Using the excellent forest roads of Bayfield County and the Chequamegon National Forest, we will take a grand loop of Lake Namekagon for the first running of the Hungry Bear 100. Why the Hungry Bear? Well, the race will be at the time of year when the bears are waking up, so keep an eye out in the forest for a hangry (that’s hungry+angry) ursine creature.
Born from the mind of The River’s Eatery’s Mick Endersbe, he envisioned putting together the loop that leaves from Cable, WI, and circles right back around to the pizza joint. Mick chatted with former local Tim Krueger who now runs Esker Cycles and Terrene Tires, and they devised a route that takes you through an a full 100 mile course, that has absolutely no support, no stop lights, and excellent scenery.
Tim’s business has grown, and after five years he has transferred ownership to Seeley Dave to run, who promises to keep the event’s family reunion vibe. As all Life Above Eight events, the Hungry Bear will have our Up North For Good ethos at its core, so profits from this race will be donated to further cycling in the area.
There will be a shorter 60 mile Snacking Bear category in addition to the full 100 mile Hungry Bear event. The 100 miler will start and finish in Cable, and the 60 miler will start later on the course, and finish with the 100 miler in Cable.
We believe in the idea of self-supported racing, and as with all of our events, you are responsible for you. We will be checking the course before, during and after the event, but the course will remain open, and you will need to watch for other road users. The course will be navigated by cue sheet, so all riders should have some method of distance measuring on their bike.
The Routes for 2022 will be different to take advantage of some new logging roads that were cut after recent timber sales over in the Rock Lake/Namakagon area. Stay tuned for an update soon.
Registration will open Christmas morning on BikeReg.com.
Timing will once again be done using Tim’s RFID chips and the cell phone app.
The Party on Friday night and the post-race party on Saturday before the race will be at The Rivers Eatery, which is under new ownership. Mick and Beth Endersbe finally retired and sold their great business to the Parker Family who live just down the road in Cable. But the Rivers still serves up the same great pizza and great craft beer in a wonderful historic building filled with significant silent sports decor.
We hope to see you out there!