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Le Grand Du Nord

Le Grand Du Nord

May 26 2018
Grand Marais, Minnesota, USA

Le Grand du Nord’s 100 mile course is truly spectacular. Finally, I have the ability to bring climbing into a Heck event! Riders will roll out of the stunning Grand Marais harbor and gradually climb to just within a stone’s throw of Canada; perched on one of the most amazing ridge-line views on the North Shore. From this halfway checkpoint, you will ride punchy rollers until finally heading downhill again into Grand Marais. The 100 mile course is predominately gravel/US Forest Service road. There are no trail sections and limited pavement. It is a gravel rider’s paradise.

Le Grand’s 50 mile course will be equally beautiful and challenging. It will start with the 100 mile riders out of the harbor and climb through beautiful mixed-boreal forests until it meets the historic Gunflint Trail. On this road for just a few miles, the course once again picks up sweet gravel roads punching up and over wooded hills. Le Grand’s 50 then takes a dramatic plunge to sea level just before returning to Grand Marais. The 50 mile course is a great warmup/check-in for the start of your gravel riding season.

All Le Grand events run on the self-supported ethic of gravel riding. We will have limited food support at the halfway checkpoints. Cue cards for navigation will be available for riders the night/morning of the events.

Cue Cards

Cue cards are the icon of gravel cycling. They are the make or break symbols of navigating the gravel hinterlands of the Northwoods. I take great pride in providing accurate, simple and beautiful cues for Le Grand du Nord riders.

Cue cards will be available on Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28 at Packet Pickup. Our volunteers or I will be happy to go over the cards with you if you are new to navigating by these means. Really, it’s pretty simple. It’s usually the fast people who get lost. Just make sure you have a working cyclocomputer, zero it out at the start, and pay attention to the mileage cues on the cards.

No route information will be shared with any rider before that time. Pre-riding the designated Le Grand du Nord courses is not allowed.  Thanks for your understanding.

Riders are expected to have all the tools/supplies they might need to finish the ride.

Call 911 for all true emergency situations. Help to the best of your abilities.
There is NO Le Grand du Nord sanctioned sag support if you breakdown (physically or mentally.) Have a backup plan in place.
Riders may only take support from other riders during the event… or…from volunteers at the designated halfway checkpoints. No crew, family, or team support allowed at any point during the event.
There will be limited food, water and toilets available for all riders at the halfway checkpoints provided by Le Grand support volunteers
All riders are to use “Leave No Trace” ethics of litter/waste control during the event. Please use discretion for nature breaks. DO NOT void on private property/ someone’s mailbox!
Please be civil, kind, and downright friendly to other riders, volunteers and the public. This is not the Tour de France. Enjoy yourselves, our neighbors and this beautiful part of the world!

Le Grand Du Nord

Routes: 50, 100 miles
Difficulty of Greatest Route: D - Difficult terrain with longer, steeper hills
Time Zone: Central Standard Time (CST)
What's Included?

The experience of participating in one of the most unique and challenging gravel cycling events in the U.S.A.
One of the most beautiful halfway checkpoints at the Pigeon River overlook (for 100 mile event) …water, snacks, and toilet at both halfway points (100 and 50 milers)
A cool Le Grand du Nord-Voyageur Brewing Company  pint glass (for you to keep) filled with one of Minnesota’s best craft beers post race courtesy of Le Grand and Voyageur Brewing Co.
Friday night events at Voyageur Brewing Co. including live music and food
Le Grand du Nord will donate to a Minnesota cycling advocacy organization through a percentage of your entry fee.
Awards to the fastest Female and Male…and to a lucky few Lanterne rouge 

Prize / Race Categories

Special recognition will go to fastest overall male and female riders. 

Adequate Car Parking
Free Parking
Toilets / Changing Rooms
Pre-Packet Pickups
Support for Participants
Route Card
Emergency Contact No
Escort / Police Escort
Results Within 24 Hours
Post Ride Shower
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
Event Size
Less Than 500 Riders
Start Address: Grand Marais, Minnesota
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