The 2016 Horsey Hundred
By Jim Haley
My wife Nancy participated in the Horsey Hundred in Georgetown Kentucky this year. News media said there were close to 3000 riders. It looked like it.
The SAG stops were always busy. On the route Saturday there was always a line of riders nearby. It was a two day event, and well organized. There were a lot of volunteers and they had special shirts so they were easy to spot. The organizers sent five email blasts before the event with information. They also sent preregistered riders an email with a QIC code. They scanned the code at registration, it took about 10 seconds.
The event is run out of Georgetown College. It made a good central venue for the command center, registration, hospitality, and vendor expo. Georgetown is fairly small and the event dominated the town and area. That helped as the event was the center of attention. Parking was a weak point as there were only small lots scattered around. The event provided overnight bike storage, a camping area, and made the dorm rooms available for rental.
They had a fatality last year from a drunk driver, and news reports said they had an increased police presence this year. There was a police helicopter flying over both days. Still, I think the police presence at Fort4Fitness was larger and more effective. At Fort4Fitness, the police were out of their car and directing traffic. In Georgetown, the police mostly stayed in their cars with lights on and there were fewer police at remote intersections. On Saturday, the sheer volume of riders helped the safety; if motorists passed one rider they just had to wait for another. The vendor expo was pretty good; they had 25-30 vendors and a wide selection of goods. A Fort Wayne vendor was there, April & Nathan Reinhard of Natril Gear.
Roads and Scenery
It was a beautiful place to ride. Georgetown is a typical small Midwestern college town. The county side was acres and acres of bluegrass, stone fences, thoroughbreds, and mansions. It was a hilly ride. There were no flat spots anywhere on the course. I did 62 miles Saturday and had about 1,000 feet of ascent and descent. On Sunday I rode 23 miles and had 600 feet of ascent and descent. The steepest grade was 5% according to the web site. I saw some people walking their bikes up a hill. The road markings were pretty good, although not foolproof as I missed a turn on Sunday.
There was a SAG about every 15 miles on all the routes. There was always water, Gatorade, oranges, bananas, cheese spread sandwiches, P&J sandwiches. Some stops had cookies, potato chips, bagel with cream cheese, or root beer floats. All the SAGs had 7 or so porta-Johns, and there were no long lines.