Race Description: 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 10th edition of the event will offer a 100 mile NUE, 100 kilometer, along with the new 50 kilometer option.
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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---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 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.
Web Site: Hampshire 100
Registration: limit 600 will open on January 1 at BikeReg.com
Date/Time: Sunday, August 21, 2016, with race start at 6:45 AM (Saturday afternoon/evening, August 20, 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 50 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:
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.
For Cash Awards, See Prize Grid on Bikereg
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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