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ABOUT THE  WISCONSIN BIKE FESTIVAL AND RIDES

The Wisconsin Bike Festival is free and open to the public

The Wisconsin Bike Festival was started because I found there were, and still are, so many women cyclists who were looking for others to ride with; other individuals or an organized group of women cyclists.  The festival was designed in 2015 to bring women cyclists together under the Wisconsin Women Century ride with a gathering after to celebrate the sport of women cycling. Today, we still do that.

Our volunteers wanted to support women cycling with a ride so, in 2016, we added the co-ed Holy Hill Hundo.  Now, the Wisconsin Bike Festival is a 2-day celebration of cycling, hosting (3) non-competitive bike rides that attracts riders from many of the lower-48 states, and several countries.

On the last Saturday in July we hold the Wisconsin Women Century, Wisconsin’s premier women’s cycling event with 5 fully-supported routes of 25 to 105-miles. Also held is Bike4aCause, a family-friendly charity ride of either 10 or 24-miles supporting a dozen or more local charities. Saturday’s post-ride festivities include a Kid’s Bike Rodeo, live music, vendors, and a beer & wine garden.

On Sunday is the epic Holy Hill Hundo, a co-ed ride through the hills of the northern kettle moraine. The ride includes 65, 85 or 105-mile semi-supported routes. Its post-ride party has music, a BBQ, and a beer & wine garden. During the BBQ, the ladies who completed the 200WomenRide200Miles challenge, completing hilly back-to-back centuries, are recognized and awarded with a swag-bag of goodies.

We have something for every skill level. If you like to ride, ride with us.

cindy

Cindy Petted
Chief Soigneur & Founder, Wisconsin Women Cycling



Quick Links

WI Bike Festival Schedule  |  Registration Info  |  Route Maps  |  Kid's Activities on Saturday


It is Our Biggest Event of the Year!

Proceeds of the Wisconsin Bike Festival benefit over a dozen local charities and our riding club. WWCycling Club is a Wisconsin-based cycling club with a mission to get more girls riding bicycles, learn to set and achieve obtainable goals, build skills and confidence on and off their bikes... and to have fun!

WHAT ARE THE DATES? 
Saturday & Sunday...

2018    July 28 & 29

2019    July 27 & 28

2020    July 25 & 26

2021    July 31 & Aug 1


WHAT IS THE WEEKEND SCHEDULE?

Friday - Wisconsin Women Cycling Studio | N65 W630 Saint John Ave | Cedarburg, WI 53012

  • 4:00 –7:00 PM  Packet Pickup & Late Registration 


Saturday  - Cedar Creek Park | N55 W6079 Portland Rd | Cedarburg, WI 53012

Morning 

  • 5:00 AM - 10:00 AM   Check-in & Late Registration
  • 6:00 AM - 2:00 PM Wisconsin Women Century - a Women-only ride 
  • 11:00 AM -2:00 PM  Bike4aCause - a family-friendly fundraising event for participating Charities


11:00 AM into the Afternoon

 

  • Festival Activities
  • Kids Skills courses 
  • Post-ride meal by Out & Out
  • Food Truck (11-4) & Beer & Wine Garden (11-5)
  • Free Live Music from (1-5)


Sunday  - Cedar Creek Park | N55 W6079 Portland Rd | Cedarburg, WI 53012

  • 5:00 - 8:00 AM Packet Pickup & Late Registration
  • Holy Hill Hundo, a co-ed Hilly Century ride
  • Post-ride BBQ & Beer Garden

WHAT IS THE REGISTRATION TIMELINE?

Registration Fees increase on the 15th of each month so register early and save.

  • Register by 6/10 to guarantee your Riding Gear Order is in your packet at pickup.

  • Register by 7/20 to guarantee your Commemorative Ride Shirt is in your packet at pickup. 

  • Online Registration ends at 11:00 PM on the Wednesday before the WI Bike Festival

  • In-Person Late-Registration will be offered during packet pickup hours

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE RIDE REGISTRATION?

Your ride registration includes 

  • Emergency dispatch number

  • Fully marked, scenic, bike-friendly roads and trails

  • Teriffic people to ride with

  • Printed Maps and Cue sheets

  • GPS Mapping

  • Goodie bag with some schwag

  • Fully-supported SAG vehiles

  • Fully-stocked Rest stops

  • Passionate Volunteers

  • Friendly Mechanics

  • Finisher's Medal

  • Post-ride meal w/ beverages

  • Post-ride Festival

Make it a day and stay for the festivities, including Beer, Food Trucks, Vendors, Free Entertainment and Live Music.

