We’ve Started a Meetup Goup!

Madison Women’s Cycling is now our baby. Meetup has always been a fantastic resource for  planning, hosting, and promoting events. Madison does already have a women’s outdoor group, but we wanted to have a group specifically tailored to lady cyclists.

Our group will be open to cyclists of ALL abilities. This is very important to us as we want to grow the population of cyclists and we can’t do that unless we are willing to take some newbies under our wing.

Currently the only Meetup we have planned is the Madison CycloFemme ride. We’re hoping to make it bigger and better than last year. We’re looking for businesses who are willing to act as sponsors or for ladies who want to host or contribute something to a Meetup.

It may be winter, but we can think of at least a thousand different things you can do as a cyclist in the off season!

We’re working on getting a side link posted up to take site visitors directly to the Meetup link. You’ll have to become a member to view all of the events. Some events will be free and others there will be a nominal fee for attending.

Spoke Haven is covering the administrative costs of the Meetup group, but we want others to take the initiative to suggest Meetups and want it to be a collaborative effort.

Cranksgiving Madison 2013

Madison Cranksgiving 2013

Cranksgiving events are a strong tradition within the cycling community.  Events are held around the US in most major cities. Generally Cranksgiving is run like an alleycat, but instead of paying an entry fee to have a shot at winning prizes (which technically you still do, but you win by having the most pounds of food) you go and collect food for a local food pantry.

We were excited to see Clayton over at Griessmeyer Law for promoting Cranksgiving here in Madison.

Check the deets from the Madison Bike Blog below and shoot Clay an e-mail if you have any questions!

Why: Helping others in the community makes Madison better for all.

Cost: No entry fee.  Just bring money (about $10-$15) to purchase groceries for people who need help as part of the ride.

Get a manifest/ shopping list morning of and ride your bike to various groceries and buy food for Grace Episcopal Men’s Shelter and Porchlight Madison.  Bring the receipts back as proof.  Route is up to you.

Recommended: Messenger bag, backpack or rack and bags, bike lock, warm clothes.

All traffic and trail laws and rules must be followed during this event.  All roads are open.

If you are not familiar with Cranksgiving, its a bike race/ride that has participants bicycling all over the city to different grocery stores, gathering hundreds of food items that are donated to a local food pantry.  The Madison Cranksgiving will benefit Grace Episcopal Men’s Shelter and Porchlight.

Further details to follow in the next week.  To register, please email me at: clay@griessmeyerlaw.com

A Great Week for Cycling In Madison

It’s that time of year where the weather gets cooler, the days grow shorter, and Wisconsin cyclists come together to celebrate all things cycling.

There’s a plethora of cycling related events to fill your calendar this week.
We wanted to take a few minutes to tell you about them and encourage you all to come support our causes!


We love plugging this event, because it combines two of our favorite activities. Drinking good local beer and riding bikes (responsibly of course)!


2013-Summit-Logo-600px-WideDid we mention Spoke Haven will be presenting Friday morning at the Wisconsin Bike Summit? We’ll be representing on the women’s panel, discussing how and folks can increase the population of women cyclists by hosting kick ass events! If you haven’t registered for the summit, please go to www.bfw.org. You won’t regret it.


2013’s Saris Gala is the 10th year anniversary of the event, so Saris & the Bike Fed are going ALL OUT! Show up in your best Hollywood Themed costume, eat some tasty food from Lombardino’s, drink some great New Belgium beer, and bid on over $60,000 in items in the silent and live auctions. Sneak peak: We’ve heard there will be a Surly Krampus, customer Waterford Frame, and a special edition 25th Anniversary Edition Fyxation bike up for auction!

Phil Liggett, the famous voice of the Tour de France will be there schmoozing with the crowd.

We’ll be there volunteering and making sure everyone is having a great time! There’s rumor of a special event taking place after the Gala. Guess you’ll have to attend to find out what it may be!

Seven Deadly Sins Alleycat


Alley cats are making a comeback here in Madison. There’s been a small group of dedicated cyclists throwing some pretty fun races. Seven Deadly Sins is possibly the last one of the summer, so come out for the race and have a good time!

The sponsors are all awesome and the $7 you pay goes to a good cause 🙂

Parks-N-Wreck Yo’ Self THIS WEEKEND!


Sorry for the blurry image. We haven’t been able to find a good version of this poster. In the same vein as the Stupor Bowl, some folks are hosting the Parks-n-Wreck Yo’ Self alley cat this weekend. There are two divisions of the race. The first is for speed with 15 checkpoints, the other is for drink. You will have 10 bar checkpoints where you will need to consume a beverage before proceeding with the race.

Race organizers want people to be smart, use your head and wear a helmet (especially if you’re drinking!)

There are some sweet sponsors of the event where top riders will win prizes and there will be a raffle as well. Proceeds of the race will be donated to charity. Ride is capped at 100 riders and is open to fixed or freewheeling folks. $6 gets you signed up!

Registration is at Willy St. Park and after party at the Argus Bar. HAVE FUN!