….UPCOMING EVENT….UPCOMING EVENT….
IT’S NOT TO LATE TO MAKE YOUR PLANS FOR A TRIP TO WHITEHALL, WISCONSIN!
We are planning another sweet adventure in Trempealeau County! Just when you thought that all the bike tours were disappearing in Wisconsin, we are keeping you in the loop and inviting you to attend the Top of the World Tour in Whitehall, Wisconsin. This event will bring hundreds of folks to the town of Whitehall for Beef and Dairy Days, and you will get your tour on the TOW route in before the parade starts at 1pm on Sunday!!
The Top of the World Tour will start out at Melby Park at 9 a.m.
There will be no fee for the ride this year, ’cause we want to keep this tour alive!
We have sag support and a bike mechanic available, and yes there will be bananas.
The route will follow the Top of the World (TOW) to the highest point in Trempealeau County. The main loop is 26 miles and the interior loop is 10 miles. Participants will be encouraged to make as many loops as they want! We are also designing a really cool bandanna for the first 60 participants!! Which is free!
TOP OF THE WORLD ROUTE DESCRIPTION
START OUT @ MELBY PARK IN DOWNTOWN WHITEHALL, WISC.
Go left out of the Park, immediately turn right on HOBSON, then left onto Main Street (Highway 53). Go through downtown Whitehall and keep heading like you are leaving town past the Root Beer Stand, cross over the bridge, then talk a left onto RIVER ROAD. Take River Road until you come to HIGHWAY 121 (@ 4.51 miles). SAFELY go straight ahead across Highway 121 onto HUGHES-FILLA, follow road, eventually you will turn left on Highway 121. Go all the way into town (Independence). At the intersection of HIGHWAY 121 and HIGHWAY 93, turn left (south) on Highway 93. There will be a BIKE TOUR SIGN there with a LEFT TURN indicated. Cross over the bridge, turn right on HIGHWAY Q, go three blocks, turn right on SECOND STREET,
(REST STOP #1) is in the PARK on the right.
There will be water – gatorade – bananas – some type of energy bar/treat at the stop.
Leave the park, go back the way you came and proceed straight ahead until you hit Highway 93 for one block, then turn right on Highway Q, go over RR tracks, @ 9.28 miles turn right on RIVER VALLEY ROAD, left (10.3 miles) onto CREEK ROAD, turn right on BISEK, left on PLUM CREEK (at 11.9 miles), continue straight ahead on JACKSON ROAD (@ 13.5 MILES). SEE SIGN ON LEFT OF INTERSECTION.
Right on SQUARE BLUFF (on the right) @ 14.7 miles, PASS CODDIE KLINK (DON’T TURN), Stop to take Photos at TOP OF THE WORLD LOGO on SQUARE BLUFF (@19 miles) —
Left on COUNTY N (at 19.1 miles), Go down the hill past FAGERNES CHURCH.
REST STOP #2 at INTERSECTION of COUNTY N and COUNTY D (REST STOP STRAIGHT AHEAD) @ 19.45 miles. Coming out of the Rest stop, take a right onto County Road D, this takes you straight into Whitehall!!
Once you reach town, go left at the STOP SIGN (Ervin Street), then right onto PARK STREET to return to MELBY PARK!
TOTAL DISTANCE : 26.32 MILES
Hope to see you there!!
Bicycling magazine called Trempealeau County, Wisc., “cycling nirvana” and the “perfect getaway.” The New York Times called the Trempealeau County countryside, “Pastoral and hilly, studded with rock-topped bluffs and cut deep by ravines,” and noted the bucolic surroundings, adding, “We climbed switchback hills, lanes twisting up and up, then rode on plateaus past silos, turkey sheds and farmers on tractors, silhouetted in dust and blue sky. The bluffs of the Mississippi were hazy and blue and far away.” Sound like somewhere you’d like to ride? Trempealeau County is bordered by the Mississippi, Black and Trempealeau rivers, between La Crosse and Eau Claire, Wisc. Lightly trafficked paved roads wind from bottom land, through rolling farm fields, up steep bluffs, and atop ridges. Casual riders can find plenty of gentle routes, but Trempealeau and neighboring Buffalo counties are known for climbs so challenging that cyclists use them to train for trips to Europe or the Rockies. So come ride Trempealeau County and find out what those of us who live here already know: It’s bicycling paradise.