Join us for the
24 mile, 35 mile, or
the NEW 60 mile race!
Join us for the
24 mile, 35 mile, or
the NEW 60 mile race!
Join us for the
24 mile, 35 mile, or
the NEW 60 mile race!
Goshen Brewing Co.

Steensma Lawn

Clark Logic

Yesterday's

Teocalli Leasing

SpinZone

Greenware

Ron's Beans

Details

About 6th Annual Melting Mann

Melting Mann is a Dirt Road Challenge for Mountain Bike, Fat Bike and/or Cycle Cross Bikes of all skill levels. First time racers and experts welcome! You’ll race throughout  Newberg, Penn, and Marcellus Townships in Cass County Michigan. The Melting Mann event is named after one of the most challenging sections of the route, MANN Road. MANN Road has been known to turn bikers into hikers! Also accessed via MANN Road, but buried deep in the woods of Michigan’s State land, is Mount Misery, one the highest natural geographical points in Southwest Michigan.

You may choose from a 24 mile, 35 mile, or the new 60 mile route. Come discover what many serious and successful bikers use as their training terrain!

Date & Times

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019
Start times:
9:00 a.m. 60 Mile Race
10:00 a.m. 24 & 35 Mile Races

Waves for all three distances will be designated and announced as race day approaches.  You must start in the correct wave.

Distances

24 Mile Route

Melting Mann 24 Mile Route Map

Melting Mann 24 Mile Connect Garmin Map

35 Mile Route

Melting Mann 35 Mile Route Map

Melting Mann 35 Mile Connect Garmin Map

60 Mile Route

Melting Mann 60 Mile Route Map

Melting Mann 60 Mile Connect Garmin Map

Melting Mann 60 Mile Strava File

Location

18035 W. State Street
Vandalia, MI 49095

Fees*

*A portion of every race fee is donated to NIMBA (Northern Indiana Mountain Bike Association), SWMMBA (Southwest Michigan Mountain Bike Association) and LMB (League of Michigan Bicyclers). Thank you to them and all organizations that support our biking industry and passion.

ONLINE REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE AT 5PM ON THURSDAY, MARCH 21st

REGISTRATION WILL BE AVAILABLE RACE DAY ONLY IF WE HAVE NOT EXCEEDED 1,000 PARTICIPANTS

  • $46 through March 15th, 2019, $63 after March 15th, 2019 and day of race. *
  • Juniors, Age 18 and under, receive $10 off their registration fee.
  • Tandem Division $65 through March 15th, 2019, $80 after March 15th, 2019 and day of race.*
  • Fee includes a T-shirt in sizes S, M, L, XL, and XXL. Only those who register by March 15th will be guaranteed a T-Shirt.
  • Registration is limited to 1000 participants.
  • *Prices and registration deadlines may change.

Divisions

  • 24 Mile/Short Route:Male and Female (0-19), (20-29), (30-39), (40-49), (50-59), (60 and Over). Male and Female Fat Tire.
  • 35 Mile Route:Male and Female (0-29), (30-39), (40-49), (50-59), (60 and Over), Male and Female Fat Tire, Co-ed Single Speed, and Tandem.
  • 60 Mile/Long Route: Open Class Race / Podium Pay Out & Prize Structure TBD.

Early Packet Pick-up and Registration

Early packet pick-up will be held on Friday, March 22nd from 5:00pm-8:00pm., at the "Melting Mann Registration Head Quarters” in the Vandalia Village Office/Youth Center, 18035 W. State St., (M-60) Vandalia, Michigan 49095. REGISTRATION WILL BE AVAILABLE ON-SITE FRIDAY, MARCH 22nd, DURING PACKET PICK-UP FROM 5:00PM-8:00PM AND ON RACE DAY IF WE HAVE NOT EXCEEDED 1,000 PARTICIPANTS. 

Course

Featuring 90% gravel roads, the 24 mile loop has over 1,000 vertical feet of ascent and the 35 mile loop has over 1,500 feet of vertical ascent.  

The new 60 mile loop offers just over 75% gravel with over 3,500 vertical feet of ascent. 

The course is an open road race course with vehicle traffic. You must follow the Michigan Vehicle Code and wear a ANSI/Snell approved bicycle helmet. RIDE SAFE and have tons of fun!

Awards

24 Mile Route placements receive medals through 3rd place. 
 
35 Mile Route placements receive medals and gift card prizes through 3rd place. 
Additionally, the fastest male and fastest female on the 35 mile route will each receive a $250 cash prize and be deemed the 2019 Melting Mann and Melting WoMann.
 
60 Mile Route placements will receive medals through 3rd place and will also include a minimum of five place cash pay outs for the fastest males and fastest females. At this time (March 1st, 2019) we have met a participation level for the men's division that allows us to commit to the following prize purse: 1st Place $250, 2nd Place $200, 3rd Place $150, 4th Place $100 and 5th Place $50. We are three weeks away from race day. The women's division is growing, pay out will be determined and announced closer to race day based on participation.
 
2018 Melting Mann total prizes amounted to over $5000.00.  We expect to surpass that amount for the 2019 6th Annual Melting Mann.

