For riders who love single track, the Red Earth Classic is a must do. Held at the end of July near Ishpeming, I raced in the 19 mile version and placed first in my Clydesdale category, 25th overall and 8th in the 40-something age group.
The Al Quaal Ski Area hosted the finish line and the final seven miles, teasing the racer past the finishing area along the ski trails before spitting them back into the woods for the final four miles of mixed singletrack and ski trail climbs.
It was a break through race on a personal level. I was hydrated and fed better than in any other race, although the twelve miles of singletrack beat me up. For me singletrack is a slow, methodical section of races. I will have to practice it some more.