One of the biggest off-road bicycle races each year in the Hayward-Cable area is the Borah Epic, which raises funds to benefit the Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) and its mission of developing and maintaining trails in Bayfield and Sawyer counties. 

The seventh annual Borah Epic will be held Saturday, June 8, with the 16-mile Half Epic starting at 10 a.m. at the Highway 00 trailhead near Seeley and ending at the American Birkebeiner trailhead in the Town of Cable. The 32-mile Full Epic starts at 10:30 a.m. in Rosie’s Field next to Hatchery Creek Park near Hayward and also finishes at the Birkie trailhead in Cable. 

Both distances will begin with wave starts to alleviate start congestion. Riders will traverse miles of single-track trails en route to the finish.

New this year will be the 30-mile Gravel Road Epic, which starts at 10 a.m. at the Birkie trailhead and also finishes there. It is for all skill levels of riders. It’s a great option for riders who want to try out something new, experience great terrain and views and take in the experience without committing to the singletrack.

Registration is limited to 550 for the Full Epic, 200 for the Half Epic and 200 for the Gravel Epic.

There will be a post-race finish line bash with Bent Paddle Brewing from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and an awards presentation at the Rivers Eatery in Cable at 3 p.m. Number pickup will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 7, and from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Saturday at The Rivers Eatery. There will be a women’s ride from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday, starting from The Rivers Eatery. Please RSVP to Cindy Swift: 

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