Note: The Commemorative Riding Shirts and Riding Gear are not included in the registration but can be purchased at the time of registration.

DO YOU HAVE SPECIAL PRICING FOR A TEAM, CLUB OR GROUP OF RIDERS (Team)?

Yes, as a Team of 5 or more and do not have to ride the same route(s). For Team pricing and other information, email your Team Name, Team Leader and contact information (phone, address and best time to call).

  • Wisconsin Women Century: Teams can be Ladies only

  • Bike4aCause: Each Community Beneficiary has their own program with minimum fundraising limits

  • Holy Hill Classic: Teams can be Co-ed, Ladies-only or Men-only

WHY DO I NEED TO SHOW A PICTURE ID AND SIGN A WAIVER? 

We are sanctioned under USA Cycling’s insurance and it's part of the process.

IF I PAY AND CAN'T MAKE IT, WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS? 

We do not give refunds but you can do one of the following

  • Transfer to another person riding the same or lesser distance

  • Do nothing. It will be considered a donation to and split among the local charities.

ARE ANY OF THESE RIDES CONSIDERED A RACE?

No, all rides and routes are non-competitive rides, with the exception of the Queen of the Hill, an optional one-mile time trial near the end of the 105-mile route.

WILL WE BE TIMED?

No. Other than the Queen of the Hill competition, no. This is not a race and you will not be timed. Though we do expect that you to finish no later than 2:30 – 3:00 PM.

WILL THE TRAIL AND ROADS BE CLOSED?

No. All riders must obey the posted trail signage and the Wisconsin Rules of the Road.

ROAD CROSSINGS: WILL THE VEHICLES STOP AS WE COME OFF THE BIKE PATH ONTO THE STREET, TO CROSS IT OR TO ENTER ONTO IT?

NO, all riders must follow the posted road signage, trail signage and the Wisconsin Rule of the Road.

Unless the oncoming traffic has a red stop light or stop sign to obey, No.  There are stop sign on the Trail as you approach the street’s sidewalk or curb.  Though it is the “culture” of some communities to stop their vehicles as they approach a crossing when they see cyclists (walker, skater, etc), DO NOT ASSUME they will stop. It is the law and your responsibility to stop.  Keep your safety in mind when leaving the Trail, to cross the street or to enter onto the street. Users of our Trail Systems, Ozaukee or otherwise, must obey the rules of the Trail and the Wisconsin Rules of the Road.  Also see http://www.co.ozaukee.wi.us/documentcenter/view/1323

WHAT IS THE BEST KIND OF BIKE TO RIDE?

Interurban Trail  – depending on your skill and endurance, nearly every kind of bike is suitable for routes that use the Trail.

http://www.bikeinsider.com/the-10-best-bike-for-around-town/

City, County and Rural Road – on the Hilly routes we do not recommend mountain bikes or fat bike unless you have a reason your training on-road with an off-road bike. For shorter distances, hybrid bikes will work fine. For longer distances, a lighter road or touring styled bikes with multiple gear set up for hilly conditions is ideal. Here are some good sites that recommend bikes for a century ride.  

http://centurycycles.com/buyers-guides/bicycle-types-how-to-pick-the-best-bike-for-you-pg9.htm

http://www.wheelandsprocket.com/about/whats-the-difference-pg128.htm

WHAT TYPES OF CYCLISTS WILL BE RIDING?
  • All skill levels are encouraged to participate. Because this is a non-competitive ride and we are offering a variety of distances to choose from, there will be all skill levels participating.

  • Some will be riding in groups or teams, others solo.

  • We know there will be some riders who will be racing against their own clock… as part of their training or just to beat last year’s numbers.  Again this year we will offer to the 105-miler ladies the chance to compete in the “Queen of the Hill” competition on Saturday.  But whether taking that leisure ride with friends, achieving your goal distance or if you’re testing your skill level as you work toward your Ironman splits, train for other Rides or an upcoming multi-day ride, we encourage riders of all skills to sign up and riding one of our routes.

I NEED HELP WITH A TRAINING PLAN.  DO YOU DO THAT?

Yes – whether you belong to a group or not,

WHAT ARE THE RULES ON THE ROAD OR TRAIL?

By Wisconsin law, a bicycle is defined as a vehicle.  For your safety and the safety of others, know the Wisconsin Rules of the Road.

ARE THERE SOME DETAILS THAT SUMMARIZE THE RIDES?

