Welcome to your information dump on the Hungry Bear 100, the true wilderness gravel event around the Chequamegon National Forest.
The 2017 Hungry Bear 100 is presented by Terrene Tires, we owe them tremendous thanks for backing our events, and bearing the cost of putting them on so that we can continue to accomplish our goals.
We have a great course in store for you this year, and below is all the info you could ever want about race day!
There is still significant damage to the roads from last year’s enormous storms. We will be covering the entire course on the Friday prior, and there may be last-minute changes. Any last minute changes will be marked, changed on the cue sheet, and a new GPS file may be issued Friday night. We are intending to keep as similar of a course as last year as possible.
Who: You and thegreentunnel, and up to 200 other gravel riders
What: 60 or 100 miles of gravel in Bayfield County
When: 9:00 am start for the 100 mile, 9:10 am start for the 60 mile
Where: Cable, WI
Why: To do a true wilderness gravel race, away from it all, and being self-reliant
Rules: Signing of a liability release waiver will be required for you to take the start. Our events are self-supported. Do not count on any aid stations on the course, bring enough food and water for the entire event, and be prepared to be in the woods as weather and course condition change. You are responsible for you! Cue sheets will be provided, but the course is open to cars and other users, and is not marked. You will get your cue sheet in trade for your signed waiver. Equipment must be a bicycle with two wheels, and only human power. CPSC approved helmets are required.
Less than two weeks away, and we are riding the great gravel of the northwoods!
The course is pretty much set, although there will be one more drive-through the day before the event to insure that the roads good. The attached map shows the general idea of the course, but is not guaranteed to be the exact course, it can always change. A big thank you to Parker from ACF this year for scouting out some new territory for us!
We have been getting a lot of questions in this week, so here are some FAQs:
Will there be any water on the course? The Hungry Bear 100 is a self-supported event, and we recommend that you start the race with all the food, water and equipment that you will need to complete the event. THIS YEARS COURSE DOES NOT PASS ANY PUBLIC ESTABLISHMENTS.
What are the starting times? Registration starts at 7am, the Hungry Bear 100 starts at 9am, and the 60 rolls out at 9:10am. Both races have a gentle roll out of town heading north out of Cable.
How do I get my number plate and cue sheet? Starting at 7am on Saturday morning, you can find us at the Rivers Eatery, under the Terrene Tires tent, where you can sign the waiver and receive your number plate and cue sheets. There is no registration Friday night.
Timing: We are using White River Sports Timing this year for real-time RFID based timing!
Will there be GPS and Cue sheets? Due to popular demand, a GPX file is attached download. However, we recommend using the cue sheets, and every racer will be given them. We do not recommend going out and relying on something with batteries. If you do not have a GPS or program, try gpsvisualizer.com to see them.
What does the 60 mile course look like? The 60 mile course will start and end in the same place as the 100 course, in downtown Cable. I
What else should I know? The Hungry Bear is run on entirely open, public roads. There can and will be cars and other road users out there, and you must be aware of this at all times. Wearing a CPSC approved helmet, and following all road laws is required. The course crosses major highways 4 times, and great care should be taken when crossing.
What should I do after the race? Join us at the Rivers Eatery for beer, pizza, and the winning hugs for the top finishers.
Parking: There is very limited parking in downtown Cable, so you are asked to please park in the parking lot of the old Cable school. Check out the cool graphic I made to show you where you can and cannot park.
Signup is open, and we are using the very simple BikeReg.com system this year. So just follow this link, and sign up now! Be aware, signup will close on 4/30, there will be no race-day signup, and no changes or additions after 4/30. https://www.bikereg.com/hungry-bear-100
See you out there!
Tim & Odia