of mountain bikers from all over the U.S. and Canada will take to the trails of
Brown County and beyond this weekend.
group over the past six years. The money has helped build dozens of miles of
trails in Brown County State Park – where the ride and related
festivities kick off – and throughout the state. Although Sunday's ride
is the major attraction, there's plenty to keep riders occupied when they're
not in the saddle.
routes ranging from 25 miles up to 100 miles, there's a ride for all ability
levels, said race promoter Jonathan Juillerat. Organizers are quick to point
out the event isn't a race, although plenty of friends will be competing
against one another for bragging rights for a year.
100 miles on a mountain bike is nothing casual; in fact, it's incredibly hard,"
Juillerat said. "The finishing rate for the 100-mile route over the past six
years hovers around 5 percent. I might not have the elevation that (famous
mountain bike race) Leadville has, but I bet it's just as hard."
for every rider looking for a challenge, there are dozens of others looking to
have fun on their bike, catch up with old friends and drink a lot of free beer.
beer starts flowing Friday night with a complimentary tasting courtesy of Big Woods Brewery Brewery
Woods Brewery, followed by an Upland tasting Saturday night. Beer from Flat12
Brewerywill be poured during Sunday's post-ride hog roast.
can also test ride the latest models from Trek, Giant and Felt from 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. Saturday. A free family fun ride is slated for 2 p.m. Saturday as well.
an event named after the title of one of Bill Monroe's best-known songs, the weekend's
entertainment will be heavy on the bluegrass. Local favorites New Old Calvary
will play Saturday evening, followed by national recording artist Danny Barnes.
Barnes, described by Juillerat as "the only banjo player you'll see on stage
wearing a Melvins T-shirt," is a cutting-edge bluegrass performer who's shared
stages with the Dave Matthews Band and country troubadour Robbie Fulks in the
Lightning Boys will perform Sunday afternoon. Musicians will be scattered
through the course during Sunday's ride as well, with Weed Patch Music Company
playing at the well-known hidden-cabin stop.
is the first year the Breakdown is exactly how we originally envisioned it
– it's really a music festival with weekend camping and an epic bike
ride," Juillerat said. "We already have these great trails that are on par with
the best the country has to offer. Every year we add more activities to the
weekend and get more people. It makes me proud when someone tells me they drove
10 hours or more to get here."