These brevets have not been offered for 6 years. Having now pre-ridden the 400k, your RBA can say with perfect certainty that these are the most challenging of brevets we offer. They are also some of the most scenic miles
you will ride anywhere in the Midwest and anywhere else.
Those familiar with our other 400/600k routes to Baraboo and our 300k route to Barneveld will recognize some familar landmarks. Though we do not ascend the Baraboo Bluff and there are no hills as long as freedom road, there are many, many climbs on this ride and over 200k in the driftless area of Wisconsin. The rollers may seem endless, but the top of each will bring you a unique view of the area and a feeling of being "high in the sky". What goes up must come down and though you may spend time climbing, you will also get to spend lots of time descending as well.
Those who participated in 2010 will notice some changes to this route. More scenic
backroads and township roads have replaced a boring and busy stretch between Barneveld and Mt Horeb - this is now a super scenic, rolling section that is just about the nicest 30 miles you will see anywhere. The infamous Survey Road between Mineral Point and Dodgeville has been removed in favor of a paved bike trail and a side street through Dodgeville that avoids nearly all the traffic lights and stop signs. This will give riders a short and welcomed break in the heat of the afternoon. You will also pass the remnants of the Dodgeville Slag Furnace on the way out of town which may be worth a photo. The Middlebury Church on the way to Mt Horeb dates to 1848 and is still open for business, another interesting historical spot on the ride.
While this is a tough ride, riders who pace themselves should not have difficulty finishing within the time limits. None of the hills is very long - you will not find very many false summits and descents are, for the most part, straight making it possible to roll up the next hill with momentum from the previous descent. The trick will be in maintaining your own pace.
There have been changes going on with controls as well. Our normal controls at Oregon and Fort Atkinson are no longer 24 hour. Oregon now will offer a choice between the original BP Station (which has seating but closes at 11:00 PM) and the new Kwik Trip across the street. In Fort Atkinson, the Kwik Trip is now the only choice but does have seating.
The Jefferson Kettle Moraine 200k - 7:00 AM Start
This ride is a personal favorite and has been modified to remove the bad pavement sections that gave it somewhat of a bad rep back in 2010. The 200k riders will get to enjoy this route, but an unfortunate coincidence has led to this weekend coinciding with Dead and Company (The Grateful Dead minus the even deader Jerry Garcia) playing for the weekend at Alpine Valley. Riders should take care of traffic between Delavan and East Troy. Have no fear though, you still get to do Alpine Hill. And you may hear some tunes along the way.
In Jefferson, the control has again changed to a new and very nice Kwik Trip in the center of town. There is a very nice park across the street so 600k (or 200k) riders are free to take a nap or an afternoon break. Do not use the old control.
Bluff Road through Kettle Moraine State Forest is a real highlight of this ride. You get to do it twice since this is an out and back. Note that you will pass a historic cemetary along the way with at least one grave dating to the Revolutionary War. Not many of those in Wisconsin. If you have time, turn your head on this section, there are many very interesting details on the farms and buildings that are in many cases over 100 years old.
Jefferson Kettle Moraine 200k Cue Sheet
Jefferson Kettle Moraine 200k RideWithGPS
Please arrive at the Super 8 or at registration at least half an hour before the ride starts. We highly recommend staying at the Super 8 for Friday and Saturday nights. If you want to do this ride and cannot find a room, please contact Michele immediately as GLR does have an extra room reserved. Those doing the 200k and not staying at the Super 8 should park in the shopping center across the street.
For 400/600k riders, there will be a light and reflective gear inspection. Have your lights mounted to the bike and your vests and anklets handy.
We hope to see you Saturday!