Podcasts & Posts

  • 2022 Tour de Chequamegon Review

    This year the Wheel & Sprocket Tour de Chequamegon started a week earlier than usual. With that timing and a warm dry summer and early fall, the colors were not as popping as in years past. And because the event was the same weekend as Cable Fall Fest, we started at Telehenge rather than from…

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  • Spring Rain and DIY Boot Dressing

    Most of us in Wisconsin’s Northwoods are happy to have a wet spring. The extended winter and regular rain means we are no longer are under drought conditions and the risk of forest fires is minimized. We don’t want a little rain to keep us off the bike all spring, so I took some time…

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  • Hungry Bear 2022 Redux

    Thanks to everyone who came out for the Hungry Bear this year. With great weather and a good turnout, every rider we saw at the finish said they had a great time. Most everyone said they liked the course. Some found it more challenging than they expected, but so far nobody had a complaint. Special…

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  • Gordy’s View: New CAMBA Trail Video Update

    Our backyard Penman Trails just got a little better thanks to the Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association‘s new groomed connector trail that links the CAMBA Seeley Pass trail and their Seeley Hills winter trails. Groomed six feet wide to allow for skiing and fat biking, the new trail connects to Seeley Pass by the S30…

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  • First Ride of 2022 and CAMBA Trail Report

    Happy New Year everyone! I got out for my first ride of the New Year and thought I would give a little hyperborean report on trail conditions. The CAMBA winter trails are groomed and finally in great condition for riding. Most of the early snow we got in the area was dry and powdery, which…

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  • LA8 Taking Over Hungry Bear and Cheq 100

    Registration for the Hungry Bear 100 and Chequamegon 100 races will open early in the new year. As soon as I wrap up the insurance and file permits, I will open registration for both events. Announcements for registration will go out on social media channels and here at this Life Above 8 website. Beginning in…

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  • Northeast Waterfall Loop

    Northeast Waterfall Loop

    Exploration: the action of traveling in or through an unfamiliar area in order to learn about it. Oxford Dictionary I enjoy reading books about the early polar explorers, the Voyageurs, modern adventure seekers recreating an historic trip from the past and even people trying to homestead on a small piece of wilderness they have managed…

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  • New Concrete Pump Track in Cable

    The tiny Wisconsin Northwoods town of Cable, population 825, is punching above its weight class again with a new concrete pump track at the local bike park. If you Google “concrete pump track” right now, all you will find is some stuff about a park in California and one in New York. But thanks to…

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  • Perfect Day For The Seeley Lions Pre Fat

    Mother Nature gave a break to the 230 racers who signed up for the Seeley Lions Pre Fat mountain bike race today. The temperatures were in the 70s, the sky was partly cloudy, and there was a light wind to keep the bugs away when people were not pedaling. We even had a little rain…

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  • New Support for the Tour De Chequamegon!

    I am excited to announce that this year in addition to the regular crew from Fyxation, the Tour de Chequamegon will have ride support from Wheel & Sprocket and US Bicycling Hall of Famer Tom Schuler. Wheel & Sprocket has been providing support for nearly 50 years with experienced mechanics and logistical support for dozens…

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