Everybody welcome at La Crosse Bike Festival

Published On: Aug 30 2013 06:02:53 AM CDT   Updated On: Aug 30 2013 06:02:00 AM CDT
Bicycle wheel

To enjoy the natural beauty our area offers, you're being encouraged to put your feet to the pedals Labor Day Weekend.

Cyclists from all over will be descending on our area for the third annual La Crosse Area Bicycle Festival that runs Aug. 30th through Sept. 2nd.

You're welcome to join them on guided historical tours through town, or one of several themed rides being offered.  On those themed rides you could bike a route based on some of our area's best coffee or ice cream places, or even on the best spots to watch birds.

You don't need to be an expert to participate.  But there are several challenging routes taking cyclists 50, 75, or even 100 miles around the Coulee Region on roads with a history fitting to Wisconsin.

"A network of country roads developed for the dairy industry.  To pick up the milk from the farmers once or twice a day, going back 100 years when there was no refrigeration on the farm.  They had to get their milk from the farm to the plant, to market.  The state developed this great network of country roads which we will have today, and they make great areas for biking," says Executive Director of the La Crosse Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Dave Clements.

There are organized rides leaving every day from La Crosse's Cameron Park.

For a full list of Bike Fest events and details on rides you could take part of as a group, or by yourself, head to BicycleLaCrosse.com.