Hotter'N Hell Hundred: A Challenging Ride with a Festival Atmosphere

Hotter'N Hell Hundred Starting Line with thousands of cyclists
The Hotter'N Hell Hundred is a cycling event that I am intimately familiar with, having ridden it a number of times. This challenging race, held annually in Wichita Falls, Texas, attracts thousands of cyclists from all over the world who are ready to take on its demanding course and extreme weather conditions.

I have personally ridden the century route of the Hotter'N Hell Hundred, which spans 100 miles through the flatlands of North Texas with occasional hills and sharp turns. One year, I rode the race when the temperature soared over 110 degrees Fahrenheit, making it one of the hottest years on record. Despite being in peak physical condition and well-prepared for the heat, I began cramping at mile 75.

Fortunately, the Hotter'N Hell Hundred is known for its exceptional support for riders. There are numerous rest stops along the route that provide food, drinks, and medical attention if needed. As I began to experience cramping, I made my way to one of the many medical tents where they gave me a massive amount of pickle juice, which is known for its restorative properties for athletes. This helped me get back on the course and finish the race in the best time I had in years.

What makes the Hotter'N Hell Hundred truly special is the sense of camaraderie and community among riders. The mass start, which sees riders of all abilities line up together, creates a unique atmosphere of shared experience and mutual support. And despite the grueling nature of the race, the organizers have ensured that it is also a festival, with concerts, food vendors, and activities for all ages.

 In addition to the challenging ride and exceptional support, the Hotter'N Hell Hundred also offers a unique festival atmosphere that attracts both cyclists and non-cyclists alike.

One of the biggest challenges for participants is finding a place to stay. The event attracts so many people that finding a hotel can be nearly impossible. However, there are other options available, such as camping next to where the campers park. This is the option I always choose, and it allows me to fully immerse myself in the event's community atmosphere.

The night before the race, there is a pre-ride spaghetti dinner available for participants. This is a great opportunity to fuel up for the ride and socialize with other riders. Additionally, the huge vendor show that takes place during the event is amazing. It offers an opportunity to see the latest and greatest cycling gear, as well as to purchase souvenirs to commemorate the event.

For those who want to see some exciting racing action, there is a criterium held on the streets near the vendor show. This race is intense  thrilling to watch, and it offers a chance to see some of the top cyclists in action.

Overall, the Hotter'N Hell Hundred is an event that offers something for everyone. Whether you're a true cyclist or just want to experience a great event, it's an unforgettable experience. From the challenging ride to the exceptional support, from the festival atmosphere to the exciting racing action, it's a one-of-a-kind event that is not to be missed. There are rides of different mileage so you can find the one that is perfect for you. 

Next year's ride will be Saturday, August 24, 2024

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