One Helluva Ride!

  • Choice of 6 scenic paved routes:
    • 15- or 30-mile Fun Rides
    • 40 miles
    • 66 miles
    • 76 miles
    • 100 miles
  • Lunch and snack stops
  • Entertainment
  • SAG support
  • Mechanics on duty
  • Quality custom merchandise
  • Friendly volunteers
  • Post-ride ice cold watermelon at Chelsea Fairgrounds
  • Multicolored, embroidered patch to first 1,500 registrants

41st Annual - Saturday, July 8, 2017


Online Registration Closed July 1, 2017



General Information

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

  • Check-in: 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • The 40-, 66-, 76-, 100-mile rides start and end at the Chelsea Fairgrounds (20501 W Old US Hwy 12, Chelsea, MI 48118). Take I-94 Exit 159 North (see map).
  • Day of Ride registrations are $40 (adult), $12 (minor, 7-17) and under 7 free.
  • There is free parking at the Fairgrounds.

Portage Lake: The Fun Rides

  • Check-in: 8:00 a.m. to noon at Portage Lake.
  • The 15- and 30-mile Fun Rides start and end at Portage Lake State Park (11500 Seymour Rd, Grass Lake, MI 49240).. Take I-94 Exit 150 North (see map).
  • The $11 Recreation Passport for Michigan registered motor vehicles or a $9 daily fee for out-of-state vehicles is required for park entry. For more information on the Recreation Passport, visit www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport/.

Pre-register online by July 1 and save $10! 

  • Pre-registration will be available at [coming soon]
  • Adult $30, minor (age 7-17) $12, under 7 free
  • Pre-registration must be completed by July 1, 2017
  • Multicolored, embroidered OHR patch to the first 1,500 registrants
  • Pre-ordered custom merchandise must be submitted by May 1, 2017
  • Day of ride registration is the only option after July 1, 2017 at Chelsea Fairgrounds and Portage Lake State Park
  • E-mail: ohrinfo@aabts.org


  • Cyclists are expected to obey all traffic laws. Like motorists, you can be ticketed if you fail to do so.
  • Ride with the traffic and never more than two abreast. Move into single file when motorists or other cyclists approach from the rear.
  • Signal all your intentions to motorists and the cyclists near you!
  • No cell phones, headphones, or texting while riding.
  • If you have to stop for a rest or an emergency, move yourself and your bike completely off the pavement. 
  • Rear bike lights and rearview mirrors are recommended.
  • Helmets are required.
  • Please review our Ride Decorum & Rules page for more safety information.

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.

Support Assistance

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!

Shower Facilities

Showers will be available at Chelsea Fairgrounds until 5:30 PM. Bring your own towel and toiletries. Please be neat!

Check-in Times

  • Portage Lake Fun Rides: 8:00 am to noon
  • Chelsea: 6:30 am to 10:00 am

Lunch & Snacks

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.

Accommodations/Local Activities

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.

Maps & Directions

Chelsea Fairgrounds (map)
20501 W Old US Hwy 12, Chelsea, MI 48118
I-94 Exit 159 North
Fun Rides at Portage Lake Park (map)
11500 Seymour Rd, Grass Lake, MI 49240
I-94 at Exit 150 North

Registration Fee Schedule

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 ohrinfo@aabts.org

    Adult Minor
Pre-Registration (online only)   $30.00 $12.00
(Submitted by July 1, 2017)
Day of Ride (Everyone)     $40.00   $12.00

One Helluva Ride Merchandise: Click here to order

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: ohrinfo@aabts.org

  DeFeet Socks

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).