Seasonal_Winter_FatBiking_2015_4It might be snowy outside, but that doesn’t mean that Bicycle La Crosse isn’t thinking about riding! With fat bikes, bike swaps, and planning for next year’s routes and events, winter can be a busy time for riders.

New year, new routes! Bicycle La Crosse supports year-round riding in the Driftless region by providing routes, maps, and turn-by-turn directions for self-supported road riding. Now, in addition to the thirteen routes (with nine optional distances) already on the bicyclelacrosse.com website, we’re adding more. New, extended descriptions of existing routes like the Whitehall English Century and Chedderman will appear soon on our Ride with GPS Ambassador page ( http://ridewithgps.com/ambassadors/29-bicyclelacrosse-com ). And completely new routes are coming soon, including short rides for beginning bikers (like Goose Island-Stoddard training loop) and routes starting in communities throughout the Driftless, not just in La Crosse.

Stay tuned in the new year for a full color, printed guide offering previews of these routes and links to the downloadable maps, route profiles, and turn-by-turn directions.

Save the dates!

  • Saturday, February 27th: La Crosse Bike Swap, Logan Middle School
  • Friday-Saturday, May 20-21: La Crosse Area bike events TBA
  • Labor Day Weekend, September 2-5:La Crosse Area Labor Day Bike Fest

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. https://www.explorelacrosse.com/calendar/

Call for volunteers! 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? Got a social ride, off-road, or bike tour that you’d like to see next Labor Day? Now’s the time to get involved — just contact us at burish@explorelacrosse.com