This year’s route starts and ends in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, at Nishan Park. Participants visit several farms in the Driftless region, all of which have never before been featured in Bike the Barns.
The 2018 route is one of our most beautiful rides to date. Riders will travel over rolling hills and through gorgeous Driftless valleys on quiet country roads. We expect the soft yellows and oranges of fall to begin drifting over the landscape by ride day.
“What an amazing area of the state! The low traffic roads, and mix of forest and fields make for a perfect bicycle-based escape from the city. There is excellent camping/lodging nearby and day recreation activities in the area, so stay overnight and make a weekend out of it!”
~Alan Turnquist, Bike the Barns Route Designer
Short route: 10 AM departure from Nishan Park
Long route: 9 AM Departure from Nishan Park
“I loved this route! I’ve been on long rides before but not like Bike the Barns. I really appreciated the low-traffic and beautiful scenery. All of the hosts and volunteers were so friendly and encouraging, it made for an incredibly pleasant way to spend a Sunday.” ~2014 Bike the Barns Rider
Despite the hilly topography of this general area, the short route will be accessible for any rider with basic bicycle skills and experience. The hills are rolling and there are no “monster” climbs or technical sections. The long ride does include a fifteen mile stretch in the middle section with four significant climbs and two fairly technical downhills with steep pitches and curves. If you are comfortable “gearing down” and spinning up hills and using your brakes on the downhills, you will be treated to some beautiful views. For those riders who are “on the fence” with their capacity to do the long ride, there will be a bike path return option that, along with some low traffic roads, will keep the last 20 miles of the route quite flat.
The route is meticulously marked by FairShare staff & volunteers. Every turn is marked with both directional yard signs and color-coded route arrows on the pavement (each route has an assigned color). There are also caution signs to warn riders of particular conditions, such as steep hills, sharp corners or loose gravel. Our focus is for you to be able to stay safe and enjoy the gorgeous countryside!
Rider support is available throughout the ride, but riders are expected to be prepared to service their own bikes. Please bring extra tubes. On-bike support riders are embedded in the ride and routes are patrolled by support vehicles with amateur (HAM) radio operators and professional bike mechanics.