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.

906 Adventure Team is a 501c3 Non-Profit based in Marquette, Michigan. Since 2014 we have been creating outdoor adventure experiences for youth through Adventure Bike Club and events like Polar Roll, The Crusher, and Marji Gesick. Our take on life is pretty simple – it’s an adventure. In life (and adventure) stuff doesn’t always go to plan. Things go wrong. Bad things happen to good people and you don’t overcome it by complaining or pointing fingers. The truth is adversity brings out the best of us – by taking us down unknown paths to find it. 


906 Adventure Team uses revenue from the events to support trail organizations and create more youth Adventure Teams. 


The Marji Gesick will donate $27,000 to local trails this year, bringing total trail donations since 2015 to $216,000. 


In 2022, with the help of corporate partners, we invested $40,000 in youth programs for three new Adventure Team communities. Resilience, confidence, community, and a sense of belonging have never been more important than it is for kids today. Adventure Teams help them “find their people”, the way you feel like you’ve found yours at Marji. 


We want you to know when you support 906 Adventure Team and the events you’re making life better here in Marquette County and in communities across the Midwest. 


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