Gran Fondo Hibros - Hotter 'N Hell 100
10,000 plus riders return to Witchita Falls, Texas for the 26th Anniversary and
largest national century ride, NRC Racing, and one of country's largest Bike
If you live in the USA, you have probably heard of popular Hotter than Hell
Century ride that takes place each year during August in Wichita Falls, Texas. The
legend of the ride gives bragging rights to the finishers who can conquer the
100 mile mostly flat course on the plains of Texas in weather often over 105
degrees. Like everything in Texas it is "BIG" drawing the largest domestic and
foreign field often in excess of 10,000 for one of the oldest and largest
cycling events on the continent.
The event is held each year in August (always 9 days before Labor Day) and
includes events for professional as well as amateur riders. Over the years the
century grew into a 3 day cycling festival; this
year the race is scheduled from Thursday Aug. 23
through Sunday Aug. 27, 2007. The three days include: a Bike Expo -
consumer Show, Spaghetti Dinner, USCF
Criterium Race, USCF 100 mile Elite Road Race, on an enclosed course using both
sides of the road, the Hotter'N Hell Hundred Endurance Ride, an
Mtn. Bike Off-Road race, off-road trail run along with daily live entertainment,
complete support with food, water and medical services available at 17 rest
stops over the 100 mile challenge.
Map Pdf. Sunday
events are running events only.
The bike fest will include live music for after race parties from three
different bands on Friday and Saturday.
Full Gran Fondo Hibros -
Hotter 'N Hell 100 Event
Schedule and Statistics Below.
Event and Race History:
The race started in 1982 to celebrate the Centennial of the Wichita
Falls, with nothing less with a "Century Ride" that would challenge riders to
survive not only the hundred miles, the heat and humidity, risk of dehydration
and the prevailing winds of the mostly flat course across the vast Texas plains.
How hot is the Hotter than Hell? Well the temperatures are hotter than the
locally grown jalapenos peppers often over 109 degrees, and the winds can buffet
you coming and going throughout the course increasing the chances of exhaustion
and dehydration. It is a win to finish the century at all with often only 25%
able to do so.
Pro's Race: Friday Criterium - Sunday Road Race
The Elite/Professional race registration has grown in the past few
weeks with Successful Living.com/Parkpre pros Italian Alessandro Bazzana,
Argenitine Ricardo Escuela, and American Daniel Ramsey are set to contest the race. Bazzana
and Escuela are in form and each of the trio are no stranger to the top step of the podium
in the past few months in the blue and white kit of the team.
Race directory Gary Achterberg commented yesterday that the strong elite
squad of Hagen Berman are sending Nick Clayville and Sam Johnson; while Mercy
Cycling is also sending a strong squad to battle for the gelt in the Criterium
and road races. VMG rider and Collegiate Road Champion from Witchita's
Midwestern State College team Alex Boyd will be defending home town honors on
his turf in the pro race. Achterberg the director of the Cycling program at
Midwestern University in Wichita is working to expand on the calendar to make
the pro races a significant NRC competition in the future.
Thursday: The H 'N H Consumer Expo one of
the largest expos in North America, opens in the Exhibit Hall on Thursday in the
Multi-Purpose Events Center with exhibitors from the USA around the world. Early
arrivals will come to the expo area to complete their registration and pick up
Friday the second day, opens at the expo
with the all day Science & Medicine in Cycling - Medical Symposium an all day
program for coaches, trainers, accomplished cyclists, and medical professionals,
(continuing education credits) with featured speaker Dr. Larry Armstrong of
Connecticut University an expert in heat and exercise.
Additional info. Dave Shields will also be there to answer questions
and sign his latest co-writing effort:
Tour de Life, the
autobiography of Saul Raisin. Later in the day massages with 40 masseuse's
sponsored by Hibros will be available in the hall in advance of the afternoons
criterium that starts at 5 pm.
The main sponsor of the Gran Fondo Hibros will provide samples of
shower gel and for the first time in the USA the new Hibros Summer
Thermoregulating Oil with sun protection SPF 25 to all riders in the events and
at their location in the Expo. Hibros is also the sponsor of the 40 masseurs and
inside the massage room at MPEC Center and will also provide the massage
products used. The products will also be displayed in a special booth in front
at the massage room and inside the MPEC Center at Britton’s Bike Shop booth.
Hibros products are imported by Gianluca Caliari of Albabici LLC a company
that specializes in bringing the best of Italian cycling products to the USA.
Caliari and Albabici also sponsor nine professional cycling teams including
Value Act Capital, Slipstream, Midwestern University, Succesful Living.com and
Tibco. Gianluca also a long time amateur team director currently is co-director
of the Successful Living.com/Parkpre team. This is the second year for Albabici
to sponsor the Hotter 'N Hell event.
Saturday: The Big Event - Hotter 'N Hell 100
Saturday is the big event with the pro riders followed by the other cat riders
taking to the road first at sunrise (7:00 am) for the 100 mile race. Following a
US Air Force flyover and a canon firing the release of the 10,000 challengers
will roll off from the start line which takes about a half hour for the last
rider to start the course. Timing chips are available for a small fee and your
time for the century will not start until you have passed the start line.
