Tuesday, April 30, 2013


  • Bill Underdown's Roubaix-style Group Ride will start and finish at the Lighthouse Bar & Grill this year!  They've got great burgers and pizza. 
  •  The course will measure 95.5 miles including 66.2 miles on gravel. This a self-navigated, unsupported, free "group ride" through the wilderness dirt roads of Lincoln, Langlade, and Oneida counties.  Like with any other training ride, you will be responsible for yourself and should not count on rescue from anyone.  You will be on the road for 5 to 7 hours and will not pass through any town ever.  You will be in bear and wolf territory most of the time.  Your phone will work most of the time.  All traffic laws and laws of nature apply.
  • RSVP with a comment here so the restaurant and I know what to expect.

Start: 10AM July 13th Lighthouse Bar & Grill on Highway X 2.5 miles south of Gleason, Wisconsin.


  • This is a cross bike ride.  Mountain bikes would make it, but without compromise tires they will be tougher to ride that far.  Road bikes will not survive some fire road segments.
  • I'm using the same 700x32 tires that got me across Iowa.  Sometimes those aren't quite enough, but overall they are an efficient and durable choice.
  • You will receive a cue sheet with turns, road names, and mileage.  You will need an accurate computer unless you plan on never getting dropped from the group.  You will need a way to hold your cue sheet whether a stem bag with a window, clip board, binder clips, or the cuff of your shorts.
  • Because the route really doesn't have to be top secret, and I don't want anyone getting stranded: Map Joel's Ride   THIS LINK IS THE 2012 ROUTE WHICH IS THE SAME EXCEPT FOR THE START & FINISH LOCATION!
  • Depending on temperatures, start with 3 or 4 bottles and put the same in your drop bag.
  • Sunday should be a good day to pick raspberries in the Underdown.


  1. Mike Jones is IN!

  2. Any good options for camping? Example: free spots with good people and a camp fire?

  3. I would camp at the Underdown - cheap and 7.5 miles from the Lighthouse. I expect some trail riders and raspberry pickers on Sunday.

  4. Your comment here is all it takes to be registered. For all legal purposes this is just a friendly group ride through the woods where you are, of course, responsible for you.

  5. I'm in, see you there.
    Tom Wittman

  6. I'm in!

    Kevin Seibert
    Texas Ranger

  7. RSVP for 2:
    Kristen Velaski
    Keith Velaski

  8. Sounds like a great ride.
    Out of curiosity, your comment on # of water bottles suggests that there will a drop somewhere along the middle of the ride. Do I have that right?
    If I can get up from Chicago-area in time, I am in.
    - Ben B

  9. I'll be there - on a mountain bike! (fitted with skinnies). Will try to keep up.