Off to Elkader 400K

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Note that while every effort has been made to make the ridewithgps route accurate and useful, your official route document is the cue sheet you will be given on the morning of the ride.  This is to accommodate possible last minute route changes due to construction, hazardous road conditions, etc.

Ride description: Another new route for 2016! We’ll leave Richland Center and head toward Fennimore for our first “store stop” control at 43 miles then head through the Green River valley on quiet roads to Prairie du Chien where we’ll cross the mighty Mississippi. South from there and the inevitable climb up from the river heading toward Elkader (interesting historical footnote: Elkader was named after an Algerian resistance fighter named Abd el-Kader) where a store stop at the Fast Trak will give us the opportunity to refresh and recharge then it’s off toward Lansing for a brief stop before once again crossing the river. Another climb up the bluffs (this one at about 160 miles is a toughie!) then on to Viroqua.

Viroqua is likely to be the last stop on the route where you can eat a “real” meal if so inclined and there are a variety of restaurants along the route to the next control at the Kwik Trip. If you’re a slower rider the Kwik Trip is likely to be the last open store you’ll find on the route so if you think you’ll be wanting snacks for later now’s the time to pick them up.

After a break we’ll head through the Kickapoo river valley (with a few climbs to keep things interesting!) headed toward Ontario and our next control. Since the only convenience store in town (the Cenex) closes at 9:00 it’s unlikely that you’ll make it there before the store closes (215 hilly miles in 16 hours) so the control at Ontario is an info control near a water fountain. Unless you enjoy stopping at taverns, this is your last chance for water before the finish in Richland Center 41 miles away.

Leaving Ontario we once again ride along the Kickapoo with one last good climb at about 229 miles then a mostly downhill or flat run to the finish!

Details: We’ll leave from the rear parking lot of the Ramada Inn at 1450 Veterans Drive at 05:00 sharp.  If you are not staying in the hotel, please park away from the building (near the gazebo).

Lights and reflective gear are required for this brevet and riders should arrive no later than 04:30 for registration and checkin.  The cost of the brevet is $10. You can advance register using the link above.