EVENT DATE: SATURDAY, July 21st, 2018
START TIME: 7:00 AM
Two Harbors START & Finish LOCATION:
Donald Ferguson Demonstration Forest Area
Please feel free to park your vehicle here for the weekend.
Grand Marais camping Location for racers:
Grand Marais Campground and Marina
All Heck of the North Production events (Le Grand du Nord, The Heck Epic, and The Heck of the North) stress self-supported riding ethics. Navigation will be via cue cards or gpx file- the choice is yours (for the Heck Epic only.) Get used to the way of gravel navigation. See our info about cue cards here. Don’t necessarily trust the fast people- they are usually the first to miss a turn. Trust your cues and odometer (and your GPX file for The Heck Epic.)
These courses are remote and neither offer any other place to refuel (convenient store or gas station.) Plan accordingly! Riders are expected to have all the tools/supplies (tubes, lubes and wrenches) they might need to finish the ride. There will be food, water and toilets available for all riders at the checkpoints provided by Heck Epic support volunteers. There is NO Heck Epic sanctioned sag support if you breakdown (physically or mentally) so have a backup plan in place. We have limited volunteers at the checkpoints.
Grand Marais will mark the halfway checkpoint and mandatory sleepover for the participants. Make sure you have your rig dialed in. Sleeping systems are required equipment on the bike for both days of the event (whatever it is you choose to spend the night out in Grand Marais…e.g. sleeping bag, tarp, ultra-light tent, bivy sac).
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. In the event of an emergency CALL 911.
Outside support from teams, family, friends, sweeties or other is forbidden. Riders ARE allowed to assist other riders if they so choose (nutrition, water, tools, wrenching support, first aid, etc.) Prearranged support will mean disqualification and a public shaming TBD.
Please be civil, kind, and friendly to other riders, volunteers and the public. This is not the Tour de France- enjoy yourself, your neighbors and this beautiful part of the world! Lastly- please do not litter your cue cards. Thanks for sticking to the rules.