Frequently Asked QuestionsThis information will help answer all of your questions.
What is the Event Schedule?
Friday March 24, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Friday Night Package Pick-up at Elks Lodge.
Saturday March 25, 2017
6:15 AM Parking Lot Opens at Montgomery Township High School
7:00 AM Event Day Package Pick-up Opens at the Elks Lodge
8:45 AM Event Day Package Pick-up Closes
9:00 AM Hell of Hunterdon Ride Starts
1:30 PM Post Ride Party Begins (Food & Beverage Service)
4:30 PM Post Ride Party Ends
Sunday March 26, 2017
You are on your own, but our advice is Recover! We propose you watch Gent-Wevelgem on a live stream, followed by an easy ride to loosen up your aching legs.
Is the Hell of Hunterdon a Race?
The Hell of Hunterdon is a challenging RIDE. The roads are open to traffic and there are no prizes for finishing order. Participants should obey all traffic rules and are responsible for their own safety.
Will we be riding as a group?
That is entirely up to the participants. We will have cue sheets and course markings, so those who want to ride at their own pace, While there will be a mass start, everyone will start in self-seeded waves, according to your own fitness, skills, and abilities. We expect there to be several groups that form quickly on the road, based upon these. We suggest you ride in a manner that is most comfortable and safe for you.
What type of support does the ride offer?
The course will be professionaly marked (UCI quality), cue sheets will be provided, there will be 2 staffed & stocked aid stations (feed zones), there will be a post-ride party, Several Bike Shops are providing Neutral Support, and there will be broom wagons.
What does “Marked Course” mean?
The turns will be marked to the highest standards with distinct signs, depending on the circumstances. The course will be very well marked (exceeds UCI standards), typically with 2 indicators before a turn, and a confirmation following it. However there are some situations where advance signs will not possible. There will not be a lot of signs between turns.
Riders should carry and utilize the provided cue sheets, in case a something errant happens to any course markings (someone removes or turns a sign, etc.). We also recommend GPS users download the data to enable navigation on their devices (links and data will be emailed to all pre-registered participants a few days before the ride).
Will there be any SAG, Technical Support or Medical Services?
Yes, there will be technical support.
However, all participants must bring spare tubes, tires, tools, and anything else you might think is required to perform repairs yourself. Treat this like you would a normal training or club ride.
There will not be dedicated emergency medical transportation services on course; thus if you need or see some who requires immediate emergency medical attention, please use your cell to Dial 911.
What is a Classic Feed Zone?
Nothing Fancy; just like century rides used to be before the introduction of fancy bars, and before so many kids had peanut allergies. The ride will have volunteers located at 2 points on the course with water, energy drinks, PB&J, fruit, and other goodies.
Is there an Entry Fee for the Hell of Hunterdon?
Yes, please see the Registration page for details
What do I get with my Entry Fee?
You will get a great day on the bike, on a unique and challenging course, a post ride party, free beer, a finishers “trophy”. and pre-registered riders are eligible to win door prizes. Plus you get the support of the Aid Stations, course marking, neutral support, etc.
Who is the ride open to?
The Hell of Hunterdon is open to any cyclist who wants to take on the challenge. Riders under 18 must have the written permission of their parent or guardian.
How do I Register?
On-line registration is available here.
For full details on registration, please visit our registration page on the Hell of Hunterdon website.
Will bad weather cancel the Hell of Hunterdon?
Typically Not. Since this ride is a tribute to the Northern European Spring Classics, bad weather comes with the territory, thus the ride is rain or shine. But that said, rider safety is paramount, and if conditions warrant it (such as an Official Storm Warning), the organizers reserve the right to reschedule the ride to 4/2/16.
Please check this website the morning of the ride and on Facebook. An email message will be sent to all pre-registered participants.
How Bad are the Un-Paved Roads?
The dirt/gravel roads on the Hell of Hunterdon are normal maintained public roads, suitable for daily vehicle use; they just are not sealed with asphalt or other paving material. Some of the roads are hardscrabble, some are packed dirt. Most of them also have some loose gravel. But the roads are generally in good condition. The amount of gravel and pot holes vary year-to-year, based upon how hard a winter there has been. The chip sealed roads are not counted as unpaved roads.
What Type of Bike Should I Ride?
The course is suitable for the use of standard road bikes. Since the course is 82 miles long, and only ca. 15% of it is dirt roads, we do not recommend the use of mountain or hybrid bikes.
Should I use a Cyclocross or Gravel Bike?
Cyclocross and Gravel bikes are ideal choices, but certainly not required. Keep in mind that cross/gravel. bikes are no stronger than road bikes; they are just designed to offer better clearance for wider tires and mud. If you use a cross or gravel bike, please consider what tires you use, as 85% of the course is on paved roads, so knobbies will be slow.
Can I use a Fixed Gear Bike?
You are welcome to give it a try; we get a few fixies or single speeds each year. There are a few stiff climbs, and some rough descents, but if you are comfortable on such terrain (ca 5200′ of climbing), we welcome you to give it a go. You may get mocked, but you will also be greatly admired. Please note that all bikes must have at least 1 working brake, so pure track bikes are not be permitted.
Can I use a Time Trial or Triathlon Bike?
No, unfortunately the course is not suitable for such bicycles; it just isn’t safe. However, if you have a road bike with aero bars, you are permitted to use it, but we prohibit you from using the aero bars when you are on the dirt roads or in a group, as it just isn’t safe to do so. The same rules would apply to Fabian Cancellara and Craig Alexander if they were to miraculously participate.
What Tires Should I use?
Normal road tires typically are just fine, however we recommend using tires wider than 23mm to improve traction, to increase comfort, and to reduce the chances of punctures. Tire treads typically are not very important; knobbies will be slow. An important thing to consider is tire pressure; most people overinflate their tires, which not only are less comfortable, but often lead to poor traction, and flat tires.
Are there any Awards?
This isn’t a race, so there are no prizes based upon performance. However, we do have drawings for great merchandize door prizes during the post-ride celebration. You must be present to win, unless you have made other arrangements with the organizer prior to the event.