Hampshire 100 Endurance
Bike Race Details
Sunday, August 16, 2015 - 6:45 AM
A true endurance event. Have you got what it takes to make it to the finish line?
Exciting changes this year, as the event director has decided it was time for a change of the kinder, gentler type, while also being more inclusive of those just entering the realm of endurance racing. All in support of promoting a healthy living style by offering a quality competitive endurance event. Using a 33 mile loop format, the 9th edition of the event will offer a 100 mile NUE, a 100 kilometer, and a new 50 kilometer option.
General Description of Planned Course
Open and nearly flat road/dirt road for a fast 4 miles of warm-up, followed by a great combination of rideable woods doubletrack and singletrack, with plenty of passing opportunities. Then enough fun and challenging singletrack after that to keep you smiling. Among the notable new trails included is Big Rock Trail, expected to quickly become a rave favorite among competitors. It is approximately 1.5 miles of mostly downhill, with one of those giant New Hampshire boulders dead center that is bridged on both sides, making for a great ride over. (Yes, a detour is available for those desiring one.) A brief stint of dirt woods road sets the rider up for the home stretch of the "Triple F" singletrack (Fast, Flowing, and Fun) that Greenfield Trails Association is so well known for.
For returning competitors, the planned first dozen miles will be very familiar, nearly identical to that of the second lap beginning for the 100 milers in 2014. The last dozen miles of the course will also be very familiar, as it will follow much of last year's singletrack leading back towards Oak Park. This is the section that many competitors have in the past wished that they still had a bit of leg and energy left to do justice to, really rip it, and enjoy. This may be the year!
Although some of the "challenging favorites" of the past have been tabled for this year, this still should be considered an adventurous ride of no small measure, as New Hampshire is known to dish out. Plenty of singletrack to test the skills and soul. There is also approximately 3900 feet of elevation gain on the loop, translating to nearly 12,000 feet for those taking on the 100 mile challenge.
Race Info: All participants should refer to the published Participant Guide. for further information. This guide will be updated throughout the period leading up to event day. The final version of the document will be included in racer packets.
Please note that the course crosses many private landowner areas, and these areas are NOT open for pre-riding. Doing so will jeopardize future editions of the event. We take seriously the privacy rights of our generous landowners, and expect all participants to do likewise. If interested in previewing some of the trails passing over private properties near the end of the course, Greenfield Trails Association may again offer led pre-rides on Saturday afternoon/evening.
Registration fee includes entry, aid stations with food and fluids, SAG wagon support, post-race meal, complimentary campsite (for Saturday night only - no Friday or Sunday camping allowed at venue) at the start/finish venue (no hookups, but within sight of the start/finish line), participant souvenirs, festivities, and awards to top finishers.
If a racer does not wish to take advantage of the complimentary rough camping at the venue, more traditional overnight lodging, for a fee, may be found in the area. Helpful links include the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, Visit NH, and Greenfield State Park.
Prizing (See BikeReg for detailed information on prizing)
- NUE classes (100 mile option) - Cash purse, merchandise, and unique Hampshire 100 medals
- Elite classes (100 K option) - Cash purse, merchandise, and unique Hampshire 100 medals
- All other 100 K classes - merchandise and unique Hampshire 100 medals, per prizing grid
- All 50 K classes - merchandise and unique Hampshire 100 medals, per prizing grid
- First place finishers - the famous H100 windchime
- All finishers will receive a custom event finisher medal
All racers are generally expected to pick up their racer packet on Saturday, August 15th, between the hours of 2 – 9 PM, at the start/finish venue at Oak Park. There may be an opportunity for Sunday morning pick-up for those that cannot get to the venue on Saturday without undue hardship. This is packet pick-up only. No new registrations will be allowed on Sunday morning. Participants must pick up their own packets. Photo ID is required. If you are under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must also be present.
Additional Race Information
Be sure to check for additional race information posted periodically here and on the home page. This page was last updated on 1/20/2015.