Registration opens in February. The earlier you register, the more you'll save. Registration fees increase on the 15th of each month, starting in May. 

Wisconsin Women Century Ride

  • Saturday

  • Women-only

  • Volunteer positions available for our Male counterparts

  • Fully supported - Map, Cue sheet, GPS Mapping, SAG, Multiple rest stops, etc.

  • Post-ride meal at the Beer & Wine Garden is included in your registration

  • 5 bike-friendly HILLY routes, using city and county roads. Routes to choose from

    •  25 mile

    •  45 mile 

    •  65 mile 

    •  85 mile

    • 105 mile  → this route include a chance to compete in the ‘Queen of the Hill’ competition.

Bike4aCause

  • Saturday

  • A family-friendly Charity Ride for participating non-profits

  • Post-ride meal is available (preorder $5, late registration $6)

  • 10 or 24 mile using the Ozaukee Interurban Trail

    • great for families, beginners, youth and intermediate riders

    • Rolling terrain with some hills

    • Starting in Cedarburg, the out-n-back route takes you to Grafton or Port Washington and back

Holy Hill Hundo

  • Sunday

  • Experienced Women & Men cyclists

  • Formally the Holy Hill Classic. Changed to Holy Hill Hundo in 2017

  • 3 routes to choose from - 65, 85 or 105-miler

    • Semi-supported - Map, Cue sheet, GPS, one rest stop at the halfway and SAG/Sweep

    • Routes take you along HILLY bike-friendly city and county road​​s

    • Post-ride BBQ at the Beer & Wine Garden is included in your registration

Maps - THE FINAL MAPS will be available one week before the ride. 
We create our maps using RideWithGPS.com.  Download the RideWithGPS.com app and start using it now.  The free version will let you view the map and cue sheet but the paid version has a really cool turn-by-turn feature.

The 2019 maps are ready, though they are subject to change.

2019 Wisconsin Women Century

WWC 105  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30526557    Last updated 7/22/19 11:25pm

WWC 85  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30526561     Last updated 7/11/19 1:55pm

WWC 65  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30526567     Last updated 7/11/19 1:55pm

WWC 45 https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30526587     Last updated 7/11/19 1:55pm

WWC 25  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30526595     Last updated 7/11/19 1:55pm

2019 Holy Hill Hundo

HHH 105  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30526516     Last updated 7/22/19 11:15pm

HHH 85  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30526524      Last updated 7/11/19 1:55pm

HHH 65  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30526538     Last updated 7/11/19 1:55pm

Bike4aCause

B4aC 10 & 24-miler  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30526503     Last updated 7/11/19 1:55pm


HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO RIDE?

That will depend on many factors.  We cannot list them all but we can give you the most common ones. To start, take your average speed and divide into the mileage.  If the day is hotter or more humid than normal, add some time to that.  If you’re doing one of the Hilly routes and not accustom to hills, add a little more time.  If you’re not feeling well that day add even more time.

In these examples, let’s say the temperature is expected to be slightly higher than the average temperature with high humidity

I.  Susan rides, on average, a steady 8 mph and has the goal to finish the slightly hilly 22 miles along the Interurban trail.  She normally goes for 10 mile rides once or twice a week along the Glacial Drumlin State Trail in the afternoon which is relatively flat in comparison. She is healthy and has been eating well and staying hydrated.

            22 miles / 8 mph =                     2.75 hrs

            Additional Heat & Humidity   +  1.00 hr

            Some extra hills                      +   .50 hr

            Stops twice to take pictures    +   .25 hr

            1 rest stop stop                       +   .25 hr

                        Estimated time…            4.75 hrs     +/- 15 Minutes

With this information, to finish by 2:30 PM Susan should start no later than 9:15 AM

II.  Polly rides 30 miles with friends twice a week usually in the morning and averages 18 mph.  She plans to ride the hilly 64 miles along the city and country roads.  She normally rides in Manitowoc County which has some rolling hills, but it’s not as hilly as the Kettle Moraine. She is relatively healthy but not feeling well at the start of the ride, despite eating well it’s hard staying hydrated.

            64 miles / 18 mph =                   3.50 hrs

            Additional Heat & Humidity   +  1.00 hr

            Some extra hills                      +   .50 hr

            Not feeling well                      + 1.00 hr

            3 rest stops stops                    +   .50 hr

                        Estimated time…             6.50 hrs     +/- 15 Minutes

With this information, to finish by 2:30 PM Polly should start no later than 7:30 AM

III.  Beth is a strong rider and rides on average of 18 mph when riding 60-80 mile training rides in the heat of the day.  She plans to ride the hilly 100 miles along the city and country roads.  She normally rides in Grant County which is known for its challenging hills, much hillier then those in the northern Kettle Moraine. She is healthy, has been eating well and staying hydrated.

