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

Steensma Lawn

Clark Logic

Yesterday's

Fatshack

SpinZone

Greenware

Golden Bear Bikes

Details

Race Day Information

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

Race Day Outline

Race Day Parking Map

Race Day Grounds Map

Please note that details of our typical race day may change and be adjusted to comply with CDC guidelines and suggested COVID19 related social practices. 

About 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, September 18, 2021
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 (There may be slight changes to course closer to race date)

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) and SWMMBA (Southwest Michigan Mountain Bike Association). In 2020, after our 7th Annual Melting Mann Virtual Event, we made a $5,000 donation to St. Joseph County Parks and Recreation and also contributed $500 to the Friends of Cass County Parks, to support local trail improvement and development of local trails. Thank you to all the organizations that support our biking industry and passion. Since our first event in 2014, Heart Smart Events has donated over $16,000 to our local biking community.

FEES SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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

  • $65 Entry Fee
  • Fee Includes a T-Shirt in sizes S, M, L, XL and XXL. SAVE $5 by opting out of our Event T.  Only those who register by September 9th will be guranteed a T-Shirt.
  • Juniors, Age 18 and under, receive $10 off their registration fee.
  • Tandem Division $85 
  • Registration is limited to 1000 participants.
  • *Prices and registration deadlines may change.

Divisions

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

Early Packet Pick-up and Registration

Early packet pick-up will be held on Friday, September 17th, 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, September 17th, 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! E-Bikes are not allowed. For the safety of all racers, we will not allow AERO BARS which follows the USA Cycling Rules.

Awards

24 Mile Race placements receive medals through 3rd place. 
 
35 Mile Race 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 2021 Melting Mann and Melting WoMann.
 
Each Division in 60 Mile Race will receive medals through 3rd place. The cash pay out structure for each gender is based on a minimum participation level of 65 racers*. 1st Place $500 / 2nd Place $400 / 3rd Place $300 / 4th Place $200 / 5th Place $100. *We thank Golden Bear Bikes of Elkhart, Indiana for the 1st place prize purse in both the male/female 60 mile race and also The Pit Fitness Ranch for sponsoring our race plates AND for generously sponsoring the remaining prize purse of 60 Mile Women's Division.
 
2019 Melting Mann total prizes amounted to over $7000.00.  We expect to surpass that amount for our 2021, 8th 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.

The Top 3 in each category of the 24 Mile and 35 Mile categories as well as the Top 5 in the 60 Mile will be determined by Gun Start (who crosses the finish line first).  All other results will be determined by chip time.

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

Race Day Photographs and Music

The Melting Mann Dirt Road Challenge will be professionally photographed by Kristopher Ouvry Photography. Music will be provided by South Bend Premiere Wedding and Event DJ.

South Bend Premiere Wedding and Event DJ
Kristopher-Ouvry-Photography

In addition to Ron's Beans Coffee, Goshen Brewing Company Brew, Melting Mom Chocolate Chip Cookies and Post Race Snacks we will be offering a catered lunch:

We will be offering Mexican Style Fare / Burrito Bowls (with vegetarian option). Advance price is just $8.00, Day Of cost will be $10.00.  On the day of our event, the catered meal will be available for purchase at Registration and in our Celebration Area from 12pm-3pm with the $10 Day Of purchase, limited to caterers supply. PLEASE PURCHASE YOUR FOOD TICKETS IN ADAVANCE!

Please follow the instructions if you have already registered for the event as a rider or would like to make the advanced $8.00 purchase for yourself, a family member or spectator.

1. Click on Purchase Melting Mann Meal Ticket(s)

2. Page Down Below the Race Categories

3. Click on the Event Food Tickets titled "SELECT AN OPTION"

4. Choose Quantity

5. Page Down until you see and choose one of two options: "REGISTER WITH BIKEREG ACCOUNT" or "REGISTER AS A GUEST"

6. Complete Purchase

Advance Purchase Food Tickets will be included with your riders packet at registration or available when showing identification as you enter the Celebration Area. 

Melting Mann Custom Merchandise

Melting Mann Custom LS JerseyMelting Mann custom merchandise may be purchased during the online registration process or purchased separately. We offer 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 July 15th, 2021 may require participant to be responsible for pick up arrangements or shipping expenses. If not pre-purchased, quantities will be limited on race day. 

Melting Mann Merchandise

Local Supporters

Melting Mann encourages participants to take advantage of early packet pick-up held from 5pm-8pm on Friday, September 17th, 2021. 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. 

