5/19 Update: I will be be on-site and at the Check-In around 7:00 AM Sunday morning, but since I am riding the century, I will need to be on the road no later than 8:00 AM. Those intending on doing the century as well, please plan accordingly. Those doing shorter routes, know that I will be happy to gather as many of us together as possible before the ride, but I'll be "gone" at 8:00 AM sharp!
Later this week I will send an email to the attendees with instructions on how you can find me Sunday morning.
Also, I will be staying in Chippewa Falls Saturday night (the night before the ride) and Sunday night (I've got a suite with a hot tub for soaking my tired old bones!), so I'm afraid I won't be able to carpool.
A fully supported ride in Chippewa Valley, Wisconsin with lengths of 35, 50, 75, and 100 miles. Bikes, beer, and a "brat feed"! What's not to like?
From the ride site (link below):
EXCITING WEEKEND FOR EVERYONE
We encourage everyone to bring their whole family. Irvine Park is an ideal setting for a family outing. William Irvine was a lumbering man. In 1885, he became general manager of the Chippewa Lumber and Boom Co., a subsidiary of the Weyerhaeuser Co., which at that time was the world's largest sawmill. Irvine continued as general manager of the mill until the last pine log at Chippewa Falls was sawed in 1911. In his will, Irvine gave the park to Chippewa Falls along with $100,000 for its upkeep. The park is located in the city limits of Chippewa Falls, has over 300 acres of natural scenic beauty, many trails, a zoo, historical displays, and a children's playground. In the past years, approximately 500 people have participated and this year we are expecting an even better turnout. Each year, riders tell us this is a premier course and has top-notch organization.
The Ride will be on Sunday before Memorial Day. Courses of[masked] miles are available.
The Ride starts and finishes at the lower pavilion of Irvine Park. Participants can register from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. and then immediately start the Ride. The Ride will be a full service ride with food and water stops as well as support vehicles. Rest stops have full facilities. Chippewa Springs Water will be available to fill water bottles.
The course, all on blacktop roads, leads through the beautiful farmland of Chippewa County along the Chippewa and Flambeau Rivers, Lakes Wissota and Holcombe, and through the kettle moraine topography of the Chippewa County Forest.
The entry fee includes brats and all the 'fixins', soda and Leinenkugel's beer. A vegetarian meal is available by if ordered in advance (just let us know on your pre-registration form).
Note that registration is via USPS only!!!
I plan on being on-site the day before as I will be riding the century route and would like to get an early start. Feel free to email me for additional info if you'd like to coordinate plans.
Please note that since this is an organized ride, everyone needs to understand that they ride at their own risk, and under the rules of the Organizers (Chippewa Valley Century Ride, LLC). Because of this, there's not much need for me to act as a "host", per se, but I will gladly act as chief "cat herder" for the event!