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  • A weekend of cyclocross in Wisconsin

    Silent Sports scribes Tom Held and Joel Patenaude each put their aging bodies on the line at cyclocross races this weekend in Verona and Grafton, Wisconsin.

  • Cyclocross now
    Don't put that bike away just because it's getting colder. At least keep out of storage your fatter-tired road bikes for cyclocross season, underway this weekend and running through December. 
  • 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. 
  • Matter and Rinehart win shortened Chequamegon 40
    Brian Matter and Jenna Rinehart won their sixth and fifth respective titles earlier today at the Chequamagon 40 on a course shortened to 38.5 miles due to recent rainfall and tree blowdown. 
  • Chequamegon 40 racers will be rerouted Saturday
    A reroute of the course for the Chequamegon Fat Tire 40 on Saturday will eliminate a tough, seven-mile stretch on the American Birkebeiner Ski Trail and send riders instead on a gravel fire lane, race officials announced late Thursday. 
  • A bitter battle over bike lanes blazes in Barrington Hills, Ill.
    The war of words has spilled onto the letters pages of a local newspaper and the editorial board has weighed in. 
  • Chequamegon Fat Tire Fest may be a mud fest
    Volunteers cleared downed trees and other debris from the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival courses over the weekend, but some route changes are still possible because of standing water left from a deluge last Thursday, the race director shared Monday. 
  • Mountain bikers pay for Chequamegon trail building
    The Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival and other mountain biking events have bankrolled a substantial amount of the singletrack that now exists in the Chequamegon area, nearly 90 miles worth, according to the Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association, which began building singletrack in 1999. 
  • Riverwest24 made me a believer in bicycling's power to change a community
    What exactly is Riverwest24? It’s a 24-hour bike ride, a block party, a homecoming, a dance and singing festival, a test of endurance, a holiday and a slumber party. But mostly it is a celebration of the kindness of neighbors and strangers.   
  • Paddling and pedaling the Red Cedar and Chippewa rivers and trails
    Wisconsin’s answer to Minnesota’s Root River for a premier paddle-and-pedal adventure is the Chippewa-Red Cedar River system.  
  • 'Bublr' clear winner as name of new bike share program in Milwaukee
    With the blue bikes and docking stations spreading around Milwaukee, I wondered just how Midwest BikeShare LLC came up with the name Bublr for the city's new bike share program. 
  • Music makes the wheels go round
    I’m not alone in seeing music and cycling go hand and hand, since both get their momentum from unique beats.  
  • A Root River paddle-pedal
    Would you do more paddling if you needed to do less shuttling? Is biking another of your chosen silent sports? If so, you can combine your love for paddling and biking on the same excursion by biking back to the put-in on a state trail. 
  • What do we think of e-bikes?
    I spotted the unusual machine pictured and puzzled over it. Clearly it's a full-suspension, electric-assist mountain bike, the likes of which I hadn't seen before.  
  • How to ride 24
    Twenty-four hour racing is largely determined by one’s equipment and physical readiness, but it also warrants a premeditated psychological strategy to endure the unknown places the wee hours will take a rider. 
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