16- and 30-Mile Mountain Bike Races

Chain Drive Mountain Bike Race
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"I raced in the 32-mile course. It was a great course and the personnel, as well as the field of competitors, were very friendly. Thanks for making it worth my trip up from Stevens Point, Wisconsin."

Keweenaw Chain Drive Festival

The Keweenaw Chain Drive Festival includes 16- and 30-mile point-to-point cross-country distance races and the Junior Chain Drive youth races.

Each racer receives:

- A cool bamboo t-shirt for those registering by May 31
- Lots of free grub at the finish
- Free photo downloads (we have multiple photographers on the course, so chances are good you’ll find yourself)

Distance events begin with a 10 a.m. roll-out at the Magnuson Hotel – Franklin Square Inn, at the east end of Shelden Avenue in downtown Houghton.

The course routes are marked only once each year. There are plenty of lodging options available, from motels to B&Bs, to camping.

The Chain Drive promotes the sport of mountain biking through fun family events and supports trail preservation efforts throughout the Keweenaw Peninsula.

All funds raised by the festival will go to trail improvement, access and acquisition projects in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties.

The challenging 16-mile and 30-mile cross-country races traverse the Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids trail system in Hancock. The course includes miles of singletrack and lots of elevation change.

The finish will be at the Portage Health parking lot in Hancock. See the locator map. Awards at the finish area at 2:30 p.m.

Class Categories

16-mile Event: Men and Women: 11 & under, 12-13, 14-15, 16-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+. Special single speed and Clydesdale (Men 220 lb +) categories.

30-mile Event: Men and Women: 15-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+. Special single speed and Clydesdale (Men 220lb +) categories.


Free bamboo t-shirts to all who register by May 31.

Distance Events: awards to top three in each age group/category. Note: must be present to receive your award; we do not ship awards).
Cash awards to the top five male and top three female in 30-mile event.

All participants are eligible for door prizes.

The Bill Karinen Father’s Day Weekend Challenge

We’ve named this competition in memory of Bill Karinen, a passionate mountain biker who was killed in a car accident in 2009. We will present 16-mile awards to the top three father/youth combined times. There are separate award categories for fathers with youth 16 and under and those with youth 17 and older.

PLEASE NOTE: The same father/parent cannot win both categories. Sign up at bib pick-up. We will present one award, to the top combined time, to a father/youth competing in the 30-mile race.

2014 Sponsors

Chain Drive Sponsors