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Old 02-26-19, 08:17 AM
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I am planning on riding GRABAAWR in June of 2019. I am a non-resident would like to know what the transportation options are for getting to Eagle River and from Prairie du Chien. I will be flying in and out of Chicago O'Hare. I will be renting a bicycle as part of the tour package so won't have to deal with the hassles of transporting my bicycle. I looked into train, bus, rental car but the start and the finish are just too out of the way. Anyone have any ideas?
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Having done several supported rides where I have had to travel long distances to get to, I have found the best way to get the sort of answer you are looking for is to ask the event organizers directly. I poked around on the web site but did not see any event-arranged ground transportation from. Also the registration form does not offer an option to purchase such transportation. Still, the ride organizers have surely dealt with this issue before.

That aside, the event furnishes transportation from PdC to the start in Eagle River, and the event ends back in PdC. So...You could rent a car for the week, drive the 4 hrs. to PDC and then drive back to CHI after the event.

BTW...Where is the option to rent a bicycle? I didn't see that anywhere.
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indyfabz, thank you for the advice. I did note the shuttle option from PdC to the start. I have signed up for that option. I also made a note on my reservation that I needed transport to and from PdC. I know I could rent a car but it seems like a waste of money to rent a car for a week but have it sit in a parking lot most of the time. I like the idea of carpooling.

The bicycle rental option link was on the event registration page under the text explaining about adding extra items. It also popped up on the bottom of the event registration form at Active Network.
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I also made a note on my reservation that I needed transport to and from PdC. I know I could rent a car but it seems like a waste of money to rent a car for a week but have it sit in a parking lot most of the time.
I hear you about the car. Personally, I would try to contact the ride organizers directly. You don't know how much attention someone is going to pay to your note or when it might be addressed.

At the risk of sounding critical, if the events want to attract a more geographically-diverse crowd they need to make logistics easy for those coming from far away. Look at Cycle Oregon. Every year they have a deal with a hotel at the Portland airport. You fly in, spend the night and then take the chartered bus to the start location. At the end of the event you get back to the hotel the same way so you can fly out that night or the next morning. If it's a long trip to the start they even give you a box lunch. All this costs additional, but the cost is far less than renting a car for the week. When I did the now-defunct CANDISC in North Dakota there was a shuttle between Bismarck and the start location and then back to Bismarck after the event.

One year I was seriously considering B.R.A.N. in Nebraska. The assembly point was about 30 miles from Omaha, where I would have flown into. From the assembly point there was a charter bus to the start location. The ride ended back at the assembly point. Problem was that there was no event-supplied ground transportation between Omaha and the assembly point. Got a cab quote of around $100 each way (not including a tip). Also, your bike had to boxed, so there was the issue of making sure I could get a mini van cab. I contacted the event organizers asking about a shuttle option. I was told to register and they would probably be able to arrange something. Uh...I was not about to book a non-refundable flight from the east coast based on that non-committal response, so I passed on the event.

One final note: Check to see if the event has a forum. Cycle Oregon did at one point, and people would post messages asking about carpooling to/from the start.
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Contacting the organizers is a good suggestion. There is an e-mail contact and a phone contact on the event web page. They encourage people to contact them by phone rather than e-mail. It seems they are not too diligent about replying to e-mail. I can verify that. I sent an e-mail enquiry about the rental bike several days ago which they have yet to reply to. To be fair they did strongly recommend using the phone but this is a a digital age.They are advertising on the web. They should be a bit more responsive to e-mail enquiries. I checked for an event related forum but so far haven't found one. All in all, your experiences with Cycle Oregon seemed to be superior. A shuttle service of some kind to the start of the event would be highly appreciated. Perhaps, there isn't enough participants to make it financially feasible. Although a shuttle from any location that is serviced by mass transit such as Madison, Green Bay or Wausau would have sufficed.
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