Mann Road is only fully open from March thru November to vehicular traffic, but open year-round for brave cyclists. The Cass County Road Commission closes access between Patterson Hill Road and M-40 each winter, making those sections seasonal. The Melting Mann Dirt Road Bike Challenge celebrates the seasonal opening of the road each year.
Patterson Hill Road Climb
Prior to entering the first leg of Mann Road, racers will meet a wall of a climb. Paterson Hill Road Climb challenges you with 100 feet of ascent over 0.2 miles. If that wasn't enough, racers are greeted by the pit of sand and additional climbing as they take a left turn to enter Mann Road.
Patterson Hill Rd. Climb #1Strava Segment
Mann Road East
After reaching the top of initial climb through the sand pit, racers should prepare themselves to "send it" down the steep slope, speeding over rocks and ruts, and into the swampy low point. Racers continue to power through a couple additional steep climbs before reaching M-40.
Mann Road East - DirtStrava Segment
Prepare your legs and your lungs. Mount Misery is located on the second leg of Mann Road to the southeast of Sodaman Road. It is one of the highest natural points in southwest Michigan. Racers will spend the next mile climbing an ever-increasing grade with few rests between. However, Racers are rewarded for their efforts with a long and swift downhill to jackknife turn at Long Lake.
Just when you thought the climbing was over, Bald Hill challenges racers as they near the finish of the race. After cresting the peak of the climb, racers will take follow the rolling downhill and be weary of the sharp S-turns.
There is a natural anomaly called The Rock (owned by the State of Michigan) just north of the jog on Bald Hill Road. It is quite possibly the true year-round home of the Melting Mann Yeti. The Rock is known to many, but only accessed through privately owned property.
Bald Hill EarthCacheGeocaching Profile