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COVID-19 note: We plan that our outdoor gathering at the start, with masks and social distancing, will be permitted by county health authorities on the ride date. ¡Pick Me Up! was held in both 2020 and 2021 and is anticipated to go forward in accordance with any COVID-19 health orders in September 2022.
This is a long-distance, nighttime, gravel ride. Don't miss this unique experience!
There will be three ride options: 25 mile (Belleville), 50 mile (Monticello), and 80 mile (Illinois state line and back), all gravel/dirt trail bike ride beginning at nightfall (except for a 2.2-mile detour around the closed Stewart Tunnel).
End times vary according to distance. Participants generally return to their motor vehicles at the start point or ride home.
This ride is on the Badger State Trail. Riders are responsible for their own state trail passes.
Meet before the ride to grab some snacks provided by Fitchburg Family Pharmacy before you hit the trail!
The ride starts at 7pm. We will ride as a group south to the crossing of County Highway M, after which riders may ride in small groups or alone at their own pace and distance.
Your on-line registration fee of $15 is a donation to Bike Fitchburg, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charity devoted to improving biking in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, and is deductible to full the extent of federal and state tax law. (You will also sign a release and pay a registration service fee when you register.) Additional donations and donations from non-riders support our work and are greatly appreciated!
Helmet and long-lasting headlight(s) are required. Spare lights, batteries, and/or power packs are recommended for the longer distances. Face masks are recommended at the start and at snack stops.
This ride is mostly unsupported, however there will be water and snack stops along the route at:
Thank you for supporting bicycle advocacy in Fitchburg!
80 miles: Ride to the Illinois border AND Back.
50 miles: Ride to Monticello AND back
25 miles: Ride to Belleville AND back.
LIGHTS: Lights are highly recommended. We suggest a strong front light of at least 300 lumens and a working taillight.
DRESS: Please dress appropriately. It can get cool at night and it might even rain, so be prepared.
NOT A RACE: This event is a non-competitive event, so please ride at a safe speed and enjoy the trail.
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