2020 Riveredge Ride: Going Fully Digital

There is nothing we love more than celebrating the Riveredge Bike Ride each summer, however, given the current COVID-19 situation and public safety orders, we have been faced with the tough reality of re-envisioning our June 2020 event. Keeping everyone as safe as possible is our paramount priority. Having so many people preparing, eating, drinking, filling water bottles in the same place at the same time just presented too many concerns. So we've pivoted to a fully digital ride for 2020!

We are going virtual and the ride will be June 20th-30th.

What does that mean? A digital ride is still a bike ride, however this year you'll be on your own to create your own route, instead of one day with a ride starting at Riveredge. Participants will have two weekends, with the week in between to complete rides. To participate in raffle challenges, please post on your social media with #2020RiveredgeRide and tag Riveredge Nature Center on the platform. Helmets are still required.

Staff and volunteer planning committee members are actively creating some suggested routes and challenges. Check back for updates and more details!

Your registration for the virtual ride still includes much more than just your ride! Riders will also receive one raffle ticket per adult registration, multiple coupons and offers from local businesses AND a special Riveredge Ride t-shirt (the standard included shirt is 50% cotton/50% polyester; you can upgrade to a 100% polyester performance shirt for just extra $5 by choosing the add-on from the store).

After Registering, you will receive instructions on how to earn more raffle tickets by completing challenges. The more you choose to participate in, the more chances you have to win! Prizes include two brand new bicycles and a $100 gift certificate from Wheel and Sprocket.

You will have the option to pick up your raffle ticket curbside June 15th-20th or have your packet shipped to you.

The ride takes place June 20 - 30! Riders have 10 days to complete rides and participate in the challenges.

Online registrations close at noon on Saturday, June 5 to secure 2020 t-shirts. You can also register to participate June 6 - June 13 and receive the same great packet but with 2019 t-shirts. Riders have the option of having packets shipped for an additional fee, or packets can be picked up curbside at Riveredge Nature Center from June 15 - June 20 from 9:00am - 4:00pm.

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WHY RIDE RIVEREDGE?
A Ride That's Naturally Special

For 28 years, the Riveredge Bike Ride has been all about the experience. The experience of getting out the door, on your bike, and into the gorgeous Kettle Moraine scenery. This year, we're inviting riders to explore between June 20 - June 30 and to explore Wisconsin roads and trails as often as schedules allow. Think of the 2020 Riveredge Ride as an extended bike riding holiday! 

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Digital Route Options

In traditional years, 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. 

This year, we're encouraging participants to engage in their favorite rides starting from home, or to embrace this occasion to explore some new territory in our beautiful Wisconsin scenery.

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Make A Week Of It!

Throughout the history of the Riveredge Ride, the experience has always been tied to one location and one day. This year, however, you've got a total of 10 days in which to go exploring under pedal power.

We encourage you to take this opportunity to see how much riding you can enjoy in the span of two weekends and the week in-between.

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It's For A Great Cause

Not only is the ride a great time, it's also one of Riveredge's biggest fundraisers of the year! Your participation helps to protect 379 acres of wild Wisconsin and connect tens of thousands of community members with the natural world each year.

While many of us have been working from home, this iteration of the digital Riveredge Ride is both an opportunity to benefit Riveredge, and a reason to get yourself out of the house and into the fresh Wisconsin air.

EXPLORE THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN
The Routes

In past years, we've provided specific routes from 7 - 100 miles in length. We're keeping these listed below in case you'd like to explore similar routes.

These routes take riders along the banks of the Milwaukee River, through a canopies of trees, coasting down a hills surrounded by swaying prairie plants, and along 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!

NOTE: Due to scheduled construction along our traditional routes, we would have had detours if the 2020 Riveredge Ride had taken place as in previous years.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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bike ride cost

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.

People who register after June 5 will receive a 2019 t-shirt. Registration close at noon on Saturday, June 13.

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 bike ride team at riveredgebikeride@gmail.com and they'll get you all the info and assistance you need!

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Riveredge members are truly the backbone of the organization!  To keep pricing simple, we offer 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 entry to increase your odds of winning a door prize!

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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Safety Rules And Reminders

Your safety is our biggest concern! It is very important to note that the Riveredge 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 encourage pre-ride bike safety checks in advance of the riding week. Right now bike shops are busy and experiencing parts both parts shortages and extended wait times for maintenance. We encourage you to visit one of our bike shop sponsors for parts and maintenance well in advance of the ride.
  • Helmets are required. Bike mirrors are recommended.
  • Make sure you have enough water, or are certain of locations where water and food can be acquired.
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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Kettle (Rest Stop) Sponsors

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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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bikeride@riveredge.us
262-375-2715

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