The ultimate enhanced gravel experience.

The Crusher welcomes all riders to explore U.P. gravel, two-tracks, and wilderness at their own pace. Some will come to race. Others will come for the adventure, and a chance to put a green dot next to their name. The Crusher is not your typical race experience – and the differences extend well beyond a rugged and remote course. You’ll receive a passport in place of a name plate, be required to prove you did the course by collecting checkpoint selfies along the way, and experience a race start best described as “chill”. Instead of shoving ya inside gates like cattle ,we let you roam about basecamp until the clock hits race time…  when you can either take off like a hungry yeti after tourists or sit and enjoy your morning coffee until you’re ready to go.






“Enhanced Gravel.” Only in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

With 30% of Michigan’s land mass and only 3% of its population, the Upper Peninsula is a wilderness of barely-maintained logging roads, jeep trails and singletrack. Gravel, but better. Enhanced.

You’re going to see some nice gravel. You’re going to see some burly, rocky, mean gravel too. There’s not a lot of hike-a-bike but enough to leave you with some stories. Sand. River crossings. Rock.  Cell service is highly questionable and not to be relied on. Wildlife. The bear love a well-seasoned gravel rider – maybe you should bring pepper spray. You’ll climb Michigan’s highest peak (Mt. Arvon). You will feel alone, and at the same time fully present, as the road ahead requires full attention and mental sharpness.

We don’t tell you this to scare you, or to brag. You can do this, but be prepared. Enhanced gravel is meant to crush comfort zones. 

From our roots in the unmaintained roads north of Marquette to our current version that takes riders from Copper Harbor across the U.P., The Crusher has been around for a while now.

The History of The Crusher

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Prepare for anything with our training plans

We’ve partnered with Rob Lee, one of the top endurance coaches in the world, to build training plans for every level of rider. If you’re looking for a personal best on our short race or you’re trying to reach the podium on our long race we’ve got ya covered. The weather up here in The U.P. is unpredictable, prepare for it.

It’s all about community.

We asked you to #adapt in 2020, and you did. Now we’re asking you to join us and #forge ahead. 2021 is about doing what you do best, making the most of what you have, and getting better every day.

While a lot of races out there are run by for-profit companies, that’s not the case for Marji Gesick, Polar Roll and The Crusher. All of our events are productions of the 906 Adventure Team, a 501(c)3 whose mission is to empower people to become the best version of themselves through outdoor adventure. We don’t have a large staff of people (two, to be exact) or significant overhead, and that enables us to donate a significant portion of race revenues in two ways:

Since 2015, we’ve given back more than $141,000 to the trail-builders of RAMBA, NTN, Sisu Dirt Crews, WinMan and the DCNT. We also support youth adventure programs in three communities and have plans for that number to grow in the near future.

In 2021 we’re building a learning management system to train 150+ volunteer Adventure Leaders, and have our eyes on the future: planning to grow from 500 youth served to thousands. Together with your continued support and a network of dedicated partners, we will connect kids with each other, their communities, and give them a healthy alternative to time spent on devices.


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