The results are here for the Black Bear Gran Fondo 2017 tour!

Our Goals

Retain our loyal
Black Bear fans

Appeal to a broader range
of cyclists with additional
distance options
(100, 62 and 45 mile routes)
and the flexibility of a
gran fondo start.

Support Hanson Hills
Recreation Area with proceeds
from the 2018 event a gem
in our community.

Feature all that the Grayling
Area has to offer, including
Hanson Hills Recreation Area
and the beauty of the
AuSable River Valley and
a community who
welcomes cyclists!

The Black Bear Gran Fondo cycling event will start and end at HHRA (Hanson Hills Recreation Area), 7601 Old Lake Road, Grayling, MI 49738, in the heart of northern Michigan. The following are highlights of the Black Bear Gran Fondo 2018:

  • Free rustic camping (no water/no electric) will be available on Friday evening, July 13 on the grounds of Hanson Hills Recreation Area (access from M-93). Hartwick Pines State Park or North or South Higgins Lake State Park and various private campgrounds in the area are available for those interested in weekend camping.
  • For those of you who arrive on Friday evening, and are looking for craft beer, our town of Grayling has a number of places serving craft beer and they would love to meet you!
  • Rest stations approximately every 15-20 miles with nutrition/hydration support and biobreak facilities.
  • Finish line cuts off at 4:00 PM. Any participant finishing after that time will need to self-report to Gault Race Management, if you want your time included in the results.
  • Celebration meal will also take place on the HHRA grounds until 430PM. Meals for family and friends can be purchased in pre-registration only and wrist bands will be provided in packets.


The HHRA (Hanson Hills Recreation Area) campus will designate a parking area for the Black Bear event.

(Hanson Hills Recreation Area)
in Grayling, Michigan

Program your phone with the following address:
7601 Old Lake Road, Grayling, MI 49738

From the South

Take I-75 North to Grayling Exit 254. Continue on I-75 Business Loop through three traffic lights and turn left at the third traffic light onto M-72 West. Just past Northbound Outfitters (on your left), turn left onto Old Lake Road and stay on Old Lake Road until you reach Hanson Hills Recreation Area and look for Black Bear directional signs.

From the North

Take I-75 South to Grayling Exit 259 and turn right onto M-93/I-75 BUS toward Downtown/Grayling/Traverse City/M-72. Keep going until you reach Old US-27 (There is a stop there and Grayling High School is across the intersection and to your right). Turn left onto Old US27 until you reach M72 West. Turn right on M72 West, and just past Northbound Outfitters, turn left onto Old Lake Road. Take Old Lake Road all the way to Hanson Hills and look for Black Bear signs.


For those of you have pre-registered, your packet will be available on Friday evening, July 13  from 5:00 PM until 7:30 PM at Northbound Outfitters, 6041 W. M-72, Grayling, MI 4973.  You may also pick your packet up just prior to your ride on Saturday morning between 6:30 AM and 8:30 AM in the Hanson Hills Recreation Area (HHRA) Main Lodge. Please be conscious of the start time for your selected course.

For those of you who waited to register, on-site registration will be at the same locations and times as packet pick-up.  Ride fees are $60 if you register on event weekend (July 13 and 14).

2018 T-shirt!


For students under the age of 18, registration fees are $25 regardless of when you register for the event.


Rest stations, SAG mechanics, timers and rest stop volunteers all have cut-off times for  their availability to our riders and we will adhere to these limits so please make a plan if you are still on the course after these times and you require any type of support.  If you finish your loop after 4:00 PM, you may self-report to our new Northern Michigan timing company, Endurance Evolution (hello@enduranceevolution.com) if you would like your time included in the official results. 

The following are posted cut-off times:

Rest Stop Cut-off Times
Rest Stop #CountyLocationCut-off Time100 Mile Loop62 Mile Loop45 Mile Loop
1CrawfordLovells (E County Rd 612 and Lovells Rd)10:30 AM23
1ACrawfordM-72 & Stephan Bridge Rd10:00 AM15.5
2RoscommonM-18 & M-72E12:00PM41
3RoscommonCOOR ISD2:00PM633217.5
4RoscommonSt. Hubert’s Catholic Church3:30 PM85.54730.5

SAG (Support and Gear) – 3:30 PM
Evolution Evolution timers at finish line – 4:00 PM
Finish line celebration meal – 4:00 PM (box meals provided for those that finish after buffet line closes)


There will be nutrition/hydration stations with porta potties in four locations approximately every 20 miles for the 100 mile loop and there will be three rest stops for the 62 mile loop, and two rest stations for the 45 mile loop. The final rest station at the finish line for both loops. Nutrition/hydration stations will be well stocked with food items that appeal to cyclists as well as water and other types of hydration.


A delicious celebration meal will be waiting for you after you cross the finish line and depending on when that occurs, it will either classify as lunch or early dinner. Additional meals for family/friends can be purchased in pre-registration only so we can plan for food quantity needed.


You can prepare special needs bags to be sent out to the various rest stops. We recommend you place your items in a large Ziploc bag with your name, cell phone number, which loop you rode, and the rest stop where you would like to pick it up. Bags must be dropped off to one of our volunteers during Friday night packet pick-up between 5:00 PM and 7:30 PM.


If you need something returned from one of our rest stops (jacket, arm warmers, etc.) ask a volunteer at one of the rest stops for a gallon sized Ziploc and a sharpie. Put your things in the Ziploc bag, write your name, rider number and cell phone number on the bag and drop it in the bin designated for this purpose and they will be transported to the finish line area (special needs bags can be returned this way as well).

SAG (Support and Gear) mechanic vehicles

Support vehicles will be on the courses with obvious SAG signage. They will be carrying tools, tubes and pumps. They can also carry you to the nearest stop if necessary. In the event you cannot finish, they can arrange a ride back to Hanson Hills Recreation Area (HHRA). Their cell phone numbers will be provided in your packet.


Sweep vehicles will follow the last rider on each route with SWEEP signage.


Please ride within your ability and adjust your route accordingly to make sure you are off the course by the listed cutoff time of 4:00 PM. If you change your mind and either want to ride a shorter loop or a longer loop, we just ask you to let us know so you will be timed accordingly with the correct group.


This event is entirely directed and produced by volunteers and is a Grayling Rotary event. We pride ourselves on the feedback we have received from cyclists all across the state and the country and are committed to providing you the experience we have become known for.

All proceeds from the Black Bear Gran Fondo will support programs that help the Grayling Rotary Club close service gaps and support community needs.

More Information About the Race!

Download The Black Bear Grand Fondo Informational Brochure

Hanson Hills
Recreation Area

7601 Old Lake Road
Grayling, MI 49738

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