The sixth annual Honey 100 is all new -- yet again.  Every year we change the route entirely.  This year we're combining the 100 and the 101 into the biggest Honey event yet.  And it's all new trails with three route distances -- and the daunting 100 miler back!  This year the event takes place on hidden trails in southeastern Massachusetts -- very different riding from the 100s of old.

Join us for the Honey One Hundred of fun, food, and forests.  This is a ride we developed for the steel bike builder Honey Bikes.

When:  August 26, 2017.  Saturday morning.  Start times vary from 7:30 to 10:30 am depending on which category for which you register.

What:  We're riding the great roads and quiet trails throughout the area.

Where:  Starting and ending at Ride Headquarters in Sherborn, Massachusetts.

Registration Includes

  • Unique Route:  You'll have access to the GPS files to a route we're confident you've not ridden.  Even if you ride trails a lot, we know you'll see some new sights!  We're even including the coveted 100-mile route option this year, too.

  • Support:  Ride support throughout the day.  If you have a mechanical or an accident, we have a support vehicle on the routes.

  • Food:  All three route distances include breakfast and big post-ride cookout, and between one and three refuel stops along the route -- depending on the route distance you've chosen.  See below for food details.

  • Ride Navigators:  If you want to ride with a group, we'll provide that along with a ride navigator that will lead you through the route.

  • Fun and adventure!  Bring a positive attitude and we promise you'll have a fun day.

Riding Categories

We offer three categories from which to choose -- something for everyone.  Overland Base Camp's mixed-terrain rides require a GPS unit in order to follow the route.  Cue sheets don't work for offroad riding.

  1. Guided Group:  We've got the OBC Navigators ready to take groups of about 10 riders through the endless twists and turns of the Honey 100.  You'll get to roll with, and meet, new riders while not worrying about when the next turn is.  New friends, guided trails, and rider support.  What's better than that?
  2. Indy:  You ride solo and depart at your convenience.  You're sure to see other Honey Riders out on the trails and you can join them or continue your solo ride.  Your pace, your internal conversation, your freedom.  That's the ride we look forward to.  This category requires that you have a GPS unit; see details below.
  3. Team:  A group of 3-8 riders that you put together.  At least two of your team have GPS units; see details below.  You depart at any time between 8:20 and 10:00 am.  You ride at whatever pace you desire.  You, your friends, whizzing through the trails with unexpected turns; what could be more fun?

Estimated Time for Pace Categories

One situation we find with mixed terrain routes is that the ride takes longer than most riders expect.  It's good to plan for 1,000 turns, mechanicals, a flat or two, time for the food stops, and a moment or two to simply enjoy the trails.  Here's the typical time it takes to complete each of the routes:

  • 50 km:  3 to 4.5 hours
  • 100 km:  6 to 9 hours
  • 100 miles:  12 to 14 hours

Riding Pace Categories

Determining true average pace on mixed-terrain rides is challenging.  Our experience shows that people tend to think they're riding a lot faster than GPS indicates.  There are a number of contributing factors to this speed-dilation:

  • Most riders don't track their actual time when riding in the woods so it's challenging to have a true sense of trail speed.  Road speed is always a lot faster, typically about 2-3 times faster than trail riding.
  • Even if you tend to average 18 mph on a typical road ride, that pace on a 33-40c knobby tire is really fast.  Knobbies slow you down.  Depending on tire pressure, the loss of speed is generally somewhere around 2-4 mph of road pace.
  • Being fast on the road doesn't mean you're fast in the woods.  And, of course, the opposite is true.  If you're a 23 mph road rider but not particularly skilled off-road, you might average 5 mph in the woods.  that average brings you into the moderate pace group; you may feel that the moderate group pace is slow on the road but it'll be pressuring you on the trails.
  • Weather conditions, trail conditions, altitude changes all impact the true pace.
  • Ride navigators each have different strengths and weaknesses.  They're also trying to navigate 1,000 turns while keeping track of ten riders; they're doing a difficult job so help them out.
  • Group participants all have different strengths; we move at the pace of the slowest rider - we leave no one behind in any group.

To help address all the variances, the Honey 100 Ride offers three paces for the guided group rides - and two categories where you choose whatever pace you prefer.  Make sure you choose the group pace that is truest for you.  If you're in a group that's moving faster than your average, that will be frustrating for everyone.  If you're in a group that's too slow for you, you'll be frustrated.  

If you want to be pushing the pace, or you're the type to get frustrated if the pace is slower or faster than ideal, we suggest putting together a team of 3-8 with friends that you know ride at your pace.  Or, register for the self-led option and ride at your ideal pace throughout the ride.  You'll certainly see plenty of friendly faces out there and support stops along the route.

Remember that the Honey 100 is a fun ride first; choose the category, pace, and distance that will ensure you have the most fun.

