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Thank you for registering for the Honey 100!  This year is going to be great.

This private page is where all the Honey 100 information and ongoing updates live.

Other Information Sources

  • For an overview of the ride -- and all the information that's public, check out the public Honey 100 page.
  • Bikereg registration page.  Since you've already registered there's no reason to go back to that page.

Ride Files

These links will be live on Saturday morning at 6:30 am.  We're happy to load the route on your GPS unit on Saturday morning while you're eating breakfast, too.

On the ride pages you'll find the routes, food stop details, and some other peculiarities of your specific route.

Last Steps Before The Ride

  • Make sure you've signed the Ride Headquarters waiver online before the ride.
  • Hydrate -- it's going to be warm tomorrow.
  • Make sure your bike is ready for a hard ride.  Brake pads, air, tire wear.
  • Sleep well.
  • Don't eat too much because we're going to stuff you to the gills.

Arrive Early

Ride Headquarters opens a 7:15 am on Saturday.  Please arrive at least 45-minutes prior to your departure time; this will give you time to:

  • Have a big breakfast - it's on the house.
  • Sign-in to your ride, sign the USA Cycling waiver, and make sure you’ve completed the RHQ rider waiver online.
  • Be present for the pre-ride meeting.  It will take place about 10 to 20 minutes before your rollout time
  • Meet your Ride Navigator.
  • Get caffeinated.

Ride Start & Finish Location

Ride Headquarters
11 South Main Street
Sherborn, MA 01770
(413) 461-7433


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The Three Serious Rules for the Honey 100 Ride

  1. Ride Safely.  Safety during an off-pavement ride is different and more expansive than safety on the road.  On the paved sections, follow Overland's Riding Rules  and the ever sensible rules of the road.  During offroad sections, follow Overland’s trail riding etiquette.  Ride within your capabilities.  Respect the terrain and the challenge.
  2. Take Care of the Rearward Rider:  This means you are responsible for the rider behind you.  With 1,000 turns is it easy to get lost or lose the person in your wake.  Always keep this rearward rider in sight; stop at intersections if the aft cyclist is not right behind you.  Never assume.  Also, keep count of how many riders are behind you; this makes it easier to ensure you’re all together.
  3. Be Vocal:  If you’re falling behind make sure you call out to the rider in front of you; that rider will then call up the trail – setting a mic-check domino effect so everyone stays together.

Be Your Best
We all represent cycling in the world, and to each other.  Therefore, along with following the rules of the road and good trail etiquette, we ask and expect three additional behaviors:

  1. If a rider asks for help, help.
  2. You represent all cyclists so be on your best behavior.
  3. This is an adventure, not a race.  If you’re not up for having fun, stay home.  Of course, some of the best fun can happen at very high speeds.  So, go fast if that’s your thing, but be aware and be helpful.

Safety on Mixed-Terrain Group Rides
This ride has nearly every type of terrain and obstacle you could encounter on a fun all-terrain bike ride.  We anticipate that many riders will not have encountered some of these obstacles before.  Here are some important safety tips to ensure the ride is a blast – not a frustration, or worse.

  • Ride within your abilities.  This is a fun ride, not the fastest ride.  ‘First to finish’ may mean foregoing some of the fun.
  • Always be ready for a sudden turn, and ride single file on the road.  Many of the turns into the woods are not readily apparent from the road.  Be careful when riding behind.  No half-wheeling.  No three riders abreast.  We ride single file on roads and trails.
  • Follow the ride leader - or Navigator.  If you ride ahead of the Navigator you will get lost.  The Navigator will not chase you down.
  • On trails, leave a gap between you and the rider in front of you:  Leave a couple bike lengths between you and the person in front of you.  There are 1,000 turns on this ride - most of them are invisible until you are right on top of the turn into the woods.
  • Be aware of people walking and parking.  Most of the off-pavement sections are designated for walkers.  There are times when we’ll be skirting a parking lot or a school sports field.  We expect these people to not be on the lookout for cyclists.  These areas are the most dangerous sections.  Ride slowly and predictably.
  • Internalize Overland's Trail Riding Etiquette.

