The Iceman is a 28-mile point-to-point mountain bike race in northern Michigan. In early November, you never know what kind of weather to expect. Some years, it has been freezing and covered in snow. Other years have been mild. I'm sure there's always wetness and mud.
The course is not very technical - mostly dirt road, two-track, abandoned rail bed and Nordic ski track. As the Iceman website says, "The course can be best described as a road race on dirt."
Courtesy of the Iceman website photo gallery.
Nonetheless, I'll need to do lots of off-road riding and endurance building to prepare. It'll be fun to switch gears to mountain biking after a summer of triathlon and running races.
Unfortunately, the plan was to do this race with my co-worker and his wife, but the 3700 person field filled up in less than a day, so I don't know if they got registered in time. I sure hope so! It'll be way more fun to do the race with friends!