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24 Hours of Great Glen

August 5, 2024 - August 6, 2024

mountain biker at Moat Mountain 24 Hours of Great Glen

Moat Mountain 24 Hours of Great Glen (24HOGG) is one of the most iconic and beloved bike events in New England, offering a notable 24-hour challenge with a festival-like atmosphere of camping, family-friendly activities, parties, live music, and food and drink. The race take place in New Hampshire and is produced by Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center which is a premier recreational facility offering a range of outdoor activities, including mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and more, nestled at the base of Mt. Washington in Pinkham Notch.

Organizers make the race not only challenging, but exceptionally unique. For example, a previous year’s theme for the event was “Back to the Land of Oz,” (i.e. The Wizard of Oz). On course, racers met flying monkeys, rode through a field of poppies, under a rainbow, and they followed the “yellow brick road,” an optional fully painted floating bridge over the Glen pond. It’s no surprise that it has become a renowned favorite in the mountain biking community, as one participant said, “once you do this event, you’ll want to keep coming back.” She said, “It’s the positive vibe, the extraordinary location, and the people.” The team at Strambecco considers Moat Mountain 24 Hours of Great Glen to be one of the Best Mountain Bike Events in New England.

24 Hours of Great Glen Event & Course Info

For twenty years, between 1995 and 2015, cycling enthusiasts from all corners of the nation made their way to the foot of Mt. Washington in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire, enticed by the allure of the 24 Hours of Great Glen (24HOGG) mountain bike race. Pioneering in New England, this event was inspired by the renowned 24 Hours of Canaan in West Virginia. The heart of the action took place at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, where the meticulously crafted course provided the perfect setting for this exhilarating race. From its humble beginnings with just 11 teams, the 24HOGG steadily gained momentum, reaching a milestone in 2015 with an astonishing turnout of over 180 teams and 500 dedicated participants.

Following a hiatus of five years, further prolonged by an unfortunate COVID-induced delay, the local Moat Mountain Smokehouse and Brewery stepped up as the title sponsor, rekindling the race’s legacy and reviving the cherished tradition in the Glen in the year 2021. Since then, the event has been an instant sell-out.

The course map can be found below, but race kicks off with an exhilarating “Le Mans” start, where participants circle the pond on foot before hopping onto their bikes. The trail meanders through a captivating blend of diverse terrains found in the North Country woodlands, combining the rustic charm of carriage roads at Great Glen Trails with thrilling single track. Each lap spans a distance of approximately 9 miles, providing riders with ample opportunities to test their skills and endurance. As you approach the conclusion of each lap, an exciting feature awaits you – an optional floating bridge that adds an extra element of challenge and excitement to the ride.

Area Accommodations & Things to Do

While registration for the event also includes camping, there are many great lodging options including Alpine Garden GlampingThe Glen House, and Quality Inn & Suites. Be sure to check out Public House Eatery, Nonna’s Kitchen for some delicious Italian, and White Mountain Cafe for some grub before or after mountain biking, all located right in Gorham.

For those traveling in from out of town who might want to make a long weekend of the event, there are many other outdoor activities to enjoy. Known for its challenging terrain and stunning views, hiking Mt. Washington is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts, with Tuckerman Ravine Trail and Lion Head Trail being popular routes. Mt. Madison via the Valley Way Trail is another rewarding hike, offering breathtaking vistas of the Presidential Range. In addition to Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, other places to bike are Moose Brook State Park with its network of mountain biking trails catering to both beginners and experienced riders, as well as the Presidential Rail Trail allowing cyclists to enjoy a leisurely ride amidst scenic views of the surrounding mountains and countryside. Finally, for those that enjoy being on the water, the Androscoggin River has a stretch near Gorham that offers a pleasant and relatively calm paddling experience for kayakers and canoeists.

Related Events

While Moat Mountain 24 Hours of Great Glen (24HOGG) is the only event produced by its organizer, there are many other top mountain bike events in New Hampshire and the broader New England area, including Bear Brook Classic organized by State 9 Racing, as well as Wilmington Whiteface, a premier event from Lifetime Events and part of the Leadville Race Series MTB. For multi-sport athletes, check out other Strambecco best-rated events taking place in New Hampshire, such as The Prouty and Mount Washington Hill Climb which are two of the Best Road Cycling Events in New England.

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