Bike Week Kicks Off With Trails Events, Rides

It’s National Trails Day tomorrow and the kick off of Wisconsin Bike Week.

Of course, it’s not just trail events but also the Trek 100 in Waterloo and the UPAF Ride For the Arts in Milwaukee on Sunday.

But, since there is (wonderfully) too much going on to cover it all adequately here, let’s focus on three big trails events this weekend.

The first is the granddaddy of them all, the Elroy-Sparta Trail, where a whole weekend of events starts tonight with a dinner in Elroy. Then tomorrow folks can start their own ride whenever they want and stop along the way for all kinds of treats and surprises. You can carb up if you want in Elroy with a pancake breakfast from 7 to 9 AM, but if you miss that there are also hotdogs for lunch in Kendall and ice cream for desert in Norwalk.

That’s where I plan to be myself having lunch with my wife in Kendall and then biking to Norwalk for ice cream and back to Kendall.

You can get all the details at the BikeFunMe site here.

Next we have the Paper Trail Celebration in Neenah. (You gotta love it. Paper in the Fox Valley. Paper Trail. Get it?) That starts at 10 AM at the Neenah Lighthouse with a leisurely ride covering the fifty miles of the Fox Cities Paper Trail and hitting 11 communities and 20 parks. There are also events for other trail users, including hikers. Details here.




Finally, on to Beloit where the grand opening of the Rock River Trail takes place at 10 AM at the Rotary River Center. Rides will proceed and follow and this just kicks off ten days of events in communities all along the 320 mile route. Details here. 

Of course there have already been dozens of rides of all kinds, but June is when things really get ridiculous in Wisconsin. If you’re anywhere within shouting distance of trail this weekend, get out there and enjoy the ride. And for this weekend state trails are free, but help out the cause for us all and, when you get a chance, go ahead and buy that trail pass anyway. All the proceeds go right back into maintaining the trails we love.

Have a great weekend.


About Dave Cieslewicz, Director Emeritus

Dave Cieslewicz served two terms as mayor of Madison where he set the city on a path for Platinum status as one of the best biking cities in North America. Before that he started his own nonprofit, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin, which focuses on land use and transportation policy. He has been an adjunct professor at the UW Madison's Department of Urban and Regional Planning where he teaches a class called Bikes, Pedestrians and Cities. He pronounces his name chess LEV ich, but nobody else does.

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