Welcome to the 2018 Heck of the North


Thank you for being part of this special, 10th anniversary edition of The Heck of the North. Every year, we strive to make the "Heck" something to remember and hopefully, come back for. 

Here are a few details about the coming event: 

  • Our 100 mile course is getting over 50 miles of new terrain. Mostly remote gravel, the new course will lose the grassy snowmobile connectors and gain miles of forested, un-paved goodness. 
  • The 55 mile course will remain the same as 2017. A true mix of beautiful gravel, rough two-track, and ATV trail will continue to be a great alternative to the longer 100 mile course.
  • New for 2018! The Heck 20 is the perfect introduction to riding gravel in the Northland. It is flat, entirely un-paved and just Heck enough to give the rider a taste of what this is all about. Bring a friend to join you and choose the course that suits you best. 
  • There will be an aid station/checkpoint roughly at the halfway mark for both the 100 mile and 55 mile events. The 20 mile course will not have an aid station. 
  • We will continue to use our Heck cue cards for navigation. Check out the page on the website giving a brief overview of what that entails.

Camping at the Heck of the North:

  • We welcome all to camp for FREE at the Heck Basecamp, just on the northern edge of Two Harbors (see map on website for exact location.) Expect a bonfire or two, a grill, a large grassy field to place a tent and great people to re-connect with. Email Jeremy (jeremybkershaw@gmail.com) to "reserve" a site (I will use this as a rough head count.) Be advised! There has been the occasional taconite train rolling by the Basecamp at night on its way to the harbor. Bring a set of ear plugs just in case! Thanks. 
  • We will also offer FREE camping at the start/finish location for the event. This is about 8 miles north of Two Harbors at the Heck Gravel Pit. There will be porta-johns but no running water (we will bring a few coolers of water, just in case.) Roll out of your bag and be right where you need to be for the day! 

Welcome Party, Friday, September 28, Spokengear Cyclery and Outdoor/Cedar Coffee

  • Join us from 5-8 pm at Spokengear/Cedar Coffee for packet pick-up. There will be live music, food and beer available for purchase and a beautiful place to hang out before the big day. If you have not been to this shop, you are in for a treat. Truly one of the coolest bike shop/cafes in the country. 

Ride the Good Line? 

Maybe you have read or seen our motto, "Ride the Good Line." So what's it all about? In a nutshell, it's our way of thinking about the event, design, and philosophy of life in general. It's about choosing the best line to ride on a gravel road, single track trail, or even your journey through life. Ride the Good Line is also our line of product for Heck of the North Productions. I am particularly fond of the "Wing" mark the talented Michelle at Wolfskull Creative helped to create. She is a genius. Check out our beautiful shop apron (or Summer base layer as I refer to it) and simple, classic RtGL tee's at the online shop (and day of event.) 

As always, contact me, Jeremy Kershaw, with any questions. Always happy to help. 

Ride the Good Line,