October 8th, 2016 NEW LOCATION: 95% of this year's 11 mile course has never been raced. You will want to stop and admire the views! You will want to ride the descents over and over!
Find the Merrill Memorial Forest by taking Heinemann Road for 2.5 miles west from Highway 17 or County R 3.5 miles east from County K.
Registration: 8AM or Registration
10 Hour Race: 10AM (Finish before 8PM. Bring a light.)
6 Hour Race: 1PM
3 Hour Race: 3PM
Camping will be allowed this weekend. Racer Refreshment: Chili, cookies, and Festbier! Awards: Pints and Growlers to category winners!
Giant Giveaway: Be there for the huge racer-selected prize package sponsored by Giant. Additional Goodies from Hammer Nutrition and Silent Sports!
Thunderdown Cup: Sign up your town by 3PM. Which town will turn the most laps? Will the cup return to Wausau or stay up in Rhinelander? Course: This brand new course will incorporate the 5.1 mile Dells Loop in the Merrill Memorial Forest before taking rustic Horn Lake Road to the enhanced Oktoberfest heights and returning over the extensive hills on the 2.2 mile connector. VIDEO
Sights: Prairie Dells Gorge! Marvelous Manthei Marsh! Twenty Turn Ice Ridge Descent! Other Events:
October 1st: 10AM Trail Grand Opening and Ice Age Trail Fall Hike at the Merrill Memorial Forest
October 1st: 2PM to 6PM Lincoln Lager Barleyfestat the Smith Center in Merrill
October 2nd: 10AM Group Ride at Merrill Memorial Forest
October 7th, 8th and 9th: 10AM to 5PM Northwoods Art Tour Visit local artists including the bike inspired jewelry of the Outback Studio in Irma.
October 29th: 5PM Prairie Dells Coyote-Cross Enduro Ghost Ride
2017: Hundred Down in the Underdown, BURGR 95, Fork Horners 47, TTT 103, Run Around the Underdown
Great Food nearby: Just follow Heinemann Road east all the way to County X to find Fork Horners just a bit south. This is what you deserve after a day on the trail. Great Snacks and Bulk Food nearby: Follow Highway 17 north through Gleason to Prairie Pines Country Store.
Merrill Memorial Forest: Take Heineman Road west from 17 about a mile south of Bloomville, or take Spring Lake Road east from County K about 6 miles north of Merrill.
The new trail is in all the way to Prairie Dells and back. About half is still a rough bike ride and boardwalks have yet to be built, but it's a great hike for exploring. Find the Merrill Memorial Forest on Heineman Road south of the Underdown.
And the DNR just started closing the spillway so the marsh will be filling and the birds will be happy.
You could ride it too, but there is some finishing to do and a long boardwalk to install. Either way, it's beautiful. Take the new trail all the way along the Manthei Marsh to the top of the clear but hill where you will reach the grass road. A left will take you to the short levee and railroad causeway that completes the loop.