Bike racers from around the world kick into high gear for northern Michigan event

More than 5,000 mountain bikers took part in the 23rd annual Iceman Cometh Challenge in 2012.

Mountain bike racers from around the world are in northern Michigan, gearing up for the

24th annual Iceman Cometh Challenge


The 29-mile race of hardwood forest, meadows and ski trails takes athletes from Kalkaska to Traverse City Saturday. The event is hailed as the largest point-to-point one day bike race in the world.

Event organizers say 5400 racers are signed up to take part and come from as far away as Europe and South America. Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City added additional flights that could handle bicycles and additional gear for the event.

The start line is located in Kalkaska at the corner of Walnut Street and 4th Street. The race ends at Timber Ridge RV & Recreation Resort east of Traverse City.

Four buses will be available to bring racers and fans to the area. A map with parking information is available by

clicking here


More than $52,000 in cash prizes and $10,000 in merchandise prizes will be awarded Saturday during the event.

Iceman is unique because of the unpredictable weather during November in northern Michigan. In 2012, racers battled the cold and snow. Storm Team Meteorologist Joe Charlevoix said this year, weather should be dry with a very slight chance for a lingering shower or sprinkle. North winds will be at 5-10 mph with a lot of clouds.