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.