March is the new May, so open your calendar and pencil in these fun FREE member-led group rides to Wisconsin small towns with European a heritage. Joins for rides to Belgium, Paris, Luxembourg, Rome, Holland and beyond. This year our Wisconsin Spring Classic Series is presented by Lowlands Group restaurants, definitely the most bike friendly European themed Grand Cafes around! Each ride is organized by a Bike Fed member, an organizational member like a bike shop or an affiliated club.
The idea for the Wisconsin Spring Classics Series was born a few years ago, when we held a couple of informal rides to Paris and Belgium. It was great to get in 60 to 100 early season miles with friends. To get a feel for what the 2017 Wisconsin Spring Classics Series rides will be like, you can read the ride reports on our blog here.
Basically, these are all longish, self-supported, training rides. Depending on the particular route, there may be a stop for food along the way. These are rides, NOT races, but the pace will be fast/casual (15-20 mph). 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. We won’t kick you off the ride if you are not a Bike Fed member, but with fun rides like this, why not join?
There are a few new things this year, thanks to our presenting sponsor Lowland’s Restaurant Group. Not only do Lowlands Cafes have great food and an amazing Belgian bier selection, they are some of the coolest bicycle themed restaurants this side of Ghent. Lowlands is more than a bicycle friendly business, they are bicycle crazy.
There are now eleven rides in the series. You can do them all, a couple or just one. We have a handful of new rides on the series schedule this year, including a Tour de Lowlands, which will begin at Cafe Hollander on the river in the Village of Wauwatosa, ride around to most of the other Lowlands Grand Cafes, and finish back at the start in ‘Tosa at Cafe Bavaria, on the other side of the bridge from Cafe Hollander.
Thanks to support from Lowlands, we have been able to add a fun Spring Classics Ride Series Passport. Bring your passport with you on all the Spring Classics and get a stamp to prove you completed the ride. There will be a quick raffle (put your passport in a bucket) after each ride and we will have a final raffle for some bigger prizes.
These rides will take place regardless of the weather, and some routes include unpaved trails. Before you get flustered about your cluster, try not to be worried about dirt and grime. Get in a Spring Classics frame of mind like Bob Roll in Graham Watson’s iconic image from the Paris Roubaix. On these rides, the preferred line might just be through the muddy ditch at the side of the road!
You can even buy the cool new Spring Classics “Cow of Wisconsin” kits if you can’t make any of the rides. The goal is to get together for fun, put on some base miles, and see a little bit of Old World Wisconsin.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.
These rides will run no matter the weather and you will even get extra “Flanders Points” for bad weather, so embrace your inner Belgian and ride with us rain, sleet or snow! Note that some routes include unpaved trails, but if you are worried about grime, pull on your wool jersey, oil up your old lugged steel bike and leave the carbon race rig in the basement. Wanna ride a fixie? Cool! Fatbike? Bring it! Don’t care about grit in your chain? Bring the Di2!
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.