

The O2S is a point-to-point race, with riders gearing up at the start line in historic Negaunee, where in 1844 iron ore was first discovered in the Superior region. This epic 48 Mile course travels through Ishpeming, past towering head frames from underground mining, then moves north into the beautiful wilderness. Next, crossing or running alongside of the Dead River all the way into Marquette, racers eventually meet up with the Lake Superior shoreline. The 28 Mile race also starts in Negaunee, but immediately turns north and then east towards Marquette. Just six miles north of Negaunee both races merge and experience the same Dead River and Superior overlooks all the way to the shared finish line.

Racers looking for a shorter experience can ride our 10 Mile race. A step above the Junior Rock, it allows less experienced riders to have the mountain biking experience of a lifetime. Starting at Lakeview Arena at 8 am, the racers will travel towards Tourist Park along the last section of the Hard/Soft Rock. The course will circle around and finish back at Lakeview Arena where an awards ceremony will take place later in the evening.

New for 2015!  While some think this is strictly a winter sport, there is no doubt that the explosion of fat bikes is more than a flash in the pan.  So in keeping up with the times, the race committee has decided to add a Fat Tire class.  Riders/bicycles with both tires 3.8”+ will be eligible.  Be sure to indicate when you register – check the box.

Also new this year the Ore to Shore finish line will be to moving the front & side of Lakeview arena.  This will give the racers a straight finish line, along with incorporating the youth events within the post-race celebration.  Look for bigger and better finish line fun as we expand to this new location.

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