March is the new May, so open your calendar and pencil in these fun new shop rides to Belgium, Paris, Luxembourg, Rome, Denmark and Holland. We are billing these rides as part of the Bike Fed’s new Wisconsin Spring Classics Series. Each ride is hosted by one of our favorite bike shops (and Borah Teamwear) and ends back at the shop with a small Classic’s viewing party.

Nous arrivons! This is about all there is to downtown Paris, WI

A few years ago we held a couple of these and they were a lot of fun. It was great to get 60 to 100 early season miles in with friends. To get a feel for what the 2016 Wisconsin Spring Classics Series Rides will be like, you can read this blog post about our Belgium adventure and trip #2 to Paris here.

Basically, these are all long, self-supported, training rides. Depending on the route and the host business, there will probably be a stop for food midway along the ride somewhere. These are rides, NOT races, but the pace will be fast casual (15mph-20mph). There will be a no-drop policy, but if you have never ridden more than 25 miles, you might want to train a bit before you attempt one of these. The rides will be free, but we ask that everyone be a Bike Fed member for insurance reasons.

Russell mixing cultures on our ride to Belgium a couple years ago.

Each ride will finish with a small cook out and viewing party to watch one of the real Spring Classics back at the shop or business where we started. You can do them all, a couple or just one. The goal is to get together for fun, put on some base miles, and see a little bit of Old World Wisconsin.

These rides will run no matter the weather and some routes include unpaved trails. , Before you get flustered about your cluster, free yourself and leave the expensive carbon race rig at home. Instead pull on your wool jersey and oil up your old lugged steel bike. Wanna ride a fixie? Cool! Fatbike? Bring it! Don’t care about grit in your chain? Bring the Di2!

To make things interesting, we will have a raffle with a bunch of prizes, including one of the great items from the Borah Teamwear Spring Classics kits. Everyone who comes on any of the rides will get one raffle ticket for each ride he or she attends, and people will be able to purchase extra tickets. We will announce all the prizes and other raffle rules a little closer to the rides.

All of the roads will look like this, I promise ;)

Finally, some insights into the Trek-Segafredo Team’s philosophy on riding the real Spring Classics. Sounds like we are on the same page, if not the same continent.

Click the red button below to visit the Borah Teamwear online store and see all the jacket, jersey and shorts options (with prices) for this ride series. We are taking pre-orders now for these awesome kits. If you want yours in time for the March rides, order before January 31st. You don’t have to come on a ride to order any or all of this cool new kit.

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