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Summer Wisconsin Tour in developmental stage.....

July 8th, 2023 Arrive Beloit,

July 18, 2023 Return back to Beloit

Wisconsin Jersey order goes in May 1st!

Register today to get a jersey!

Combining the best of Wisconsin's

Hill Country and Door County Tour

Easy Travel: Arrive and Depart Beloit, Wisconsin

Costs for the tour TBD soon!

Ride the quiet backroads of Wisconsin into the region of dairy farms, cherry orchards and wineries. The Wisconsin Tour travels to different towns each night. Riding distances average 75 to 90 miles per day.

Wisconsin's Hill Country

This area is a 100 mile by 150 mile rectangle in the southwest corner of the state. This landmass was missed by the glaciers which plowed and flatten most of the Midwest thousands of years ago. The hills of this region are formed by numerous river valleys separated by 500 foot ridges. This is a perfect cycling area because of the many farm roads that criss cross the lightly populated hillsides.

Our tour of Wisconsin flat farming valleys with an occasional climb up and over the ridges. Daily miles range from 75 to 90 miles with about 4,000 feet of climbing. Some of the country road can be steep with 10-15% grades. Low gears with a compact crank and freewheel of 36 x 28 are recommended. We have ridden these routes during five previous tours and are impressed with the road quality. Most days can be ridden by an average PAC Tour rider in about six hours. Recommended rider average speed is 10-15 mph with rest stops.

Wisconsin Tour is for riders of intermediate cycling ability who are looking for a challenging week of cycling, but not as extreme as a PAC Tour cross country tour. Wisconsin Tour is intended to introduce riders to the PAC Tour experience - plenty of good riding with excellent support.

The roads are legendary. Read Fred Matheny's Muse below. Routes are planned to travel 75 – 90 miles per day with many desolate stretches of secluded farm roads. Breakfast meals will be served at hometown restaurants that still cater to local farmers and families. Lunches are PAC Tour style in local parks or byways. Since Wisconsin is famous for their dairy products; many riders stop in the afternoon to sample local ice cream before heading to the motel.

Wisconsin Tour is unique to offer a great selection of destinations to ride each day while keeping the daily distances to 75-90 miles. Beside the countryside, each day will also offer other historic and scenic points of interest. We will stay at several classic towns including a tour of the New Glarus Brewery.

Wisconsin Tour is intended to introduce new riders to PAC Tour. In the past Wisconsin Tour has been filled with 75% of PAC Tour veterans who come and return year after year. If you are thinking of joining a PAC Tour event this tour is a good one to try. We are limited to about 40 riders.

After departing from Mauston on Day 4 we will ride toward the shoreline of Lake Michigan on our way to Door County. Lake Michigan covers over 25,000 square miles and it is similar to an inland sea with many light houses and fishing ports along the shore. Door County is the peninsula that extends 100 miles north into lake Michigan. Our tour will meander back and forth across Door County visiting the quaint tourist towns along the east and west shoreline. We will return to Beloit riding thru the Kettle Moraine regions of southern part of the state.

The terrain on this route is much gentler than the southwestern part of the state. Door Country has many rolling rural farming roads which offer good cycling through lightly traveled areas. Many of our motels are smaller tourist type accommodations in the small towns along the Lake. Daily distances average 75-85 miles per day with 2,000 feet of climbing. A perfect tandem vacation tour.

Read Matheny Muse

The Wisconsin Tour begins and ends in Beloit, Wisconsin. Beloit is near the crossroads of I-90 going between Chicago and Madison and I-43 coming SE from Milwaukee. If you are flying to the tour, the Milwaukee Mitchell (MKE) Airport is an hour drive by rental car. We recommend the Milwaukee Mitchell Airport as the closest and most convenient by rental car.

The Chicago O'Hare (ORD) Airport is two hours away. There is the Van Galder (Coach USA) Bus Service every hour for $40 from Chicago O'Hare to Beloit. This bus does not take bike boxes at peak times if the luggage area is full. In Beloit, a taxi is required to take you from the bus station to the motel.

Travel Plans for Wisconsin Tour

Introduction

What's Included

• Double Occupancy Hotel/Motel Room

Saturday ice cream ride but you must arrive earlier than 2 pm to participate.

• Breakfast, Lunch and Snack stops. Salsa and chips at the finish.

T Shirt

• Over 700 miles of rural routes each week. GPS files provided.

• Full vehicle support each week

• Bicycle Maintenance and Repair Service

• Baggage Transfer

Custom PAC TOUR Jersey if registered by July 1st

30 riders must be registered by May 1st to justify ordering the Wisconsin custom jersey.

We reserved the option to substitute our Classic PAC Tour jersey or other PAC Tour clothing item if we do not order the Wisconsin jersey.

Rider Information - Contains packing, travel and hotel information.

Day 1 - Beloit to Dodgeville -- Explore the surprisingly hilly driftless region of southwestern Wisconsin. Experience authentic Swiss immigrant culture in picturesque New Glarus or take a tour of the regionally-renowned New Glarus Brewery.

Day 2 - Dodgeville to Viroqua -- Beautiful rolling farmland through Amish settlements and organic farms. Viroqua’s Vernon County is home to 11 round barns, more than any county in the USA! 

Day 3 - Viroqua to Mauston -- Featuring the Elroy-Sparta bike trail, a converted railway with three tunnels ranging from 1/4 to 3/4 miles long!  Bring your lights!

Day 4 - Mauston to Waupun -- Explore the beautiful Rock River Valley, ending in historic and scenic Waupun - only 3 miles west from 33,000 acre Horicon National Wildlife Refuge and Horicon Marsh. 

Day 5 - Waupun to Manitowoc -- Pass through hills and valleys of the northeast driftless region, the Kettle Moraine State Forest, on the way to the first views of Lake Michigan.  Visit Cedar Crest Creamery just before entering Manitowoc.

Day 6 - Manitowoc to Sturgeon Bay -- Stunning vistas over Lake Michigan on the way north towards Door County. 

Day 7 - Sturgeon Bay - Washington Island Loop -- Quaint harbor villages and cherry orchards are the signature highlights of Door County. Option to take a ferryboat ride to picturesque Washington Island to ride through the Midwest’s largest lavender fields and the oldest Icelandic settlement in the USA. 

Day 8 - Sturgeon Bay to Sheboygan -- Travel south along Lake Michigan to Sheboygan County, known for its bratwursts and lake-surfing. Sheboygan is also known as “The Malibu of the Midwest!” 

Day 9 - Sheboygan to Watertown -- Head inland through small dairy farming communities and pristine Kettle Moraine State Forest.

Day 10 - Watertown to Beloit -- Final day of the tour skirts around Lake Koshkonong and surrounding marshes, home to rare and endangered bird species.