Man Vs. Machine- Road Bike Race from Grand Canyon to Williams

Man Vs. Machine Race


Have you ever taken on the challenge of racing a 300 ton steam engine for 53 miles? Now is your chance. Man Vs Machine will be a one day, one way road bike event that begins at the Grand Hotel in Tusayan, AZ near the edge of the Grand Canyon’s south rim and will travel 53 miles south to historic Williams, Arizona. Experience the rush of going head to head against a 1923 300 ton steam engine.

Prize Info

The following prizes will be awarded to both mens & womens top 3 finishers.1st place – $500 from our sponsor, the Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel. Good luck!

  • 1st Place: $500 from our sponsor, the Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel. Good luck!
  • 2nd place: 2 nights stay at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel including two first class train tickets for the Grand Canyon Railway
  • 3rd place: 2 First Class Round Trip Tickets on the Grand Canyon Railway

Course Description

The race begins on Highway 64 in Tusayan at 11 am on September 30th, 2017 and travels 53 miles south with the finish line on Historic Route 66 at the intersection of 2nd Street and Historic Route 66, adjacent to the Grand Canyon Railway Depot. The race travels 50 miles on Highway 64 before merging on to Historic route 66 for the final 3 miles. The event is completely permitted by the Arizona Department of Transportation and will have traffic control on the entire route. The route will be monitored by law enforcement from the Coconino County Sherriff’s Department, Arizona Highway Patrol and the Williams Police Department. You can ride any type of bike as long as you can ride it safely in large groups. Recumbents and handbikes are acceptable types of bikes. Aerobars are NOT allowed in the Man vs Machine event.

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Check out the race promo video here!

Event day Registration Info

Event Date – September 30th, 2017

Packet pickup will be available from 5pm-8pm on September 29th, 2017 at the Williams Chamber Parking Lot @ Babbitt/Polson Warehouse Stage in downtown Williams. Williams Chamber of Commerce – 200 W Railroad Ave, Williams, AZ 86046

***Registration Fee Schedule ***

  • Full Route Feb 15th – May 31st – $75
  • Full Route June 1st – August 25th – $85
  • Full Route August 26th – Event Day – $95

2017 Man vs Machine Team Championship

Register a team of five or more and receive 20% off your teams registration upon checkout and be automatically entered into the 2017 Man vs Machine Team Championship. 1st place will be determined by the average time of the first 5 athletes across the finish line. Custom manufactured iron trophy and bragging rights will be awarded during awards ceremony.

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