Difficult
 
This brand-new, mixed road route has every thing it takes to become a classic. Just as Paris-Roubaix has its many sections of pavé, the 64 miles of La Crosse – Nodine – La Crosse has six sections of gravel. (We’re just calling it L-N-L, or “The Ell of the North.”) Just under a third of the route is unpaved. Like most good classics it has hills, and plenty of them. There are five big climbs, all of them gravel, with over 4000 feet of vertical in 64 miles. Two of them qualify as true Driftless monsters (over 400 feet vertical and 14% or greater grades). While the climbs are gravel, the downhills are paved, making for fast and safe descents. The midway point at Nodine is also a rest stop for those requiring nutrition, hydration, or just a break from the ride — but remember, the riders of Paris-Roubaix don’t take breaks!

64 miles

Ride with GPS

Gravel Classic rally up 1

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Root River Trail Towns

Root River Trail Towns

Apple Blossom Loop

Apple Blossom Loop

Onalaska to Riverside Park via Bike/Ped Bridge

Onalaska to Riverside Park via Bike/Ped Bridge

Tri-State Metric Century

Tri-State Metric Century

Myrick Park

Myrick Park

400 Wisconsin State Trail

400 Wisconsin State Trail

Memorial Day Figure Eight

Memorial Day Figure Eight

Riverside Park to Great River Trail

Riverside Park to Great River Trail

Brownsville-Hokah

Brownsville-Hokah

Baristas Epic Coffee Ride

Baristas Epic Coffee Ride

Grandad Bluff Loop

Grandad Bluff Loop

Riverside Park to Elroy – Sparta Trailhead

Riverside Park to Elroy – Sparta Trailhead

L-N-L Gravel Grinder

L-N-L Gravel Grinder

Outdoor Recreation Alliance

Outdoor Recreation Alliance

Elroy Sparta Trail

Elroy Sparta Trail

Whitehall English Century

Whitehall English Century

The West Salem Dairy Days Classique

The West Salem Dairy Days Classique

Human Powered Trails, Inc.

Human Powered Trails, Inc.

Coon Valley Coulee Express

Coon Valley Coulee Express

La Crescent to Riverside Park

La Crescent to Riverside Park

Speed’s Bike Shop

Speed’s Bike Shop

Cheddarman

Cheddarman

North-East Route

North-East Route

La Crosse River State Trail

La Crosse River State Trail

Great River State Trail

Great River State Trail

Driftless Region’s Most Scenic Ride

Driftless Region’s Most Scenic Ride

Stoddard – Chaseburg

Stoddard – Chaseburg

Public Air Pumps and Repair Stands

Public Air Pumps and Repair Stands

Goose Island – Stoddard

Goose Island – Stoddard

Norski Tur

Norski Tur