IRONBULL Free Gravel Ride Returns
The ride starts and finishes on the Mountain-Bay State Trail near Ringle. Riders have three, relatively flat looped course options. These include: 10 miles, 20 miles, or 44 miles in an effort to appeal to first-time gravel riders and experienced gravel enthusiasts, and cyclists of all abilities in between.
“This is a great route,” said Shane Hitz, course designer and race director of the Red Granite Grinder gravel bike race. “It takes you into rural Eastern Marathon County’s farmland and past four lakes. It also uses a less-used segment of the Wiouwash State Trail leading into Eland, immersing you into its unique history of its days of when the railroad came through there.”
Gravel races typically use a mix of low-traffic roads, forest roads, and occasionally a bit of trails to showcase scenic views that a traditional road biker may not otherwise encounter. The Essential Gravel Bike Ride travels on the eastern side of Marathon County. The routes feature the Mountain-Bay State Trail, pass by several lakes, and, for the 44-mile riders, include the Wiouwash State Trail, passing an historic train depot.
Remaining true to gravel races, this ride will be completely self-supported and unmarked. But the route’s GPS file, map, and cue sheet are available on the IRONBULL website for riders to download.
Riders may complete the routes as many times as they want between June 18 to June 27. Participants are encouraged to register for the free event to track community impact and are eligible for a variety of prizes.
For more race information on the IRONBULL Essential Gravel Bike Ride and other upcoming events go to the IRONBULL Facebook page or https://www.ironbull.org/
We are happy to accommodate interviews and updates throughout the event. Contact us at email@example.com or 715-571-4403.
IRONBULL is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that promotes outdoor adventure sports in Central Wisconsin. IRONBULL aims to drive economic development, benefit community organizations, and attract and retain a talented work force through the production of high quality races and events that promote healthy living in our community.