All riders for the 100 miles need to be aware of Hell's Gate! It is the make
break point in time to continue the full ride.
Hell's gate is located at the 60.3 mile mark on the 100 mile route. Hell's Gate
normally closes at 12:30 p.m. unless weather conditions force an early closure.
Riders who reach Hell's Gate after closure are directed to a shorter route that
finishes the day with 84 miles. This year, rest stops prior to Hell’s Gate will
display closure status so riders can adjust their pace to reach Hell's Gate
prior to closing.
Sponsor Information Hibros Pre-sport Olio Summer
The Thermo-regulating Oil looks to be the product that will produce
the most interest for the riders on race day under the Texas sun. There couldn't
be a better test for the product than trying it out on eleven thousand
long-distance cyclists who have to face 100 miles of pedaling with a temperature
in excess of 105 degrees and a humidity of 95 percent.
in fact, is the “torturous” environment of one of the most important American
long-distance endurance races, the 100 Hotter’n Hell, which this year goes by
the name of Gran Fondo Hibros, taken from the name of its main sponsor: the
totally Italian Hibros skin products.
Gruelling, awesome, an inferno of heat and fatigue awaits the participants of
this 26th edition of the event, who will be able to receive comfort before and
after the race in the support structure organized by Hibros, where forty
masseurs will alleviate the muscular strains of the athletes using the products
from the Parma, Italy based company. The cyclists will also find these products
in the race pack and, amongst these, the one product which absolutely can’t be
missed, especially in expectation of the high temperatures, Pre-sport Olio
Olio Summer has been created specifically for summer use and for this reason
its functions are many and all finalized towards muscular and physical
wellbeing, especially under the summer heat. One of the main qualities of this
product is its extremely fast absorption, which is practically immediate. The
product has been on the market for less than a month and is on sale in
specialized sales points.
Once absorbed, the oil hydrates the skin and forms a protective film with a
SPF 25 in order to protect the skin from UVA and UVB rays. Furthermore, if your
wife is afraid of the “patchy” effect of such a high protection, don’t worry:
Olio Summer is also a tan accelerator. But the best part lies in its
thermoregulatory action: in fact, when resting, a pleasant sensation of
freshness can be felt on the areas where the product has been applied and when
in movement again, the effect fades in order to better aid muscular warm-up.
The protective film formed on the skin also protects from rain, forming a
sort of impermeable pellicle which doesn’t block perspiration, it avoids
irritations caused by wind and salinity and is an insect repellent. To obtain
the best effect, Olio Summer should be massaged on the areas affected by
Pre-sport Summer Oil Description:
Hibros Summer Oil is an effective pre-race/sports summer dry oil, with
thermo-regulating action, recommended in warm and hot weather. The oil’s
ingredients act to regulate moisture levels and skin temperature, to help seal
in moisture while letting skin breathe. The oil effectively protects skin from
UVA and UVB rays, with an SPF of 25 and helps enhance and promote a
longer-lasting tan. Hibros Summer Oil is rich in active ingredients, including
Crabwood Oil (an anti-inflammatory and insect repellent), Vitamin E and C
(natural anti-oxidants), Karité Butter (to soften, moisturise and protect) and
Laminaria Ochrolueca extract (to soothe reddened, irritated skin). The
pre-race/sports summer oil is immediately absorbed, is non-greasy and also
protects the skin from the wind, insects and salt spray. The product is
dermatologically and microbiologically tested. Not tested on animals. Massage
smoothly into areas to protect and areas exposed to the sun, before sun exposure
and before practicing sports. Apply again as necessary. Provides moderate
protection against sunburn. Helps prevent sunburn. Higher SPF gives more sunburn
Shop inquiries: Albabici LLC
www.albabici.com - 805-385-3179
Schedule of Events - Hotter'N Hell Hundred 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007: The first day
of HHH festivities
3:00 p.m.: The Consumer Show opens in the Exhibit Hall of the Multi-Purpose
4:00 p.m.: Packet Pickup and late registration open at the Exhibit Hall
4:00 p.m.: USCF registration begins in the Exhibit Hall
8:00 p.m.: All Activities Close
Friday, August 24, 2007: The celebration
8:00 a.m. the Science & Medicine in Cycling - Medical Symposium (all day program
for coaches, trainers, accomplished cyclists, and medical professionals)
1:00 p.m.: Consumer Show begins
2:00 p.m.: Packet Pickup and late registration open in the Exhibit Hall for ride
and race participants
4:00 p.m.: Sports Massage at MPEC. Loosen up for the day ahead
5:00 p.m.: Dave Shields author the Saul Raising
Autobiography of "Tour de Life" will
preview and sign his new book and previous cycling novels The Race and The
5:00 p.m.: Ultra Criterium for USCF racers begins at
the Ultra Finish Line Village
Great races to watch from MPEC parking lot 5th and Lamar 5 p.m. to 8:30 pm
6:00 p.m. Wee-Chi-Tah NORBA Off-Road Time Trial
7:30-8:00 p.m.: Ride Right Seminar with Bik'n Mike
8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Killdares (Celtic Rock Artist)
playing in the Ultra Finish Line Village
5:30 p.m.: Spaghetti Dinner Begins; Served by the North Texas Restaurant
9:00 p.m. Spaghetti Dinner closes
10:00 p.m. Consumer Show, Registration, and Packet Pickup Closes
Saturday, August 25, 2007:
The Heat is On! Endurance ride and USCF Races begin
5:00 a.m.: Breakfast offered by Luby's; West end of the Exhibit Hall
5:30 a.m.: Packet Pickup and Late Registration in the Exhibit Hall. USCF racers,
6:00 a.m:. Morning Praise and Worship (5th and Lamar)
6:30 a.m.: Day Care opens at 403 Lamar, next to the finish line. Reservations
must have been made in advance.
