Milwaukee Messenger Invitational XII

There’s very little info about the event out in the web world, but thankfully Jeff over at Bike Jerks posted up some pre party info.

I also stumbled upon a flyer design on Flickr today, so if you’re looking for a good time this weekend…head to MKE on 4/20 and do a kick ass race! Registration and race start at the Breakaway Couriers headquarters.

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2013 Wisconsin Bike Fed Lobby Day Set for April 9th!

In year’s past, the Wisconsin Bike Fed (Bike Fed) has hosted Lobby Day and the Bike Summit together here in Madison. 2013 brings a slightly different format for folks familiar with the event.

This year the Bike Fed has decided to split up Lobby Day and the Bike Summit in order to spread the bike love out to other parts of our state. Lobby Day will still take place in Madison, as we have the highest concentration of state representatives (being the capital and all).

The Bike Summit date and host city has yet to be announced. We’re hoping that the LaCrosse or Appleton areas get a chance to play host. They seem to be the next major Wisconsin cities that are increasing their bike friendliness. We admit that Madison/Milwaukee folks are spoiled when it comes to Fed related events, we rarely have to drive over an hour to attend, so we’re probably due for some bike related travel!

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Riders from summit’s past.

For those of you not familiar with Lobby Day, it’s a one day event that takes place here in Madison. There are workshops that teach you how to speak to legislators about bicycling. The goal is to not only promote cycling in our state, but to show the amount of support for cycling there is in our communities.

Folks travel into Madison from all over Wisconsin to take part in Lobby Day and if you need a ride, there are some carpools being set up through the Bike Fed and via their Facebook event page. The event is non-partisan and any folks interested in getting our leaders to start taking cycling into consideration for a viable means of transport should attend!

Here is all the useful info straight from the Bike Fed Website:

2013 Bicycling Lobby Day

Tuesday, April 9

Monona Terrace, Madison

Online registration ends on April 7th at midnight

Register Online Now»

Celebrate the Bike Fed’s 25th Birthday at Bicycling Lobby Day!

Next month marks 25 years since a visionary group of people convened the first ever gathering of the Wisconsin Bike Fed. Our successes and momentum over the years would not have been possible without these important leaders. Please attend our Bicycling Lobby Day on April 9 to continue the vital work of protecting bicyclists’ rights. At the end of the day we’ll host a Quarter Century Celebration of the Bike Fed during our evening reception. We hope former board members, former staff and all of you, our members, will join with us to celebrate where we have come from and where we are going.

As the state budget is being debated later this spring, 2013 is a critical year for securing vital bicycling funding and passing Vulnerable Users’ legislation. Join with hundreds of bicyclists from across Wisconsin to continue to push pedaling and celebrate 25 years of bicycle advocacy!

We’re not sure if we’ll be able to make it to lobby day this year, but we’ll for sure be at the Quarter Century Celebration! We hope to see all of YOU there too 🙂

Ray’s Women’s Weekend!

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Free this weekend? Ray’s MTB Park in Milwaukee is hosting a special Women’s Weekend! There is no cost to participate and the details can be found when you click the photo above. It should be a stellar time and all riding abilities are welcome. Ray’s is a great place to hangout and we’re told the environment is very beginner friendly.

Unfortunately we can’t make it this weekend due to a couple of obligations, but we’ll put in on the calendar for next year for sure!

 

Wisconsin Bike Fed Winter Carnival Overview

Friday was the Wisconsin Bike Fed’s first Winter Carnival and it was great! Ray’s is already a fun atmosphere, but add a bunch of advocacy folks, a DJ, carnival games, good food, even better beer, and you have one kick ass bike party!

The event took place from noon-9PM. There was free riding from 12-5PM, which we missed because of work. We got there around 7 and checked in to the volunteer table. Volunteers got a free drink ticket, free food tickets, and a pass to come back to Ray’s to ride another day. Talk about a sweet deal!

We also heard Ray’s opened the park up to the Fed for nothing but a little free marketing. For a facility that huge, that was very generous of them.

The first priority was heading to the beer table. They were serving some great Riverwest brews, which seemed to fit the theme as when we headed to the silent auction, there were lots of entries to the Riverwest 24 race up for grabs. The rest of the silent auction items were really great. There were frames from Fyxation, a complete Butcher fixed gear freestyle bike from 1/8th Inch, a Manitou fork, Sun Ringle wheelsets, Answer handlebars, a sweet Bike Fed themed poster, recycled bike tube jewelry, cheese baskets, restaurant gift cards, and lots more! I purchased two sets of tickets (11 for $10) but came away empty handed. No hard feelings though. It goes to a good cause.

Other highlights of the event were the gold sprint competition, a BMX demo, and a speech from Kevin Hardman (Executive Director of the Bike Fed) where he announced a new magazine the Bike Fed has put together. If you are a member, you’ll see one in your mailbox soon. Everyone else, you can find one at your local shop or buy one online.

The turnout to the event was good for it being a blustery Friday night. I would imagine that if they made this a yearly event, it would gain some popularity. Also setting it on a weekend day would get more people in the door.  Overall it was a well organized, awesome event and I can’t wait to see if they do it next year.

*The fancy camera was in tow, but the wrong battery was inserted. iPhone was all that was available. Sorry 🙁 Good news though, the B&H fairy came and dropped off a sweet new high capacity HD card for video and lots of photos! Hopefully we can utilize that at our next event.