In the Spring of 2009, I had my first taste of gravel road cycling. I was hooked instantly! On the drive home, still covered in Goodhue County dust, I resolved to design something just as amazing in northern Minnesota. So started the creation ...poring over county maps and scouting routes by bike and car. 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 will evolve. Every year, I strive to make better. My intent, though, is to never lose the heart of the event. That heart is the people who share this amazing cycling challenge with me and each other.
Heck of the North, The Heck Epic, and Le Grand du Nord
The Heck of the North is a 110 mile gravel cycling event in Northern Minnesota (October 1, 2016). The Heck Epic (August 20-21, 2016) is a 220 mile gravel cycling stage race from Two Harbors MN to Ely and back. Le Grand du Nord is a 100 mile gravel cycling event in Grand Marais, MN. on May 28, 2016.
2016 Registration for the Heck of the North
Registration for the 2016 edition of The Heck of the North begins April 15, 2016.
Entry fees are non-refundable. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions. Thank you!
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