For those of you that don’t already know, the Wisconsin Interscholastic Cycling League is coming to the Northwoods! The first race of their series is in Cable at Telemark over Labor Day weekend! Here is a link to the 2022 race page and will lead you to more information about NICA in Wisconsin.
Come cheer on the Hayward and Ashwabay teams, as well as all of the young racers!
Races like this don’t run themselves. And volunteering at these events is such a great way to give to the community and provides such an enriching experience! Watch for Volunteer sign up.
For those of you visiting the area, this Chamber Page will take you to our local chamber sites and will provide information on the area with some guidelines for where to stay and what to do! We also have Lodging partners that can help with a place to stay, and Camping recommendations for those who want something a bit more remote beyond the race camping on site at Telemark.
And Bike Shops in the area are always ready to lend a hand. Check them out!
Trails & Rides
We are blessed to have trails in three major forests in the Northwoods. The Bayfield County Forest, the Sawyer County Forest, and the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Learn more here!
And you can learn about our trail system, download a digital copy of our Trail Guide for directions to Trailheads and descriptions of trails, or if you want a couple of great ride suggestions, here they are…
- Hayward – Park at Hatchery Creek Trailhead for our Pump Track, Skills Area, and a great ride! NICA riders and racers staying close to Hayward will want to take the opportunity to ride this easily accessible network. The trail becomes progressively more difficult the further you ride from Hatchery Creek Park Trailhead. Recently completed work has made this trail a blast to ride for everyone.
- Hayward – Park at the Hospital Trailhead or the Olson Road Trailhead and ride the Gateway Trail. Five miles of wide singletrack – smooth and flowy for all abilities to have fun!
- In the Seeley Cluster (but close to Telemark) – Park at the Camp 38 Trailhead and ride Flow Mama. You will experience 38 Special and Gravity Cavity and might just decide to ride there all day long! Camp 38 Trailhead can also be accessed from the NICA race course as described in the Trail Guide under the Seeley Cluster.
- Seeley – Park at OO Trailhead and ride Seeley Pass, an unforgettable tromp through the woods. Fun, flowy mostly intermediate level single track. A great option for an out and back ride. You can take it all the way to Gravity Cavity and hit gravel roads for part of the way back if you need a short cut. If it’s a hot day go for a swim at Silverthorn Lake which is located just north of Seeley.
- Bayfield/Ashland – Located 45 minutes north of the NICA race course, you won’t be disappointed by some additional car time to ride the Ashwabay Cluster, some of the more beautiful trails in the CAMBA system and region. Located at Mt Ashwabay Ski Area this offers a bit more climbing and swoopy single-track that lead to the top of the hill offering views of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands. After your ride jump in Lake Superior at Friendly Valley Beach just minutes away for a cool down! But note that restrooms are available at the main entrance at Bayview Beach.
Wisconsin NICA is building an Adventure Rides program. If your team has riders that are looking for others to ride with over the Labor Day Weekend or if you have general questions about Wisconsin NICA Adventure Rides, please contact Joe at email@example.com for more information.
Trail Development in the Area
The Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) will celebrate its 30th year next year, and we are excited to be partnering with the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation with their new projects in the Cable area. In the NICA race, you will ride on the first of the new trails in the area being developed along with the revitalization of the Telemark area. For those of you with history in the area, you remember all about Telemark. Check out the plans for the new Mount Telemark Village.