Here is the pacing we plan to provide - weather conditions and ride navigator variances may impact the true pace slightly:

  • Fast:  14 mph average.  About 18 mph on the road and about 10 mph in the woods.
  • Moderate:  11 mph average.  About 16 mph on the road and about 8 mph in the woods.
  • Fun:  8 mph average.  About 14 mph on the road and about 5 mph in the woods.

The Route

We offer three routes:  100 miles, 100 km, and 50 km routes.

You might find last year's Honey 100 and 101 routes online.  Be forewarned that this year’s route is 100% different from past years.  New trails mean new experiences.  Even if you've ridden the 100 or 101 before, this is a completely new ride.  We’ve got some great trails and roads in store for you.  Overland will post the route on the morning of the ride.  All three routes are about 50:50 road and off-pavement in terms of distance, not time.

We're riding through every type of terrain available, in something along the following ratios.  We've included the 'ideal bike' as a way of explaining that no bike is perfect - that's part of the point of an adventure ride.

  • Pavement:  ~50%.  Any road bike would be great; 23-25c tires.
  • Dirt roads and fire roads:  ~12%.  Tires in the 28-30c range will be appreciated; filetreads or knobbies might be good for some rides.
  • Singletrack, well-groomed:  ~33%.  A 40c knobby or even a full mountain bike tire might be perfect for good singletrack.
  • Singletrack, primitive - "goat trails" with roots and rocks in abundance:  ~5%.  Most riders will be wondering why they didn't ride their mountain.  Any section that's this challenging is worth it because it means there's something great on the other side of the sector.
  • Hike-a-Bike:  One or two moments where you might find walking faster than riding.  It is truly a moment or two during the ride.  For these sectors you'll want to leave your bike at home.

The Food

We're serving lots of food throughout the day.  A common comment from past participants on Overland rides has been that they are calorically positive rides - meaning that there's so much food it's easy to eat a lot even though the ride is long and challenging.  No one will go hungry.  The offerings vary depending on which route you've registered.  All food stops and meals have vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and omnivore options.  "Food Stops" also include a variety of food bars, nutrition options, water, drink mixes, and fresh fruit.  Breakfast begins at 6:45 am and continues until the last riders roll out.

  • 100 miles:  Full breakfast prior to the ride; fuel stop at about mile 25; lunch at about mile 50; ice cream at about mile 75; big cookout after the ride.
  • 100 Kilometers:  Full breakfast prior to the ride; lunch stop at about mile 35; iced cream at about mile 45; big cookout after the ride.
  • 50 Kilometers:  Full breakfast prior to the ride; ice cream stop at about mile 18; big cookout after the ride.

The Ideal Bike

This is always a very personal choice based on your abilities, your bike stable, and the weather.  We mention bike choice in the Route section of these notes above.

  • Tires:  Most riders will be happiest on knobby 33c tires or wider.  Probably nothing wider than 45c otherwise the roads are likely to feel rather slow.
  • Gearing:  We strongly recommend a low gear of about 1:1 ratio.  A 34-tooth small front ring mated with a 32-tooth large rear cog will get you up most of the hills.  There is not a lot of climbing on any of the Honey 101 routes, but the climbs can be short and steep at times.  
  • Tire Pressure:  Don’t ride tires too soft; you don’t want to get a flat on this ride, and there are paved sections that will go faster with more tire pressure.  For tires between 33-45c, we tend to ride at 66-75% of the tire's rated maximum pressure.
  • Clipless mountain bike pedals:  This ride isn't for everyone; we ride at a fair pace and aren't stopping a lot.  You have to ride clipless mountain pedals and shoes;  the reasons for this are many, including that clipless pedals provide you more control of your bike, help facilitate getting over obstacles such as logs and rocks, and make bike handling more surefooted.

Team Rules

  • Must have a Group of 3-8 riders.
  • Email us your team name and list of team members.
  • Each member registers individually; include your team name.
  • We will assign you a starting block time; if you have a preferred start time window, email us.
  • Your team must have at least two Garmin 500s or higher or a Wahoo Element.  We strongly recommend having more than two GPS units.  We are not printing cue sheets for this mixed-terrain ride.  You've fully charged your Garmin and you've loaded the route.
  • GPS unit battery life of 14-hours.  You have to have a battery backup that will get you through 14 hours of ride time.  Yes, we know you'll ride a lot faster than that, but if you have a mechanical, decide to relax at one of the food stops, or anything else happens, time goes by very quickly.
  • At least two people on your team ride with a comprehensive repair kit that's suited for all-day solo mixed-terrain riding.

Indy Ride Rules

  • Garmin 500 or higher or a Wahoo Element.  We are not printing cue sheets for this mixed-terrain ride.  You've fully charged your Garmin and you've loaded the route.
  • GPS unit battery life of 14-hours.  You have to have a battery backup that will get you through 14 hours of ride time.  Yes, we know you'll ride a lot faster than that, but if you have a mechanical, decide to relax at one of the food stops, or anything else happens, time goes by very quickly.

Honey 100 Rules

Email us if you have any questions.  We hope you'll join us on the Honey 100!

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