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Getting Ready for the Ride!

How to Train for the Ride

Whether you’re an avid cyclist or Bike the Barns is your first big ride, here are some training ideas to help you reach your riding goals.

Join a Local Bike Club or Participate in an Ongoing Weekly Ride

Madison-area Opportunities:

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Bombay Bicycle Club – Thursday-Sunday weekly rides with multiple difficulty levels in surrounding Madison area

We Are All Mechanics (WAAM) – Monday Evening Leisure Rides Around Monona Lake Loop (MAM)

Wednesday Night Bike Rides – Weekly, hilly rides through Dane County back-roads

Capitol Bike Club – Tuesday-Thursday rides for all levels, all leaving from Capital Brewing

Looking to train outside of Dane County? Bombay Bicycle Club has an awesome list of cycling clubs all over Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, and Iowa! Get ready for Bike the Barns and meet new people along the way!

Bicycle Safety & Road Etiquette

Remember your bicycle etiquette on the road! Take this quiz to brush up on your road-cycling safety knowledge.

Ride a Past Bike the Barns Route

The Bike the Barns route changes every year, here are maps and cue sheets from past routes. (As a reminder, the farms on the routes are not open to the public.) These are all scenic, circular routes. Great practice!

Getting Your Bike Ready


Mechanics, SAG vehicles and on-bike support are available for riders at each stop during Bike the Barns.

Read Up on the Latest Cycling Advice from REI
Attend a Bike Repair Class 

REI offers bike maintenance classes throughout the summer on fixing a flat, maintaining brakes, and more! Classes are open to REI members and non-members. Registration is required. Check out their summer schedule and become the pit crew you always wish you had!


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