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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.
This summer, however, that opportunity returns. On Aug. 28, mountain bikers can take on a 75-mile race now called the Unnamed Epic.
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-athlete 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 Aug. 1.
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 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.
Pre-race festivities kick off on Friday, Aug. 27, in Mineral Point. Post-race food and fun will be atop Blue Mound State Park. Pre- and post- activities are included in the entry package.