This Event Took Place Sat. Oct 4, 2014


In the Spring of 2009, I had my first taste of gravel road racing. Still covered in rural Goodhue County dust and sweat on the way home, I resolved to create something just as amazing in northern Minnesota. So started the many mornings before work poring over county maps and the many sorties up rutted, dead-end roads. After a long and wonderful search process, I pieced together the gravel framework that would become the "Heck."

The Heck of the North shares the premise of other great, adventure style events. The racer is responsible for themselves. It is up to each individual to tough out the challenges that this demanding event places before them. Be fit. Be safe. Be courteous. And be a great gravel cycling citizen!

The Heck of the North may at some point take other routes or make some changes. I believe in evolution and this thing hopefully will change for the better every year. My intent, though, is to never lose the heart of the event. That belongs to the cyclists and the gravel road.

Heck of the North, Half of the Heck, The Heck Epic

The Heck of the North is a 110 mile gravel cycling event in Northern Minnesota (October 3, 2015). The "Half of the Heck" is a 55 mile gravel cycling race (October 3, 2015) . The Heck Epic (August 22-23, 2015) is a 220 mile gravel cycling stage race from Two Harbors MN to Ely and back.

2015 Registration

Registration for the 2015 edition of The Heck of the North, The Half of the Heck, and The Heck Epic will begin Friday, May 1, 2015. Stay tuned to The Heck website ( and Facebook page for updates. Thanks!


Entry fees are non-refundable. Please contact me at for questions. Thank you!

Local time: 7:17 PM


Jeremy Kershaw
Race Director

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