The Hammer Road Rally begins and ends at Shaver Lake. It features some of the most incredible roads and scenery you can find on two wheels, and takes place near the end of California's road cycling season before winter grips our highest elevations. The fall colors are incredible this time of year, and crisp air at elevation fills your lungs.
This is a timed, competitive event with prizes awarded to competitors in various age and gender categories. However, only the "Hard" and "Hammer" routes are timed.
Hammer and Hard -- Both routes start together at 9:00 am.
Medium -- 9:30 am.
Easyish -- 10:00 am.
Your entry includes a fully supported and timed race, aid stations, neutral mechanical support, roaming support mechanics, a post-ride meal, live post-ride music and a post-ride beer or non alcoholic beverage!
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. The Hammer route features 3 timed segments and the Hard route features two timed segments. These brackets are subject to final assessment based on the total registration so that field sizes are not too large.
There is one major time cut at 3:00 pm at the "Tamarack" aid station. This is not so much of an issue for the Medium and Hard routes, but for the Hammer, it happens at mile 61.5. For anyone trying to make this time cut, just make sure to give yourself about an hour if you're riding at a medium pace to get there from the summit of Kaiser Pass.
FREE! Not Timed.
NO TIMED SEGMENTS
Optionally shortened to 20mi and 2,100', this is the idyllic 20-27 mile bike ride. You'll share your return to the festival with others finishing the longer routes.
This routes features smooth, paved roads.
NO TIMED SEGMENTS
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.
Features several miles of mixed, chunky road and gravel descending.
TWO TIMED SEGMENTS!
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.