“Ya, I rode all over this back in the eighties with hybrid tires on a cheap piece of gaspipe I got for free buying a stereo from American of Marquette. This ride ain’t that tough. It’s going to challenge some people, but there’s a lot of miles of fast gravel too. An expert rider could do most of it on a road bike with 28c rubber, so long as they were up for pushing a few miles. Rode it a month ago sitting bolt upright on a vintage Stumpie with British handlebars. Psssya.” -ride review by a jaded old Yooper out on the course a few weeks ago.
Onto the Mulligan Plains
The Huron Mountain Crusher is a 55+ mile gravel grinder bicycle ride across portions of the Huron Mountains in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Most of the Crusher is along unpaved county highways with active mining and logging traffic (RIDE AWARE – RIDE WITH CARE). much of the route is fast and packed gravel but riders will encounter the full gamut of road conditions found in the UP, from stellar to subhuman. The Crusher route includes both one of the best, and one of the worst, gravel road descents in Michigan.
The ride is about 10 percent pavement,
60 percent gravel
Pristine Gravel on 510
15 percent sand
Steep Sandy Hike-a-bike
and about 15 percent doubletrack,
with 3,000 feet of cumulative elevation gain. If you want to preview some of the course, scroll down to the videos below or watch them at you tube .
It is remote, there are no stores, stops, bathrooms or amenities of any kind. Cell phone coverage is spotty. There are NO shortcuts off the course once you are riding it – other than turning around less than halfway, there is no bailout.
The Crusher is an “ALL-ROAD” event. Aside from several optional workarounds to avoid mudholes
Mid-ride Swimming Hole
low lying areas
or challenging rock gardens
at no point does the Crusher route use singletrack trails. While sections of the Crusher call out for a wider tire, riders could complete the course on a wide variety of bikes.
The Yooper may have been sandbagging the ride a bit, but his stories checked out. He’s obviously enjoyed the Crusher – will you?
Huron Mountain Crusher. Sunday Aug 24. 10 AM. Old 510 Bridge. Marquette County. Michigan.