New ride! New route!
For 2018 we’re doing something a bit different for our final ride of the season. We’re going to do a “meet in the middle” with Mike Fox and the Quad City Randonneurs and our meeting point is the town of Galena, Illinois.
Because a Richland Center start would be much farther than 200K, we’re going to start our ride in a town that has served as a midpoint for a number of our brevets – Fennimore, Wisconsin. Our ride will start and finish at Marsden Park which is just a block off of WI-18 in Fennimore. We’ll start promptly at 7:00 and ride down to Galena where we’ll meet the QC Randos at the Galena Brewing Company for lunch. If you decide you want a different venue and/or want to just turn around at the mid-point and head back you’re free to use any of the many establishments at Galena as the control but you shouldn’t! This should be a fun, sociable event with the opportunity to meet randonneurs from another area that you might not otherwise see.
This is a hilly route! More than 7K feet of climbing in 200K but it’s the end of the season and we’re all in the best shape of the year!
For those who want to stay overnight close to the start, the Fenway House in Fennimore (608-822-3782) is only a few blocks from Marsden park. A second option is the AmericInn in nearby Boscobel (608-375-8000). This is only 11 miles from Fennimore on US-61 so you can get to the ride start quickly and easily.
Please advance register for the ride or plan to arrive at the start in Fennimore no later than 30 minutes before the ride start.
This should be a fun ride, hope to see you there!