On Monday, April 3rd, the Wisconsin Bike Fed presented Green County 4-H with a $3,000 donation from the 2016 Ride Across Wisconsin as a thank you for helping with the Monroe Rest Stop. This year, nearly 1,000 people are expected to participate in RAW, our 175 mile border—to—border ride from Dubuque to Kenosha. While there is a two day option, most riders complete the challenging ride from the Mississippi to Lake Michigan in one day.
The Wisconsin Bike Fed produces the ride to promote the amazing riding in Wisconsin. RAW is unique in that participants ride with the Trek Segafredo professional racers who have ridden in the Tour de France and the other grand tours in Europe. For cyclists, its like scrimmaging with the Packers or playing a pick-up baseball game with the Milwaukee Brewers.
One of the reasons Wisconsin cycling is so special is that most of our low-traffic rural town roads are paved, thanks to our Dairy industry. As a small thank you to Wisconsin’s family farmers, riders make donations to 4-H as part of the ride. The Bike Fed then matches those donations. This year RAW will donate a total of $6,000 to the Green County 4-H, with the second check presented after the ride.
The Bike Fed also uses farm to table chef’s who work with local farmers to cater the lunch food for the riders. This year the Monroe rest stop will be catered by Chef Evan from World Champion Roth Cheese. Finally, thanks to the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and the Wisconsin family dairy farms, our Holland Family Farm rest stop in Gratiot and our finish party in Kenosha will feature chocolate milk, nature’s perfect recovery drink.
The 2017 Ride Across Wisconsin will be August 26th.
For more information about the Ride Across Wisconsin, visit rideacrosswisconsin.com