In the Spring of 2009, I rode the Ragnarok and the Almanzo 100. Still covered in rural Rochester 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, namely, you are on your own and responsible for getting home by the skill of only your own hard work. No support from aid stations or spectators. There is no prize money and no licenses. The Heck is an event that lives solely for the love of the cyclists, their bikes and the countryside they ride through.
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 cyclist and the gravel road.