Timing & Results

Timing and results will be provided by Macs Sport Timing. We will be using Chrono Track Systems, featuring the disposable B-tag that remains attached to the race number.

Results will be posted continuously during the race for review, with results posted here after the completion of the event.

Race Day Outline

Please download and read the Race Day Outline for important information about your participation in Melting Mann.

2019 Race Day Outline

Melting Mann Custom Merchandise

Melting Mann Custom LS JerseyMelting Mann custom merchandise may be purchased during the online registration process or purchased separately. We have short and long sleeve jerseys, hoodies, mugs, beanies, growlers, buffs, insulated thermal mugs, hats and T-shirts for purchase. Some items have purchase deadlines, so order early to get your custom Melting Mann Merchandise! All merchandise* will be available for pick-up at the event. *Jersey's ordered after February 22nd, will require participant to be responsible for pick up arrangements or shipping expenses.

Melting Mann Merchandise

Local Accommodations

River Country TourismInn Between the Lakes

Melting Mann encourages participants to take advantage of early packet pick-up held from 5pm-8pm on Friday, March 22nd. We will treat you right on race day but treat yourself the night before by arriving to the area Friday night. Plan for dinner at Jaywalker Restaurant in White Pigeon, The Rock in Marcellus, Yesterday's of Granger, Indiana or Frankies and Roosters Wing Shack in Three Rivers. Choose one of the many local lodging options for a fun weekend and stress free race day. T&R Inn Between the Lakes is located less than 10 miles from Vandalia and several other options,starting at 15 miles away in southwest Michigan, are available through the the many River Country Tourism Lodgers. Stay with T & R Inn Between the Lakes or any of the River Country Tourism Lodgers and receive a $20.00 discount with the PROMO CODE MM2019. If you call to make reservations please mention the MM2019 Promo Code during your phone call. If making reservations online, please mention the MM2019 Promo Code during check-in.

Volunteers

Each year over 100 Melting Mann Volunteers make it happen!  Would you like to join us? Volunteer for Melting Mann

Adverse Weather Policy

Heart Smart Events, LLC reserves the right to delay or cancel the start of MELTING MANN in the event of inclement weather and/or unsafe road conditions. The definition of inclement weather and unsafe road conditions belongs solely to the discretion of the Heart Smart Events, LLC, Race Directors. Sorry no refunds)

Michigan Gravel Race Series

Melting Mann is one of the first races in the Michigan Gravel Race Series. Learn more about the series at www.michigangravelraceseries.com.

Pedal Bicycles

River Country Tourism

Central District Cyclery

SportsCrafters

Fat Tire Nation

Delvecchio Miller LLC

Affordable Solutions

MEC

Details

About 6th Annual Melting Mann

Melting Mann is a Dirt Road Challenge for Mountain Bike, Fat Bike and/or Cycle Cross Bikes of all skill levels. First time racers and experts welcome! You’ll race throughout  Newberg, Penn, and Marcellus Townships in Cass County Michigan. The Melting Mann event is named after one of the most challenging sections of the route, MANN Road. MANN Road has been known to turn bikers into hikers! Also accessed via MANN Road, but buried deep in the woods of Michigan’s State land, is Mount Misery, one the highest natural geographical points in Southwest Michigan.

You may choose from a 24 mile, 35 mile, or the new 60 mile route. Come discover what many serious and successful bikers use as their training terrain!

Date & Times

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019
Start times:
9:00 a.m. 60 Mile Race
10:00 a.m. 24 & 35 Mile Races

Waves for all three distances will be designated and announced as race day approaches.  You must start in the correct wave.

Distances

24 Mile Route

Melting Mann 24 Mile Route Map

Melting Mann 24 Mile Connect Garmin Map

35 Mile Route

Melting Mann 35 Mile Route Map

Melting Mann 35 Mile Connect Garmin Map

60 Mile Route

Melting Mann 60 Mile Route Map

Melting Mann 60 Mile Connect Garmin Map

Melting Mann 60 Mile Strava File

Location

18035 W. State Street
Vandalia, MI 49095

Fees*

*A portion of every race fee is donated to NIMBA (Northern Indiana Mountain Bike Association), SWMMBA (Southwest Michigan Mountain Bike Association) and LMB (League of Michigan Bicyclers). Thank you to them and all organizations that support our biking industry and passion.

ONLINE REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE AT 5PM ON THURSDAY, MARCH 21st

REGISTRATION WILL BE AVAILABLE RACE DAY ONLY IF WE HAVE NOT EXCEEDED 1,000 PARTICIPANTS

  • $46 through March 15th, 2019, $63 after March 15th, 2019 and day of race. *
  • Juniors, Age 18 and under, receive $10 off their registration fee.
  • Tandem Division $65 through March 15th, 2019, $80 after March 15th, 2019 and day of race.*
  • Fee includes a T-shirt in sizes S, M, L, XL, and XXL. Only those who register by March 15th will be guaranteed a T-Shirt.
  • Registration is limited to 1000 participants.
  • *Prices and registration deadlines may change.

