The 7th Annual Hell of the Marianas Century Cycle Race will be giving away cash prizes, not only to pro riders, but also to amateurs when the event kicks off on Dec. 7.
Race director Kanae Quinn in an interview with Saipan Tribune said the awarding of cash prizes to amateur bikers is one of the changes in this year’s 100-kilometer race besides the modification of the course. She added they decided to give cash prizes to the Top 3 finishers in each age group in the solo road bike division to entice more amateur bikers on and off-island to join this year’s Hell of Marianas.
The age group champions will receive $300, while the second and third finishers take home $200 and $100, respectively. In the past six editions of the Hell of Marianas, age group winners only went home with medals. This year’s HOM has five age group categories: 14 to 25, 26 to 35, 37 to 45, 46 to 55, and 56-and-over.
Entrance fee is only $60 for solo, $120 for a two-man team, and $240 for four-man team. A $10 discount will be given to bikers who register online on or before Sept. 10, while the deadline for registration is set for Nov. 30.
Meanwhile, Quinn said the change in the course (starting and finish line at Mariana Resort) will reduce traffic during the early morning race, as less cars and people pass by the Marpi area. For the past six years, the race started and ended at the Pacific Islands Club in San Antonio and from 6am to noon, bikers shared the road (Beach Road down to PIC) with motorists, pedestrians, and even stray dogs.
Besides the Mariana Resort, bikers competing in the century race will also pedal through the Airport Road, Isa Drive, Talafofo (going to Kingfisher Golf Course), Radar Station, Bird Island Lookout, Suicide Cliff, and Banzai Cliff.
Pre-HOM ride Oct. 13
A pre-HOM race will be held on Oct. 13.
The CNMI Chapter of the Worldwide Marriage Encounter is hosting the event that will feature 25K and 50K distance. Entrance fee is only $10 for adults and $10 for U18 bikers.
For the 50K race, the course will start and end at Mariana Resort with bikers heading toward Last Command Post for a U-turn and then go south to Isa Drive/Pale Arnold, turn right on Matansa Drive on the way up to Radar Station. From there, bikers will head down Matansa Drive, turn right to Chalan Kalabera, go up to Suicide Cliff for a U-turn to the Bird Island, ride back to Chalan Kalabera, turn right to Banzai, and return to Mariana Resort. The 25K course has the same route, but after the climb up to Radar Station, bikers will return straight to Mariana Resort.
For more information about Hell of Marianas or the pre-HOM race, contact Quinn at 285-1168 or send email to email@example.com.