HistoryThe Story of the Event
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.
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.
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, one could not believe it was still February! This enabled the post ride festivities to be conducted outdoors.