About the Cup
The Red Jacket Cycling Team is proud to present the ninth annual Keweenaw Cup Cyclocross Race, a two-day cyclocross extravaganza! Held in conjunction with the UPCROSS Points Series. The October 26 and 27, 2019, event again brings cyclocross racing to the Keweenaw. Prizes to be awarded to overall weekend champions in five classes.

All races are citizen races; a USA Cycling license is NOT required.

Both days of racing will again be contested in Copper Harbor, situated at the very top of Michigan. But changes are in store for this year: Saturday’s Top of the World Smackdown will be held at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge in Copper Harbor; Sunday’s race will be contested at Trails End Campground (turn left at the light in CH, <1 mile down M26).

Racers, spectators friends and family are encouraged to make a weekend of the race and consider spending a night or two at one of the fine establishments in downtown Copper Harbor. Saturday’s post-race festivities will be held at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge following Saturday’s racing. Dinner and music are included in race entry, tickets available for friends, family and spectators.

Proceeds from the Keweenaw Cup will benefit the Copper Harbor Trails Club, the organization responsible for the incredible network of mountain bike trails etched into the tip of the Keweenaw. It takes time and money to build the trails and acquire the land the trails are built on. And this is the Red Jacket Cycling Team’s contribution to protecting, preserving and expanding the trails.

Not sure what cyclocross is? Races are fast and furious – 30 minutes for women, kids and beginners; 45 minutes for expert men. Riders typically use modified road bikes – cantilever brakes and knobby tires, though any type of bike will work. Races are run over a short lap course (~1 miles) – so there’s plenty of opportunity for cheering and jeering from spectators. There are barriers that need to be run over, single track that has to be navigated, sand traps, mud holes, grass, dirt, pavement. The worse the weather the better. It’s hard to understand unless you’ve done it  – and once you’ve done it you still won’t understand it, but you won’t be able to stop doing it. The sport is huge in Europe and has grown incredibly fast in the US in the past 5 or so years. Even in the U.P. Here’s a video that might shed some light on the sport for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWxuDZL_420. Learn more over at wikipedia.

The Races
Saturday, October 26, 2019: Top of the World Smackdown at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge (racing gets underway at 1:45pm)

Sunday, October 27, 2019: Downtown Hoedown
Trails End Campground (racing gets underway at 11:45am)

The Prizes
This year, the Keweenaw Cup will be awarding prizes handcrafted by local artisians to the top three finishers of the women’s A and B and men ‘s A, B and C classes. Competitors must race both days to be eligible for awards. No kids races this year, but they’re more than welcome to race with in the B or C class.

Saturday, October 26, 2019
Location: Keweeanw Mountain Lodge
Cost: $20** (includes post race dinner and social gathering at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge; additional meal tickets available $10/person; max. $20/family up to 4. Proceeds to benefit the Copper Harbor Trails Club.)

Category     Start time     Duration
Women B / Men C     2:00pm     30 minutes
Women A / Men B    2:45pm     30 minutes
Men A     3:30pm     45 minutes

Dinner: 6:00pm, Keweenaw Mountain Lodge
Music TBD.

Lodging: Racers wishing to spend the night in Copper Harbor are encouraged to make advanced reservations. Please refer to the Lodging page for details.

Sunday, October 27, 2019
Location: Trails End Campground

Cost: $10

Category     Start time     Duration
Women B / Men C     12:00pm     30 minutes
Women A / Men B     12:45pm     30 minutes
Men A     1:30pm     45 minutes

Awards to follow men’s A race.

Registration is available day of the race: $30 for two days of racing ($20 for Saturday only; $10 for Sunday only). Saturday’s fee includes a pasta dinner and music.

Questions or need more information? E-mail Chris Schmidt or call 906.370.1997.

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