            100 miles / 18 mph =                 5.50 hrs

            Additional Heat & Humidity   +   .50 hr

            Some extra hills                      +   .00 hr

            5 rest stop stops                      +   .75 hr

                        Estimated time…             6.75 hrs     +/- 15 Minutes

With this information, to finish by 2:30 PM Beth should start no later than 7:15 AM

IS THERE A CUTOFF TIME?

Wisconsin Women Century

– YES, there is a cutoff time. We expect everyone to be back at Cedar Creek Park by 2:30 PM on Saturday’s ride.  Any riders refusing a lift back to the start/finish area will be riding on their own. We cannot keep our volunteers and SAG/ride support on the road after 3:00 PM.

Ride4aCause

– YES, there is a cutoff time. We expect everyone to be back at Cedar Creek Park by 11:30 – 12:00 PM on Saturday’s ride. Any riders refusing a lift back to the start/finish area will be riding on their own.

Holy Hill Hundo
 – No, there is no cutoff time but you may miss the post-ride BBQ.  NOTE:  This ride is for advanced, experienced riders who have the stamina for a long and hilly ride and now-how to stay hydrated, fueled, and can navigate a route using a map and cue sheet. Though the roads will be marked, you will need to follow your map and cue sheets.  There will be a rest stop at the halfway point with SAG support, though at some point we will be sweeping the course and offering rides to any takers.

WHAT DO I DO TO PREPARE?

Know what you’re in for...

  • state your goal and

  • have a training plan.

  • Look over the routes and get familiar with the terrain, not only the distance. (links above)

  • The weeks and days leading up to the ride, train, sleep well, eat balanced meals and drink plenty of water (8 8-oz glasses/day), including a quart on ride-day morning before you get on your bike to start your ride.

  • If you have a medical condition, let us know when you register AND bring your medication.

  • If you have allergies or a special dietary need, let us know when you register AND please prepare for that.  We will do our best to accommodate.

Mechanical Preparation:

  • Have your bike tuned and fitted, tires pumped and chain lubed BEFORE you check-in.

  • We do not have access to a full service repair shop.

  • Only expect our volunteer Mechanics to do minor adjustments and repairs.

  • We suggest having some cash or a check on you to buy supplies; like a tube (cost range $12 – $25)

What to bring:

If riding 25 or more miles, you’ll be gone for a while so we suggest packing

  • ziplock bag with the Dispatch number, your Driver’s License or picture ID and some cash

  • 2 filled water bottles

  • a tube

  • tire levers

  • patch kit

  • CO2 cartridge/hand pump

  • tire gauge

  • a couple single-servings of Electrolyte powder

  • GU or other power jells

  • energy bars or

  • other snacks you like

  • If you depend on your cell phone, have it fully charged in a labeled ziplock bag. Don't forget to bring you USB charging cable.

If riding 25 or less miles, we suggest you pack

  • ziplock bag with the Dispatch number, your Driver’s License or picture ID and some cash

  • 1 filled water bottle for a 10-miler or 2 for the 24/25-miler

  • a tube

  • tire levers

  • patch kit

  • CO2 cartridge/hand pump

  • tire gauge (optional)

  • a single-servings of Electrolyte powder, GU or other power jells, or energy bar or other snacks you’d like.

  • If you depend on your cell phone, have it fully charged in a labeled ziplock bag. Don't forget to bring you USB charging cable.

WHAT DO I DO IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY?
Call 911

Call our Dispatch Number for non-emergencies (mechanical problems, cramping, " I'm done and I want to come in...", etc. ) 262-330-4429. This number will be on the printed maps too.

WILL THERE BE SAG VEHICLES ON THE ROUTES?

YES. SAG stands for "Service & Gear" and several will be on the routes throughout both days.  

  • When you see one, don't only wave... give them a thumbs up (I'm Okay) or thumbs down (Stop, I need help)

  • All have water, energy bars, GU, Heed, sunscreen, first-aid kit, and all can transport you to the next rest stop. 

  • Some of our SAGs will have mechanics with tools for minor repairs. Though service is free (changing a flat), you will need to pay for any supplies (like a tube)

HOW OFTEN ARE THE REST STOPS?

