The lingering winter in the north woods raised some worries that the mountain bike trails in Bayfield County wouldn't be open in time for the annual Cable Area Off-Road Classic, on Saturday.
Race organizer James Bolen wrote on Tuesday that the course would be ready for the 16th annual race on the challenging single-track trail developed by the Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association.
With an open weekend on the Wisconsin Off Road Series calendar, Bolen is expecting intense competition between riders from the Badger State and their neighbors in Minnesota.
To enhance the spring version of the border war, the Classic has added a new "Dominator" trophy, the prize that will denote the name and state of the overall champion. The trophy will be displayed in the Cable Chamber of Commerce Office, and will likely become a north woods tourist attraction of its own.