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!
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
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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2) Fill out the form completely (address, date, time etc).
3) Provide an engaging image (we are more likely to share events with images).
4) Event description: Tell visitors and locals why they should attend your event (be descriptive).
5) Include special considerations in the event description (every Tuesday, every third Friday, until January 2015, etc.).
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Open Streets La Crosse
Experience Open Streets La Crosse! Enjoy car-free spaces where people and families can exercise and play; at the same time, enjoying neighborhood businesses, social and physical activities.
Bring your family and meet your friends and neighbors to walk, bike, stroll or skate along the route. Enjoy art, music, games and food as La Crosse joins the international movement of Open Streets events for the first time ever. Visit Open Streets La Crosse on Facebook!
Then, join in the fun of Bike Fest La Crosse (also happening in Downtown at Cameron Park) before or after Open Streets! Bike Fest registration is free and offers everything from scenic 20+ mile road rides to family friendly ice cream and candy shop rides! Learn more at bicyclelacrosse.com