Garmin Setup Optimization for Mixed Terrain

If you’re using a Garmin, here is Overland’s strong recommendations on setup.  If you use these settings it makes riding trails much easier.

Ride Support

Aside from all the food, at each stop we have first aid supplies and bike mechanic equipment and parts available.  Make sure you don’t need any of these items – ride safe and make sure your bike is tuned well.
 
We also have a support vehicle if needed.  If you’re in trouble or have a ride ending mechanical, call Ride Headquarters and we’ll take care of you:  (413) 461-7433.

Route Notes

It’s been incredibly dry on the trails.  We’ll be seeing rain over the next couple of days but the weather on Sunday looks perfect.  We think the rain will be a good thing for the trails, and we expect the route to be pretty much dry by Sunday morning.

  • Leaves:  Amazingly we're starting to see some leaf fall.  It's been months since we've dealt with leafy trails.  Be cautious.
  • Sticks:  One of the aspects of the Honey 100 area this year is that some of the trails are relatively primitive.  The mainly means more sticks down on the trails -- no one uses the trails and picks up the sticks.  We picked up as many as we could but we didn't get them all.
  • Horses:  Some of the Honey routes will ride by horses and horse trails.  On one section we've even ridden with free-range horses.  It can be a bit disconcerting, but it's a lot more disconcerting for the horse.  Please read our rules for riding with horses; it will make your ride more enjoyable - and you'll even learn the special connection between bikes and horses.
  • Ticks:  Always a thing in Massachusetts.  Know how to avoid them, spot them, and remove them.  Best recommendations:  Use DEET bug spray and don't brush bushes as you ride through the trails.  Here's our explainer.
  • Poison Ivy:  It's still ivy season.  The best way to avoid it is to know what it looks like.  Also, at each stop we have Cat's Tongue towels that you can wipe down with if needed.  We've written an explainer.  
  • Signs:  No Trespassing & Private Property:  We don’t do illegal trails or roads.  We’ve done everything possible to avoid this.  Every trail and road on this ride is legal.  There are a couple sections that are on private land but they have posted easements that allow bikes.

Your Ride Navigator -- Ride Leader

Being a ride Navigator is a stressful and difficult job.  Anyone that’s lead a group through a series of confusing tightly knit trail intersections at 14-miles an hour, while keeping one eye on the trail, one eye on a rattling Garmin, and one eye on the group to ensure you’re all still together – all while holding a conversation about gear inches and the latest poison ivy salves – knows what I’m talking about.  Everyone should experience this feeling at least once.  Well, some brave souls have signed up to be Navigators for this ride. Be patient and thankful for their leadership; here’s why:

  • They haven’t ridden the course.  Everyone – including your Navigator – will be on the course for the first time on Sunday.  Your Navigator will be figuring out the route in real-time.
  • Follow the Navigator's directions.  Even if you think the Navigator's instructions are odd, follow them anyway.  We don't want to hear about any mutinies out there.
  • Your Navigator will get lost.  Be patient.  Lots of trail intersections are really difficult to read on a Garmin.  Sometimes your Navigator will have to make a best guess and roll down a trail turn only to find that it’s the wrong one.  This is all part of the ride.  We wouldn’t trade a few wrong turns for a simply routed road ride any day.
  • Follow the ride leader - or Navigator.  If you ride ahead of the Navigator you will get lost.  The Navigator will not chase you down.

Parking

Here are all the details.

Why "Honey" 100?

Honey bikes is the sponsor of this ride.  Honey makes some beautiful steel and titanium bikes.  We'll have a few on display at Ride Headquarters if you want to check them out.  New for the 2018 season Honey has introduced an interesting titanium bike line.  First up is the titanium Allroads.

Honey 100 Host:  Ride Headquarters

Thank you to Ride Headquarters for being base camp for this adventure.  They're taking care of breakfast, group roll-out staging, and all pre-ride needs. Ride HQ is a new bike store, and you'll be among the first to visit the unique store.