You may remember when trails were closed to mountain bikers across Wisconsin. With a unified group of mountain bikers, one by one the trails were re-opened and a relationship began with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
In 1993, the DNR formed a cooperative agreement with various members of the cycling community to raise $75,000 to secure trail development. The agreement was signed by RIDE, Wheel & Sprocket, Trek Bicycle and the LaGrange General Store. It was determined to raise the promised money through an annual timed mountain bike event to be held on the very land we were working towards, and thus the Fall Color Festival was born.