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The Route


Route Description

Riders departing Badger Prairie County Park for the 2016 Bike the Barns. Photo by: Caroline Marie Photography

The 2018 route starts and ends in Reedsburg, Wisconsin at Nishan Park. Several of the farm stops have never been featured at Bike the Barns until this year!

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

Route Options

Short route: 10 AM departure from Nishan Park

  • 26.5 miles / 1,028 ft. elevation gain (route map)

Long route: 9 AM Departure from Nishan Park

  • Two options available – you can decide the day of the ride to take either the 400 State Trail or the road for the last leg of the route (route map)
    • 57 miles / 2,756 ft. elevation gain (incl. 9 miles of packed limestone bike path) OR
    • 61 miles / 3,465 ft. elevation gain (no bike path)

“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

Farm Stops

A rider gets to know a kid (a baby goat kid, that is) at Parisi Family Farm on Bike the Barns 2017. Photo by: Light & Life Photography

 

Route Conditions

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.

Route Marking & Rider Support

Route arrows signaling the way on the 2017 Bike the Barns route. Photo credit: Light & Life Photography

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.

FairShare CSA Coalition

FairShare CSA Coalition