WEMS Race #5 – Thunderdown in the Underdown – RACE is ON TODAY!!!

The Thunderdown in the Underdown lives up to its name as some early morning scattered thunder showers moved past. Good news is that the trails drain very fast so a little moisture is no problem for the Underdown. The forecast does call for another passing scattered storm later today for a short period then clear for the rest of the day. Again, nothing to worry about as the trails drain very well.

July 18, 2015

LOCATION:  Copper Lake Road between Irma and Gleason, Wisconsin


10AM     10 Hour team, solo, duo, single-speed

1PM        6 Hour solo, duo

3PM        3 Hour solo



Long: 10 hour solo, 10 hour duo, 6 hour solo

About 15 miles of single-track, this year’s course will return to Oktoberfest and trail L.  Both have had some fun upgrades to the downhills.  Old-school trail V and the Hollow trail are taking a year off.

Short: 10 hour team, 6 hour duo, 3 hour

About 5 miles of single-track, this year’s course will run with the long course through highlight trail CC  before splitting off onto sections of the Ice Age Trail that have never been raced in summer.  Riders will ride the winter route over the re-built Heartbreak Ridge climb before merging onto trail KK at Collarbone Corner.


Which town can put in the miles?  Wausau will be putting the Cup on the line.  Sign-up your town and return the form by 3PM.


Best deal: Lincoln County will waive the trail fee for the day so that all proceeds can be put back into the trail.

Best awards: Gift cards from the Red Eye.

Best camping: Right at the Underdown parking lot for a small fee.

Best burgers and pizza: Fork Horners on Highway X. (South\west on J, Right on X)

Best place to cool off: Prairie River bridge at the bend. Don’t jump off the bridge though. (South on J 2.5 miles from Copper Lake Road)

Best gravel: BURGR 95 and Fork Horners 47 on July 11th.



That’s what we’ll be drinking after the Thunderdown, and it’s not made from any man’s sweaty bike pants.  It’s the Kölsch beer from RedEye made from German malt and German hops.

Bring your own man pants or big girl panties because this is the Underdown and you will need them.  However, if you do go down to the Prairie River for a swim please don’t leave your butt sweat on the bridge railing, and don’t jump off the bridge because the big rocks are shallow a long way out.

Thanks to the best shop in Wausau.


Thanks to the best shop north of Wausau.


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