La Crosse is excited to to welcome Jesse J. Grant and Nicholas J. Hoffman, the authors of Wheel Fever: How Wisconsin Became a Great Bicycling State on March 27th for a public book talk, signing and reception on the UW-L campus. The event is free and will take place at the Cleary Center at 5:30 PM.
The talk will give details about La Crosse and Wisconsin’s early bicycle riding history, including:
- A rider named D.S. Mc Arthur, who rode a velocipede in La Crosse in 1869, and likely displayed it in the Pomeroy Opera House, a probable early velocipede “rink”.
- The formation of early local bicycling clubs like the La Crosse Bicycle Club, first organized in 1884, which grew to around to 400 members.
- La Crosse business contributions to early bicycling, from shops that sold bikes to the Hotel Young that served as an official League of American Wheelman cycling rest stop.
- Historic bikes and bike costumes from the La Crosse Historical Society will be on display.
The Book talk will be followed by a reception and book signing. Be sure to visit the Wisconsin Bike Fed table during the reception for an opportunity to join or renew your membership as well as have a chance to purchase some of our new 2014 apparel.