A New Season

Aaron Kerola getting it done 2018 Photo by Clint Austin

Aaron Kerola getting it done 2018 Photo by Clint Austin

Welcome to the 2019 Heck of the North Productions season. Today is the official start of registration for Le Grand du Nord, May 25, 2019. I hope you can join us for this rite of Spring in one fo the most beautiful corners of the world, Grand Marais, MN.

I love this image of Aaron Kerola by Duluth photographer, Clint Austin . It shows the fresh green of Spring, the amazing gravel of the North Shore and the determination of Le Grand riders. As the temperature sinks to below zero today, it represents the amazing cycle of seasons we have to look forward to in Minnesota. Late May in Northern Minnesota is something to behold.

Le Grand du Nord will offer three course distances this year. The 100 miler showcases one of the finest gravel routes in the country. The 58 mile event is equally beautiful with a few less miles, just right for May. And the 20 mile course is a fine introduction to gravel cycling offering a Le Grand-worthy blend of challenge and terrain.

As always, we will be partnering with our friends at Voyageur Brewing Company for registration and post ride celebrating. We welcome back long time supporters of Heck events and gravel cycling HED Cycling and Salsa Cycles. We will be working with many other great local contributors, as well, including awesome support from Taiga Design+Build. We thank our loyal sponsors for the energy and extra flavor they bring to Le Grand du Nord.

Le Grand du Nord happens in an amazing place. Grand Marais is truly special. It is Minnesota’s coastal town. It has great people and the unique businesses are a representation of that. From art to hardware, general store to canoe outfitting, Grand Marais does it right. Go to Visit Cook County to find out more about events happening during Le Grand du Nord. And if you are looking for a place to stay for the weekend, check out our Accommodations page for ideas. From camping to vacation rentals, I think you will find the perfect place to live during Le Grand du Nord.

We welcome gravel cycling veterans as well as new-comers to all Heck of the North Production events. Le Grand du Nord welcomes all types of people, bicycles and backgrounds. We ask that you bring your passion for cycling, adventure, wild places and great people. If you have questions, please contact us. Thank you for joining us this Spring.

Ride the Good Line,

Jeremy Kershaw jeremybkershaw@gmail.com