What we're about

This group is for anyone interested in going on bicycle adventures, big or small. It is for all skill levels; beginners to experienced riders. Let's share stories, skills, and experiences and inspire and empower each other to go places on bikes.

Why travel by bike?

-Affordability

-Flexibility and independence

-Exercise

-Empowering

-To get a more intimate connection with the people you meet and places you go

-Adventure

Reoccurring events:

-Bike Maintenance Class

-Introduction to Winter Bicycling

-Bicycle Touring Interactive

-Wednesday Night Bike Rides (April to October)

-Weekend Rides

-Sub 24's (overnight camping)

-Multi-day tours

...we are always open to suggestions!

Check out these websites for more inspiration:

https://www.adventurecycling.org/about-us/

http://www.alastairhumphreys.com/adventures/roundtheworld... (http://www.alastairhumphreys.com/adventures/roundtheworldbybike/)

https://www.warmshowers.org

Upcoming events (3)

Wednesday Night Ride: Indian Lake Alternate (Middleton)

Intro: "Welcome to yet another season of great riding along the back roads of Dane County. Rides will be between 20 and 35 miles in length and will have short and long options so that riders of differing abilities can participate. Routes have been designed for minimum traffic density and maximum scenery. Most are hilly. Riders usually get together post-ride for pizza to ensure that nobody loses any weight." Ride Description: Since I don't think the Indian Lake Route for this week is the safest ride, let's make our own! We'll start in Middleton and we can either follow the route below or ride on the Highway 12 path. Terrain: Level to Rolling Hills Time: 5:30 pm arrival, 5:45 depart Sunset: 7:52 pm Length: 18 miles Ride with GPS: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29755566 More general info about WNR's: http://www.wnbr.org/wednesday.php Final Note: Riders will be required to sign a liability form before the start. Helmets, lights, and proper nutrition/hydration are encouraged. Participants should be prepared to ride the full route at their own pace. We will cancel at least two hours prior if there is bad weather. Please be courteous to organizers by RSVPing only if you intend on attending and keeping your RSVP current. Optional Post Ride Social: Menchies Frozen Yogurt

First Sub 24 Overnight: Madison to Sandhill Station Campground!

Dutch Mill Park & Ride

New to bicycle touring or are not able to dedicate to a long tour? If either is the case, this is the perfect trip for you! We'll use the Glacial Drumlin Trail for the majority of the ride, so you can focus on enjoying the scenery and getting your bike and gear to the campsite. Two start points will be provided. The first and main start, will begin from Dutch Mill Park and Ride and follow some country roads to the Glacial Drumlin Trailhead. The second will start from the Glacial Drumlin Trailhead. Trail Pass $5 daily/$25 yearly required. Any questions? Let me know. Hope you can make the first camping trip of 2019 -- we might even see some sandhill cranes! See pictures from the 2017 ride: https://www.meetup.com/Madison-Bicycle-Touring-Meetup/photos/27798762/460360431/#[masked] Skill level: Beginner Tour Length: 24.5± miles from Dutch Mill Park and Ride; 17± miles from Glacial Drumlin Trailhead Terrain: Mostly Flat. The ride from Dutch Mill has 7.5± mile road route, both options use crushed limestone trail. Parking: Dutch Mill Park and Ride or Glacial Drumlin Trailhead Time: Dutch Mill Park & Ride Route --- 11:00 Arrive, 11:30 depart Trail Head Starting Route --- 12:15 Arrive, 12:45 Depart Route: See Below. Redline is roads, blue is the trail. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19878091 Food Options: Over a dozen restaurants nearby in Lake Mills, or bringing and making your own food. Tip: Organize and pack your gear several days prior and tune up your bicycle if needed. Take it around the block...does it feel balanced? By doing these few steps you will be more confident the morning of departure! A highly recommended video for a Lightweight Bike Touring Setup: https://youtu.be/5nDkL2jHCMg More videos and tips about bicycle touring can be found in the 'Discussion' section. Final Note: Riders will be required to sign a liability form before the start. Helmets, lights, and proper nutrition/hydration are encouraged. Participants should be prepared to ride the full route at their own pace. We will cancel at least two hours prior if there is bad weather. Please be courteous to organizers by RSVPing only if you intend on attending and keeping your RSVP current.

New Glarus Overnighter (Camping Option)

Odana Hills Golf Course

Introduction: Join us on another sub-24-hour bike tour -- enough time to get away but without the need to burn through valuable vacation time! With quiet camping, an optional brewery tour, and access to many services, you'll likely agree that New Glarus is a great place for an overnight stay. A little history lesson, this was actually the first tour of the group way back in 2016! You can see the pictures here: https://www.meetup.com/Madison-Bicycle-Touring-Meetup/photos/26901374/449040774/ This overnighter will also be unique as we will be joining up with Ron's Wisconsin Bicycle Group. If you haven't participated in one of his rides before, I would highly recommend it. The way this joint effort will work is if you want to camp, please make sure to RSVP right here so that I know who will be camping. We plan on staying at New Glarus State-Woods which is just a hop and skip away from town. If you are not camping but prefer lodging, please RSVP to Ron's site. You can find his event along with further lodging information here: http://meetu.ps/e/GqycM/bTf8H/f Our intent is to offer a trail and road option, but this is dependant on trail conditions which have been unpredictable in the last few years. For those that are camping, we'll divide the campsite fees evenly, but plan about $10 a person for the campsite and firewood. Skill level: Beginner trail with intermediate road route available Length: ~25 miles, with a trail and road option Terrain: Trail option is mostly flat with crushed limestone and tunnel; road option has rolling hills with some moderate climbs Parking: Residential neighborhood streets north of the golf course Time: 11:30 am arrival, 12:00 pm depart Route: The ride will start by following a spur to the Southwest Trail, and continue for a few miles before turning on to the Badger Trail towards Parcell Road. From here, more route details will be announced once we get closer to the event, but we hope to offer a trail route along with different road routes on arrival and return. Food Options: Several in New Glarus. A joint dinner on Saturday and a breakfast on Sunday will be offered. Optional Rest Stops: Belleville Community Park New Glarus Brewing -- Beer Garden! Paoli Campground: New Glarus State Woods Park Tip: Organize and pack your gear several days prior and tune up your bicycle if needed. Take it around the block...does it feel balanced? By doing these few steps you will be more confident the morning of departure! A highly recommended video for a Lightweight Bike Touring Setup: https://youtu.be/5nDkL2jHCMg More videos and tips about bicycle touring can be found in the 'Discussion' section. Final Note: Riders will be required to sign a liability form before the start. (Those that are camping will sign mine, those that will be lodging should sign Ron's) Helmets, lights, and proper nutrition/hydration are encouraged. A Wisconsin state trail pass (https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/trailpass.html) is required to ride on the Badger State Trail. There are several self-serve kiosks along the trail where you may purchase a trail pass if needed. Participants should be prepared to ride the full route at their own pace. We will cancel at least two hours prior if there is bad weather. Please be courteous to organizers by RSVPing only if you intend on attending and keeping your RSVP current. Hope to see you there!

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