The Kearsarge Klassic is a dirt and gravel road bike ride in west central New Hampshire that includes roads around Mt. Kearsarge, Ragged Mountain, and the southern ridge line of Mt. Cardigan. There are five routes. The 2018 routes follow generally the routes of the 2017 event with some additions. New for this year is a cut off on the 70 mile route over Sargent Hill which shortens the distance on this route to 52 miles. Riders choosing this route should sign up for the 70 mile route. The 60 mile route now includes a rest stop at the North Wilmot Church
The 104 mile dirt century has nearly 9,000 feet of climbing. There is also a 90 mile route, a 70 mile route which follows the northerly portion of the century route, a 63 mile route, and a 25 mile recreational route. You can examine all the 2018 routes and elevation profiles at the links posted below. Although the routes are mostly on town-maintained dirt roads, conditions vary from smooth dirt to loose and rocky gravel, and in some cases Class-6 (non-maintained) roads. For this reason we recommend that riders use a cyclo-cross bike, touring bike or gravel bike with tires at least 28mm wide. Riders are encouraged to carry several spare tubes.
All the routes have viewpoints, challenging climbs and descents, and rest stops or lunch. For all routes except the 70 mile route, there is a common lunch stop at Potter Place in Andover, NH, the site of an 1874 railway station and part of the Northern Rail Trail. There are several rest stops on every route.
There is a 200 total rider limit for the event.
More information can be found on the BikeReg registration site.