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  • Want to get on snow by Thanksgiving?
    Motivated Midwestern skiers go to West Yellowstone, Montana, and are joined by some 3,500 other Nordic skiers the week of Thanksgiving every year. 
  • NoMo-a-GoGo
    On a biking tour of Kohler and Sheboygan neighborhoods, downtown business districts, the Lake Michigan lakeshore and the routes in between, one is struck by the many ways residents in these small Wisconsin communities are encouraged to get around by means other than their cars. 
  • Built it and they did come

    Twice now in as many years, more than 40 cyclists from Madison, Wisconsin, have made the 300-plus-mile trip to the little town of Perry, Iowa, to bike an 89-mile loop on a flat paved trail. That’s more riders than rooms in the Pattee Hotel, Perry’s century-old and fully restored downtown boutique guesthouse.

  • GRABAAWR: 30 years of a cross-state tour
    Before the tour filled to capacity, months ago I managed to secure a spot in the 30th annual GReat Annual Bicycle Adventure Along the Wisconsin River (GRABAAWR). The cross-state tour starts June 20 and ends June 27. 
  • Lake Superior’s Slate Islands
    Most days one can easily spot the Slate Islands lying six miles off the north from Terrace Bay, Ontario, on the northern shore of Lake Superior. 
  • Test ride

    Fat bikes are coming to the Kickapoo Valley Reserve, a sprawling 8,600-acre nature preserve and recreational area hidden away in the substantial hills and hollows of western Wisconsin. And they’re arrival may lead to even bigger things.

  • Throw the flag!
    In general, cross-country skiers are thought of as friendly and civil. But whenever you have 10,000 people turn out for a competitive event like the Birkie, there will always be a few issues. 
  • The Outfitter Loppet is groomed as it’s skied
    The snowmobile-riding groomers of the Loppet Trail in northern lower Michigan bogged down in the thigh-deep powder. With 120 skiers expected Sunday for the 31st annual Outfitter Loppet, race director Josh Baker had 25K of powdery snow trail that needed packing. 
  • Nordic skiing in an Alpine environment
    Sometimes the best cross-country skiing is right in your own backyard. We found Crystal Mountain Resort to be such a place. 
  • So many U.P. trails, so little time

    Michele Andrews loves to ski. After returning from a trip over Mackinac Bridge last winter, she couldn’t say enough good things about the cross-country skiing she found near Munising and Marquette. “You have to ski there!” she insisted. I knew right then that I was  going to be making a trip to the U.P.

  • WEB EXCLUSIVE: Mountain bike racing at the Fall Color Festival
    The Fall Color Festival has something for riders of all abilities. It is usually held on the last weekend in September. This year's festival is scheduled for September 27. The morning race options are 30, 22 and 12 mile rides. In the afternoon there are some shorter rides of 5 miles, a children’s solo ride and a parent-child ride. Other festival activities include a craft tent for kids, beginner’s mountain biking seminar, beer tent and live music. A typical FCF draws 350 riders and 200 spectators. 
  • Spa treatment for paddlers
    This year my birthday gift from my wife gave was a kayak trip: a tandem rental at the new and recently opened WMS Boathouse at Clark Park on the Chicago River. 
  • Paddling northeast Iowa
    The Driftless Area untouched by glaciers extends across the Mississippi to northeastern Iowa. Where there are ridges, there are valleys. And where there are valleys, there are rivers. 
  • A Trans-Iowa moment
    Trans-Iowa has been the sovereign of gravel grinders since it was brought forth 10 years ago by two guys sitting around a bike shop imagining a two-wheeled trek across Iowa that would shun pavement and comfort. 
  • Epic singletrack dreaming
    Getting an International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) Ride Center in Wausau, Wisconsin, would be a big deal, a coup for the local mountain bike club and the surrounding community.  
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