Over The River And Through The Woods

On a biking adventure we go! Join Riveredge Nature Center for the 26th Annual River Valley Bike Ride on June 24, 2018, celebrating the natural beauty of Ozaukee and Washington counties and the community members that support and love it.

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WHY RIDE RIVEREDGE?
A Ride That's Naturally Special

For 26 years, the River Valley Ride has been all about the experience. The experience of getting out the door, on your bike, and into the gorgeous Kettle Moraine scenery. The experience of coming together with 1,000 other riders at a giant after party celebrating cycling, community, and conservation. And the experience of knowing that with every pedal you are helping connect others to the natural world.

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7 Route Options

We want everyone from highly experienced riders to families who might be new to biking to have a blast. That's why the ride offers 7 different route options from 8 to 100 miles, all focused on exploring the natural beauty and small-town charm our little corner of Wisconsin has to offer. 

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Make A Day Of It

The ride is just the start of the party! All routes start at Fireman's Park in Newburg but finish at Riveredge for a summer country picnic complete with free food, live music, games and activities for kids, door prizes, raffles, and a chance to connect with other riders who share your passion and interests!

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It's For A Great Cause

Not only is the ride a great time, it's also Riveredge's biggest fundraiser of the year! As we celebrate our 50th (!) Anniversary in 2018, your ride has never been more important in helping to to protect 379 acres of wild Wisconsin and connect tens of thousands of community members with the natural world each year.

EXPLORE THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN
The Routes

Ride along the banks of the Milwaukee River, enter a canopy of trees, coast down a hill surrounded by swaying prairie plants, or take in the shoreline of Lake Michigan. With seven route options,  there's a perfect ride for every age and experience level. 

And remember, as we always like to say, it's a ride, not a race! We encourage you to ride at your own pace, set your own goals for the day, and take time to enjoy the view!

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8 Miles

Just two little hills, but big biking pleasure. Wetlands, riverbanks, valley views, cows, and corn – it’s all here! Stop for snacks along the Milwaukee River. Enjoy the beauty of the river and the countryside.  A fully stocked rest station waits for you at the end of a country road – complete with a pasture of horses to pet and love!

Suggested start time: 8:30 – 9:00 am

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17 Miles

Ride through gentle, rolling terrain, down a rustic road, past horse paddocks and ponds, and by woods and wetlands. Take a short detour past the Cedarburg Bog, visit one of the county’s oldest churches and pay respects at an old Irish cemetery.

Suggested start time: 8:00 – 8:30 am

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27 Miles

Add gentle rolling hills, great views of the Milwaukee River valleys, a meandering ride past Cedar Creek and Wisconsin’s last covered bridge.

Suggested start time: 7:30 – 8:00 am

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42 Miles

Enjoy many of the scenic sights of the 56 & 70-mile routes in only 42 miles.

Suggested start time: 7:00 – 7:30 am

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56 Miles

Extend your ride over hill and dale, past Sandy Knoll County Park, with a rest stop on the Milwaukee River. Enjoy a few long downhills and explore history in Waubeka.

Suggested start time: 7:00 – 7:30 am

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76 Miles

Add a 14-mile loop to the 56-mile route from Waubeka to see grand vistas of drumlins and farms. Visit the historic Stony Hill School and rejoin the 56-mile route to follow the Milwaukee River back to Riveredge.

Suggested start time: 7:00 – 7:30 am

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100 Miles

Add 30 miles to the 70-mile route and ride to the shores of Lake Michigan, stop at Harrington Beach State Park and rejoin the 70-mile route at Stoney Hill School.

Suggested start time: 7:00 – 7:30 am

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REGISTRATION DETAILS
Join The Fun

Ready to join the River Valley Ride family? Your registration includes:

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Seven route options planned for maximum enjoyment and safety

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Specially designed 2018 ride t-shirt (upgrade to performance shirt for $5 when registering!)

