The world's top off-road racers were deprived of their chance to tackle the terrain of Wisconsin's driftless region when Chicago lost its bid for the 2016 Olympics but this summer that opportunity returns. On Saturday, August 28, any fit cyclist can take on the challenging slopes in a 75-mile race called the Unnamed Epic - at least for now.
Racers will start in the historic town of Mineral Point, Wisconsin, ride through Governor Dodge State Park and Brigham County Park, and finish at southern Wisconsin's highest point in Blue Mound State Park. More than a full mile of elevation will be gained as racers navigate across multiple trails, snowmobile trail easements, paved road segments and the Military Ridge State Trail.
Advance registration for the Unnamed Epic is strongly encouraged as entries will be capped at 600 solo riders and 100 two-person teams. The Founders Club, reserved for the first 50 Unnamed Epic registrants, sold out within hours of online registration opening. The first wave of Early Registration ends May 31, with entry fees increasing on June 1 and then again on August 1. Early registration is encouraged.
The Unnamed Epic is being organized by Team Sports Inc, the Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, event and team management company whose owner, Tom Schuler, is co-founder of the Tour of America's Dairyland, an omnium road/criterium race set for June 17-27, 2010. Also comprising Team Sports Inc. is Tour of America's Dairyland Executive Director Jack Hirt and designer of the popular Chequamegon 40 mountain bike race course, Phil Van Valkenberg
Unable to settle on a name worthy of the challenging epic envisioned, Team Sports will let the riders decide. At the Awards Ceremony, organizers will announce the official name for the future chosen from among names submitted by the racers.
Riders can take the challenge solo (individual) or as a team (two-person). Solo riders race all 75 miles. Those entering in the two-person team category can partner with one other rider, male or female, with each taking on approximately half of the course. Solo riders or teams will have 10 hours to complete the route to be ranked and qualify for awards.
The Mineral Point start will be epic. Riders will line up on Shake Rag Street in front of the State Historical Society's miners' cottage restoration of Pendarvis. The controlled roll-out will open up as riders hit the 14 percent slope on High Street.
Pre-race festivities will kick off on Friday, August 27, in Mineral Point. Post-race food and fun will be atop Blue Mound State Park.
For more information, including registration, visit www.unnamedepic.com.