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

Pedal Bicycles

Velocity

Ron's Beans

SportsCrafters

Fat Tire Nation

Neo Trailers

Affordable Solutions

MEC

Pit Fitness Ranch

Details

Race Day Information

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

Race Day Outline

Race Day Parking Map

Race Day Grounds Map

Please note that details of our typical race day may change and be adjusted to comply with CDC guidelines and suggested COVID19 related social practices. 

About 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, September 18, 2021
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 (There may be slight changes to course closer to race date)

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) and SWMMBA (Southwest Michigan Mountain Bike Association). In 2020, after our 7th Annual Melting Mann Virtual Event, we made a $5,000 donation to St. Joseph County Parks and Recreation and also contributed $500 to the Friends of Cass County Parks, to support local trail improvement and development of local trails. Thank you to all the organizations that support our biking industry and passion. Since our first event in 2014, Heart Smart Events has donated over $16,000 to our local biking community.

FEES SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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

  • $65 Entry Fee
  • Fee Includes a T-Shirt in sizes S, M, L, XL and XXL. SAVE $5 by opting out of our Event T.  Only those who register by September 9th will be guranteed a T-Shirt.
  • Juniors, Age 18 and under, receive $10 off their registration fee.
  • Tandem Division $85 
  • Registration is limited to 1000 participants.
  • *Prices and registration deadlines may change.

Divisions

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

Early Packet Pick-up and Registration

Early packet pick-up will be held on Friday, September 17th, 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, September 17th, 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! E-Bikes are not allowed. For the safety of all racers, we will not allow AERO BARS which follows the USA Cycling Rules.

Awards

24 Mile Race placements receive medals through 3rd place. 
 
35 Mile Race 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 2021 Melting Mann and Melting WoMann.
 
Each Division in 60 Mile Race will receive medals through 3rd place. The cash pay out structure for each gender is based on a minimum participation level of 65 racers*. 1st Place $500 / 2nd Place $400 / 3rd Place $300 / 4th Place $200 / 5th Place $100. *We thank Golden Bear Bikes of Elkhart, Indiana for the 1st place prize purse in both the male/female 60 mile race and also The Pit Fitness Ranch for sponsoring our race plates AND for generously sponsoring the remaining prize purse of 60 Mile Women's Division.
 
2019 Melting Mann total prizes amounted to over $7000.00.  We expect to surpass that amount for our 2021, 8th 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.

The Top 3 in each category of the 24 Mile and 35 Mile categories as well as the Top 5 in the 60 Mile will be determined by Gun Start (who crosses the finish line first).  All other results will be determined by chip time.

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

Race Day Photographs and Music

The Melting Mann Dirt Road Challenge will be professionally photographed by Kristopher Ouvry Photography. Music will be provided by South Bend Premiere Wedding and Event DJ.

South Bend Premiere Wedding and Event DJ
Kristopher-Ouvry-Photography

In addition to Ron's Beans Coffee, Goshen Brewing Company Brew, Melting Mom Chocolate Chip Cookies and Post Race Snacks we will be offering a catered lunch:

We will be offering Mexican Style Fare / Burrito Bowls (with vegetarian option). Advance price is just $8.00, Day Of cost will be $10.00.  On the day of our event, the catered meal will be available for purchase at Registration and in our Celebration Area from 12pm-3pm with the $10 Day Of purchase, limited to caterers supply. PLEASE PURCHASE YOUR FOOD TICKETS IN ADAVANCE!

Please follow the instructions if you have already registered for the event as a rider or would like to make the advanced $8.00 purchase for yourself, a family member or spectator.

1. Click on Purchase Melting Mann Meal Ticket(s)

2. Page Down Below the Race Categories

3. Click on the Event Food Tickets titled "SELECT AN OPTION"

4. Choose Quantity

5. Page Down until you see and choose one of two options: "REGISTER WITH BIKEREG ACCOUNT" or "REGISTER AS A GUEST"

6. Complete Purchase

Advance Purchase Food Tickets will be included with your riders packet at registration or available when showing identification as you enter the Celebration Area. 

Melting Mann Custom Merchandise

Melting Mann Custom LS JerseyMelting Mann custom merchandise may be purchased during the online registration process or purchased separately. We offer 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 July 15th, 2021 may require participant to be responsible for pick up arrangements or shipping expenses. If not pre-purchased, quantities will be limited on race day. 

Melting Mann Merchandise

Local Supporters

Melting Mann encourages participants to take advantage of early packet pick-up held from 5pm-8pm on Friday, September 17th, 2021. 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. 

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

Goshen Brewing Co.

Steensma Lawn

Clark Logic

Yesterday's

Fatshack

SpinZone

Greenware

Golden Bear Bikes
Pedal Bicycles

Velocity

Ron's Beans

SportsCrafters

Fat Tire Nation

Neo Trailers

Affordable Solutions

MEC

Pit Fitness Ranch