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Six rest stops along the ride fully stocked with snacks and sights to see

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Five support vehicles and bike repair stations on hand for assistance

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Free picnic lunch and after party at Riveredge after the ride

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Raffle entrance for door prizes and grand prize Trek Bike if pre-registered by June 15

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THE EARLY BIRD GETS THE DISCOUNT
Pricing
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Kids in tow always ride FREE (t-shirt and lunch not included but can be purchased separately at event)

The ride takes place rain or shine! (Rivers, after all, do need rain!) Due to the complex nature of this event, refunds will not be available.

Online registrations close at noon on Saturday, June 23rd. Miss the online signup window? No worries! Day-of registration will be available at Fireman's Park from 6:30 - 9 AM. Shirt availability not guaranteed day of.

Other things to know when registering:

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Everything's better with friends! Are you a business looking for a great extracurricular activity for your employees or a community group looking for a fun outing for your members? Teams of more than ten qualify for discounts on their ride and other special rewards! Interested in putting together a team? Contact our team volunteers at riveredgebikeride@gmail.com and they'll get you all the info and assistance you need!

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Last year, we launched a new spectacular, one-of-a-kind bike jersey for sale. This special jersey is all about "celebrating the journey AND the destination" and is a can't miss for your collection. If you missed out on them last year, jerseys can be purchased for $65 as part of your online registration or bought at the ride (if supplies remain). Note: jersey orders placed after May 31 may not be available until after the ride. 

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Riveredge members are truly the backbone of the organization!  To keep pricing simple, we've simplified our pricing structure and are offering the member pricing to everyone. That doesn't mean members don't get special benefits though! As our way of saying thanks, all Riveredge members will receive a certificate for a free beer or soda at the picnic, and an extra raffle ticket to increase your odds of winning a Trek bike!

Important Things To Know

We want you to be able to focus on enjoying the ride, so here's some helpful tips and reminders to keep in mind before the big day approaches.

If you have a question that isn't answered here, please don't hesitate to give us a call at 262-375-2715!

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When And Where To Start

Although your ride will end at Riveredge for the picnic celebration, all rides start right down the road from us at Fireman's Park in Newburg (508 Main Street, Newburg, WI 53060- click here for a Google Map link)! Free parking is available at Fireman's Park starting at 6:30 AM. Please note that this means after you finish celebrating at Riveredge, you'll need to bike the 1.4 miles back to Fireman's Park to return to your car. Don't worry, you'll be such a pro after your ride that it'll feel like the blink of an eye!

Suggested start times are listed above in the descriptions for each route, but all riders must be started no later than 9 AM. Check-in (no need to bring your receipt, we'll have your name!) and day-of registration open at Fireman's Park at 6:30 AM. (We know how excited many folks are to get started right away, but we can not get anyone signed in or up earlier than 6:30, even if you're waiting.)

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Safety Rules And Reminders

Your safety is our biggest concern! It is very important to note that the Riveredge River Valley Bike Ride is NOT A RACE and the routes/roads are NOT CLOSED.

  • That means you'll be sharing the roads with vehicles, so rules of the road must be observed and single file riding is required. We'll have intersections marked for you, but most will not be guarded. Major intersections will be manned by route monitors. Please observe traffic monitors' directions! Law officers will enforce road and riding rules.
  • Emergency repair and pre-ride bike safety checks are offered at the start and at the rest stops.
  • Helmets are required. Bike mirrors are recommended.
  • Rest stops offer toilet facilities and healthy refreshments. Help us keep the ride "green" by observing the signs on the trash and recycle bins. Thank you!
Their Support Makes It Possible

A HUGE thank you is in order to the sponsors who help make this ride possible. If you're looking to support companies who, like you, care about the community, cycling, and conservation, look no further! 

Esker Sponsor
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Drumlin Sponsor
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Join 1,000 other satisfied riders in a ride you won't soon forget!

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Contact Us

riveredge@riveredge.us
262-375-2715

Ride Start Address

Fireman's Park
508 Main St, Newburg, WI 53060

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