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The Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society (AABTS) presents its 41st Annual One Helluva Ride (OHR) on Saturday, July 8, 2017. Join us for a day of scenic bicycle touring over tree-lined, paved roads in Washtenaw, Ingham, Jackson and Livingston counties. The routes wind through rural and recreation areas on beautiful rolling terrain and vary enough to appeal to a broad range of bicyclists.
OHR riders can choose from six great loop routes this year. Four rides start and end at the Chelsea Fairgrounds in Chelsea, Michigan; the 66, 76, and 100 mile routes will go through Hell. The 40 mile route by-passes Hell. The two Fun Rides start and end at Portage Lake State Park. All the routes share the same central lunch stop at Portage Lake State Park, so family members and friends who decide to take different routes can meet.
All routes are clearly marked and maps provided.
Downloadable GPS routes will be available to pre-registered riders around July 2. Riders must provide an email address at registration to receive details for downloading the routes when they're available.
Chelsea Fairgrounds: The Longer Routes
Portage Lake: The Fun Rides
Please carry personal contact information on your person while riding
Cyclists can minimize potential problems by having themselves and their bikes in good condition for this ride. A pump, patch kit, extra tube, on-the-road tools, a light jacket, sunscreen, and extra water bottles are highly recommended accessories. You should know how to fix a flat tire and how to do your own repairs.
SAG vehicles will be making continuous circuits of all routes from 7 AM to 5 PM. Their help is available to all riders with problems. Priority will be given to those riders with serious medical problems, followed by those with significant mechanical difficulties, and lastly to those who simply “tire” or need to fix a flat tire!
Mechanics will be available at the Fairgrounds, at some of the rest stops, and on the routes.
In case of a true medical emergency, call 911!
Showers will be available at Chelsea Fairgrounds until 5:30 PM. Bring your own towel and toiletries. Please be neat!
The registration fee includes a buffet lunch at Portage Lake State Park from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. for riders on all six routes. Approximate distances to lunch are: 15 miles on the 15-mile route; 30 miles on the 30-mile route; 25 miles on the 40-mile route; 51 miles on the 66-mile route; 62 miles on the 76-mile route; 66 miles on the 100-mile route. Please plan your time carefully so you do not miss lunch. Riders on the 40-mile route wanting lunch should plan their start as to not arrive before 10 AM. Swimming is available at the park.
Volunteers will provide fresh fruit and beverages at snack stops as early as 7:30 AM. The routes pass through several small towns where additional food and drinks can be purchased. You are encouraged to stop, rest and take a break while replenishing your energy and making new friends! Chilled watermelon will be served to riders at the Fairgrounds at the end of the ride.
There will be restrooms and/or porta-john facilities at all designated food stops.
For a list of hotels/motels/campgrounds and a listing of special events, area attractions, and restaurants, see our Weekend in Ann Arbor page.
The people living along the One Helluva Ride routes are generally interested in the event and friendly to riders who give them the courtesy of riding to the right, obeying the traffic laws, and forming a single line to allow traffic to pass. Please review our Ride Decorum & Rules page.
Children under 7 free. All minors (17 and under) must be registered and accompanied by an adult while on the ride.
There are no refunds for registration or merchandise. Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
|Pre-Registration (online only)||$30.00||$12.00|
|(Submitted by July 1, 2017)|
|Day of Ride (Everyone)||$40.00||$12.00|
Merchandise must be ordered online no later than May 1 2017.
Please note: Online registrations with late merchandise orders will not be processed. To order merchandise only, please order online. Merchandise will be shipped after day of ride. A limited supply of merchandise will be available day of ride. A final jersey order will be taken day of ride for late September delivery. A $6 shipping fee will be added to all merchandise orders shipped after day of ride. Email questions to: email@example.com
A limited supply of socks will be available at $8.00 per pair, pre-ordered, and $10.00 day-of-ride (while supply lasts). Sizes S(w 6-8), M (w 8.5-10.5, m 7-9), L (w 11-13, m 9.5-11.5), and XL (m 12+).
A limited supply of 50/50 polyester cotton T-shirts will be available at $12.00 each, pre-ordered, and $15.00 day of ride (while supply lasts). Sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL.
A limited supply of microfiber custom Voler Cycling Jerseys will be available at $65.00 each, pre-ordered, and $75.00 day of ride (while supply lasts). An additional jersey order will be taken on day of ride for late September delivery (plus $6 postage).