Iceman Cometh Challenge
The Bell's Iceman Cometh Challenge is the largest point-to-point one-day mountain bike race in North America and it happens right here in Traverse City, Michigan! Since 1990, the Iceman has challenged mountain bikers of all skill levels to tackle a unique mix of singletrack, two-track and gravel roads between the start in Kalkaska and the finish at Timber Ridge.
Sponsored by Bell's Brewing and Trek, the Iceman is always held on the first Saturday in November as long as the first Saturday in November isn't the first.
Over the past three decades, racers have faced more than a foot of snow and days over 70 degrees, plus everything in between. Most editions of the race are in the low 40s with a mix of rain and sun.
Registering to Race
The Iceman always sells out quickly, usually within a few weeks of registration opening in March. Racers from the previous edition of the race get first dibs, then registration is open to the public.
Once the race is full, organizers have a transfer in/transfer out option. This typically closes by the first weekend in October.
For more on Iceman registration, check the website.
The Bell's Ice Cycle Expo
Race weekend kicks off with the Ice Cycles Expo at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa the Friday before the race. In addition to packet pick-up, racers can check out dozens of vendors, including Brick Wheels and Trek! We also bring plenty of overstock items and great deals, so make sure you swing by our booth.
The Expo is held the Friday before race day from 11am until 10pm.
The Iceman Cometh Challenge Course
The course changes a bit every year to keep riders on their toes. It's always a good idea to put in a recon ride or two before race day and you'll see hundreds of riders in the woods in the weeks leading up to the race riding Out'n'Backs, or riding "Out" to Kalkaska on Sand Lakes Road and "Back" on the Iceman course itself.
You can download the 2022 Iceman course file and watch a video preview.
Get the Inside Line with Brick Wheels
Stop by Brick for the inside scoop on the latest course conditions and the perfect set-up for race day. We go all-out during Iceman season to help locals and visitors alike to enjoy their training and put in their best effort on race day. From a full service tune-up to stocking the right tires and accessories, let us know how we can get you rolling!