Heck Backpacking Race

Jul 16, 2021
3 days


Ride Distance:
336 miles
Jeremy Kershaw


The Heck “Epic” is back for 2021. 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.

Registration opens February 1st, 2021

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