Cook County, Minn. - February 20, 2018 - The Le Grand Du Nord bicycling event on Saturday, May 26, represents one of the most amazing gravel courses in the United States. This year Heck of the North productions will introduce a new 120-mile route, which was built on the 100-mile course from previous years. There will also be the addition of a stunning 66-mile course as well as a great introductory 20-mile course. The three routes will challenge riders no matter where they are at in their gravel cycling ability.


Beginning in Grand Marais' spectacular harbor, all three events follow the shores of Lake Superior before climbing to their final destinations. With more than 6,000 feet of climbing and a checkpoint view overlooking the Pigeon River and Canada, the 120-mile course is the punchiest route of the three Heck Production events. The 66-mile course has plenty of climbing and miles of forested roads. The 20-mile route is a Le Grand-worthy introduction to gravel cycling with its mix of paved and gravel roads, climbing and great Lake Superior views.


The weekend will include registration and a post-event party at Voyageur Brewing Company in downtown Grand Marais. The Art Along the Lake Spring Gallery Tour will also be happening throughout Cook County, as well as live music at various locations.


About Heck of the North Productions

Heck of the North Productions produces the highest quality adventure cycling events by providing beautifully challenging courses, fostering passion for cycling culture via artistic and philanthropic endeavors, and promoting strong community and business partnerships. 


About Visit Cook County 

Visit Cook County encompasses the northeastern Minnesota communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage, commonly referred to as "the Arrowhead" and the "North Shore of Lake Superior".  Grand Marais, Minn., has earned several national accolades -- most recently it was named USA Today's Best Midwestern Small Town, Outside Magazine's The 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S. 2016, and Budget Travel's 2015 Coolest Small Town in America. Rekindle your sense of adventure by exploring the Superior National Forest or paddling through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Discover what makes the communities of Cook County, Minn. "Naturally Unforgettable." Connect on social media using #visitcc, Twitter @CookCoVisitors, Facebook, or Instagram @donorthmn. Learn more at