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.
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.
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!
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
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!
Join The Fun
Ready to join the River Valley Ride family? Your registration includes:
THE EARLY BIRD GETS THE DISCOUNT
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and they'll get you all the info and assistance you need!
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.
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!
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.)
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!