With the January launch of BicycleLaCrosse.com, the La Crosse Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and local cycling advocates have demonstrated a commitment to promoting the Driftless Region as a year-round destination for cycling.
In addition to being an excellent all-around resource for all kinds of bicycling, Bicycle La Crosse provides riders with several ways to get maps and routes, including cue sheets, printable PDF maps, and links to files on www.ridewithgps.com, which has a smartphone app providing turn-by-turn navigation, as well as the best mapping tools to help self-supported cyclists find roads, bike paths, or out-of-the-way rest stops.
La Crosse Area Labor Day Bicycle Festival, now in its fifth year, has some exciting announcement from Ride with GPS, naming Bicycle La Crosse to their Ambassador Program, which highlights well-designed, well-documented, tried-and-true rides from a region. “We want to see the best routes, presented in the best way,” says Ride with GPS’s Zack Ham, “because that is what creates great cycling experiences.”
When the program debuted in March, all twelve initial Ambassadors and their 60 rides were from the state of Oregon. Now, Bicycle Lacrosse becomes the first Ambassador from the Midwest. Bicyclelacrosse.com now features some of the best introductions to Driftless riding, with expanded descriptive text and photos for each Ambassador route. There’s also a brand-new, mixed gravel ride: the challenging La Crosse – Nodine – La Crosse (L-N-L, or “Ell of the North”), a Paris-Roubaix style classic, with six gravel climbs mixed in with road sections along its 64 miles of Minnesota Driftless scenery.
The featured routes started with volunteers who adapted local favorites, tracing them out on paper maps and cue sheets that were distributed at the the annual event. But it soon became clear that tech-savvy cyclists quickly adopted new smartphone technology and mapping websites. So a small group of local riders created GPS-enabled maps with new technology, double-checking the turns, taking photos and writing descriptive text.”
The organizers of the bicyclelacrosse.com are excited to draw people to the area for the Labor Day Bicycle Festival, but are also thrilled that this new piece of technology will encourage bicyclists to visit the Driftless Region to ride any day of the year.
Be sure to check the website often as more of the Driftless Region’s tried-and-true rides are added to the Ambassador’s list.
See the Bicycle La Crosse Ambassador profile at: http://ridewithgps.com/ambassadors/29-bicyclelacrosse-com
More on the Ambassador program: http://ridewithgps.com/news/ambassador_program