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"America's­ Little Switzerland" Weekend

  • Aug 22, 2008 · 10:00 AM
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Note: This is a 3-day weekend ride, offering three road rides, Friday, August 22 through Sunday, August 24. Come for just a day or all three! The weekend is based out of New Glarus, a unique and authentic Swiss community in southern Wisconsin. If you prefer a trail ride, choose Sugar River & Badger State Trails Weekend, which is also based out of New Glarus on the same weekend.
New Glarus, Wisconsin is the center of "America's Little Switzerland". Think "Swiss Alps" because each day's road ride will offer mile-after-mile of rolling hills and a few steep hills as well. New Glarus offers attractions for after our bike rides, with a quaint downtown area with
shopping and
dining options, the
Swiss Historical Village and Museum, the
New Glarus Brewery, which even has tours, a winery, and nearby cheese factories with tours. After the ride on Saturday, we'll have a group dinner with the trail riders.
Friday: Down By The Lazy River (Options for 38 or 61 miles) Friday's ride weaves back-and-forth over the Sugar River several times, where you may switch over to the
Sugar River State Trail if you wish. The 38-mile route goes to Albany and the 61-mile route also goes to Brodhead.
Plan to arrive at the start location, the front parking lot of the Swiss-Aire motel, between 10:00 AM and 10:15 AM. We will push-off promptly at 10:30 AM.
Saturday: Yellowstone Lake State Park (Options for 24, 68 or 100 miles) Saturday's ride is extremely challenging, with continuous rolling hills, and offers 3 mileage options. The 2 longer routes include a stop at
Yellowstone Lake State Park. The 100-mile route extends to the town of Darlington, and you'll even ride on "Roller Coaster Road".
Plan to arrive at the start location, the front parking lot of the Swiss-Aire motel, between 7:30 AM and 7:45 AM. We will push-off promptly at 8:00 AM.
Sunday: Trolling for Mustard (Options for 40 or 62 miles) Sunday's 40-mile ride takes us to
Mount Horeb, home of the
Mustard Museum and known as the Troll Capital of the World. The 62-mile ride is an extension of the 40-mile ride and also goes past Blue Mounds State Park.
Plan to arrive at the start location, the front parking lot of the Swiss-Aire motel, between 7:30 AM and 7:45 AM. We will push-off promptly at 8:00 AM.
Click here for photos from last year's ride.
New Glarus Accommodations There are 2 motels, many B&B's and even camping in New Glarus, however each day's ride will start and end at the motel listed below. It is strongly recommended that reservations be made ASAP for this motel for the course of your stay.


  • Swiss Aire Motel [masked] $79.50 + tax per night. All rooms are on the first floor and you may bring your bicycle into your room overnight. They have blocked off a section of non-smoking rooms for our "Meetup Group". Each of these rooms has 2 beds, so may share your room and reduce expenses if you wish.


Other overnight accommodations are listed on the New Glarus website.
RSVP and Reservations
Event fee includes a donation to the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin and covers overhead expenses. Event fee is non-refundable. No SAG support is provided. Please RSVP "Yes" if you wish to attend and have paid the event fee. RSVP "Maybe" if you are considering attending, but have not yet paid the event fee. RSVPs of "Yes" will be changed to "Maybe" if the event fee has not yet been received. Please make your own motel, B&B or camping reservation to suit your needs.

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  • Mark

    Jeff and I had a great time! The riding was challenging and scenic. I'm glad that Ron introduced a new route through Yellowstone Lake. This area is just incredible. The other guests were great too -- very friendly. We all had a blast at dinner and afterwards dancing the night away. A highlight of the biking season!

    August 31, 2008

  • Ron

    Lots of fun riding the roads with friends over the challenging terrain. Mare joined on Friday for her first road ride "in a few years", tackling the hills with ease. Saturday's group rode through a thunderstorm in the morning and had a nice tour through Yellowstone Lake State Park. Sunday's ride was picture-perfect, taking us to Mount Horeb, with a few of the riders going to the top of Blue Mound State Park.

    August 28, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed everything about the trip: the landsscapes, the tips on smoother shifting (I am a beginner to road riding) and climbing hills, the company. It was fun to have the trail and bike riders meetup for dinner and laughs, too.

    August 24, 2008

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