The Heck Epic is a two day, 200 mile (100 miles first day, 105 second day), bikepacking stage event. The course will be predominately gravel/dirt road…some of them pretty remote and rugged. There will be as little paved road as possible to make things tie together.

The course is probable best ridden with a fast 29er or monster cross (a gravel bike with at least 40 mm tires.) A bike such as the Salsa Fargo or Cutthroat is a fine example. There are obviously many great bikes to choose from.

Make sure you have your rig dialed in. Sleeping systems will be mandatory equipment on the bike for both days of the event (whatever it is you choose to spend the night out in Ely…sleeping bag, tarp, ultra-light tent, bivy sac, ect.)

There is decent cell coverage, but as always, be prepared to cover your repairs and bail out plans independently. We will keep track of all riders at the end of each stage.


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