View the maps but generally rest stops are between 20 – 22 miles apart.  For a 15 mph rider that would be 1.5 to 2 hour ride in-between.  Even with SAG, other cyclists riding near and rest stops, BE PREPARED.  It’s better to not use water or nutrition than to not have them.

WHAT WILL BE AT THE REST STOPS?
  • All rest stops will have friendly volunteers to welcome you, portable bathrooms, picnic tables, shade, bananas, grapes, oranges, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, bars, cookies and snacks with beverages including iced water & sport drinks.

  • In addition to SAG support on the road, most rest stops will have mechanical support, offering minor repairs. Parts will cost extra.

  • Early morning Start Area will have bars, muffins, bagels and other items to purchase, getting you geared up for your ride. Late in the morning we will have heartier foods at the Pike Lake rest stop to boost your energy and keep you fueled for the remainder of your ride.

IS A POST-RIDE MEAL INCLUDED?
  • Wisconsin Women Century  riders  – YES.  OUT & OUT Catering will be serving your post-ride meal.  If that's not enough, Food Trucks, beer and other beverages will be available for purchase as part of the Festival to riders, volunteers and fair-goers

  • Ride4aCause - Optional. Optional at time of registration. 

  • Holy Hill Hundo riders  – YES.  Your registration packet includes coupons for food and beverages at OUT & OUT for your post-ride meal.

  • Volunteers   – YES.  Same as the rider you’re volunteering for.

WILL THERE BE SHOWERS FOR US TO USE?

We are working on it…

WILL THERE BE CAMPING?

Nope, not this year.

WHAT IS THERE TO DO FRIDAY NIGHT OR AFTER THE RIDES ON SATURDAY OR SUNDAY?

Friday - Adult Lap Swimming session at Cedarburg City Pool are held from 6:30AM-11:45AM and 4:45PM-6:15PM. Every Friday night during the summer Cedarburg’s Summer Sounds (music-in-the-park) is held at Cedar Creek.  So after packet pickup or late registration stroll over there for some fresh off the grill foods, cold beverages and live music.

Saturday - We will be holding the festival in the afternoon, including live music from 2:30-6:30

Sunday - The Holy Hill Hundo ride registration includes an post-ride BBQ.

All the time... Cedarburg has a variety of options to satisfy your taste in food, lodging and entertainment.  It has an interesting history, beautiful parks and friendly people. Our historic buildings house Museums, Art, Music, Food, Beer, Wine and Shopping. Cool off at the Cedarburg City Pool.  It is open all summer for you and your family to enjoy.  NOTE: Adult Lap sessions are offered Fridays from 6:30AM-11:45AM and 4:45PM-6:15PM. Check out www.Cedarburg.org for details.

WHAT ARE THE KID'S ACTIVITIES ON SATURDAY?
  • 10:30am - 12:30pm Sign up for kids activities on Saturday at Cedar Creek Park 
  • 11:30am - 1:30pm kid's bike rodeo skills course  & kid's off-road skills course
  •   1:00 pm - 4:00 pm  dance to LIVE MUSIC by the Rhythm Kings
There is no cost for the above kid's activites. All races are for fun and the distance will depend on the number of kids signed up. Parent/guardian must sign a waiver for each child participating.
ARE SHIRTS INCLUDED IN THE REGISTRATION FEE?

Yes…the commemorative ride shirt is included in the registration. The Riding Gear, like Jerseys, are not. Register by 7/20 to guarantee your Commemorative Ride Shirt is in your packet at pickup. 

Wisconsin Women Century Ride Shirt

  • Women’s cut V-neck Tee

  • x-small - 3xl

Holy Hill Hundo Ride Shirt

  • Women’s V-neck or Men’s crewneck

  • x-small - 3x

Wisconsin Women Cycling Riding Gear (10% savings)  Order by 6/10/17 to guarantee your Riding Gear Order is in your packet at pickup.

In sizes from x-small to 3xl, follow the “TEAM” measurement for tops and "PRO" for shorts on the Borah Teamwear Sizing Chart.

  • Women’s Jersey, Razorback Top are offered on the on-line registration page

  • Men's "I Support" Jersey are offered on the on-line registration page

ARE THE SHIRTS INCLUDED FOR VOLUNTEERS?

Yes… the volunteers will receive a shirt at no additional cost.  Made of cotton blend, these Crewneck Tees come in men's sizes; x-small - 3xl

OUR PARTNERS

These companies are vital to advancing our mission to support Women Cycling and provide financial, in-kind and volunteer support while leveraging their brand’s assets to raise awareness about our programs.  Check back to view our Supporting Partners.

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