Bill Underdown's Roubaix-Style Group Ride will head out on July 11th, 2015 at 10AM from Z's Fork Horners (formerly the Lighthouse) near Gleason, Wisconsin.
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.
The Fork Horners 47 course is generally flatter and smoother with none of the rough stuff that might be called B-roads out west.
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.
Cue sheets are available for peeking above because the route really doesn't have to be top secret, and I don't want anyone getting stranded.
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 or pre-riding the Thunderdown race course.