Pick me up at the Border!


Pick Me Up At The Border! Is a 90-mile ride (This is NOT a Race) that returns this year, and the Badger State Trail is going to be lit up on this night!!

Join dozens and dozens of riders for a jaunt down to the Illinois State Line…and back via the Badger State Trail. There is a prize at the end!

This ride departs the Capitol Square in Downtown Madison and proceeds down West Washington Avenue approximately 2/3rd of a mile until it meets the SW Commuter Path. Turn right and proceed 6 miles to McKee Road where the path turns into the Badger State Trail in the City of Fitchburg!! Proceed for approximately 20(ish) miles to the Stewart Tunnel, grab some more water and head south!!!

This is a NO SAG ride and is self-supported. 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.

A Wisconsin State Trail pass is the responsibility of the individual rider to obtain. There will be a Friends of Badger Trail representative available at the start of the ride at the Capitol Square with passes available for purchase. Trail passes are $5 for the day, or $25 annually.

2016 Pick Me Up At The Border Recap & Photos

Pick Me Up At The Border 2016 was a huge success. We had about 30 riders come out to ride to the Illinois state line. Everyone who started the ride at midnight was back home–and safe–by 8am on Saturday morning.

We had a pre-ride speech on safety from Fitchburg Mayor, Steve Arnold and a quick pep talk on how cool the ride will be if everyone plays nice and watches out for each other from Thad Schumacher, AKA The Cycling Pharmacist.

After arming ourselves with glow sticks, full water bottles, a bunch of empty carbs and insect repellent, we hit the trail. The ride was just gorgeous–no rain, no wind, but a little fog and a full moon kept it just a bit creepy!!

We are now amping up to do again in the Fall of 2017!! Start preparing for Pick Me Up @ The Border! 2017. This year’s ride starts, again, from the State Capitol on Friday, October 6th @ 11:58pm–two minutes to midnight! Stay tuned…