Race Description: An event that features both a 100 mile and a 100 kilometer option. The 100 kilometer (62+ mile) course winds through the beautiful, varied, and challenging terrain of 6 towns in Southern New Hampshire. The single loop course gives participants a good mix of mountain bike terrain. The Trail boss is always scheming to incorporate some new twists to the course, and this year will be no exception. A detailed description of the current year course will be available in an updated version of the Participant guide as spring arrives. Approximately 7,000 feet of climbing.
NUE points will be earned by competitors selecting the 100 mile option. This competition uses the same course, with a lap point at the start/finish area. The second lap is an abbreviated version, again with a few twists of its own. Approximately 10,000 total feet of climbing.
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.
Beneficiary is Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center, which is dedicated to serving individuals with disabilities and their families. This event specifically supports their accessible recreation and sports program. This program aims to bring people living with disabilities together with family and friends in a range of accessible recreational and sport activities.
Web Site: Hampshire 100
Registration: will Open January 1, 2015, limit 500
Date/Time: Sunday, August 16, 2015, with race start at 6:45 AM (Saturday afternoon/evening, August 15, for race packet pickup)
Location: Oak Park, 791 Forest Rd., Greenfield, NH 03047
Trail Description: 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, there will be led pre-rides of approximately an hour in length on Saturday afternoon/evening.
We request all participants to use the utmost care and courtesy while passing over nearly 80 landowner properties. As invited guests, we certainly should NOT leave ANY items behind. We consider this unacceptable behavior. Please make sure to read the Participant Guide for further discussion on proper disposal of items while on course.
Estimated course composition:
The 100 mile course is planned to include 12 manned feed stations, as well as several self-serve water stops. 100 mile competitors will have the opportunity to use four of the manned stations as drop bag sites, including one at the 62 mile lap point at the venue.
Directions: The venue is located in Southwestern New Hampshire at Oak Park in Greenfield,NH, near the intersection of Routes 136 and 31. Oak Park is across the street from GreenfieldState Park. Map link is below.
For participants planning any necessary air travel to the event, we recommend Manchester-Boston Regional Airport as one convenient alternative, located approximately 35 miles from the venue.
Googlemaps Link: Map Link
Course Map: Available in racer packets at check-in.
Facilities: Oak Park is a recreational town park that includes a half mile running track, ball fields, play area, open grassy areas dotted with large pine trees, permanent pavilion structures, and kitchen/picnic facilities. The event will have full use of the park for the weekend. The open grassy areas will provide competitors with campsites, the track will serve as the start and finish of the course, and the kitchen will be staffed to serve various meals (Saturday evening pasta at a super great price, Sunday morning complimentary breakfast and Sunday complimentary post-race meal for competitors, as well as offering various sandwiches, meals, and drinks to non-competitors on Saturday and Sunday at reasonable prices.) Port-a-potties will be located throughout the park. Complimentary post-race shower passes will be issued to competitors for use at neighboring Greenfield State Park.
Lodging: Registration fee includes a complimentary campsite Saturday night at the Oak Parkvenue (no hook-ups, but within sight of the start/finish line). We can accommodate tents, trailers, motor homes, and regular vehicles. These sites will only be available for Saturday night. If a participant does not wish to take advantage of the complimentary rough camping at the venue, or if lodging is required for more than Saturday night, 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.
Places to Visit: Certainly, these are many and varied in the New England area. The event is within sight of one of the most hiked mountains in the world----Mount Monadnock. Taking a slightly further sighting allows inclusion of the beauty and recreational opportunities of the White Mountains National Forest, as well as other great rural New England natural resources; the majesty and fun of the Northeastern seacoast; historical sites reaching back to the origins of this country; and the cosmopolitan activities of the greater Boston area.
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