Event Director Comment Archive
The Good, the Ugly, and the Bad
The Good — Participant comments are being submitted, and most are raves about the event experience this past weekend. Even the gentle constructive criticism is good, as it is what makes the event better each and every year. Please keep the feedback coming.
The Ugly — There seems to have been a significant increase in litter on course this year. Littering is not only against our rules of racing, but it is also illegal in most jurisdictions, as well as being just plain rude and irresponsible. We are experiencing negative fallout from this for the first time ever. Gel wrappers, used bike parts, and empty water bottles have no reason to be left on course. While we are confident that most participants used utmost care in adhering to this policy, it only takes a few to make it appear that we collectively do not care about the properties we cross.
The Bad — Volunteers who are clearing the trails post-event of any evidence of passage have experienced a higher level of extra work to clean the trails. Landowners are sometimes beating us to the trash, and that is not a good thing. One immediate result will be that there will no longer be a water bottle station on course. It was implemented on a trial basis 2 years ago. Regrettably, the trial has ended in failure.
A sample of comments from 2012 participants:
Thanks to All !
Thank you to all that came to make the 6th edition of the Hampshire 100 what it was. We experienced absolutely perfect cycling weather, witnessed cyclists (from pros to first timers) riding to their maximum ability, and shared experiences and cultures from participants across this country. Wow!
There are numerous online postings of race results, commentary, pictures, and videos happening. Some are already posted, others will be posted over the coming days, weeks, and months as the creative talents of some wonderful volunteers work their magic. Some of the suggested sites include:
This event would not happen without the enormous efforts of all our volunteers. As event director, I wish to acknowledge their invaluable support.
Finally, our charitable beneficiary, Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center, and their accessible sports program that helps many shed their limitations to enjoy what we all take for granted, thanks you for your support.
Top Pros Expected
Jeremiah Bishop has just been added to the start list for this weekend.
Looks like he plans to try for the NUE Series 2012 title.
Of course, there are a significant number of others that might have something to say about that,
including many of the top ten point leaders, Tinker Juarez, and more than a few of our home grown fast guys.
Next stop on the NUE Series - The Hampshire 100
Read what happened at the most recent event, Pierre's Hole 100 in Wyoming. Top contenders are headed to New Hampshire. Results here.
The course is being buffed daily...
Several new sections added, including what may become a classic sweet trail. Estimated course composition this year:
Adding to the competitive excitement the Hampshire 100 dishes out, racers and riders will be able to use GPS technology from their Garmin, iPhone, or Android to track their performance on Strava. Strava will offer awards and prizes to participants who outperform their competition on a designated 2 mile Strava Challenge segment of the course. More info at Strava.
Mountain Bike Hall of Famer Tinker Juarez will again be on course at the Hampshire 100. This will be one of the final events used as a lead up to his participation in both the National, and the World 24 Hour Solo Championships, to be held in September. (Tinker has previously won both events.) More information can be found at Tinker's website.
New England Endurance Series
The Hampshire 100 is pleased to become one of the founding events of the New England Endurance Series in 2012.
This series was formed to give endurance cyclists within New England a championship close to home.
A sample of comments from 2011 participants:
More Photos from 2011
NUE COMING TO NEW ENGLAND!
Next year, the Hampshire 100 will be offering you a choice - 100 Kilometers or 100 Miles.
|Aug 22||Thank you!
A big thank you to all who helped make the 5th annual Hampshire 100 a success. The riders, the volunteers, the sponsors, the landowners---all did their part and more.
Results are posted here. Pictures are coming in from various cameras around course and will be sorted and posted over the coming weeks. We always welcome digital photos you are willing to share. Please forward to the .
|Aug 7||Saturday Evening Pasta Meal
The world's greatest deal for pre-event carbo-loading will again be offered Saturday evening at the venue. A hot pasta meal (both a meat sauce and a vegetarian version), along with green salad, roll, and dessert will be available for $5.
|Aug 5||Single Track Pre-Ride
While the Hampshire 100 has a strict "no pre-ride" policy due to the large number of private landowner requests, this year offers an opportunity to at least sample, before race day, some of the glorious trails maintained by Greenfield Trails Association (GTA). Approximately 4 miles of their trails will be included in the H100 course. If you would like to ride a bit of these trails, plus ride some of the other fun stuff this group has, plan on joining GTA for a led ride Saturday, August 20th. Just gather at the pavilion at either 4:30 or 6:30 to enjoy an hour excursion on these trails. In order to appropriately plan, please email the indicating interest.
|Jul 20||Thank you, Sweeps!
