SELF-SUPPORTED. YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN. THERE’S NO ONE OUT THERE TO SAVE YOU
07.01.23 – 09.30.23
An enhanced gravel experience for the #uncivilized
The Crusher welcomes all riders to explore U.P. gravel, two-tracks, and wilderness at their own pace. Some will come to race. Others will come for the adventure, and a chance to put a green dot next to their name. The Crusher is not your typical race experience – and the differences extend well beyond a rugged and remote course. You’ll receive a passport in place of a name plate, be required to prove you did the course by collecting checkpoint selfies along the way, and experience a race start best described as “chill”. Instead of shoving ya inside gates like cattle ,we let you roam about basecamp until the clock hits go time… when you can either take off like a hungry yeti after tourists or sit and enjoy your morning coffee until you’re ready to go.
Crusher-EX is to gravel what Marji Gesick is to mountain biking. There we said it. It’s not hype. Most organizations have a marketing department to hype things up because they need to make whatever they’re trying to sell sound better than it really is. We don’t do that. We have a good ole fashioned truth department that tells it like it is. You have to do your homework. You have to be prepared. You will be alone. Cell service is unreliable. The weather is unpredictable. There are more animals per square mile than people. We’re not coming to save you.
Review stories (https://crushergravel.com/details/stories/) from Crusher’s past and join the Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/466926573872814. Both will be valuable points of reference as you prepare to crush it in the new year.
SELF-SUPPORTED. MASS STARTS. COMMUNITY
07.15.2023 – 07.16.23
With 30% of Michigan’s land mass and only 3% of its population, the Upper Peninsula is a wilderness of barely-maintained logging roads, jeep trails and singletrack. Gravel, but better. Enhanced.
You’re going to see some nice gravel. You’re going to see some burly, rocky, mean gravel too. There’s not a lot of hike-a-bike but enough to leave you with some stories. Sand. River crossings. Rock. Cell service is highly questionable and not to be relied on. Wildlife. The bear love a well-seasoned gravel rider – maybe you should bring pepper spray. You’ll climb Michigan’s highest peak (Mt. Arvon). You will feel alone, and at the same time fully present, as the road ahead requires full attention and mental sharpness.
We don’t tell you this to scare you, or to brag. You can do this, but be prepared. Enhanced gravel is meant to crush comfort zones.
A gravel experience for the #civilized
CRUSHER-MS is about getting together and building community. MS events abide by the same self-supported, you’re on your own, no one is out there to save your ass ethos. MS events are the perfect point of entry for beginners, your spouse, a friend, and kids. You read that right kids are at Crusher too, and we’re not talking about some 4-mile ride on pavement. They’re doing the 40, 100, or175. The courses are more #civilized and you’re never really alone but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Make no mistake… you’ll be tested in every way. The goal is to send you home a brand new person.
We encourage you to review stories (https://crushergravel.com/details/stories/) from Crusher’s past and join the Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/466926573872814. Both will be valuable points of reference as you prepare to crush it in the new year.
A BRAND NEW PASSPORT WILL BE RELEASED IN JUNE 2023, BUT FOR NOW YOU CAN DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE 2022 PASSPORT TO LEARN ABOUT THE GEAR, SELF SUPPORTED ETHOS, RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, LEAVE NO TRACE COMMITMENT, CHECKPOINTS, AND MORE.