225 Miles

Copper Harbor to Marquette

THE ROUTE

Copper Harbor to Marquette. You, a couple hundred friends, and the wild U.P. In our opinion, a better day on the bike does not exist. Riders in the 2019 event described it as “the best course I’ve ever ridden, it had a little bit of everything.” If Mother Nature cooperates we’ll change up the course for 2020 to be even more “enhanced.”

EVENTS

For 2020 we’ll have three 225-mile event options:

SOLO CRUSHER

Just like 2019, this event pits you against the course. All by yourself.

CORPORATE CRUSHER RELAY

3 riders per team, all employed by the same company. the ultimate team-building exercise. Riders will hand-off the tracking beacon at Houghton and L’anse. Since The Crusher is a production of The 906 Adventure Team, a 501(c)3 non-profit, get your boss to pay for the entry fee.

CRUSHER RELAY

Similar to the Corporate Crusher Relay, but the only difference is that you don’t all have to work for the same company.

REQUIREMENTS

All event participants are required to know the self-supported ethos, take photos at checkpoints and to abide by the rules. GPS is mandatory. The course is not marked. Required gear lists are provided, may be updated prior to the race, and are considered mandatory. Failure to pass gear check will result in DQ. All items (yes, even the snorkel) are required.

CRUSHER PASSPORT

You will be provided a booklet in lieu of a number plate. Traditional race plates are dead to us. Think of your passport as your number plate. DO NOT LOSE IT. You’ll be required to show it at checkpoints, and at the finish line. The passport will contain helpful information such as: required gear checklist, the rules, course information, bail point information, and more.

BASECAMP | LOGISTICS

This is your basecamp: Trails End Campground, Copper Harbor, Michigan.

We have reserved enough sites for everyone. Sites can be claimed on a first come-first serve basis. Please be advised, we will all need to share space and campsites with each other. A minimum of two tents per site will be required to fit everyone, if you’re bringing a trailer, you will need to figure out where to put it. Race HQ will be run out of the 906 Adventure Team trailers.

Your camping has been paid for. If you feel guilty, donate to our youth programs.

If you paid for the supported package:

We will shuttle you and your bike to Copper Harbor. The shuttle will run one time on Friday. We recommend planning to be in town Thursday night or early FRIDAY morning. We plan to shuttle out of Marquette at 11am and 4pm (you reserved a spot on the planning survey). Tracking beacons will be given to you Friday night, along with your passport. Saturday morning you’ll put your camping gear on a trailer and we’ll shuttle it back to Marquette.

If you paid for the unsupported package:

You will get yourself to Copper Harbor. Find us at Trails End. Set camp. Get your passport. Get ready.

CHECK-IN | START TIME | CHECKPOINTS | CUT-OFF

CHECK-IN (PACKET PICKUP): Friday night, Trails End Campground, Copper Harbor, Michigan

GEAR CHECK: Friday night, Trails End Campground, Copper Harbor, Michigan

RACE START: Saturday morning, 5:30 AM, Trails End Campground, Copper Harbor, Michigan

CHECKPOINTS: Mandatory on-course checkpoints. Listed in your passport at check-in.

SATURDAY CUT-OFF: Must leave L’anse by 2:00 AM Sunday Morning – 21.5 hours into the event. Racers who have not arrived and left by this time will be marked DNF.

EVENT CUT-OFF: Racers must cross the Forestville finish line before 5:30 PM on Sunday (36-hours after the Saturday start)

KEY POINTS

  • REQUIRED GEAR IS MANDATORY.
  • GPS IS MANDATORY.
  • GPX-files will be provided by the event prior to race day.
  • The course IS NOT MARKED.
  • Cell service is unreliable, if not impossible.

SUPPORT CREW

Many racers will arrive in the U.P. with family and friends planning to serve as a support team. We encourage this activity, but please be advised we are working on and will issue some guidelines intended to manage where and when support can be provided. The most likely answer will be in one of the three predetermined checkpoints. Stay tuned for more information on the topic.

THE CRUSHER 2020

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