In an event of this scope, there are more generous souls than you can imagine, all who volunteer their efforts to make it happen. Each volunteer is critical to the success of the event, and, try as we might, there is no way they can be adequately thanked for their hard work.
Even so, we are driven to publicly and humbly thank our sweeps. We will have returning, for the fifth year, two teams of sweeps. These teams do all we ask and more. They start early, some even before the participants, and finish late, behind the last participants. In between, they serve as triage assistant, provider of technical assistance, hailer of sag wagon, temporary crossing marshal, server of gourmet energy bars to "bonkers", and cheerleader to the weary rider. Oh, yeah----and puller of approximately 1,000 course markers. Their reward at the end----leftovers from the post-event barbeque.
So, a humble thank you to these two returning sweep teams who cannot seem to get enough of helping participants have the best ride possible----Two Wheeled Mafia out of Concord, NH and Souhegan Cycleworks of Milford, NH. They will once again ensure no one is left on course.
The fiddler has been found once again and is practicing his repertoire. Where will he be on course this year?
Yes, the rumors are true.
The USA Cycling Pro MTB Ultra-Endurance Tour (Pro UET) is coming to the Northeast!
The Hampshire 100 has been selected to participate as an event in the 2011 pro tour season. Pro UET will offer various disciplines of racing for endurance athletes. Individual rider rankings will be offered for the Pro/Solo category in 6-hour, 24-hour, marathon, and ultra-marathon events around the country. The top-10 ranked riders in the Pro/Solo category for both males and females will have the bragging rights to a top-10 number plate at each event. More information here.
A sample of comments from 2010 participants:
A sincere thank you to all who supported the 4th edition of the Hampshire 100. This year's results are now posted.
The weather was certainly much different from last year. The lower temperatures, dry summer, and revised course all led to some very fast times.
From first to final finisher, there was an amazing array of personal stories. Whether it was an elite-level rider able to climb the powerline section, a rider whose chain broke 2 miles after the start and still managed to finish the race---and fast, or those numerous riders who were in their first mountain bike race, they all were inspiring and helped make the 4th Hampshire 100 experience what it was.
Many have been asking about the welfare of fellow competitor, Gabriel Crooker, who took a spill on course, and needed medical attention. Although still hospitalized, he is doing well. I have spoken with him, and passed along all the well wishes. The concern and support for him from his fellow competitors has been outstanding, and he appreciates the good thoughts during his recuperative period.
For those camping on-site Saturday night, your campsite may remain in place until post-event, if desired. However, no camping will be allowed on Sunday night.
On-site wrenching services will again be provided by James McDonough of Eastern Mountain Sports. He can assist with last minutes mechanical issues on Saturday evening from 6 -8 pm, and Sunday morning from 6 – 6:30 am.
Confession - the event director played for a bit today, riding the last 7 miles of the course.
As a registered participant, you will have free shower privileges after your epic 62 mile journey. Info will be in your racer packet.
For those riders trying to keep well hydrated, you will find at least 4 additional water/Gatorade stations along the way. These self-serve stashes will be strategically located, just where you might need them the most. These will be in addition to the 6 regular feed stations that will have volunteers assisting in your food and hydration needs.
Six hours of labor and $80 of lumber yields a newly renovated bridge on course. Sweet!
The course is being cleared and buffed daily. This season’s weather has made it the driest course ever.
A sample of comments from 2009 participants:
|Aug 4||A sample of participant comments from last year's event:
|May 28||Your t-shirt from past Hampshire 100 events just became more valuable. It was made and donated by The Mountain Corporation - the same company that produces the currently hot Three Wolf Moon t-shirt.|
|May 27||If you missed registering for the Vermont 50, don’t fret - try the Hampshire 100!|