THE RIDE

The 2019 edition of the Hammer Road Rally is being relocated to Shaver Lake and expanded to include some of the most incredible roads and scenery you can find on two wheels. It is a ride that takes place near the end of California's road cycling season before winter grips our highest elevations. It is a timed, competitive event with prizes awarded to competitors in various age and gender categories. Note: Only the "Hard" and "Hammer" routes are timed. The "Easyish" (10 am start) and "Medium" (9:30 am start) routes are non-timed, casual ride options for those who want to experience a beautiful, fully-supported ride. The "Hard" and "Hammer" riders will roll out together in a mass start at 9 am.

What's Included:

Your entry includes an event t-shirt, aid stations along the three larger routes, neutral mechanical support at aid stations, SAG (roving support mechanics), a post-ride meal and a post-ride beer or non alcoholic beverage (your choice)!

Scoring:

Both the "Hard" and "Hammer" routes will be timed courses. Participants will be scored, recognized and awarded according to various age/gender categories. Podiums will go 3 deep in each age/gender/route bracket. These brackets are subject to final assessment based on the total registration so that field sizes are not too large.

THE ROUTES

Easyish

Not Timed

START TIME 10:00 AM

27.5mi + 2,885'

Ride your bike along historic Dinkey Creek Road on our non-competitive, idyllic 20 mile bike ride. It features a fair bit of climbing, a beautiful classic -- you'll share the return route with lead riders who will be heading back on the same road with you to the finish.

Road bikes with road tires are recommended for this route. There are no gravel roads on this option.

Medium

Not Timed

START TIME 9:30 AM

34mi + 3,383'

This route features perfect road grades and enough challenge to keep you happy even if you're a very strong cyclist looking for an easier day.

A road bike with 28-32c tubeless road tires are recommended. We consider cyclocross or gravel tires bit overkill.

⚠️Includes 8 miles of gravel descending with some rough patches and potholes. Just pay attention and you'll be fine.

Hard

TWO TIMED SEGMENTS!

START TIME 9:00 AM

53mi + 5,897'

SEGMENT 1
SEGMENT 2

No sticks are shaken at a 53 mile bike ride with nearly 6,000' of elevation gain. Riders will make their way to Huntington Lake before turning south and making your way gradually back to the finish.

A road bike with 28-32c tubeless road tires are recommended. We consider cyclocross or gravel tires bit overkill.

⚠️Includes 8 miles of gravel descending with some rough patches and potholes. Just pay attention and you'll be fine.

Hammer

TWO TIMED SEGMENTS!

START TIME 9:00 AM

85mi + 9,175'

SEGMENT 1

SEGMENT 2

The real deal: The Hammer features an absolutely massive 15 mile long gravel climb from Stump Springs Road to Kaiser Pass at 9,196' above sea level.

A road bike with 28-32c tubeless road tires are recommended. We consider cyclocross or gravel tires bit overkill.

⚠️Features nearly 30 miles in two segments of gravel road. The second segment is as described in the "medium" and "hard" routes.

SEE GUY'S COMMENTS BELOW.

THE INSPIRATION

The Hammer honors the late Edward O. Lund, a Fresno State faculty member, avid cyclist, artist, curator and one of the founding organizers of Fresno’s Art Hop.  Ed tragically lost his life in late 2015 due to a cycling accident.  Ed approached everything in life with passion and verve, and we honor his memory through cycling and music with The Hammer.

The Hammer Road Rally remembers Ed, and his passion for both cycling and art. It brings attention and funds to the Ed Lund Foundation which supports aspiring artists at Fresno State University through a study-abroad scholarship program.

VISIT THE Lund Foundation