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1/9/2018 - Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff

Sports & Outdoors
Washington Park Velodrome
Biking on Alford Park Beach
Biking the Pike Bike Trail
Food Folks & Spokes
Silver Lake Park - fat tire biking

Cyclist or not, it is impossible to ignore the natural beauty that awaits bike riders in the Kenosha Area. From paved routes to off-road trails, there is a path that is right for your bike and skill level.

Fat Tire Bikes

Fatty riders will love Silver Lake Park. This park offers 10 miles of off-road trails that are great year-round. In the winter, this trail is machine and snow-shoe groomed, for optimal riding. Also check out Kenosha’s five Lake Michigan beaches for a breathtaking view and rigorous ride on a fat tire bike.

Adventure Bikes

If you’re looking for more than just a smoothly paved street or track to explore, the Kenosha County Bike Trail is a great option. With sections of paved road and portions of off-road riding, there are enough options and branches to build your own adventure. Also check out the multi-use trails at Petrifying Springs Park.

Gravel Grinder

If a nice ride along the lake is what you’re in search of, without much off-roading challenge, the Pike Bike Trail is a beautiful option. Cruise on paved routes where you will enjoy 10 miles of sight-seeing, including one Great Lake, two lighthouses, three historic districts, and more! If you’re feeling competitive, check out the weeknight races at the Washington Park Velodrome or take a spin around the track for fun.

Velodrome Highlight

Kenosha is home to the nation’s oldest operating velodrome — the Washington Park Velodrome, which opened in 1927. Recently restored, this track offers 333 meters of raceway with 28-degree banked corners. Racing at the track is open May through August, with races on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights. The track is in a public park, and is open for visitors to enjoy when races are not in session. As cyclists work their way up the bank, this track requires speed and provides a great workout.

 

2018 Biking Events in the Kenosha Area

Coffee Rides — Saturday mornings at 8 a.m. as weather permits. Join in a free, 26-mile round-trip, group ride from Harborside Common Grounds to a coffee shop in Northern Illinois.

Washington Park Velodrome Races — Seasonally. Monday Night Stock Bike Racing is geared toward beginners. Tuesday nights feature cyclists from all over the Midwest. Wednesday Night Masters and Rookies Racing features riders using track bikes or stock bikes. Open to the public, but participants must register. Race times are available for children, too.

DairyAir Bike Ride — June 16. Ride your bike to the Kenosha County Dairy Breakfast with other cycling enthusiasts.

Food, Folks & Spokes — June 21. This annual event features cyclists in the Tour of America’s Dairyland Pro-Am Cycling Series circling Library Park and Downtown Kenosha during a family-friendly festival.

Ride Across Wisconsin — Aug. 11. This is a rare chance to cycle from Dubuque, Iowa to Kenosha in a 175-mile trek across the great state of Wisconsin.

Iron Girl Triathlon — Aug. 12. Bike, run, and swim during this popular women-only triathlon event at Lake Andrea and Prairie Springs Park.

Growler Get Down — Sept. 23. Starting at The Buzz Café, ride your bike while you carry a growler of your favorite craft beer to share with the group at various stops throughout the ride.

Fall Wheel Ride — Sept. 29. This is a free group ride that allows participants to start at one of two locations and ride to Petrifying Springs Park.

Ride of the Living Dead — Date to be announced. This Handlebars and Bars event encourages participants to ride their bikes in gory costumes as they parade to popular nightlife spots.

Log on to VisitKenosha.com/Events for event details.

 

A Biking Resource

Visit Southport Rigging Bike & Boards, a shop that retails bikes and much more, and offers full service bike repair.

 

Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff

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