Join us for a fun weekend outing, Saturday, July 7th and Sunday, July 8th, in Trempealeau, along the mighty Mississippi River.
There will be something for everyone this weekend, with both trail rides and road rides.
Each day, we will have a group breakfast, then head out for a bike ride. Afternoon activities are on your own. Consider visiting Perrot State Park or Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge, enjoying a walk along the Mississippi River, touring the town, going for ice cream or relaxing at your motel. Each evening, we will have a group dinner.
The Bicycle Club of Trempealeau County (BCTC) has compiled the Nation's Largest Connected Bicycle Loop System, consisting of 17 mapped routes over 382 miles of paved back roads. These are very low traffic routes, where you'll typically encounter only 3 cars per hour! They have also worked with the community and have gained the support of trail stewards to assist bicyclists. Click HERE for a county map, showing all of the loops.
Friday: Breathtaking Highs & Lows (33 miles)
For those who wish to arrive early for the weekend, Friday afternoon's ride offers some of the most breathtaking and diverse scenery of the county. We will follow Loop # 2 (Cue Sheet, Map) from Trempealeau to Dodge and Pine Creek.
Saturday: Ridge Views and Alligator Slides (44 miles)
Saturday's ride will follow a combination of a variation of Loop # 16 (Cue Sheet, Map) and a variation of Loop # 7 (Cue Sheet, Map) from Independence to Arcadia. Highlights include Montana Ridge Road with spectacular views off both sides, refreshments at Hanson's Hold-Up with an outstanding overlooking patio and an awesome winding 2 mile descent to the Trempealeau River on Alligator Slide Road.
Sunday: Sweet and Simple (24 miles)
Sunday's ride is proclaimed to be the simplest of all the loops. We will follow Loop # 1 (Cue Sheet, Map) from Trempealeau to Galesville.
For those who prefer to ride the trails, the Great River State Trail passes through Trempealeau. This is a very flat trail, running parallel to the Mississippi River. The trail has a crushed limestone surface and is suitable for hybrid bikes or road bikes with wider tires.
Saturday: South to LaCrosse (Options for 30 or 50 miles)
On Saturday, we'll take the trail south. The ride to Onalaska and back is about 30 miles. For those who wish to ride further, the ride to LaCrosse and back is about 45 to 50 miles. We'll stop for lunch and/or snacks in Onalaska and LaCrosse and take several breaks along the way.
Sunday: North to Marshland (20 miles)
On Sunday, we'll take the trail north to Marshland and back, for a total of about 20 miles. The ride will take us through Perrot State Park and Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge. We'll take several breaks along the way, but you'll need to bring your own snacks, since there are no places to get food and drinks until we return to Trempealeau.
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. Two online sources are the Trempealeau Chamber of Commerce website and the Trempealeau County Tourism Council website.
On Friday, plan to arrive by 1:00 PM. We will push-off promptly at 1:30 PM.
On Saturday and Sunday, plan for breakfast at 7:30 AM. Please check the "DETAILED SCHEDULE" email for the daily gather and push-off schedule.
An email will be sent to everyone who RSVPs with the specific plans for each day.
Trail Pass Information
Note: A Wisconsin state trail pass is required to ride on the Great River State Trail. There are many places in Trempealeau where you may purchase a trail pass if needed.