Sunday, July 5, 2015

Fast Trails

Underdown trails are dried out and really fast right now.  A pre-ride of the long race course confirmed it at 15 miles.  4 or 5 laps would be possible in the 10-hour race depending on temperatures.  The winning 6-hour racer will do 3 laps if it's cool or 2 laps if it's over 80 like today.

Estimates of the short course at 5 miles look accurate, but the loop is all big hills do don't expect to get dizzy from going around and around.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Thunderdown 2015

July 18, 2015

LOCATION:  Copper Lake Road between Irma and Gleason, Wisconsin

10AM     10 Hour team, solo, duo, single-speed
1PM        6 Hour solo, duo

3PM        3 Hour solo

Long: 10 hour solo, 10 hour duo, 6 hour solo
About 15 miles of single-track, this year's course will return to Oktoberfest and trail L.  Both have had some fun upgrades to the downhills.  Old-school trail V and the Hollow trail are taking a year off.

Short: 10 hour team, 6 hour duo, 3 hour
About 5 miles of single-track, this year's course will run with the long course through highlight trail CC  before splitting off onto sections of the Ice Age Trail that have never been raced in summer.  Riders will ride the winter route over the re-built Heartbreak Ridge climb before merging onto trail KK at Collarbone Corner.

Which town can put in the miles?  Wausau will be putting the Cup on the line.  Sign-up your town and return the form by 3PM.

Best deal: Lincoln County will waive the trail fee for the day so that all proceeds can be put back into the trail.
Best awards: Gift cards from the Red Eye.
Best camping: Right at the Underdown parking lot for a small fee.
Best burgers and pizza: Fork Horners on Highway X. (South\west on J, Right on X)
Best place to cool off: Prairie River bridge at the bend. Don't jump off the bridge though. (South on J 2.5 miles from Copper Lake Road)
Best gravel: BURGR 95 and Fork Horners 47 on July 11th.

Saturday, June 13, 2015


  • Bike people and hike people got together to rebuild the too-steep downhill on Ice Age Trail L.  Kelly, Bruce, Ruby, Jim, Bruce, Joe, Steve, Andrea, Gene, Randy, Anna, and Kathy came out in the rain to produce a scenic section of trail.  It will be a fun downhill on July 18th.
  • Trails L and LL need just a little bit of tidying up before they are totally ready to ride, but it won't be long.  Watch for loggers between White Lightning and Homestead.  This job won't take as much work to fix for race day.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Big Day June 13th

  • Help is needed for a record work day when we repair and rebuild trail L better than ever including a long, long downhill that used to be way too steep.  Come on out on the morning of June 13th about 9AM or 10AM.  It doesn't matter because we'll be there into the afternoon if we feel like it.  From Loop Road you'll be able to see the big hill where most of the work will be done.  Bring trail digging tools, but we've got extras.

  • I finished cleaning up trail X and M around the Hollow to the Underover today.  It's better than ever.  
  • Cougar tracks were seen near 17 east of the Underdown two weeks ago.  Maybe this is the same kitty that Brian saw on 51 in April.
  • Map signs should appear on trails in late June.
  • The end of June will mark the beginning of trail mowing season.  Volunteers are much appreciated.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Ready to Ride

Paul, Riley and Joe came out today to help install boardwalks and clean up after logging.  KK is now in top shape and the Heartbreak Ridge climb on trail N is ready to ride.  Most of the Hollow trail (X and M) if cleaned up with some nice little improvements.
This means that all trails are cleaned up and ready for some great rides except for L and LL which will be tackled in June with a great rebuild of a big downhill.
June 13th will be the last big work day this year.  Meet where the Ice Age Trail crosses the east side of Loop Road by the Homestead.  The effects of logging will make it obvious where the work is.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Work Day Sunday

Trails are getting cleaned off this week and are over half done.  Sunday the 10th we'll be working on cleaning up after the west side log job starting about 9AM.  We'll start on KK and work over the Heartbreak Ride on the Ice Age Trail to the Hollow Trail (M and X) to the trail G downhill off Round Top.  See the yellow line on Joe's funky map.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

A Great Day for Trail Building

Steve helped get it going yesterday, and today Benji, Beth, Paul and Riley helped finish some fun upgrades to Oktoberfest.  The trail is so dry that it needs the rain.    Next week we tackle the trail around the hollow and KK where the tread took some beating from logging equipment.  We'll cover a lot of ground because the loggers were fairly gentle, and we might have time for upgrades.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Weather looks to be cooperating with an on schedule opening day.

  • April 15th Brian saw a cougar by the Underdown on 51.
  • May 1st Trails Open
  • May 3rd Sunday Work Day on Oktoberfest and maybe trail U.  Meet at Underdown lake between 9AM and noon and head up the hill. (Great re-routes are roughed out on the hill top.)
  • May 10th Sunday Work Day (Remember Mom, but come on out in the morning for a little fresh air.  Trails X, KK and the rest of the west side logging job.)
  • May 16th Ice Age Trail Wildflower Hike.  Meet at the west end of Loop Road little parking lot for a hike to Dog Lake and back. 10AM
  • May 23rd Bear 100 in Laona
  • May 31 RASTA Rally at Washburn
  • June Repairs of Trail L Ice Age Trail and the east side log job.
Oktoberfest is clear of sticks, etc.  Let me know if you'd like to take the leaf blower for a hike elsewhere.