Wednesday, July 15, 2015

This is Underdown

And this is not some hyperbolic ploy to get you fired up to race just so you can own bragging rights with your friends.  There are some things you need to know if you're not familiar.  Some call this the toughest trail in Wisconsin.  That may be true, but it's not a contest.  Underdown is what it is.
This is not where you go for an easy ride.  This is where you ride something you can't get at the other places you've been to. This is where you find one-of-a-kind boardwalks and beautiful views of lakes from above.  Expect to top out on all the hills and have a screaming descent to follow, but don't expect a gentle ramp to get you up there.  These are old-school hand-built trails that will bring you close to trees and make you use your gears.
Trails may never be built this way again.  I'm getting old, and so is the Thunderdown.  2015 will be the 15th time you kids came to my country with your fancy pants and your bouncy bikes. I hope you get the butt kicking you came for.  I'll leave a jug at the top of Heartbreak Ridge for you.
Everyone get's to ride this one!

10 comments:

  1. Registration is open at wemseries.com and at the race too!

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  2. Thanks for the picture Kyle. What's that shiny thing?

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  3. A phone! Back in my day phones had operators and were attached to a wall.

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    1. Back in your day cigarettes and heroin were prescribed as medication πŸ˜‚

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    2. Back in your day cigarettes and heroin were prescribed as medication πŸ˜‚

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    3. Maybe that's what got me in '43

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  4. You young whipper snappers take any sweet jumps on that bike?

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  6. And don't anybody go whining to their lady about how hot it was and how you kept climbing hills all the live long day 'cause she'll just say it was your own dang fault anyway.

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