July 8, 2023 Arrive Beloit
July 18, 2023 Return to Beloit
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Easy Travel: Arrive and Depart from Beloit, Wisconsin
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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.
Tour of Wisconsin
We start our tour in the serene drift-less region; this area is a 100 by 150-mile rectangle in the state's southwest corner. The glaciers which plowed and flattened most of the Midwest thousands of years ago missed this landmass, leaving numerous river valleys separated by 500-foot ridges. This is an ideal cycling area because of the many farm roads that crisscross the sparsely populated hillsides.
Our tour of Wisconsin features flat farming valleys with an occasional climb up and over the ridges. Daily miles range from 75 to 90, with about 4,000 feet of climbing. Some country roads can be steep with 10-15% grades, so we recommend low gears with a compact crank and freewheel of 36 x 28. We have ridden these routes during five previous tours and are impressed with the road quality. An average PAC Tour rider can ride most days 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 designed to introduce riders to the PAC Tour experience - plenty of good riding with excellent support and guidance. In the past Wisconsin Tour has been filled with 75% of PAC Tour veterans who return year after year. If you are considering joining a PAC Tour event, this tour is a good one to try. We are limited to about 30 riders.
The roads are legendary; No one describes them better than prominent biking journalist Fred Matheny (Read Fred Matheny's muse on Wisconsin cycling)
Routes are planned to travel 75 – 90 miles daily, with many desolate stretches of secluded farm roads and plenty of picturesque lakes and wildlife areas. Breakfast meals will be served at the hotel or will be PAC Tour style when hotels are lacking. Lunches are PAC Tour style in local parks or byways. Since Wisconsin is famous for its 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. Besides the countryside, each day will offer other historic and scenic points of interest. We will stay at several classic towns, including a visit to the New Glarus Brewery.
After departing from Mauston on Day 4, we will ride east toward the shoreline of Lake Michigan on our way to Door County. Lake Michigan covers over 25,000 square miles, similar to an inland sea with many lighthouses 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 shorelines.
We will spend two days in beautiful Sturgeon bay, allowing you to explore this hidden gem in the evening, as well as door county and Washington island during the day. Sturgeon bay has many local restaurants, museums, and history to explore, as well as an imposing lighthouse and marina. These imposing waterways make it clear where door county gets its name "Porte de Mortes"- the doors of death, as they were so dangerous for French sailors to navigate on their way to Green Bay.
We will return to Beloit riding thru the Kettle Moraine region of the southern part of the state. This will take us through some beautiful wildlife preserves. The terrain on this route is much gentler than in the southwestern part of the state. Daily distances average 75-85 miles per day with 2,000 feet of climbing, making this a perfect tandem vacation tour.
Email us if you have any questions, as we are eager to share the beauty of our home state with our fellow cycling enthusiasts.
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
• Double Occupancy Lodging
• 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.
• Wisconsin Tour commemorative T Shirt
• Over 800 miles of rural routes each week. GPS files provided.
• Full vehicle support each week
• Bicycle Maintenance and Repair Service
• Baggage Transfer
• Rider Information - Contains packing, travel and hotel information.
• Custom PAC TOUR Jersey if registered by April 1st
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 famous for Spotted Cow!.
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. Enjoy downtown lodging at Stone Harbor Resort for two nights.
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.