Adventure Bike (Gravel, pavement) 4:18:00  50.35 mi (11.7 mph)
One Helluva Ride - Chelsea, MI
A fellow Banded Goose rider recommended this event to Paul and I. An hour and a half from our place (easy border crossing early on Saturday morning with Nexus card) - and we were parked and unloading at the Chelsea Fairgrounds. We did the 42 mile gravel route, but on Jeff's advisement, added in the Big Kame and Green Lake loops of the DTE single track. That was super fun. The gravel on the rest of the course (following much of the Waterloo Grit and Gravel course) wasn't fast.....there was sandy gravel and gravelly sand. In fact, the course was firmer/faster when we have ridden it in November or February in the past. The shady sections were nice, and we didn't complain about head winds on this very hot day.
Food and watermelon at the finish, water and snacks at aid stations.....well marked course (we didn't load it in our Garmins)......a great event!