The Honey 101 is the next step in the ongoing series of Honey 100 adventure rides.  The 101 takes place on hidden trails in southern Massachusetts -- very different riding from eastern Massachusetts.

Join us for the second annual running of the Honey 101.  The Honey One Hundred and One is 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 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!

  • Support:  Ride support throughout the day.  If you have a mechanical or an accident, we'll be there for you.

  • Food:  Breakfast, two food stops on the route, lunch on the road, and post-ride snacks.  The Fun 51 ride has only one food stop during the route because the ride is shorter.

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

Estimated Time for Pace Categories

One situation we found last year on the Honey 101 is that the ride takes longer than most riders expect.  It's good to plan for 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:

  • 101 km:  9 hours
  • 51 km:  4.5 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 101 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 101 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 6 mph in the woods.

The Route

We offer two routes:  101 km and 51 km routes.

You might find last year's Honey 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 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.  Both 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 these 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.

The Food

We're serving lots of food throughout the ride.  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 for.  All food stops and meals have vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and omnivore options.  "Food Stops" include a variety of food bars, nutrition options, water, drink mixes, and fresh fruit.  Breakfast begins at 7 am and continues until the last riders roll out.

  • 101 Kilometers:  Full breakfast prior to the ride; food stop at about mile 15; lunch stop at about mile 35; food stop at about mile 47; snacks after the ride.
  • 51 Kilometers:  Full breakfast prior to the ride; food stop at about mile 15; snacks after the ride.  For the Fun 51 there is no lunch stop because the ride is a bit shorter.  We promise that you'll have plenty of food!

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. 
  • 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.
  • Clipless pedals:  This ride isn't for everyone; we ride at a fair pace and aren't stopping a lot.  You have to ride clipless pedal system;  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 Garmins, fully charged, with the route loaded.

Honey 101 Rules

  • Follow good trail etiquette.
  • Follow the rules of the road.
  • If a rider asks for help, help.
  • You represent all cyclists so be on your best behavior.
  • This is not a race; this is an adventure.  If you're not up for having fun with us, stay home.
  • Bring a repair kit that includes, at a minimum, everything for fixing a flat and a multitool that can help fix most mechanicals.
  • Bring a helmet, I.D., and clipless pedals.
  • Fill out the Ride Headquarters Ride Waiver online.

Email us if you have any questions.  We hope you'll join us on the Honey 101!

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