Our 2018 Calendar

2018 once again brings some new routes and a couple of first time events. We’ll be putting on our first ever 1000K this year. This ride will capture the full spirit of “self supported long distance cycling” in that it’s a low cost way to get that 1000K done. For more details, see the link below.

We’re also working with Minnesota Randonneurs to put on the Coulee Challenge. We’re very excited about this ride as the route showcases some of the best riding in the Driftless and is for the most part on roads you won’t have seen on other Driftless Randonneurs rides. There’s been a great deal of interest in the ride so make sure you sign up on the interested rider list to stay current on ride happenings. More details at the Coulee Challenge web site.

We’re also working on some other new routes for the 2018 season so some of the routes listed below are place holders for now. Be sure to check back and see what’s in store! Another change for 2018 is RUSA now allows new RUSA certified rides to be added to the calendar throughout the year. We’ll be taking advantage of that to augment the calendar with shorter rides. These will be scheduled with relatively short notice (a couple of weeks) so check back often!

We’re continuing and expanding the ride format we used last year. On ride weekends where multiple distances are offered, the routes will be the same as far as possible so we’ll all be able to ride together for a while before those going on to the longer distance will press onward while those opting for a shorter day will begin the journey toward the finish. This worked well last year when inclement weather made a shorter distance more attractive and on nicer days allowed us to ride as a group for at least the first part of the ride.

With the exception of our 4th annual “Dart Pop weekend” in July and the shorter RUSA events mentioned above, all events and routes are ACP certified so they’ll qualify if you’re pursuing the various ACP and RUSA awards. Unless noted otherwise in the details for a particular ride, all rides start in the rear parking lot of the White House Ramada Inn at 1450 Veterans Drive, Richland Center.

New addition! We’ve added a RUSA certified 200K brevet to kick off the 2018 riding season. This one is a good opening ride as it has a bit of climbing but nothing too terrible in terms of gradient – perfect for those early season legs! Note that there’s a strong possibility we’ll change the route for the 5 May brevets – stay tuned!

March 31 – Fennimore Frolic 200K
128.1 miles, 5354 feet of climbing, RUSA certified, start time 08:00
Ridewithgps link: here

April 21 – Via Viroqua 200K
124.3 miles, 5,903 ft of climbing, ACP certified, start time 08:00
Ridewithgps link: here
More details here.

April 22 – Spring Green Populaire 100K
62.2 miles, 1667 feet of climbing, RUSA certified, start time 08:00
Ridewithgps link: here

5 May – Fennimore Frolic 200K
128.1 miles, 5,354 feet of climbing, ACP certified, start time 06:00
Ridewithgps link: here

5 May – Fennimore Frolic 300K
186.4 miles, 6230 feet of climbing, ACP certified, start time 06:00
Ridewithgps link: here.

6 May – Spring Green Populaire 100K
62.2 miles, 1667 feet of climbing, RUSA certified, start time 08:00
Ridewithgps link: here

More breaking news! New route! New Route! New Route!

Thanks to the tireless efforts of your friendly RBA we’ve got a couple of new routes to ride for 2018:

12 May – Spring Green – Blue River 200K
128.3 miles, 4,478 feet of climbing, ACP certified, start time 06:00
Ridewithgps link: here.

12 May – Not so Horeble 300K
192.5 miles, 7,055 feet of climbing, ACP certified, start time 06:00
Ridewithgps link: here

13 May – Spring Green Populaire 100K
62.2 miles, 1667 feet of climbing, RUSA certified, start time 08:00
Ridewithgps link: here

18 May – Tour of the Driftless 1000K
628.4 miles, 24,659 feet of climbing, ACP certified, start time 04:00
More details here.

27 May – Spring Green Populaire 100K
62.2 miles, 1667 feet of climbing, RUSA certified, start time 08:00
Ridewithgps link: here

9 June – Nowhere but Norwalk 200K
124.7 miles, 5,276 feet of climbing, ACP certified, start time 05:00
Ridewithgps link: here
More details here.

9 June – Wildcat Mountain Wander 300K
191.9 miles, 7,293 feet of climbing, ACP certified, start time 05:00
Ridewithgps link: here
More details here.

9 June – Back in Black (River Falls)
250.2 miles, 9,528 feet of climbing, ACP certified, start time 05:00
Ridewithgps link: here
More details here.

23 June – Going for the Green 300K
194.8 miles, 8,954 feet of climbing, ACP certified, start time 05:00
Ridewithgps link: here
More details here.

23 June – Scale the Mound 400K
251.4 miles, 10,868 feet of climbing, ACP certified, start time 05:00
Ridewithgps link: here
More details here.

23 June – South and West 600K
377.3 miles, 16,285 feet of climbing, ACP certified, start time 05:00
Ridewithgps links: Day one, Day two

21 July: Dart Populaire (Team event)
This is a team event.  Minimum required distance 120 Km.  Start time: 07:00

Starting location: Kwik Trip. 378 W. Seminary St, Richland Center, WI
More details here.

22 July: 100K Populaire
Details here

13-16 August: Coulee Challenge 1200K
753.2 miles, 33,867 feet of climbing, ACP & RM certified, start time 04:00
Ridewithgps link: here.
More details: here.

13 Oct 200K Via Viroqua 200K
Start time 07:00
More details here