Iceman Info for Jonathan and Chad


#1

At the end of episode 192 Jonathan and Chad were discussing Iceman Cometh Challenge. ( https://www.iceman.com/ ) They guess it was likely a 100 mile race in the snow. It is actually just under 30 miles with the distance changing a bit every year due to a surprise finish create every year just before the race. I have down this race 4 years in a row and have only seen minimal flurries, meaning 4 straight year of “niceman”. In 2014 the conditions were bad and it was a “mudman”, and there were mean years I have heard of where it was a true “Iceman”.

The crew up there puts on a terrific race and the finish line area is some of what makes it such a special race with over 5,000 in the field.
Here is some history: https://www.iceman.com/pages/the-iceman-history

First half of this video gives you a bit of perspective of what the finish is like.


#2

@chad @Jonathan @Nate - If you fellas come up to god’s country, I’ll swanny for you! It really is a great race.


#3

double swanny and I’ll buy you a beer.

am i the only Michiganer that laughs at the race growing 70 miles by the time these guys hear about it?


#4

No kidding, right?! I mean, yeah, some look like hell @ Williamsburg Road but that’s only 17 in :rofl:


#5

look closely at my profile pic…that was heading back out and deep pain cave…i’m pretty sure there is drool


#6

That’s a river! (jk)


#7

Only 30 miles…that makes it more interesting :-D.

I wish you could fly with bikes for free! I will work on da boys.


#8

https://www.iceman.com/pages/registration-info

‘Registration for the 2019 Bell’s Beer Iceman Cometh Challenge, Saturday, November 2nd, will open on Friday, March 1st at 11:00 AM at Bell’s Eccentric Café in Kalamazoo and 7 Monks Taproom in Traverse City. Once again registration will be limited to the first 5,000 Iceman riders and 300 Meijer Slush Cup riders.’


#9

The CBS Pro coverage is finally up on YouTube… https://youtu.be/nvx-xJamg8U


#10

It’s a fun race. I’ve done it when it was a true iceman complete with lots of snow. Even won the junior sport class :). But that was back in 1999 I think it was :joy:.

People now-a-days ride their 4” wide fat tire bikes and float on the snow. Back then, we used 26” tires 1.8” wide and had to carve a trail from 5’ of snow without even gloves on our hands :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


#11

Come on Nate. Make it happen. You guys would love the race. I’ve been working on you guys for three years now to get you here :grinning:. We’d have a pretty good TR team representing. Get your buddy Kabush’s take on it and I’ll see you in November.


#12

def. a good laugh! 100 miles would be a very different race!

Come on TR team… This has your name written all over it! For us michiganders, this kicks off the trainer season! :wink:


#13

Definitely worth checking out. It isn’t an exceptionally hard race unless you choose to pedal hard, so it is the perfect end to the season. Post race there is a killer scene, good beer(@chad), and is generally a fun end to the season rather than an event that tests your endurance. Would love to see you guys make the trip to Michigan for a very unique event.


#14

I’m doing this race for the first time this year. This essentially guarantees it will be abysmal weather.

If the TR crew wanted to do a week in Michigan they could do the Lowell 50 the week before and get a taste for what fast, Midwest gravel racing is like.