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Race Description:  Hampshire 100 is known as an event that defines "adventure" in spades, with every year having a different set of challenges. Last year was a change to a 33 mile loop. This year there are significant refinements to the second half of the loop that will mean less singletrack, and more endurance-friendly doubletrack. Still  a great mix planned, with something for everyone. Just several huge steps closer to the targeted "kinder, gentler" version of the adventure. Still an adventure, still a challenge, still soulful, and still fun. 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 NUE, and a 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, mixed with more doubletrack than the past, to keep you smiling. Among the notable 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.
Although some of the “challenging favorites” of the past have been tabled again 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, REGISTER HERE

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:

• 60% - Doubletrack/Jeep Trails (many riders say much of this is more like singletrack)
• 25% - Singletrack (or nearly so)
• 10% - Dirt Road
• 5% - Paved
• There will be manned and self-serve aid stations on course. The manned feed stations will be at approximate 10 miles intervals, with self-serve stations strategically placed in-between (more information in Participant Guide). Each manned feed station will have a posted closing time. Any rider arriving at the feed station past the designated closing will NOT be allowed to continue on course, and will be returned to the venue via SAG wagon. This is for the safety of all.

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.

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 medals

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 CommerceVisit 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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