Route Descriptions

Bike Ride Guides

 

We’ve designed these routes to be ridden self-supported, either individually or in small groups, without the need of a tour guide or ride leader.  All are designed as loops, leaving from public parks or parking lots. Wherever possible, you’ll travel on low-traffic rural roads, or at least on roads with bike facilities.  To help you stay self-sufficient, we’ve marked optional stops every 25-30 miles at convenience stores or public parks.  The routes on this site are graded from “Easy” to “Difficult” to help you choose the appropriate level of challenge.  Images on Flickr help you preview the terrain.  And most importantly, we’ve created maps, elevation charts and cue sheets to let you navigate the route yourself.  Under each of the routes, click on the icon of the folded blue map to go to a shared Dropbox folder of printable PDFs and cue sheets.  Or click the “Ride with GPS” logo to go to a detailed route map — downloadable to computers, smartphones and GPS devices — with turn-by-turn directions, cue sheets, elevation profiles, photos, points of interest and GPX/TCX/KML files.  Ride on!

Our Terrain

Our rides zoom through the hills and bluffland surrounding the Mississippi and its tributaries.  These aren’t mountain ranges with hour-long climbs, but hills with overall grades ranging from 6-13% and short pitches of 15-20%. The good news is that all rides start in the river valley — at about 600 feet above sea level — so we have plenty of oxygen. And very few individual hill climbs have over 500 feet of elevation gain.  

Generally, we consider an elevation gain of 100-200 feet a small climb, 201-350 feet a moderate climb, and 351-500 feet a big climb. But be aware: since they might have a steep grade, even the smaller hills can still be very tough to climb.  Given such variety, it’s just as easy to create an easy ride with few hills as it is to map out a fiendish route that averages ten thousand feet of climbing every ten miles. We’ve created routes with both extremes, and everything in between.

The Driftless Region

There’s something special about the place where Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa meet. We call it the Driftless Region, where the Ice Age glaciers left untouched a cyclist’s playground of bluffs, ravines, coulees and lowlands on both sides of the Mississippi river.

The corrugated geography of the Driftless is overlaid with a network of smooth, low-traffic county byways, paved in the early-20th century “Good Roads” movement to connect dairy farmers with their markets. For much of the last decade, area cyclists and volunteers have worked with the La Crosse Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau to build a library of routes, with a variety of lengths and difficulties offering excitement and challenges for all levels of riders.

Generally starting from the river valley cities of La Crosse, Onalaska, and La Crescent, these routes venture into the bluffs and coulees of the surrounding Driftless region. Some of these counties have been described by Bicycling magazine as “the perfect getaway,” and “cycling nirvana, the American Dairyland edition. ”

 

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La Crosse Area Bicycle Festival!

September 4-7, 2015

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All rides leave from Cameron Park (unless noted) and are FREE to the public.

  Road rides outside of La Crosse are self-supported, self-timed and self-guided.  We’ll have suggested start windows, turn-by-turn smartphone routes online, and maps with cue sheets available for free at Cameron Park.  Featured road rides also have volunteer ride ambassadors who will leave from Cameron Park at staggered times throughout the start window.  Routes out of town are outlined on free maps and cue sheets, with turns marked on the road in the city.  Guided interest rides are suitable for families, kids, and easy riding. They leave from Cameron Park at the designated time, make frequent stops, and have a leader to guide the ride through the city 

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La Crosse Area Bicycle Festival
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La Crosse Area Bicycle Festival
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La Crosse Area Bicycle Festival
La Crosse Area Bicycle Festival @ Cameron Park
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La Crosse Area Bicycle Festival
La Crosse Area Bicycle Festival @ Cameron Park
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Cheeseburgers, Ride, Ales, and Pins Weekly Bicycle Ride 6:05 pm
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Cheeseburgers, Ride, Ales, and Pins Weekly Bicycle Ride 6:05 pm
Cheeseburgers, Ride, Ales, and Pins Weekly Bicycle Ride @ Pearl St. Brewery, Ye Olde Style Inn, Pla-Mor Lanes
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This is a weekly Wednesday night casual and leisurely bicycle ride thru La Crosse neighborhoods. All riders are welcome, from beginner to experienced. The neighborhood ride route and distance will be adjusted so that even[...]
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Ride The Ridges
Ride The Ridges @ Start / Finish at Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical
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Cheeseburgers, Ride, Ales, and Pins Weekly Bicycle Ride 6:05 pm
Cheeseburgers, Ride, Ales, and Pins Weekly Bicycle Ride @ Pearl St. Brewery, Ye Olde Style Inn, Pla-Mor Lanes
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La Crosse Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

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La Crosse, WI 54601

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