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Wisconsin Bike Fed's 2018 Spring Classics presented by Lowlands Group

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3618 W Pierce Street

Milwaukee, WI 53208

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March is the new May, so open your calendar and pencil in these fun FREE member-led group rides to Wisconsin small towns with European a heritage. Joins for rides to Belgium, Paris, Luxembourg, Rome, Holland and beyond. For more detailed information about each ride and maps of the routes, see the Wisconsin Bike Fed's Spring Classics routes page.

Get some gravel with us!

This year our Wisconsin Spring Classic Series is presented by Lowlands Group restaurants, definitely the most bike friendly European themed Grand Cafes around! Each ride is organized by a Bike Fed member, an organizational member like a bike shop or an affiliated club.

The Mindoro Cut

The idea for the Wisconsin Spring Classics Series was born a few years ago, when we held a couple of informal rides to Paris and Belgium. It was great to get in 40 to 80 early season miles with friends. To get a feel for what the 2016 Wisconsin Spring Classics Series rides will be like, you can read this blog post about our first Belgium adventure and our second informal Milwaukee-Paris-Milwaukee ride here.

Basically, these are all longish, self-supported, training rides. Depending on the particular route, there may be a stop for food along the way. These are rides, NOT races, but the pace will be fast/casual (15-20 mph). There will be a no-drop policy, but if you have never ridden more than 25 miles, you might want to train a bit before you attempt one of these. The rides will be free, but we ask that everyone be a Bike Fed member for insurance reasons. We won’t kick you off the ride if you are not a Bike Fed member, but with fun rides like this, why not join online here?

Group photo in Rome

There are a few new things this year, thanks to our presenting sponsor Lowland’s Restaurant Group. Not only do Lowlands Cafes have great food and an amazing Belgian bier selection, they are some of the coolest bicycle themed restaurants this side of Ghent. Lowlands is more than a bicycle-friendly business, they are bicycle crazy, so it was only natural that they wanted to support the Wisconcin Spring Classics.

All the rides are free, but we ask that you let us know which rides you think you will be doing by clicking the green registration button (upper right). This is just so the ride organizers have an idea of how many people are coming and so you can sign the online waiver. If you don't know which rides you will do, just pick one so you can fill out the waiver.

Luxemburg or bust!

So far the 2018 Wisconsin Spring Classic Calendar is as follows (click event name to see the individual ride Facebook event page). We will have more details for each ride as we get closer to spring. Note that some rides still link to last year’s Facebook event, but those will be updated as soon as the ride organizers create a new page.

Sat., April 7th, 2018 9 a.m. – Broken Spoke to Luxemburg

Join George and crew for another great ride to Luxemburg! We’ll be departing from the shop at 9:00am and riding a route to Luxemburg, WI and back. Approximately 62miles. We will be stopping at Don’s Bakery for a treat and break. All riders welcome. The ride is mainly country roads. All road bike or gravel bike suggested. Two distances to choose from 62 and 40.

Sun., April 14th, 2018, 10 a.m.Wheel & Sprocket to Holland

This fun ride to Town of Holland, a nice little dairy community in the Fox Valley, leaves from Wheel & Sprocket’s Appleton store. The route is a relatively short and flat, leaving plenty of time to hang afterward at the shop. Le Prince French Crepes will be setup in the back of the shop parking lot for Tour of Flanders viewing and post ride food. 55 miles

Sun., April 22nd, 2018 1 p.m. – Holland to “The Cut” Click here for the route

The Coulee Bicycle Company of Onalaska teams up with the Red Pines Bar and Grill in Brice Prairie to host a ride through the Town of Holland to the famed Mindoro Cut and back. After the ride, we can refuel at the Red Pines on Lake Onalaska in Brice Prairie. 55 miles

Sat., April 28th, 2018 10 a.m. – Gent to Wales – Click here for the route

Leave from the bridge outside the Cafe Hollander in the Village of Wauwatosa, and ride almost entirely on trail out to Mama D’s for coffee. Head back to Hollander for bier specials on their Gent made biers. Read about last year’s ride here. 47 miles

Sun., May 6th, 2018 11 a.m. – Strada Fango Spring Classic

With a sweet Ellis Cycles bike named after it, we had to partner with this Northwoods classic to add some gravel to your spring. The ride starts and ends at Murphy Flowage, in Rusk County, WI. No entry fee. No swag. No official timing. Unlimited pain and suffering. 75 miles

Sun., May 6th, 2018 9 a.m. – Fyxation to Belgium Click here for route

Grab a Colectivo at Fyxation Bicycle before the ride to Belgium, WI, which was actually settled by Luxembourgers, and is home to the Luxembourg American Cultural Society and Museum. Back at the shop on Humboldt Blvd after the ride, we will have a little BBQ. 71 miles

Sat., May 12th, 2018 9 a.m. – Route du Sud Click here for the long route Click here for the short route

The Door County Silent Sports Association’s tour of beautiful southern Door County. The ride starts in Sturgeon Bay at Otumba Park and takes you to Namur (home of the Belgian American Heritage Club) and Brussels, then to Vignes and Lasalle and back. 70 miles





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