Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ready for Fall



  • The most beautiful time of year is almost here, and the Underdown is ready to ride.
  • Raspberries are still good and blackberries are ripe now too.
  • Bears are out turning over logs, and I saw a hawk eating a worm on Loop Road.
  • Trails U and W are now all mowed so all trails in the 2013 and 2014 race courses are good to ride now.  We'll start blowing the leaves off after they fall is October.
  • Avoid trails L and LL for now because LL isn't mowed and loggers are just finishing up on L.
  • Ride trail X while you can because loggers will hit it this fall.
  • Come out for some gravel on September 27th.  The Tomahawk 90 uses some Hiawatha Trail before heading west to Price County and south to Newwood.  Cue Sheet.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Get Out There


  • Raspberries are bountiful in the Underdown.
  • Kelly spent a couple days mowing the Oktoberfest trails that weren't in the race course.  Jason was there too.
  • Riley and I worked on the Yin Yang* hill and mowed one side before the the mower broke.  Kelly has agreed to get back out there to attack the brush once the part comes in.  It's an aggravating job so we're lucky that he's willing to suffer through the heat and flying debris for us.
  • This month we break ground on the new Merrill City Forest trail system across Heineman Road from the Underdown.  This fall we'll work on a 3 or 4 mile loop that features the beautiful marsh and hills of the city forest.  Next year's goal is a connection between the Prairie Dells and the Underdown.
*The name that Wausau borrowed for their trail.  I should have copyrighted it, but that wouldn't have been very Taoist.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

2014 Thunderdown Cup

Wausau 402
Rhinelander 348
Green Bay 272
Madison 120

That's a lot of miles!


Great photos here!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Illustrious Order

Don't expect Bil Underdown to shake your hand or anything.  
You either are or you aren't.
"Are you made of metal or marshmallow fluff?" he wants to know.
You know he's looking at you.

Thunderdown represents the first of a trio of trials that earn an intrepid rider a position in the Order of Bill Underdown. To enter the ranks the following must be completed at this month's events, a comprehensive test of the aspirants gumption in the fields of single-track, gravel and feasting:

  1. Complete 30 or more miles in the Thunderdown in the Underdown.
  2. Finish Bill Underdown's Roubaix-style Group Ride on July 26th.
  3. Finish the 20-inch Spread Billy Burger* at Fork Horners on the same day.  
Those seeking a challenge that will not thrice push them to the breaking point may find a scaled-down, but still noble quest in the Norbie Challenge:

  1. Complete 20 or more miles at the Thunderdown.
  2. Finish the Fork Horners 47 on July 26th.
  3. Finish the Norbie Burger** on the same day.

*The Billy Burger consists of 3 succulent half-pound beef cakes with bacon and a pound of fries.
** Just a pound of meat.

Induction ceremonies and medallions should not be expected, but rest assured that those who are up to the challenge will forever hold a position of high esteem among their peers.

Ready to Race


  • As of Tuesday the race course was clean with some polish added to a few ninja trails.
  • After pre-rides, the estimated fast lap is 1:10 for the long course and :45 for the short course.
  • Camping is available on site for a small fee.
  • Trail passes will be covered as part of your entry fee so you won't have to worry about that.
  • The weather looks perfect! 70's and dry.
  • An aid station with Heed, Hammer Gel, water and maybe even cookies will be at the point where the long course (from trail M) and short course  (from trail X) merge about 4 miles from the finish.
  • The long course will have self-serve water just past half-way on trail G.
  • Wilhelm from Harmcycle will be providing neutral technical support for racers in need.


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • As of today, the race course is about half mowed and will be done soon. Tom, Kelly, Jason, Ted, Pat, Paul and I will have it all done by early next week.  I'm sure Steve will be back at it as soon as he's off the IR.  Trail intersections will be marked by the 12th.
  • Group ride at 10AM on July 12th.
  • New Gary Barden Design pints for the top 3!


Monday, June 23, 2014

Race Updates

July 19th, 2014 Underdown Parking Lot, Copper Lake Road
10 Hour 10AM
6 Hour 1PM
3 Hour 3 PM
Awards, fire,  Red Eye Xanadu, etc. ASAP
Thunderdown growlers and fills to winners plus brand new Thunderdown pints.

Course: No Oktoberfest.  Long course riders will ride trail V and the over-under to the Hollow trail for the first time.  Trail KK will be used, but trail LL will not because of a recent logging job.  For those who haven't ridden or heard of the Underdown: these trails are technical and hilly.
This sign will split the short and long course on the top of X to C Hill.  Short course riders will ride a techie new descent. Short course: about 6 miles.  Long course: about 12 miles.
Getting there:
Other:
  • The Thunderdown Cup will be up for grabs again.  Sign up your town by 3PM. Only those who work, reside, build trails or were born in your town are eligible.



Monday, June 16, 2014

Over Under

This collision prevention boardwalk will allow us to ride the Hollow trail in the race without a crossing guard.
All trails are open.  All signs to the contrary were left up in error.