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Cycle Southwest Wisconsin

  • Jul 5, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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Join us for a fun weekend outing, Friday, July 5th and Saturday, July 6th, in historic Mineral Point, Wisconsin.

Cycle Southwest Wisconsin has compiled a series of bicycle routes throughout Southwest Wisconsin.  Our weekend is based out of Mineral Point, where we start each day's ride, following variations of these routes.

Southwest Wisconsin has some of the best bicycling anywhere. This corner of Wisconsin, known as the Driftless Area, was by-passed by glaciers.  Left untouched by the giant ice sheets, it retains the landscape of the pre-glacial era.  Bordered on the north by the beautiful Wisconsin River and on the west by the mighty Mississippi River, it is home to numerous attractions and historical sites.  Our routes will take you on a picturesque journey you are unlikely to forget.

Please note: There will be no cue sheets for these rides.  You must be capable of reading and following a map.  Also, the terrain in this area is very hilly.  These routes are not intended for beginner riders.

Each day, we will have a group breakfast at the Red Rooster Cafe in downtown Mineral Point.  At breakfast, we will discuss the day's ride and evening dinner plans.  After breakfast, we will head out for the day's bike ride. Afternoon activities are on your own. Consider touring Shake Rag Alley, with it's many art galleries or browsing the shops of downtown Mineral Point.

Friday: Shullsburg (About 50 miles)
Friday's ride will take us to the historic mining town of Shullsburg, with a quaint downtown lined with specialty shops and great restaurants.

Saturday: Potosi and the Mississippi River (About 90 miles)
Saturday's ride will take us to the town of Potosi, home of the Potosi Brewing Company, along the Mississippi River. 

Mineral Point Accommodations
Suggested accommodations, very close to the start point of our rides, include:

If you wish to stay elsewhere, or if rooms are no longer available at these choices, you may check online for a list of lodging options. 

Each day, plan for breakfast at 8:00 AM.  We will push-off promptly at 9:00 AM.

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  • Ron

    Very hilly area to ride. Thanks to everyone for coming out!

    1 · July 7, 2013

    • Norman M.

      Thanks Again Ron for putting this together. Were you the Lone Rider on Saturday? Just going to call you Armi Hammer.

      July 8, 2013

    • Ron

      Bruce was the lone rider on Saturday. He made it all the way to the Mississippi! Way to go Bruce!

      1 · July 8, 2013

  • Debbie M.

    5 Riders started out, 4 riders made this grueling ride (Ron, Norman, Cathy, and Mike). Let me just say....you 4...well you are just amazing!! I am so glad you all are recovering very well.

    July 6, 2013

  • Ann

    Hi Ron,
    I can't change my RSVP but I need to pass on doing the Saturday ride.

    July 5, 2013

  • Cathy

    http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/240372523

    here's the route! hope you find that useful; Mike and I thing we've repro'd pretty well

    1 · July 5, 2013

  • Norman M.

    Hey there Ron,
    Thanks for another memorable ride! This one was a tough one indeed. I won't be making the ride tomorrow though. See ya on the next ride!
    Norm

    1 · July 5, 2013

  • Jeff R.

    Very sorry to have to cancel. This looks like a terrific weekend. We will see you soon Ron!

    July 4, 2013

  • John

    I didn't see this meetup till today, but I could have only done the Friday ride. Maybe I'll just show up.

    July 4, 2013

  • Lee R

    I got scheduled to work at the last minute.

    July 1, 2013

  • Ann

    I will try to do Saturday although the combination of hills and miles may be pushing it for me. (Have to work on Friday.)

    July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    As much as I'd love to do this, I don't think I'm ready yet. Mineral Point is such a beautiful place.

    June 29, 2013

  • Debbie M.

    Excited!!! Going to ride for sure on the 5th. We will see how I feel the next day for the next ride. :) If not....I have a little wanderlust in my blood, so might just wander-wander-wander! :)

    June 29, 2013

  • Le O.

    Have to work. Looks like some great rides.

    June 29, 2013

  • Le O.

    Looks like a blast, but I am working Friday.

    June 29, 2013

  • Cathy K

    After some testing in local areas, I don't think I'm quite ready for the big hills yet this season.

    June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like a fun ride and I have wanted to explore this area a little more. Will have to take a raincheck this time as I am already committed! :(

    June 23, 2013

  • Lee R

    What pace do you anticipate riding, especially on the 90 mile Saturday ride?

    June 21, 2013

    • Ron

      Including time for breaks, my overall average speed is about 10 mph. If others wish to go faster or slower, that is fine with me. I'm guessing we'll naturally break into different groups.

      June 21, 2013

  • Bruce

    I'll ride Saturday. Might like to meet up for dinner Friday night if there is a group eating dinner.

    June 21, 2013

  • Bruce

    Hi Ron, Will we need a trail pass?

    June 12, 2013

    • Ron

      No trail passes needed here. This is all out on the open (hilly) roads.

      June 12, 2013

  • Cathy K

    Duh, just saw Joe's post. I got my answer

    June 10, 2013

  • Cathy K

    I'd like to join you for the Friday ride only to Schullsburg. Is that okay?

    June 10, 2013

  • Joe L.

    Can a guy do just a single day of this ride? What is the cost, if any? Thanks! Joe.

    June 7, 2013

    • Ron

      Sure. You can come out for either day or both days. The only costs are your personal costs (food, lodging, etc...)

      June 10, 2013

  • Art M.

    Sounds nice, but distances a problem with heavy mountian bike...

    June 7, 2013

  • Kent W

    Sounds great, but I have a schedule conflict and I'm still working on injury recovery...

    June 7, 2013

  • Ron

    I recommend staying at the Dairyland Motel. It is locally owned, nicely affordable ($48 / night for room with 1 bed; $54 / night for room with 2 beds) and is within easy walking distance of downtown.

    June 6, 2013

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