Radical Adventure Riders Madison

Wow. I’m very bad at updating the website! So much has been happening, so I’ll just catch everyone up to speed. A few months ago Radical Adventure Riders announced there was going to be an opportunity for strategic chapters to form under the RAR name to work for equity, inclusion, diversity, and accessibility in the cycling space.

Chapters would focus on creating a safe space for femme-trans-women-non binary as well as BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color) to participate in many facets of cycling. All things as a queer woman in the cycling world I have been trying to work for and have been met with the unfortunate patriarchal resistance to change or acceptance.

Fortunately when I saw there was the option of forming a chapter, I had put a call out on social media. At that time an acquaintance (KC Cross- who is doing some amazing work in the Arkansas and now Austin cycling space!) I had made at my old CrossFit gym had seen on RAR’s discord that there were others in Madison looking to get a chapter going. I got connected with a woman named Allison and had also ended up connecting with six other individuals who were looking to create a unique and welcoming space in Madison for the community to become more accessible and to grow.

Myself, Allison, Kristin (of Monday 40 fame), Keely (Shred Shed legend), G (now running Cargo Bike Shop Madison), Cami (a friend I met through selling her a bike!), Cami’s friend Kaylee (super fast lady on a bike), and Natalie (graphic design wiz for Trek) all met and are the leadership team that makes up the Madison RAR chapter.

We were able to put together a good enough proposal for a chapter to be selected as a non-funded entity. Meaning, we don’t get a stipend from sponsors, but still fall under the RAR umbrella. The funding hasn’t been an issue as we are lucky to be in a very bike-centric city with 20+ bike shops, miles of amazing riding through out and close to the city, as well as a heap of awesome new BIPOC lead orgs that we plan on collaborating with to use our connections to get more people on bikes!

Our first few events took place a couple of weeks ago. There was a Madison West & East side ride to the LGBTQIA+ owned Delta Beer Lab where we rode casually to meet and socialize. That same weekend we then did a more challenging 40+ mile ride to Gibralter Rock, a very beautiful natural overlook of the Wisconsin Driftless region. The ride was also tied into a fundraiser for the national RAR organization and their SJ Brooks scholarship that provides gear and a stipend to FTWNB and BIPOC individuals to allow them to travel by bike for a trip.

Our third event was a Madison classic ride, which is the Lake Loop route around Lake Monona. A very great way for anyone to dip their toe into cycling around these parts.

The most recent event happened today at Black Saddle Bike Shop. A newer shop on the North Side of Madison and will likely be one of our closest partner shops outside the Cargo Bike Shop as they are one of the only shops in the city to have taken the RAR Industry Pledge to educate themselves on how to become a safer space in the cycling community. They work to fight against misogyny, racism, sexism, and homophobia.

Today’s event was a Bikepacking 101 social event. Some of our core leaders, including myself, brought fully geared up bikes to show how we set up for bike travel as well as discuss options for riding loaded. We also discussed some of our favorite routes, what gear we like, why we chose the bikes we did for bike packing, and held a raffle with some nice swag care of some generous folx.

The event is a way for us to help get others ready for a bike overnight trip that Black Saddle is hosting next weekend to New Glarus Woods State Park. A nice ride on some of our rail trails to make it accessible and safe for folx to try out bike packing in a group environment.

Black Saddle is even offering up a gear lending option to folks who want to try out bikepacking, but aren’t quite ready to invest in all of the gear. RAR Madison’s leadership team also is offering up gear to lend for anyone wanting to participate in the trip.


August 21st, 2021
Rides leaving at 11am or 5pm from Black Saddle

RAR has another upcoming event next week on Wednesday. A rescheduled ride from Parisi Park in Middleton. It’s a 19.4 loop heading West to the Cross Plains area. Meeting time is 5:45pm with roll out at 6pm. Details can be found by heading to @rar.madison on Instagram.

Be on the lookout for more events and content relating to RAR Madison. We have some events in the planning phases that include mountain bike rides, educational mechanical clinics, paved trail rides for beginners to group riding, fall bike packing, and more! We’re also working on building up a gear library for lending as well as a loftier goal of being able to get bikes in the hands of folx who need them for transportation as well as participating in adventure cycling at the local level.

If you’re interested in being a part of RAR Madison or donating funds, gear, or time please reach out to us on Instagram! We’d love to have community involvement.

Madison Cyclofemme 2014

cyclofemmeWe’re hosting the 2nd annual CycloFemme Madison ride. The ride will start and end on Madison’s near east side from Chrysalis Hair & Body.Chrysalis is Madison’s only chemical free hair studio.

There will be water and possibly some coffee/sports drink available before the ride, but riders should make sure they’ve eaten before the event or bring along a snack that’s easy to eat on the bike.

We’ll be doing an extended Lake Monona Loop that takes us on a combination of bike paths and roads through some of Madison’s best lake front neighborhoods and parks.

This ride is very beginner friendly and we encourage everyone to bring a friend! We have a no rider left behind policy.

There will be a post ride gathering at Chrysalis where we’ll provide bike parking. There will be refreshments available to purchase supplied by the Froth House cafe. (pastries, veggies & hummus, and more)

Julia, the owner of Chrysalis will also be offering discounted salon services for all attendees. There will also be free use of the aqua massage table and some other pampering for after the ride, such as head massages with fresh herbs.

Qet Botanical Beauty’s full line of organic products will be on hand to demo.

A a raffle with items from Rapha, Yurbuds, Saris, Topeak, and some other fun businesses will also take place.

The ride itself is FREE, but you may want to bring some money for lunch if you stay for the festivities.

Parking is available on First Street, just up block from the building Chrysalis is based in (there’s a sign posted where the lot is located). There’s also extensive on street parking that will be FREE because the event is on a Sunday.

We’ll post more details as the event gets closer, but it should be a really fun time!

Rain or shine, we ride. No rider left behind. Bring a helmet, water bottle, and a lock!

A Winter of Cyclists- Madison

1655993_283983265085083_1209627768_nJoin us for a one night film showing of A Winter of Cyclists in Madison at the Barrymore Theatre on March 26th. Come out and see what it takes to ride to work all year long or bring a friend and show them what you are already doing.


About the Film

The documentaryA Winter of Cyclists (64 min) captures the inaugural Icy Bike Winter Commuting Challenge.  The film follows twelve cyclists as they attempt to bicycle commute during the winter months. Watch as they challenge each other during the cold, dark and snowy Colorado winter and experience the surprising comradery that forms as nearly 200 like-minded riders from across the USA, Canada, and other countries join in the Challenge. For those who cycle in the winter now, this film is a tribute to you. And for those who are considering it, catch a memorable glimpse of what could await you.

 

Film Details, Movie Trailer, and Tickets:ChainRingFilms.com

After the showing there will be a Q&A session with filmmaker Mike Prendergast, cast member and UW-Madison graduate Heather McCullough, and Madison Bike Winter’s Aaron Crandall.


Prize Drawing for Advanced Ticket Purchase

All advanced ticket purchasers are eligible to win a cycling gift bag from Machinery Row bicycles. Gift bags will include a water bottle, Machinery Row pint glass, L.E.D. wheel lights, tail light, lock, bicycle map of Madison, chamois butter sample, power food samples, and stickers.