La Crosse Bicycle Festival

Two posts about La Crosse in the same day?  What can I say, they got it going on in the Driftless Region.  The glaciers may have skipped La Crosse, but you have no excuse not to visit. If can’t make it to the festival coming up over Labor Day, use this website to help you plan a later trip to ride in this beautiful area of Wisconsin.

Celebrate cycling in the driftless region over Labor Day weekend at the La Crosse Area Labor Day Weekend Bicycle Festival, September 1-5 at Cameron Park in downtown La Crosse.  Check out one of the many featured rides, from 100 mile pedals throughout the coulees to short tours of locally made ice cream parlors. Registration is free and gets you a wristband good for bicycle friendly deals at area businesses.

Saturday night for the kids there will be inflatables at Cameron Park and an outdoor movie once the sun goes. On Sunday Pearl Street will be closed and have live music from 5-9 pm. Oh, and need I mention again that like most of life’s best things, all events and rides are FREE!

Thursday– September 1, 2011
  • Registration/Packet Pick-up 5-9:00 p.m. Pearl Street Brewery
Friday September 2, 2011
  • Registration/Packet Pick-up 7-9 a.m. Cameron Park
  • “Featured Ride” Coon Valley Coulee Express (28, 48, 57, miles) 7- 9:00 a.m. window start
  • Human Powered Trails Regular Group Ride 5:30 p.m.
  • Registration/Packet Pick-up 4-8 p.m. Cameron Park Friday Night Farmer’s Market
  • Fat Tire Fundraiser Bodega Pub – 8:00 p.m.
 
Saturday September 3, 2011
  • Registration/Packet Pick-up 7-9 a.m. Cameron Park
  • Coffee/Muffin Ride –  Blue Cup Coffee Shop – Holmen, WI depart 7:30 a.m.
  • “Featured Ride” Norski Tur (25, 50, 75, 100 miles) 7- 9:00 a.m. window start
  • Architectural Tour #1 – 1:30 p.m. (Crowley and Edgewood Place National Register of Historic Places Residential Districts)
  • La Crosse Homemade Ice Cream Tour 3:00 p.m.
  • Architectural Tour #2 – 5:00 p.m. (10th and Cass and Cass King Residential Districts)
  • Party in the Park 5:00 -10:00 p.m. Cameron Park (Big Event Company, Movie “UP” at 8:15 on outdoor screen)
 
Sunday September 4, 2011
  • Registration/Packet Pick-up 7-9 a.m. Cameron Park
  • Coffee/Muffin Ride – Panera Bread Co and Onalaska Farmer’s Market at Crossing Meadows Shopping Center, Onalaska, Wisconsin  – depart 8:00 a.m.
  • “Featured Ride” The World’s Laziest Ride  – aka “Tri State Metric Century”  62 miles (options for 30 miles) options to return on Wisconsin Side through Lansing, IA 75 miles 7- 9:00 a.m. window start
  • SkullSplitter Ride – Gravel and Pavement Ride in SE Minnesota 56 miles (1/2 gravel and ½ pavement) challenging ride through Brownsville and Hokah and finishing on Apple Blossom Drive back to Cameron Park
  • Architectural Tour #3 – 1:30 p.m. Historic Churches
  • La Crosse Homemade Ice Cream Tour 3:00 p.m.
  • Pearl Street Block Party – Historic Downtown La Crosse 4:30 – 10:00 p.m. live music – 4 bands
Monday September 5, 2011
  • Registration/Packet Pick-up 7-9 a.m. Cameron Park
  • Coffee/Muffin Ride –  West Salem, Wisconsin depart 8:00 a.m.
  • “Featured Ride” The Driftless Region’s Most Scenic Ride 85 miles (options for 34, 48, 65 miles) 7- 9:00 a.m. window start
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Cyclechic advocate from Milwaukee
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2 Responses to La Crosse Bicycle Festival

  1. IsaacO says:

    As someone who grew up just a bit north of La Crosse, I have to encourage anyone and everyone to make it to that part of the state to ride for this or for any other occasion. The Bicycle Festival looks like a perfect way to get a taste of cycling in the Coulee Region and make a great little vacation out of it at the same time.

    I’d love to zip over there for some of it, and visit the family, but won’t be able to. Hoping this has a great turnout so I can plan ahead and make it next year.

  2. Sue says:

    Are we able to rent a bike at Cameron Park if we do not have one

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