“That was without a doubt—100%—no doubt about it—the hardest hundred and likely the hardest single day race in America for Mountain Biking.” – Jeremiah Bishop, 2-time USA National Champion, and World-class Professional Mountain Bike Racer
Marquette County features some of the wildest winter weather this side of Alaska. Deep snow, blistering winds, polar vortexes and untimely warm weather can turn winter races into epic adventures overnight. You will be tested physically and mentally. There will be times you’ll push and pull your bike. But just about the time you are ready to quit… our Bacon & Hugs Aid Station will be there to make sure you don’t.
The O2S is a point-to-point race, with riders gearing up at the start line in Negaunee, where in 1844 iron ore was first discovered in the Superior region. The long distance course travels through Ishpeming, past towering head frames from the heyday of underground mining, and then heads north into the beautiful wooded wilderness, crossing or running along side of the Dead River all the way into Marquette to the Lake Superior shoreline.
The Marquette Trails Festival is a multi-day celebration of the non-motorized trails in Marquette. It consists of multiple events, both competitive and recreational, that showcase the many ways that the trails are used. Events include mountain bike racing, trail runs, scenic hikes and a trail tour. Events are hosted on the NTN South Trails Network in the Heartwood Forestlands.
This annual event includes three races – 35 miles and 18 miles for all ages and 2.5 miles for youths. Come ride the amazing trail-system that has so much to offer! The festival at Al Quaal Recreation Area will be fun for the whole family; complete with a silent auction, kids activities, The Junior Classic Bike Race, Food, music and much more! There is also a short track sprint race on Sunday for the pro racers and a comp class. Come ride the West-End of Marquette county this summer and see all the area has to offer.
The Iron Range Roll is a relay/run/bicycle event that celebrates the heritage and recreational culture of Marquette County – all in the name of giving back to our community’s youth through the YMCA of Marquette County’s Reach & Rise youth mentoring program. Along the Iron Ore Heritage Trial from downtown Ishpeming to the iconic Ore Dock in Marquette, recreational and community enthusiasts of all ages will participate in a friendly timed downhill excursion on foot, bicycle, or as part of a relay team. The Iron Range Roll aims to be an all-inclusive event that promotes fun, healthy living, and giving back with participants of all ages and abilities.