Divisions

  • 24 Mile/Short Route:Male and Female (0-19), (20-29), (30-39), (40-49), (50-59), (60 and Over). Male and Female Fat Tire.
  • 35 Mile Route:Male and Female (0-29), (30-39), (40-49), (50-59), (60 and Over), Male and Female Fat Tire, Co-ed Single Speed, and Tandem.
  • 60 Mile/Long Route: Open Class Race / Podium Pay Out & Prize Structure TBD.

Early Packet Pick-up and Registration

Early packet pick-up will be held on Friday, March 22nd from 5:00pm-8:00pm., at the "Melting Mann Registration Head Quarters” in the Vandalia Village Office/Youth Center, 18035 W. State St., (M-60) Vandalia, Michigan 49095. REGISTRATION WILL BE AVAILABLE ON-SITE FRIDAY, MARCH 22nd, DURING PACKET PICK-UP FROM 5:00PM-8:00PM AND ON RACE DAY IF WE HAVE NOT EXCEEDED 1,000 PARTICIPANTS. 

Course

Featuring 90% gravel roads, the 24 mile loop has over 1,000 vertical feet of ascent and the 35 mile loop has over 1,500 feet of vertical ascent.  

The new 60 mile loop offers just over 75% gravel with over 3,500 vertical feet of ascent. 

The course is an open road race course with vehicle traffic. You must follow the Michigan Vehicle Code and wear a ANSI/Snell approved bicycle helmet. RIDE SAFE and have tons of fun!

Awards

24 Mile Route placements receive medals through 3rd place. 
 
35 Mile Route placements receive medals and gift card prizes through 3rd place. 
Additionally, the fastest male and fastest female on the 35 mile route will each receive a $250 cash prize and be deemed the 2019 Melting Mann and Melting WoMann.
 
60 Mile Route placements will receive medals through 3rd place and will also include a minimum of five place cash pay outs for the fastest males and fastest females. At this time (March 1st, 2019) we have met a participation level for the men's division that allows us to commit to the following prize purse: 1st Place $250, 2nd Place $200, 3rd Place $150, 4th Place $100 and 5th Place $50. We are three weeks away from race day. The women's division is growing, pay out will be determined and announced closer to race day based on participation.
 
2018 Melting Mann total prizes amounted to over $5000.00.  We expect to surpass that amount for the 2019 6th Annual Melting Mann.

Timing & Results

Timing and results will be provided by Macs Sport Timing. We will be using Chrono Track Systems, featuring the disposable B-tag that remains attached to the race number.

Results will be posted continuously during the race for review, with results posted here after the completion of the event.

Race Day Outline

Please download and read the Race Day Outline for important information about your participation in Melting Mann.

2019 Race Day Outline

Melting Mann Custom Merchandise

Melting Mann Custom LS JerseyMelting Mann custom merchandise may be purchased during the online registration process or purchased separately. We have short and long sleeve jerseys, hoodies, mugs, beanies, growlers, buffs, insulated thermal mugs, hats and T-shirts for purchase. Some items have purchase deadlines, so order early to get your custom Melting Mann Merchandise! All merchandise* will be available for pick-up at the event. *Jersey's ordered after February 22nd, will require participant to be responsible for pick up arrangements or shipping expenses.

Melting Mann Merchandise

Local Accommodations

River Country TourismInn Between the Lakes

Melting Mann encourages participants to take advantage of early packet pick-up held from 5pm-8pm on Friday, March 22nd. We will treat you right on race day but treat yourself the night before by arriving to the area Friday night. Plan for dinner at Jaywalker Restaurant in White Pigeon, The Rock in Marcellus, Yesterday's of Granger, Indiana or Frankies and Roosters Wing Shack in Three Rivers. Choose one of the many local lodging options for a fun weekend and stress free race day. T&R Inn Between the Lakes is located less than 10 miles from Vandalia and several other options,starting at 15 miles away in southwest Michigan, are available through the the many River Country Tourism Lodgers. Stay with T & R Inn Between the Lakes or any of the River Country Tourism Lodgers and receive a $20.00 discount with the PROMO CODE MM2019. If you call to make reservations please mention the MM2019 Promo Code during your phone call. If making reservations online, please mention the MM2019 Promo Code during check-in.

Volunteers

Each year over 100 Melting Mann Volunteers make it happen!  Would you like to join us? Volunteer for Melting Mann

Adverse Weather Policy

Heart Smart Events, LLC reserves the right to delay or cancel the start of MELTING MANN in the event of inclement weather and/or unsafe road conditions. The definition of inclement weather and unsafe road conditions belongs solely to the discretion of the Heart Smart Events, LLC, Race Directors. Sorry no refunds)

Michigan Gravel Race Series

Melting Mann is one of the first races in the Michigan Gravel Race Series. Learn more about the series at www.michigangravelraceseries.com.

Goshen Brewing Co.

Steensma Lawn

Clark Logic

Yesterday's

Teocalli Leasing

SpinZone

Greenware

Ron's Beans
Pedal Bicycles

River Country Tourism

Central District Cyclery

SportsCrafters

Fat Tire Nation

Delvecchio Miller LLC

Affordable Solutions

MEC