A Northern Michigan University student who discovered cycling five years ago recently won the 2019 Crusher, a 225-mile race over rugged and hilly U.P. terrain. Mark Kransz, a mechanical engineering and technology major from Lansing, will also be competing in another challenging endurance event this Saturday: the Marji Gesick Bike 200.
NMU alumna Tara Laase-McKinney ('10 BS) will compete in this weekend's Marji Gesick 100, a grueling bike challenge that covers 100+ miles of relentless, rocky U.P. terrain and involves 12,000 feet of climbing. She gained insights on how to optimize her training and performance from students in an NMU advanced mechanical kinesiology class.