The Bear 100

Mark your Calendars!

The date for the 2016 Bear 100 will be May 21, 2016

See you in Laona!


Thanks to everyone who made it to the Second Annual Hibernator 100! Moderate temps, Fall colors, challenging routes…lots of fun had by all!

A big Thank You  to everyone from Laona Rescue Squad for putting on a quality event and keeping us safe out there!


Thanks to everyone who made it to the 2015 Bear 100! Great weather, bear sightings, lots of stories, old/new friends… Erin took some great pictures which are available on the Gallery Page.


 I am happy to announce that The Bear 100 will be working with both the Laona Rescue Squad and Wabeno Fire Department.  They will be providing both pre-race logistical help and will be out on the routes on the day of the ride in the event of emergency.  Thank you for your support! 


Why ride The Bear 100? If you look at the picture at the top of the page and need to know what’s around the bend, then The Bear 100 is for you. Explore, discover, be a kid again!

What is The Bear 100? An unsupported gravel road cycling event through the Nicolet National Forest focusing on self sufficiency and personal responsibility. You are responsible for yourself.

Where: Nicolet National Forest – Laona, WI

When: May 23rd, 2015  Start times: 7:00am for 100mile and 100K, 7:15 for 25 mile

Distances: Approximately 100 mile, 100K, and 25 mile routes

New! Honey Bear 25: A 25 mile route (perfect for spouses looking for something to do while you’re out on the longer routes, or for gravel novices) This route uses sections of the Bear 100 routes and while shorter, should not be taken lightly.

Fees: None

Size: 250 rider limit

Prizes: None

Road surface: Just a few miles of pavement, mostly gravel and dirt roads, some two track

If you are the Goldilocks type and expect:

-your road/trail not too bumpy, not too smooth, not too muddy, not too dry, not too hilly, not too flat

-rest stops with bagels, cream cheese, and strawberry shortcake every 15miles

-a SAG vehicle to cart your worn out carcass and/or broken bike back to the start

-that everything will go juuust right….

Then The Bear 100 is not for you. Please think about this before you register. READ the FAQ’s!





43 Responses to The Bear 100

  1. Jesse says:

    Looks like a great event.

  2. Gary says:

    Sounds like fun. I am in!

  3. Russell says:


  4. TmonT says:

    Been waiting. Awesome. IN

  5. Mike says:

    I have an old road bike that just might work. I’m in!

  6. Keith (digital_photog) says:

    Looking forward to it. Hope I can get 3 more to make the trip with me and share the driving and a cabin. I will probably go for the 100km. I will probably use the Specialized Carve Comp instead of the CX bike.

  7. Sarah says:

    In – as a volunteer.

  8. I’ll try to get some buds together and make a good go at it!! Ill stay tuned for more info.

  9. madcity says:


    Maybe with a couple of others.

  10. UglyBob says:

    I hope this works into my calendar. Time to put some cross tires on the touring bike!

  11. Carp says:

    I am in. Nice area.

  12. Tyson Schwiesow says:

    You going to fly back for this carp? Sounds like a real ride.

  13. Rich says:

    Might as well since I live Laona.

  14. Shawn says:

    Sa. Weet. I’m in!

  15. Slim says:

    Looks like an awesome event, can’t wait for more details!

  16. Brent says:

    Registration will open on February 1st. More details will follow soon. Thanks for your interest, and patience.

  17. Butch Piontek says:

    I’m in

  18. Bob Mueller says:

    sign me up for the ride…

  19. joekid says:

    can you pet the bears? count me in

  20. Jason Mau says:


  21. Rob says:

    Any Bigfoot sightings up there?

  22. Nick says:

    How do we find out if we got selected? Cant seem to find anything on this web site…

  23. Brent says:

    Nick, if I received your post card, you’re in. I’ll put a list of all those registered up on the site around March 1st.

  24. Nick says:

    Sounds great! Thanks.

  25. Rich says:

    I am going to try to be optimistic, BUT unless something drastic happens in next few months we will be racing in snow. I am keeping my fingers crossed that we get nice warm sunny weather with inches of rain to melt this snow. Otherwise many people better expect to a)bring a snow bike or b)prepare to do some carrying of bikes. Even if we get down to a few inches remember we are riding mainly on snowmobile trails which in spring will be ice. I know I run and ride these trail everyday for the last 12 years. I take my spikes out in the spring so I don’t kill myself. Once again I am hoping for the best preparing for the worst. My thoughts.

  26. Beth says:

    Rich, you read my mind.

  27. Jon says:

    Would you have room for a couple late registrations?

  28. Brent says:

    Jon and Jonathan,
    There is a little room left, so you’re welcome to register and we’ll look forward to seeing you.


  29. Rich says:

    Spring is finally here. Trails are looking good.

  30. Mark Kitzerow says:

    Is there still room? Would be coming up early Saturday with a rider already regitered from Manitowoc?

  31. dan says:

    So how wet will the roads be. Fenders or no Fenders?

  32. Rich says:

    I rode the trails on Monday and they are pretty dry. No fenders

  33. dan says:


  34. Brien Christopherson says:

    That was an awesome and very hard day on the bike. Thanks for all you did to make this happen.

  35. Rich says:

    It was a good day even though I DNF at the half way point due to mechanical. It was epic to tell my students. I caught up with old friends met several riders in the area. Josh is looking in his mustache

  36. Eric Schram says:

    Hello. It was a great ride, even with the terrible weather! So, thank you for hosting the event. I saw you taking photos during the event. Would you post some of them please? I know a few of us in the front met you, and you hopped out of the truck to take some photos on a climb. I think that would be a great shot!
    Thanks again!

  37. Kevin Eichelberger says:

    Thanks for an awesome route! Weather sucked…and the rest stop was much needed! Everyone involved did a great job….looking forward to next year!

  38. Bob Moczynski says:

    Brent and Randy thanks for putting on this event. Good choice on the route and the volunteers were great . Waterproof socks for sure next time. Thanks again Bob

  39. Beth says:

    Great event! It was very clear a lot of work went into pulling it off. Thanks for persevering! I had a lot of fun – even though I learned the hard way my outerwear is not waterproof! Rest stop folks were amazing – thanks for standing out in the cold all day! See you next year!

  40. nick says:

    Wrote up a ride report! Had a great time and plan on doing it again next year!

  41. Ben says:

    Thanks for all of your hard work setting up the race! Your efforts are much appreciated by all of the riders. Well marked course, friendly volunteers, and great scenery. Too bad the weather didn’t cooperate! I was woefully unprepared gear-wise and had to bail out early with a bunch of other folks. I look forward to riding again next year.

  42. Keith says:

    A big thank-you to all those involved in putting on this event. I had a blast. Even though the weather sucked and I DNF 30 miles in, there were some amazing sights. Thanks again for showing us your trails. I look forward to next year, hopefully it doesn’t snow!