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!

May is National Bike Month!

National Bike Month is like the cyclists’ solstice. We shed our studded tires, lined knickers, shoe covers, goggles, and other cumbersome riding gear in exchange for fun and free riding! To celebrate, the Wisconsin Bike Fed helps facilitate the Wisconsin Bike Challenge. The challenge is hosted via Endomondo and is 100% FREE to sign up for. The actual challenge is a part of a National Bike Challenge that pits states against each other for bragging rights and a way to see how your community or workplace stands up to the rest of the country.

You can sign up as an individual or you can set up a team for your workplace. It’s a fun way to get your co-workers, loved ones, and friends to be involved in a fun activity. It’s healthy to boot!

Smartphone users, you can use the Endomondo app to easily track mileage, calories, and other metrics. Bonus: When you reach a certain level of points (you get points for each mile ridden) you have a chance to win some great prizes from the challenge sponsors!


Tying into National Bike Month is also National Bike to Work Week. The Wisconsin Bike Fed has information regarding the various Bike to Work Week events around the state. Madisonians are fairly familiar with pastries and bacon on the bike path. Check out the poster below for info on the week’s events!