It’s getting competitive out there in the world of Santa Cycle Rampages.
After we posted our annual recap of the festivities at Milwaukee’s rampage on social media we got a note from Bike Fed member Thomas Haunty asking us to give some love to Madison for its own event.
Now, all the good little girls and boys should know that Santa started his rampage in Wisconsin’s largest city many, many years ago. And the idea has spread like a good, durable fruitcake throughout the land. It did, in fact, come down Madison’s chimney a few years ago, but Milwaukee’s will always be the first.
So, with that throat clearing done, here is Thomas’ brief description of the warm tidings in our Capital City accompanied by some of his photos.
“Last Saturday on a twenty-degree, sunny, cold day over fifty Santa’s and other Christmas decorated folk rode their bicycles, spreading Merry Christmas tidings and, “Ho Ho Ho,” cheers to the car honks and amazement of Madison residents.
“The ride started in Middleton at Paceline Indoor Cycling, then went down University Avenue, through the UW campus, down all of State Street to and around the State Capitol and finishing at the newly remodeled Memorial Union Rathskeller for beers.
“Children along the route were amazed and were promised many gifts by the Santa’s, parents actually smiled and snapped pictures while students, well, they were told to keep studying for finals.
“Kudos go to Becky who runs Paceline. She organized the event this year again.”
And God bless cycling Santa’s, everyone!