This second annual running of Le Grand du Nord will be something very special. Le Grand represents one of the most amazing gravel courses in the US. Starting out of Grand Marais, Minnesota’s spectacular harbor the route climbs to a breathtaking view of the US/Canadian border. With almost 6000 ft of climbing, it is the punchiest route of the three Heck Production events. But I want Le Grand du Nord to be more than just amazing gravel riding. So we will have Voyageur Brewing Company host and provide their exceptional craft beer on Friday and Saturday. After the ride on Saturday, join us for live music at Voyageur Brewing. And this amazing small town will be a great place to bring the family. Don’t forget, Grand Marais will have artwork, shopping and general site seeing throughout the weekend. It’s one of the prettiest spots on earth…and will play host to a great weekend of gravel cycling.
We will offer a 100 mile course as well as a 50 miler. Both will have one halfway checkpoint each. Both will run on the Heck principles of cue card navigation, self-supported riding ethics and physically challenging courses. All will be exceptionally beautiful. The aspens will be in full lime-green splendor, the insects at a minimum (usually!) and woods waking up to a new Spring.
Our goal with Le Grand du Nord is to take all that we love about gravel cycling and bring it together for one special weekend. Amazing routes, great beer and food, and time spent outside with your friends and family. Doesn’t get much better than that. Hope to see you up North this May.
And as always, I will see you at the finish line.