History

The Story of the Event

History

Based upon the success of the Hell of Hunterdon, the Fools Classic, and the Fleche Buffoon, it was deemed that organizing an even earlier season event would provide a good training opportunity while showcasing the majesty of the Sourland Region. Sourland Cycles, D&R Greenway, and Hopewell Borough have been very welcoming hosts.

2017

The 3rd Sourland Semi-Classic was held on February 26, 2017. We increased the field limit, and registration sold out in less than 24 hours! The weather was more typical to February (low of 31 and high of 45) than what we saw in 2016; it was sunny, but windy (10 mph with gusts up to 29 mph). The course was identical to 2016, and the post ride festivities retreated back inside of Sourland Cycles.

60 Miles
3600′ of climbing
4 unpaved roads
Course Map

2016

The 2nd Sourland Semi-Classic was held on February 28, 2016. Once again, the ride sold out all registration slots during the pre-registration period. The weather was so fantastic (high temperature of 62 degrees), one could not believe it was still February! This meant that we could utilize the course we intended to use in 2015, and also enabled the post ride festivities to be conducted outdoors.

60 miles
3600′ of climbing
4 unpaved roads
Course Map

2015

The inaugural Sourland Semi-Classic was scheduled for March 1, 2015. The ride sold out all registration slots during the pre-registration period. All was “go” until we arrived on-site to open registration. Suddenly, the National Weather Service issued an Official Winter Storm Warning, forcing us to postpone the ride. Some riders rode anyway, but found themselves in a snowstorm less than an hour into the ride…

The rescheduled ride occurred on March 15, 2015, under cold but dry conditions. Unfortunately 2 of the unpaved roads were still iced over, so we had to modify the route.

58 miles
3100′ of climbing
2 unpaved roads
Course Map