6:40 a.m.: Michelob Ultra USCF Road Races begins at Scott and Lincoln Streets.
See site map for location
7:00 a.m.: Recumbent and tandem start. See site map for location
7:00 a.m.: Registration for the ride closes
7:00 a.m.: USAF Flyover
7:09 a.m.: Canon Blast and the Endurance ride starts
7:00 a.m.: Michelob Finish Line Village opens at 5th and Lamar
8:00 a.m.: Food Court opens at 5th and Lamar
9:00 a.m.: The Consumer Show Opens
9:00 a.m.: Sports Massage at the finish line opens
10:30 a.m.: Outdoor Concert at 5th and Lamar
10:20 a.m. till 11:20 a.m. - Under the Influence (Texas Country Artist)
11:40 a.m. till 12:40a.m.- Kayla Reeves (Blues Rock
1:00 p.m. till 2:10 p.m. - bigloo (Pop Rock Band)
2:30 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. - Killdares (Celtic Rock Artist)
11:00 a.m:. Michelob Ultra Road Races finish. Awards by noon, on stage with
3:00 p.m:. Consumer Show Closes
4:00 p.m.: Outdoor Concert closes
7:00 p.m.: All activites close
Sunday, August 26, 2007: Off-Road Trail Run: Wee-Chi-Tah Trail Run , Half
Rider Support and Statistics:
Rider Supplies-delivered to 17 rest stops, including the MPEC In
every aspect, Passion is what the Hotter'N Hell Hundred is all about; rest Stop
Volunteers are no exception. Rest stops are provided at approximately 10-mile
intervals throughout the ride, with supplies, shade and resting places for the
riders. Participants will have the benefit of 3000 community volunteers that are
there to share their passion for HHH riders. All along the way rest stop
volunteers and Sponsors support riders with hospitality, medical care, radio
communication, refreshments while having a good time and showing it:
- 3,000 Community Volunteers
- Bananas approx. 20,000 (195 cases)
- Hydration fluid over 2,800 gallons of PowerAde replacement fluid
- Oranges approx. 9,000 (100 cases)
- 10,000 gallons of water
- 8000 pickles
- Ice more than 70,000 pounds
- At least 14 of our 500 gallon water tanks will help supply riders at rest
- More than 100 port-a-pots are available for rider convenience.
- Rest stops without shade are provided with tents, from 20'x20' to 40' x
- Each rest stop has its own team of medical personnel headed by a doctor,
so no rider is more than five miles away from medical help or supervision.
- Each rest stop has its own sponsor-a business or charitable organization
whose members volunteer their time to serve water, fruit and cold towels to
tired riders. Sponsors put in much time and effort coordinating volunteers,
providing special surprises and working hours in the heat to care for riders.
- Rest Stop Sponsors include: Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital,
Saint Gobin Vetrotex Electra Volunteers ABB, Wichita County Budget Rent A Car,
Target State Farm Insurance, Home Depot Clinics of North Texas, Howmet Red
River Hospital, Delphi Automotive Systems, UAW, Sheppard AFB, Wells Fargo,
Walmart (north and south), Wichita Falls Firefighters, Wichita Valley
Rehabilitation Hospital Ron Longino - Rest Stop Coordinator
2007 Consumer Show
The Hotter'N Hell Consumer Show runs from Thursday, August 23 to Saturday,
August 25, 2007, in the Exhibit Hall of the Multi-Purpose Events Center (MPEC),
1000 Fifth St. in downtown Wichita Falls.
The hours are:
Thursday - 3 to 8 p.m.
Friday - 1 to 10 p.m.
Saturday - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The consumer show combines national and area cycling resources, official
Hotter'N Hell clothing and other items and other community vendors. It is among
the largest consumer bicycle trade shows in the nation. For information on
exhibiting, contact Hotter'N Hell's Executive Director Roby Christie, P.O. Box
2096; Wichita Falls, Texas 76308; Phone: (940) 322-3223; Fax: (940) 322-1118;
E-mail: execdir @ hh100.org