Bill Underdown's Roubaix-Style Group Ride will head out on July 26th, 2014 from Z's Fork Horners (formerly the Lighthouse) near Gleason, Wisconsin. New this year is a shorter version that avoids the rocky fire roads: the Fork Horners 47.
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.
TO REGISTER: Post a comment here so the restaurant and I know what to expect.
Start: 10AM at Z's Fork Horners (formerly the Lighthouse) on Highway X 2.5 miles south of Gleason, Wisconsin. Gear:
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 700x40 tires that got me across Iowa. 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.
Anyone who finishes the BURGR95 on Saturday, finishes the gigantic 20"Spread Burger and pound of fries, and also completes the Grand Tour of Underdown Singletrack on Sunday will be inducted into the Order of Bill and have their name permanently etched on the official website. The Grand Tour uses trails Z,B,C,CC,XX,N,D,E,U,T,TT,S,SS,U,W,V,F,G,H,I,LL,L,J,K,KK, and A. This is 19.4 serious miles of continuous singletrack which is even too long for a WEMS race. Any permanent marker, medallion, or privileges for inductees are yet to be determined.