- One Helluva Ride!
- Bike Routes
- Club Mileage
Join the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society (AABTS) 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. The 100 mile ride famously passes through Hell ! (Michigan, that is).
OHR riders can choose from several paved and dirt road routes. All rides start and end at Chelsea Fairgrounds in Chelsea, Michigan except for the two Fun Rides which 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.
Start & End Location
|Distance to lunch*|
|100 mile paved||100||4||Chelsea Fairgrounds||71|
|75 mile paved||75||4||Chelsea Fairgrounds||53|
|62 mile paved||62||3||Chelsea Fairgrounds||40|
|40 mile paved||40||2||Chelsea Fairgrounds||25|
|40 mile gravel||40||1||Chelsea Fairgrounds||21|
|16 mile paved fun ride||16||1||Portage Lake State Park||16|
|30 mile paved fun ride||30||2||Portage Lake State Park||30|
* Lunch for all rides is at Portage Lake State Park from 10 AM to 2:30 PM
All routes are clearly marked and maps provided.
Links to downloadable GPS routes will be emailed to pre-registered riders a week or so before the ride starts.
Children under 7 free. All minors (17 and under) must be registered and accompanied by an adult while on the ride. Once online registration is closed you may only register in person the day of the ride at Chelsea Fairgrounds or Portage Lake State Park.
Email questions to email@example.com
|Before July 1st
(Online registration only)
|After July 1st
(In person day of ride only)
Chelsea Fairgrounds: The Longer and Dirt Road 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!
For all rides the registration fee includes a buffet lunch at Portage Lake State Park from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. See the ride listing for distances so you can plan not to miss lunch. 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.
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To order merchandise please follow the link above. A limited supply of merchandise will be available day of ride.