Local cyclists speed through forest trails

The fourth annual Hixon Forest Epic Bike Race finished up on Sunday.

The race was the seventh part of the Wisconsin Off-Road Series, which has ten total races.

La Crosse’s Parks and Recreation Department and Grand Bluff Running hosted the race on the upper-Hixon trails.

The course is considered one of the most difficult in the series.

“Ours ranks as one of the tougher ones. It’s because the drift-less region here offers terrain that’s unique to our state, so riders come here for a unique challenge that they aren’t finding at any other venue across the state,” said Robbie Young, the race’s director.

There were more than 400 competitors, ranging in age from 6 to 70.