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CANCELLED – Heck Epic 3 Day Bikepacking Race

July 17, 2020 - July 19, 2020

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Heck Epic Bike Race


The Heck Epic is back for 2020. This year, we are bringing the North Shore together in one beautiful triangle of bikepacking adventure: 336 miles from Two Harbors to Ely to Grand Marais and back to Two Harbors.

For those looking to try this unique style of racing for the first time, The Heck Epic will be a perfect test. If you want to sharpen your skills for events like the Tour Divide, The Heck Epic will let you know where you stand in your preparation. For this course we recommend a 29er style mountain bike or gravel bike that can accommodate at least 40 mm tires. There are bikepacking specific rigs these days, too. The most important part is that you feel comfortable and the bike can handle gear on rough roads. See my video for some tips on what I think are important considerations for bikepacking.

This is a timed event. Each day will have its own finish time. The lowest combined times from the three days will be declared the winner. Riders are expected to maintain a 10 mph average.

Pre Race Meeting 7 PM Thursday, July 16, 2020: All racers are required to attend this meeting. We will discuss route specifics, last minute changes and rules. Plus, the Heck Epic is about connecting with great people. Stay tuned for details.

Day One, Friday July 17: Riders depart from the Donald Ferguson Demo Forest in Two Harbors, MN on their way to Ely, MN. Approximate distance 111 miles, mainly unpaved roads. We will be camping at Semer’s Beach, Ely MN.

Day Two, Saturday July 18: Riders will depart from Ely to Grand Marais, MN. The route will be approximately 115 miles. Riders will be camping at the Grand Marais Municipal Campground, along the downtown harbor.

Day Three, Sunday July 19: Riders will depart from Grand Marais back to Two Harbors. The course will be approximately 110 miles. We will finish back at the Donald Ferguson Demo Forest (the start area.)

All riders will be required to sleep outside (no hotel, motel, pavilion, building with solid roof-structure, etc.) and all riders will be required to carry and use their own sleep kit (e.g. tent, bivvy, hammock, sleeping bag). If you are part of a couple you will need to have an independent set-up. Please see Event Info for more information. Contact Jeremy Kershaw at jeremybkershaw@gmail.com with further questions.


July 17, 2020
July 19, 2020
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Jeremy Kershaw


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