Le grand du nord - all races
EVENT DATE: SATURDAY, May 26th, 2018
START TIME: 8:00 AM for All Races
Coast Guard parking lot
Voyageur Brewing Company, 233 West Hwy 61 Grand Marais
All Heck of the North Production events (Le Grand du Nord, The Heck Epic and The Heck of the North) are self-supported. This means very limited assistance from Heck of the North volunteers, no/very limited signage enroute and navigation via cue cards (provided by Le Grand du Nord staff.) 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.
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 and water available for all riders at the checkpoints provided by Le Grand support volunteers. There is one toilet at Pine Mountain/Gunflint Trail.
- For the 120 miler: There will be two mandatory check points- one at Pigeon River (at mile 57) and one at the Gunflint Trail and Pine Mountain Road (at mile 86). The Pigeon River checkpoint will have water, "energy drink", PB&J, chips, pickles, cookies, bananas. At Pine Mountain Road (mile 86.5), HED Cycling will be making fresh crepes with toppings. There will also be water, Sven and Ole's pizza, PB & J, chips, pickles, bananas and cookies.
- For the 66 miler: There will be one mandatory check point at the Gunflint Trail and Pine Mountain Road (at mile 26). HED Cycling will be making fresh crepes with toppings. There will also be water, energy drink, Sven and Ole's pizza, PB & J, chips, pickles, bananas and cookies.
- For the 20 miler: There will be an optional water refill station at the Gunflint Trail and Wahlstrom (at mile 8).
There is NO Le Grand du Nord sanctioned sag support if you breakdown (physically or mentally) so have a backup plan in place. We have limited volunteers at the checkpoints. 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 being good gravel citizens!