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Has anyone done the Heatstroke 100 in Wisconsin?(17 posts)

Has anyone done the Heatstroke 100 in Wisconsin?Kristin
Mar 13, 2003 7:53 AM
I chose this for my century because the date was good, but I can find precious little info about this ride online and no pictures anywhere. Only a blub from the chamber of commerce and a listing in a couple of online bike schedules. The shop that hosts it (Pedal Pushers) doesn't appear to have a website. I don't want my first century to be a dud.
Don't know the Heatstroke 100Scot_Gore
Mar 13, 2003 9:16 AM
You might look into one day century options during GRABAAWR - GReat Annual Bicycle Adventure Along the Wisconsin River.

Same dates, same region, (I think).

Lots of good things have been said about this event.

Thanks. Its a little far for a day ride (240 miles)Kristin
Mar 13, 2003 10:54 AM
But I'm definately gonna find a new century to do. No repsonses to it here or at bicycling. Perhaps I don't want Heatstroke afterall.
Single day optionsScot_Gore
Mar 13, 2003 11:06 AM
What I was recommending was to check out the single day options.

Here's their language off the site:
The daily segment option is intended for people who can't ride the entire week . Cost is $35 for the first day and $25 for each successive day. See the registration form for details.

Most (all) of their days are less than 100 miles, but they may be offering alternative century routes.

That's what I was sayingKristin
Mar 13, 2003 11:10 AM
I saw the option, but it seems a little excessive to drive 240 miles (each way) and pay $35 to ride my bike 100 miles and not even get a meal out of it. Don't get me wrong. I know those rides are great and I plan to do the 5 day ride within 2 years. But their one day prices kind of suck.
Ah...I see the mistake. My post reads funny. 'magine that?Kristin
Mar 13, 2003 11:18 AM
Its a 240 mile DRIVE to the start of the ride. I don't think I'll feel like driving home that far after riding 100 miles.
The Udder Century is that weekend.Alex-in-Evanston
Mar 13, 2003 11:02 AM
Good route through cow country. Starts somewhere in McHenry county and meanders up into Wisconsin. Check out for a complete list of centuries and organized rides in the area. Click through to Illinois bike rides, he's already updated for 2003.

Hmmm...Its June 1st.Kristin
Mar 13, 2003 11:16 AM
Thats only 11 weeks away. The Heatstroke is on July 13. Thanks for the link! Mike's got alot of good stuff on his site and I'm sure I'll find a century to do from there. I sure would hate to see this guys attic!
Why not give yourself all summer?Alex-in-Evanston
Mar 13, 2003 11:27 AM
North Shore Century is a beautiful ride on the third Sunday of September. You'd certainly see me there. In fact, there's another great century in the area the second Sunday of September - the Harmon Hundred. You could bust your butt all summer and then go for the back to back.

Mar 13, 2003 11:29 AM
I rode the North Shore last year, and it is a great ride and wonderfully supported by the Evanston Bike Club. We definitely be riding it again this year.
Hmmmm...That sounds intriguing.Kristin
Mar 13, 2003 11:42 AM
I also just spotted the Menomenee Cenutry in Marinette, WI on June 29th. It looks totally beautiful up there (about 4.5 hours north of here) and there is a not so badly priced and amazingly beautiful, log cabin B&B near the ride. I'm thinking 3 girlfriends, nice long bike ride, pretty room, some shopping. Yeeeaaaahhhh!

But there's nothing to stop me from doing 3 centuries this summer. At least I hope not.
Is there a century in Door County?Alex-in-Evanston
Mar 13, 2003 12:03 PM
That's something I'd like to do. I've been meaning to tote my bike up there for a long weekend, but it helps to have somebody familiar with the area select the route.

If not in Door country, at least nearby...Kristin
Mar 13, 2003 12:10 PM

I'm not telling you about the B&B tho...there's one room left and its mine...ALL MINE! ;-)

Actually, I haven't heard from my girlfriends yet. They need to tell me if they are "in" or "out". And your lovely bride may like the lodge very much. All of this to say, "May the beest cyclist get the Wisconsin room." No hard feelings if its gone by tomorrow. There is also an Econolodge in town.
Door county!!!4bykn
Mar 13, 2003 2:29 PM
Now that would be a great place for a century. Two years back a couple friends and I spent a week there, camping in state parks and doing unstructured rides each day. Some beautiful riding up there, a lot of hills if you desire.
Hmmm...Its June 1st.MR_GRUMPY
Mar 13, 2003 12:33 PM
If you're planning to do a century in July, you should go to the Udder Century in June and ride the 100K option, just to see what shape your legs are in. Lets see........ 62 miles..... that should be about 3 hours....... right ? ... (just kidding)..... maybe next year..
Kristin, I've got an answer for youMel Erickson
Mar 13, 2003 1:10 PM
Maybe not a direct answer but a resource so you can find an answer. Get a copy of Silent Sports magazine. It has the most complete list of bicycling events (and MANY other events) in the upper midwest (Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan). It is voluminous. If a ride isn't in Silent Sports it doesn't happen (at least in Wisconsin where the publication originated). Any good bookstore should have or be able to get you a copy. Many newstands have it but it doesn't have the availability of Bicycling. It is THE best resouce, no kidding.

Also, you might want to check out

It's also a great resource of info, more focused on Madison, Dane County and southeastern Wisconsin but alot of info for other places, too.
re: Has anyone done the Heatstroke 100 in Wisconsin?RideOn
Mar 14, 2003 5:26 PM
I have done the "Heatstroke 100" many times. it's a good century, hilly, sceanic, with great support. The sponsoring bikeshop is very small and friendly. It's a good choice for a first century.
When you are ready for one of the best centuries in the midwest, try the Wright Stuff Century, Labor Day weekend, in western Wisconsin.