No..it's NOT the Tour of Flanders (which by the way is LIVE on the internet this Sunday morning at 0830), but it's the closest thing you'll have to ride if you live in the Philadelphia/New York area. What is it? It's the "Hell of Hunterdon" (HoH). In tribute to the Northern European Spring Classics the Hell of Hunterdon is a 79 mile Belgian themed ride in Hunterdon County, NJ. The HoH is just one of the many Spring road rides put on by my friend Brian Ignatin. The Spring Classics start with the "Hell of Hunterdon" tomorrow, Saturday March 31st, 2012 (which is SOLD OUT). The next Spring Classic is the "Fools Classic" (Fools)..another great Spring ride. www.foolsclassic.com
The HoH course features 19 sections of dirt, gravel, and hardscrabble roads (covering approximately 15% of the course) as you wind your way through scenic farmland and country towns in New Jersey's Sourlands. Total elevation gain is ca 5700 feet. The route is perfectly suitable for standard Road Bikes with Road Tires; tires wider than 23mm are suggested. Cyclocross bikes are welcome, but certainly not required, as most of the ride is on paved roads. It is the ideal preparation for those who plan to go to the Tour of the Battenkill on April 14th. To be honest with you, I think the HoH is a tougher course than the Tour of the Battenkill- and I've ridden/raced them both.
If you're signed up to ride the HoH..have fun and be safe..and smile for the camera. If you haven't, there's still time to sign up for the Fools Classic...another great ride. Power ON! Coach Rob