I Cycle Wisconsin

Thanks to our pal Michael Valenti for letting us share his blog post. Michael is the talented artist and designer behind many of our iconic images. Over the years he has created posters for our Bike to Work Week, Bublr Bikes,  Polish Moon Ride  and the Wisconsin Bike Fed poster at the bottom of the post. You can see more of Michaels beautiful and whimsical work at his website here.

by  on AUGUST 14, 2015

I live in a cycling wonderland. Out the door I’m five miles from the south eastern Wisconsin border near Lake Michigan, 50 miles north of Chicago. Most of my riding is on county roads with very little traffic and very big open spaces.

Windy day for a ride.

Our Veloist Cycling Club usually rides one of four big loops with Paris, Wisconsin in the center of it all. We ride to Lake Geneva and around for hills. Same with our rides to Burlington. Our rides up and around Paris are open and rolling so we get to practice our pace lines against the wind and there is always wind.

Last but not least, our rides to Kenosha along Lake Michigan are my favorites because they always involve coffee stops. And coffee stops are very important.

The road to Paris runs through Wisconsin.

It may not be the exotic landscapes you see in France, the white roads of Tuscany or the high peaks of the Alps but like the old saying goes…There’s no place like home.

Cheese anyone?

The infamous Mars Cheese Castle in Kenosha.

Always a friend on the road.

Cow mail.

Even the dark and stormy days are beautiful.

Morning light on a red barn, classic Wisconsin.

A rare concrete silo, a not so rare American flag painted on it.

My Cycling Art for the Wisconsin Bike Federation.

About Dave Schlabowske, Deputy Director

Dave was the first full-time staff member hired to open the Bike Fed's Milwaukee office 15 years ago. A former professional photographer and life-long Milwaukee resident, Dave likes wool, long rides, sour beer, and a good polar vortex once in a while.

One thought on “I Cycle Wisconsin

  1. Good old Paris ( I used to live in Racine)! In my 20 somethings was doing centuries in Northern IL and Southern WI at least 2x/month in season. Fondly remember the ‘London to Rome Express’ ride – - adding to the Euro-cities WI has claim to. :-)

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