October 20, 2018
Friant, California

FrianT, California
October 20, 2018



Saturday October 20: Picturesque Millerton Lake in Friant, California will play host the second annual food and music festival with craft beer, food and live tunes!

More information about attending bands and entertainment for the 2018 edition of the Hammer Music Festival will be forthcoming.

Featuring music by Banners and Jeff Brinkman

Festival details and tickets here.

the Hammer Road Rally

In support of the Edward O. Lund Foundation for aspiring Fresno State University art students. The Hammer Road Rally is a serious ride celebrating the love of adventure on two wheels.

This ride is perfect for your adventure road bike with 25c or larger tires. If you're opting for the gravel options, most road cyclists will be comfortable on 28c tires, and are recommended. But if you're not comfortable with gravel descents on a road bike, you might even want to throw on some tires with a minimal amount of tread. To each his or her own. Please inquire if this doesn't answer it for you!

Schedule of events

FRIDAY 10/19

3:00 - 6:00 pm: Packet pickup and same-day registration at Steven's Bicycles in Clovis, CA


6:30 - 8:00 am: Packet pickup and same-day registration at Start/Finish (Meadow Campground - Millerton Lake, CA)

8:00 am: Mass start

11:00 am: Music & Food Festival opens

4:00 pm: Award Ceremony

The start/finish is on the northern shore of Millerton Lake. We chose this location because it means the last leg of your ride will be quiet, and absent of heavy vehicle traffic. Just don't bliss-out too much on the way back to the barn. It's windy!


The Convention and Visitors Bureau of Fresno/Clovis has coordinated three hotel options with discounted rates for you to choose from.

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, Fresno  327 E. Fir Ave. Fresno, CA 93720

Holiday Inn Express- Riverpark  7115 N. Howard St Fresno, CA 93720

Comfort Suites, Fresno River Park  102 E. Herndon Ave. Fresno, CA 93720


LAKESIDE CAMP SITES AVAILABLE! Reservable campsites are available right at the start/finish line at Millerton Lake, complete with running water, flushing toilets and nice flat camping and picnic areas.
Book online now

Easy Route

The easy route is accessible to participants that might consider the longer options too challenging for their current fitness level, or perhaps just want to ride a shorter distance. There's an optional gravel segment if you want to add another 7 miles and 1,000' to your ride.

🚴🏻 26 or 33 Moderate Miles
⛰1,700' or 2,700' of Gain
🍉 1 Aid Station

Medium Route

The road route is designed to bring you around some beautiful, relatively lightly traveled roads while keeping the elevation and length manageable. There's an optional gravel segment if you want to add another 7 miles and 1,000' to your ride.

🚴🏻 69 or 76 Moderate-Hard Miles
⛰ 5,800' or 6,900' of Gain
⏱ 1 or 2 Timed Segments
🍉 3 Aid Stations

The Hammer

The "Hammer" route this year is going to run as scheduled! This year's route brings you along the beautiful waters of California's Redinger Lake, the EXACT center of the State of California, and beautiful Bass Lake.

🚴🏻 102 Strenuous Miles
⛰ 9,600' of Gain
⏱ 3 Timed Segments
🍉 4 Aid Stations

Register to ride


Our "Road Rally" format introduces the perfect mix of competition and camaraderie. We score specific "segments" through a single day. That means you can ride for hours but only race for short periods of time where it's fun and challenging. The best cumulative times across all segments for the day are deemed the winners. Individual and combined segments are awarded.

Climb to Prather

Segment 1
Cat-4 Climb
1.6mi, +660'
9:45am Deadline to complete segment

"Climb to Prather"


Segment 2
(Hammer route only)
2.3mi, +1064'
11:30Am Deadline to complete segment

"Climb to Redinger"


Segment 3
7.6mi, -300'
3:00pm Deadline to complete segment

"Hildreth Hardener"

How it works.


There will be awards given to the top 3 in varying age and gender categories. As many as 18 awards will be given out for cumulative overall times. Your times on each segment will be added together and ranked amongst your age/gender category.


Each podium place will receive a custom Hammer Road Rally medal and additional prizes for their efforts.


This is a RULES OF THE ROAD event. You are required to obey all traffic laws and follow direction from all traffic enforcement staff.

Timed segments will require that you make certain time cuts in order for your times to be recorded and valid in the final results.

Getting access to on-course support infrastructure such as aid stations and marshals requires that you maintain at least an 11mph average speed. At some point we have to pull in the resources, and we estimate that all riders participating in the longest route should be able to achieve this. Shorter routes can be completed at slower speeds and still have support.

REST Stops

One of the best parts about the ride is that you can cover a huge distances, tackle big Sierra climbs and spend lots of hours in the saddle with the support you need to do it all with relative ease. We provide staffed and stocked aid stations with great food, on-course and roving support and marshaling and periodic traffic control to make an epic day on the bike fun and memorable.


Here are just a few scenics along the route. (2016)

REGISTER for Hammer Road Rally

The Hammer $80 | Classic $65 | Easy $50

Jerseys: $80 | Bibs: $100

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