Ride the quiet backroads of Wisconsin into the region of dairy farms, cherry orchards and wineries. The Wisconsin Tours travels to different towns each night. Riding distances average 75 to 90 miles per day.
This area is a 100 mile by 150 mile rectangle in the southwest corner of the state. This landmass was missed by the glaciers which plowed and flatten most of the Midwest thousands of years ago. The hills of this region are formed by numerous river valleys separated by 500 foot ridges. This is a perfect cycling area because of the many farm roads that criss cross the lightly populated hillsides.
Our tour of Wisconsin's Hill Country follows these flat farming valleys with an occasional climb up and over the ridges. Daily miles range from 75 to 90 miles with about 4,000 feet of climbing. Some of the country road can be steep with 10-15% grades. Low gears with a compact crank and freewheel of 36 x 28 are recommended. We have ridden these routes during five previous tours and are impressed with the road quality. Most days can be ridden by an average PAC Tour rider in about six hours. Recommended rider average speed is 10-15 mph with rest stops.
Wisconsin Hill County tour is for riders of intermediate cycling ability who are looking for a challenging week of cycling, but not as extreme as a PAC Tour cross country tour. Wisconsin Tour is intended to introduce riders to the PAC Tour experience - plenty of good riding with excellent support.
The roads are legendary. Read Fred Matheny's Muse below. Routes are planned to travel 75 – 90 miles per day with many desolate stretches of secluded farm roads. Breakfast meals will be served at hometown restaurants that still cater to local farmers and families. Lunches are PAC Tour style in local parks or byways. Since Wisconsin is famous for their dairy products; many riders stop in the afternoon to sample local ice cream before heading to the motel.
Wisconsin Tour is unique to offer a great selection of destinations to ride each day while keeping the daily distances to 75-90 miles. Beside the countryside, each day will also offer other historic and scenic points of interest. We will stay at several classic towns including a tour of the New Glarus Brewery.
Wisconsin Tour is intended to introduce new riders to PAC Tour. In the past Wisconsin Tour has been filled with 75% of PAC Tour veterans who come and return year after year. If you are thinking of joining a PAC Tour event this tour is a good one to try. We are limited to about 40 riders.
This tour can be linked to the Tour of Door County. We will offer a PAC Tour shuttle from Beloit to Milwaukee on our transition day. Or you could ride your bike the 100 miles on nice rural roads (should be a tailwind) from Beloit to Milwaukee. We will transport your luggage and bike case.
Beginning in Milwaukee, Wisconsin we will ride north along the shoreline of Lake Michigan on our way to Door County. Lake Michigan covers over 25,000 square miles and it is similar to an inland sea with many light houses and fishing ports along the shore. Door County is the peninsula that extends 100 miles north into lake Michigan. Our tour will meander back and forth across Door County visiting the quaint tourist towns along the east and west shoreline.
The terrain on this route is much gentler than our Hill County Tour in the southwestern part of the state. Door Country has many rolling rural farming roads which offer good cycling through lightly traveled areas. Many of our motels are smaller tourist type accommodations in the small towns along the Lake. Daily distances average 75-85 miles per day with 2,000 feet of climbing. A perfect tandem vacation tour.
The Wisconsin Hill County Tour begins and ends at the Rodeway Inn, Beloit, Wisconsin.. Beloit is near the crossroads of I-90 going between Chicago and Madison and I-43 coming SE from Milwaukee. If you are flying to the tour, the Milwaukee Mitchell (MKE) Airport is an hour drive by rental car. We recommend the Milwaukee Mitchell Airport as the closest and most convenient by rental car.
The Chicago O'Hare (ORD) Airport is two hours away. There is the Van Galder (Coach USA) Bus Service every hour for $27 from Chicago O'Hare to Beloit. This bus does not take bike boxes at peak times if the luggage area is full. In Beloit, a taxi is required to take you from the bus station to the motel. The Chicago Midway (MDW)airport is farther away and offers the same bus service for $29 each way. Coach USA
You can link the two tours and fly into Chicago and out of Milwaukee
Tour of Door County begins and ends at the Best Western close to the Milwaukee (MKE) airport. The hotel operates a 24 hour shuttle to and from the airport.
The hotels for both tours offer free lot parking during the week of the tour. If you do not want to travel with your bike, you can ship it Federal Express or UPS to the PAC Tour office and we will bring it to the start.
Travel Plans for the different weeks
• Double Occupancy Hotel/Motel Room
• Saturday ice cream ride but you must arrive earlier than 2 pm to participate.
• Breakfast, Lunch and Snack stops. Salsa and chips at the finish.
• T Shirt
• 500 miles of marked rural routes each week
• Full vehicle support each week
• Bicycle Maintenance and Repair Service
• Baggage Transfer
• Custom Wisconsin Cycling Jersey if registered by July 1st
30 riders must be registered by July 1st to justify ordering the Wisconsin custom jersey.
We reserved the option to substitute our Classic PAC Tour jersey or other PAC Tour clothing item if we do not order the Wisconsin jersey.
• Rider Information Booket - Contains packing, travel and hotel information.
Costs per week:
Wisconsin's Hill Country Tour 7 nights
Under 15 riders $1300
15 - 17 riders $1250
18 - 21 riders $1200
21-29 riders $1100
30 and over $1050
Maximum rider limit is 40 Single Supplement $300
Tour of Door County 8 nights
Under 15 riders $1400
15 - 17 riders $ 1350
18 - 19 riders $1300
20 and over $1200
Maximum rider limit is 25 Single Supplement $380
Save $100 when you register for both weeks as you will receive one jersey and one T shirt
$300 non refundable Deposit required. Final Payment due July 7, 2013
Wisconsin Tours are subject to cancellation if a minimum number of riders is not met by July 1st. You will be notified of cancellation before final payments are due. You will receive a full refund of all your payments made for that tour.