FAQ

  • I’m coming in to do a brevet, where can I stay?
    • The “host hotel” for our rides is the White House Ramada Inn in Richland Center. We meet and the rides start from their back parking lot. They can be reached at 608-647-8869.
    • A second good alternative is the Center Lodge. It’s approximately 1/2 mile to the Ramada via the bike trail that runs just behind the hotel. They can be reached at 608.647.8988.
    • Be aware that Richland Center is very popular for weddings and the Ramada Inn is one of the few venues in town that has a room large enough for receptions so it tends to fill up. Also, there are a number of events over the summer (tractor pulls are big here) so you’re advised to make reservations well in advance even if you end up cancelling.
  • Just finished a 400K/600K and it’s the middle of the night – where can I get something to eat?
    • Well, Richland Center isn’t exactly New York and the town pretty much folds up at 11:00. Your best choice nearby is the McDonalds located on US-14 between the Ramada and Center Lodge. Their dining room is open until midnight and their drive thru is open all night.
    • A second and probably better alternative is to plan in advance and stock the refrigerator in your room with microwaveable food and your beverage of choice. A supermarket (Gordy’s) is just past the Center Lodge going east on US-14. Both the Ramada Inn and Center Lodge have refrigerators and microwaves in their rooms.
    • A third alternative is the Phoenix Center (bowling alley) about 1/3 of a mile west on US-14 which is open until 2 although they seem to stop serving food on an irregular schedule. Typical bowling alley type food – pizza, burgers, fries, etc., and they occasionally surprise with something else like bbq.
    • There are also a couple of bars in the downtown area that serve food and stay open late. I’ve never been in them but reports are they have the usual bar food: pizza, burgers, etc., and you’re pretty much guaranteed they’ll have beer if that’s your pleasure.
  • I’ve decided I’m going to DNF. How do I get back to Richland Center?
    • Uh, ride your bike? If you’re not able to do that a number of larger small towns (a contradiction in terms) have taxi services that are actually fairly reasonable. A convenience store can more than likely hook you up.