Hotter’N Hell Hundred and the cycling community of America can look forward to continued innovation in 2015, including the return of Hell’s Gate. Riders and racers from all over the USA will celebrate the 34th annual Hotter ‘N Hell Hundred on Aug. 29, 2015. HHH will continue to excite record numbers of participants and add to their fitness experience.
The Hotter’N Hell Hundred is one of the oldest and largest cycling events in the nation. Fitness oriented riders and bicycle racers will come to Wichita Falls, Texas, from virtually every state and several foreign countries. They will set their calendars for the week of Aug. 27 – Aug. 30, 2015. The official HHH Endurance Ride start will be approximately 7:00 a.m. (official sunrise) on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. The USA Cycling Road Race is Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 with USA Cycling Criterium racing on Friday and Sunday. The HHH will continue to offer a mountain bike race on Friday, August 28, 2015 and a trail run on Sunday, August 30, 2015 as well. By the way, the HHH is always 9 days before Labor Day.
Several things happen during the Hotter’N Hell weekend. The activities that comprise the HHH are: Registration, Consumer Show, Spaghetti Dinner, USA Cycling Criterium Race, USA Cycling Road Race, the Hotter’N Hell Hundred Endurance Ride, an Off-Road bicycle race, off-road trail run along with entertainment food and fellowship at the Finish Line Village. In other words, HHH is not just one day, it is at least 4 days of challenging and inspiring activities.
Endurance cyclists will face wind and heat with the help of 4,000 event volunteers on routes up to 100 miles. The Hotter’N Hell Hundred route is rolling with some long inclines accentuated by incessant wind. With the huge consumer products show, off-road mountain biking and USA Cycling Races over the weekend, the Hotter’N Hell offers an awesome start and the greatest weekend on two wheels. If you are going to ride 100 miles, the best place to do it is at the Hotter’N Hell Hundred!
People ask what you get when you register for the HHH. It is a grueling day in the sun, so what does a rider get besides sore muscles, tired posterior, sense of accomplishment and several hours of pure cycling madness? There is no answer that fits all. Riders pit themselves against the road and elements for different reasons. What everyone does get is a ride T-shirt and water bottle, goodie bag, free stuff from the consumer show, his or her share of 15,000 gallons of hydration fluid, truck loads of fruit, pickles, thousands of helpers on the route and a hard-earned finisher pin.
Route distances are: 10K – 25 mile – 50 mile – 100K – 100 mile. There were a number of rider suggestions for route improvements from the 2012 Ride that were implemented in 2013 & 2014 that carry over to this year.
Hell’s Gate: After taking a year off, Pyro Pete returned to Hell’s Gate on the 100 mile route in 2013 and will again join us for 2015.
Off-Road: HHH weekend includes a 13.1 mile off-road route. The start is across the river at the JS Bridwell Agriculture Center. The trail will be open all day but will be swept for survivors at 6 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. The trail is single track with quick short climbs and drops. The route is fun but riders are reminded that these nature trails are on natural surfaces surrounded by trees, water, wild animals, pointy objects and poison ivy. Off roading requires skill and caution on the part of the rider.
Entry Fee: HHH has worked hard to keep entry fees as low as possible. Early registration is still $30 and will expire May 31, 2015. Beginning June 1, 2015, regular registration will be $35. To help families, there is a family discount available during early registration. The family discount is applied to registrations from the same household after the first full fee is paid. The maximum is 4 discounts per household. The family rate is $25 per person. The family discount is only available during early registration which expires May 31, 2015. All family discount registrations need to be received at one time and paid all together. Riders can register online, by mail, fax, or in person at late registration. Late registration is $45.
Timing: For the 34th Annual Hotter’N Hell Hundred, timing chips will again be provided for all registered riders. This year’s timing results will be posted by distance ridden and age groups. Our goal will be to have Endurance Ride results for Early Registration riders online by Sunday night!
It is important to accurately register for the event you intend to participate in. The USA Cycling races are for licensed racers who have paid or plan to pay a license fee to “race”. Most of the 12,000+ endurance cyclists that come for HHH will be registering for the Endurance Ride. No license is required and you compete against your own personal best, the road, the wind and the heat.