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Information for All Routes:
- All routes begin and end at MAYWOOD.
- We encourage all riders to plan to arrive up to one hour before the start time to allow for parking, check-in, and a continental breakfast.
- Listen for important pre-ride announcements at the start time and take off on your ride in a festive and unique procession. Riders are strongly encouraged to ride with the group. Riders who leave early may not be fully supported by our sag vehicles or rest stops.
- This is a tour, not a race!
- Helmets are required, and safety is our priority. Please be sure to bring yours along. Helmets are not available at the ride.
- MP3 Players/I-pods or other similar devices that prevent a rider from hearing other riders or traffic are not allowed on the ride.
- Please follow the rules of the road. Click here for a PDF of the Wisconsin bicycle laws.
INFORMATION ABOUT THIS YEARS ROUTE IS POSTED IN LATE SUMMER.
Routes for 2014 & Rest Stop Closing Times
This year we are implementing shut down times for the rest stops. Closing times for each stop are indicated below. Please pace your ride accordingly. The shut down time for the entire course is 5:00pm. Cyclists choosing to continue after this point will be “riding on their own” as the official event ends at 5pm.
Lakeland College – 10:30am This rest stop is 11 miles into the 50, 70, 100 and 112-mile routes.
Sheboygan Marsh Tower – Noon This rest stop is approximately 21.9 miles into the 50, 70, 100 and 112-mile routes.
Wade House at Greenbush – 2:30pm – This rest stop is 41.2 miles into the 70 mile route. The 100 and 112-mile routes use this stop twice. The second stop is 72.1 miles in for the 100 mile route and 83.8 miles in for the 112-mile route.
Ice Age Center – 1:30pm – This is 57.1 miles in for the 100 mile route and 68.8 miles in for the 112-mile route.
Whitetail Bowhunters Club – 4:00pm – This is 11.6 miles in for the 25 mile route; 35.9 miles in for the 50 mile route; 56.1 miles in for the 70 mile route; 87.1 miles in for the 100 mile route; 98.8 miles in for the 112 mile route.
12 Mile route only stops: Boneck Printing (3.2 miles) will close at 11:30am and Bur Oak (7.1 miles) will close at Noon.
Highlights of the Routes
All road and trail segments are paved on this tour.
On your tour, look for wildlife commonly found in this area. You may see wild turkeys, whitetail deer, ring-necked pheasants, hawks, and great blue heron in the wetland. We encourage you to tour Maywood on your return. The park features several distinct habitat areas including prairie, maple forest, conifer forest, and wetlands.
We also encourage you to stop at all the rest stops along the route, enjoy different foods at each stop, and thank our wonderful volunteers for their support! Plenty of refreshments, Culligan water, and sport drinks are available at the stops. Sag support vehicles, sweep riders, and bike mechanics will provide any help for cyclists needing assistance along the route.
12 Mile Route:
Mass start at 10:30am - Check-in and Registration begins at 9:30am
A route promising fun for all ages! This short loop offers a few gentle rolling hills, open countryside, and farmland surrounding Kohler and Town of Sheboygan. Pedal country roads to a fun stop at Boneck Printing. You will also enjoy fun stops at Maywood's Bur Oak property and a playground stop at Firehouse Park, along with a tour of the fire station, makes this ride complete. Meet Eco, the bike riding Maywood raccoon, friendly volunteers, and enjoy LOTS of food and beverages!
25 Mile Route
Mass start at 9:00am - Check-in and Registration begins at 8:00am
This route offers a few rolling hills and beautiful scenery through open countryside, farmland, and forests. Pedal through the outskirts of Sheboygan Falls and Kohler on your way to Johnsonville. Enjoy a rest stop with plenty of refreshments, beverages, and friendly volunteers at Whitetail Bowhunters Clubhouse in Johnsonville. There is also a fun stop with tours of the firehouse at the Town of Sheboygan Volunteer Fire Department.
50 Mile Route
Mass start at 9:00am - Check-in and Registration begins at 8:00am
This route is quite a bit more challenging than the 25-miler, as most riders have experienced! This tour offers a wider variety of scenery and rolling hills through open countryside, farmlands, and forests. Start out with a relaxing rest stop at Lakeland College. Follow arrows straight back to the Taylor Memorial Field Alumni Pavilion, a beautiful setting by the pond and home to a large number of Canada Geese, for this stop staffed by helpful Lakeland College volunteers. Continue on to Rhine Center and Elkhart Lake via a roller coaster ride of hills to the Broughton Sheboygan Marsh Park rest stop at the Sheboygan Marsh Tower . Look for our friendly volunteers at the outdoor pavilion located behind the Marsh Lodge. Peddle rolling terrain with scenic valley views into Johnsonville—home of the famous Johnsonville Bratwurst. You'll enjoy rest stops at the Whitetail Bowhunters Clubhouse. Weave through the turns and around the Sheboygan County Airport as you return to Maywood.
70 & 100 Mile Routes
Mass start at 7:30am - Check-in and Registration begins at 6:30am
This beautiful and challenging tour offers the best variety of scenery, some large climbs and winding descents, and quiet backroads of the Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest. Start out with a relaxing rest stop at Lakeland College. Follow arrows straight back to the Taylor Memorial Field Alumni Pavilion, a beautiful setting by the pond and home to a large number of Canada Geese, for this stop staffed by helpful Lakeland College volunteers. Continue on to Rhine Center and Elkhart Lake via a roller coaster ride of hills to the Broughton Sheboygan Marsh Park rest stop at the Sheboygan Marsh Tower. From the marsh, it's on to Greenbush and the rest stop at the Old Wade House Historical Site . A few challenging climbs await, but in Greenbush cyclists can decide to either continue on an extended and very scenic Kettle Moraine loop of the 100-mile century route, or head back toward Maywood on the 70-mile route.
All riders will then travel to Glenbeulah before heading east to Johnsonville—home of the famous Johnsonville Bratwurst. Rest stops are located at Whitetail Bowhunters Clubhouse and then past the Sheboygan County Airport as you return to Maywood.
Riders continuing on the 100 mile route on the extended Kettle Moraine loop will enjoy the ups and downs of the Kettle Moraine on their way to Parnell Tour, and a LUNCH rest stop served at the Ice Age Visitor Center in Dundee. Take a moment to walk in the center and view interesting interpretive displays. Enjoy the descent from the rest stop and continue on a beautiful stretch past several lakes on your way back to Sheboygan County. Peddle the quiet and scenic stretch heading back into Greenbush for your second well-deserved rest stop at the Greenbush Town Hall . After this second time through, the route goes around Glenbeulah to meet up with riders from all routes on the way to Johnsonville.
Please note the 100 mile route contains a significant number of hills as it tours through the scenic Kettle Moraine. The 70-mile route also contains hilly riding, particularly in the western sections of the route. Riders should plan to ride at an 11mph minimum pace to complete the 100 mile route in the alloted time.
112 Mile "Iron Raccoon"
Mass start at 7:00AM - Check-in and Registration begins at 6:30am
This route will follow the 100 mile route. There will be a 12-mile loop with challenging hills near the Parnell Tower. This route will contain signficant hills and climbs. Riders should plan to ride at a 13mph or faster pace to complete the ride in the allotted time.