The Wisconsin Hills
—Same comment from two guys on the occasion of their first ride in the Wisconsin Hills
In terms of cycling, we refer to the Wisconsin Hills as being a part of central, western Wisconsin, east of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. We start rides from Prescott, River Falls, Plum City, Baldwin, Maiden Rock, Menomonie, Nelson, Durand, or Alma, all towns within an hour or so’s drive. Our reward is that we are quickly on quiet and pleasant roads that have little traffic (and no need for center lines). Indeed, through farmland and wooded land, the roads roll up and down, and often there are fairly impressive hills.
This is some of the best cycling in the U.S., to go along with some of the best variety of roads to choose from. It is some or the more challenging cycling compared to, say, the Twin Cities urban area: a typical route might have us riding 75 miles while running up 5000 to 6000 feet of climbing, while taking on several short hills with slopes topping 10-15% or more. That said, it is some of the more enjoyable and satisfying cycling one can do, so close to the Twin Cities, and it is also an excellent training ground for future rides in the mountains of Colorado, or the Alps of France.
The photos should give you an idea of what it’s like, and why riders are impressed with this part of the World.
The Photo Collection
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