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Old 10-08-14, 12:30 PM
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long races/events in the Midwest

Hi all,

I'm familiar with the Fat 40 in September, but what are some other longer mtb bike races in the midwest?

Thanks for any information.

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Old 10-08-14, 12:31 PM
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Sorry, will repost in proper section.....
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No worries; let's leave this cross-posted here. Since the Racing forum got sent to outer Siberia, traffic there is nearly nonexistent.

Long and Midwest? That just brings to mind horrid visions . . .

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Wisconsin has a WEMS series. These races are 3, 6, or 12 hours long, your choice.
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Lumberjack 100 in Michigan - more climbing than you would think possible
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. . . more climbing than you would think possible
I didn't know going North counted as climbing.

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close to 10,000 feet of climbing at Lumberjack dminor - and you have to work the flats not point your bike down long descents and coast for miles. 90% singletrack and not a prairie in sight.

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Hey WISCONSIN,

You mentioned WEMS. Have you done any of these races? If so, how technical are they? I'm more of looking for NOT technical, more endurance (grass, fire roads, wide tracks etc...).

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They ran a new race in Missouri this year on the Ozark Trail it is 100 miles long and it is mostly singletrack. Kind of unusual for the Midwest.

https://ozarktrail.com/newsarticle.php?id=2
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Bone Bender is a fun 3/6 hour race in KC.
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This is the best site for us Iowans:
BIKEIOWA - Your #1 source for Iowa bicycle rides, events and news
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And don't forget RAGBRAI, the ride across Iowa. Armstrong is usually on it.
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Thank you; the Mochican 100 doesnt look overly technical; also thinking about doing the Half Pint Dirty Kanza 200 (100 miles), gravel roads.

Ragbrai will have to wait until my kids are older, thanks.

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Overall plan for my first 'real' year of mtb racing/rides, trying to gain fitness, skills, and confidence. Thinking:

Spring: Dirty Kanza (Half Pint)
Summer: hit some wisconsin mtb races (WORS), or longer WEMS
Fall: Fat 40

Try to get in 7-8 rides/races from May to October.

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Found a couple more:

Chequamegon 100, offers a 100 mile and metric 100, small, self supported

Lutsen 99, pretty far north, near duluth MN I believe? Looks pretty cool, mid summer.

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Originally Posted by bennybenny View Post
Hey WISCONSIN,

You mentioned WEMS. Have you done any of these races? If so, how technical are they? I'm more of looking for NOT technical, more endurance (grass, fire roads, wide tracks etc...).

Thanks for any information.

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Benny, I have not done any WEMS races, but I have done WORS. I ride one of the WEMS courses regularly, and it fairly technical but fast. I plan on doing almost all the WORS races this year. They are a lot of fun.
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Originally Posted by dminor View Post
Long and Midwest? That just brings to mind horrid visions . . .

As a former (and future, I hope) Midwesterner, I find that photo to have a lot of appeal. Fortunately, many don't "get" the Midwest, thereby saving it from the tyranny of hipsters.

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