Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway


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Dreaming of warmer riding days and fired up about my kid sister's visit in June, I wrote up a little plan for her when she gets here.

It's a news release in the spirit of a ToC or something like that.

Hey, maybe some of you guys could join in.
She's never done a group ride, and you'd have to give up all your blazing speed however!

2008 Tour of Wisconsin

Saturday, June 7

The opening prologue of the Tour of Wisconsin will be in keeping with the great prologue events of the grand tours, short and sweet to set the stage as to who will be the leader heading into Stage One. Except the ToW prologue will be truly unique in that it will feature no riding at all. Instead, the ToW Prologue will involve carb-loading only at Filippo’s Pizza in West Allis, Wisconsin that night.

Stage One

Sunday, June 8

Tosa to Palmyra

36 miles

The riders of the ToW will have to endure their stiffest challenge of the entire stage event, a 36-mile test of wills and legs from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin to Palmyra, Wisconsin through the rolling hills of the Kettle Moraine Forest. No doubt the riders’ feet will be to the fire in this early stage as they try to keep from walking up some of the climbs. This is the longest stage of the tour.

Stage Two

Monday, June 9

Whitewater Lake

30 miles

With less than 24 hours of rest in their legs, the riders of the ToW will spend Stage 2 in the beautiful countryside of southeast Wisconsin, riding through farmland and forest around Whitewater Lake. Recovery from the tough opening stage will be the key to a good performance here. The rider who can best-handle the pain of the grueling opening stage may well be the winner 24 hours later.

Stage Three

Saturday, June 14

La Grange

14 miles

With several days rest behind them now, the riders in the ToW will ease back into things in this short stage from Palmyra to the tiny town of La Grange, Wisconsin, home of the Backyard Bikes shop. Tour organizers say this stage may be expanded from its current 17 miles to include a loop to Elkhorn, Wisconsin, thereby making it the longest stage of the tour.

Sunday June 15th, rest day

Stage Four
Monday, June 16th

Loomis Loop/Whitnall Park Crit

35 miles

The Tour of Wisconsin will no-doubt go out with a bang as the riders hit urban streets and a crit racing course in Milwaukee County in this final stage. This route will take the riders from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin into Franklin, Wisconsin with a stop along the way at Whitnall Park, where they will do battle for several laps on the Botanical Gardens criterium course before heading back to home base.

The awards ceremony for the Tour of Wisconsin will take place on Milwaukee’s fashionable East Side at Rainbow Jersey Bike Shop this same evening before the riders depart after a wonderful week of riding.
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Too bad it the dates are so early in the Summer. Graduation is the 14th for me.
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Originally Posted by Hipcycler
She's never done a group ride,
She can do a group ride with us in Lancaster, PA. This is not too far from her, if I recall correctly.

August 20th or so... I think.

There are 4 ladies in the group from last year. Five, if you count chipcom
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