Cycling in the Wisconsin Hills


<> Description: All about cycling on the quiet, pleasant, and sometimes hilly roads in the Wisconsin Hills, a part of central, western Wisconsin, east of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.            …………………………………………………………………………

About the Wisconsin Hills

Photos of the Wisconsin Hills

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The Wisconsin Hills

        “Lovely..”
        —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. Many of these photos have been taken on Twin City Bike Club rides–you may want to check for rides scheduled through the Wisconsin Hills. As we say, it’s worth the drive.

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The Photo Collection

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 Happy Valley Road, leaving River Falls

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 Hill off County Road OO

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 560th Avenue, north of Trimbelle

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Pro riders on top of Star Hill

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 County 88, south of Alma

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 Topping out on notoriously steep Glodowski Road

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 750th Street, leaving Beldenville

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 620th Street, north of Esdaile

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 Lower Eagle Valley Road

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 The Hill on Doelle Valley Road

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 Boland Valley Road

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 Hogan Road, east of Waumandee

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 400th Street, along the Rush River

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 465th Street, along the Rush River

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 850th Avenue, near Spring Valley

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 850th Avenue

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 850th Avenue

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 Beldenville Pass Road

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 Turning onto 770th Avenue

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 490th Street, near Martell

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 710th Avenue, near Elmwood

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 830th Street, near Hager City

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 720th Street, north of Beldenville

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 Horses on 840th Street, east of K

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 210th Avenue, near Esdaile

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 Further up 210th Avenue, near Esdaile

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 770th Avenue, east of Martell

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 County Road N, in El Paso

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 County Road O, south of Trimbelle

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 290th Street, north of Hwy 72

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 Approaching Star Hill on Star Road

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 171st Street, south of Knapp

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 Lower Eagle Valley Road

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 Lower Eagle Valley Road

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 Star Road

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 Big Coulee Road, near Plum City

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 30th Avenue, east of River Falls

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 400th Street, along Rush River

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 River Drive, near River Falls

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Pro women race around corner from 50th St to County Rd P, north of Elmwood

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720th St, northeast of Beldenville

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Heading west on 770th Ave, just west of Knapp

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Heading east on 770th Ave, east of Martell

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Heading west on River Road, near River Falls

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Center Creek Road, northeast of Nelson

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Heading east on 690th Ave, north of Lawton

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About to cross the pro race KOM mark on Star Road, northeast of Elmwood

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Heading west on 410th Avenue toward Weston and Star Hill

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Starting up Canada Ridge Road, north of Fountain City

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Heading north on 171st St, just south of Knapp

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Heading south on County Rd A, north of Maiden Rock, late Spring

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About to descend toward the Mississippi northeast of Nelson

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Ascending 210th Ave, north of Maiden Rock

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Heading west on 710th Ave, just east of County Rd O, near River Falls

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Heading west on County Rd X (parallel to Star Road), east of Elmwood

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Heading north on 410th St, south of Menomonie

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Heading east on 900th St, east of River Falls, late Winter

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Rest stop in Wheeler, on a north of Menomonie ride

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Riding in the Wisconsin Hills

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