Pick me up at the Border! 2018
(NEW START TIME of 7PM)
Pick Me Up At The Border! 2018 is a 90-mile ride (This is NOT a race) returning again this year–but with a new departure time!! Join riders for a jaunt down to the Illinois State Line…and back via the Badger State Trail. There is a prize at the end…but it could be a real DRAG! We will be departing at 7pm on Friday night–just in time for dinner to settle and for you to get your bottoms down to the Capitol!!
The ride departs from the Capitol Square in Downtown Madison at 7:00pm on Friday, September 28th and heads down West Washington Avenue approximately 2/3rd of a mile until it meets the SW Commuter Path. At that point, riders turn right and proceed 6 miles to McKee Road, just past the bike roundabout. The City of Fitchburg (yet to be confirmed) Police Department will escort all riders, as a group, across McKee Road, where the path turns into the Badger State Trail in the City of Fitchburg! At this point, you are on your own (we do, however, strongly encourage using the buddy system). Pace yourself now. For approximately 20(ish) miles, to the Stewart Tunnel where you can take a breather and drink some more water. Now, head south to the border, pick up treasure…then return!!!
You DO NOT have to register for this event but there is a suggested donation of $15 cash OR checks payable to Bike Fitchburg (we will have a hat to pass around for collections). 100% of these wonderful donations are going to support the planning and programming for cool stuff like (biking from)Leopold to the Library, more commuter stations, advocacy at the local level and beyond, cool events like this one, etc.
This IS NOW A SAG supported ride. (TBA), a local Bike Shop and will be teaming up with Bike Fitchburg this year!! This local bike shop will be mobilized to assist riders along the trail and will be temporarily stationed at a few spots throughout the ride to offer a quick check on the bike, water refill, or, if you are just beat and cant go on, you can crawl in the van with your bike and get a ride back to the finish line. Ride Safe, Ride Bright!!! Please use caution!! This is a night time event and conditions may be encountered where reasonable speed and bike handling are needed. Due to nasty weather in that may occur between now and the event, soft spots may appear on the trail, especially at a few locations, but are very passable. The first is near just after Purcell Road before the County A crossing, where the trail gets a bit like Crisco. However, this is navigable and no one should have issues if they just pay attention. The second soft spot to look for is near Basco, leading up to Henry Road–down to base gravel and a bit soft. Finally, just south of Monroe between Melvin Road and Town Center Road, again, it could get a bit soft and a lil’ wishy washy.
Check out the Facebook event to be directed to get your tickets before the ride–if you wish–by clicking here: Pick me up @ the Border!
Questions about the ride? Contact: Ride Leader – Thad Schumacher: Thad67@msn.com or Matt Jones: email@example.com
A Wisconsin State Trail pass is the responsibility of the individual rider to obtain. Trail passes are $5 for the day, or $25 annually. We are not in the business of policing, so check yourself 🙂 Every rider will get a glow stick to wear on their person or to clip onto their bike. Let us now proceed to get our gravel on!!
Why ride? Well, for one, it is FUN!!! But . . .
Again, money raised at this all-night ride event will be 100% towards Bike Fitchburg! This year most of the dollars donated will go towards continued advocacy and education as well as promoting the planning cooperation between entities for a NEW trail facility along the mighty Badger State Trail.
JUST ONE LAST THING: Trails, like the Badger State Trail, in the State of Wisconsin are funded solely by user fees. These user fees are very important for their maintenance and to make them available to all trail users, including cyclists—24 hours a day!!
We support the Badger State Trail, and all safe trail cycling initiatives. Bike Fitchburg strongly supports improved bicycle advocacy in the region.