Bike Fest Spotlight — New on this year’s Labor Day Bike Fest Schedule :  Karma Class! On the third day of riding, you might want to take a break and join Root Down Yoga for a quick ride to their studio on Caledonia Street. There you can stretch out, recover, and challenge your mind and body in a hot room, power vinyasa yoga class.  This 60 minute “Karma Class” is only $5, and 100% of the proceeds go to a local charity.  Free rental mats and towels for Bike Festival riders!  Current plans for this event have the group leaders leaving Cameron Park at 2:30pm Sunday and returning by roughly 5:15pm.  Learn more about Root Down Yoga Studio at

Register now for the Apple Blossom Bike Tour:  The Rotary Club of La Crescent, Minnesota announces the 4th Annual Apple Blossom Bicycle Tour, August 13th 2016 “Pedaling Against Polio”.  Register at  This year the Apple Blossom Bicycle tour will be held in conjunction with LIZFEST,  a celebration of the life of Elizabeth Holman Melde.  Living For Liz is a non-profit that aims to raise money in order to aid in the awarenesspreventionresearch and treatment of lung cancer.  LizFest website.   Three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond will be joining in the ride this year and then following it up with fun at LIZFEST.  People interested in riding with Greg can sign up for the rides at or online at

Wisconsin Bike Summit in La Crosse! The 2016 Wisconsin Bike Summit will be held on Saturday, May 21st in La Crosse, WI at the Radisson Hotel.  The Summit is scheduled to complement the UW- La Crosse Extension  Midwest Active Transportation Conference on Friday, May 20th. Register now at for a day-long series of rides, talks, and opportunities to learn and contribute to biking in Wisconsin!

We are pleased to welcome our featured speakers – La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat will provide Opening Remarks, and our Keynote Speaker is Dr. James Longhurst, Associate Professor of History at UW-La Crosse and author of Bike Battles: A History of Sharing the American Road.

Volunteers needed:  The La Crosse Omnium is looking for volunteers to help with race events, May 6-8, 2016 — Grandad Bluff Hill Time Trial, Road Race, or Criterium. See for more information on events and registration.

WE NEED YOU! Got an idea for a social ride, off-road route, or bike tour that you’d like to see next Labor Day? Want to help plan next year’s Bike Fest?  Are you a local who could serve as a volunteer Ride Ambassador for group road rides?   Now’s the time to get involved — just contact us at [INSERT EMAIL ADDRESS]

EVENTS CALENDAR:  Do you have a bike event planned for 2016? Now’s a great time to add it to the Explore La Crosse events calendar: it’s free, your event will be promoted by the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau throughout the region (and beyond), and if you are a member of the bureau, you can hook the calendar up to your own website to automatically update.

Events can be as small as shop rides, swap meets or weekly get-togethers. Or as big as officially-sanctioned racing weekends! Plus, you can see what other events are planned in the region.

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