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Alright folks, here it is


Alright, the long-awaited Chicago-Milwaukee ride that all the kids are abuzz about is here. Milwaukee 1.0 back in April was a smashing success this will likely be the last Milwaukee ride I host before I move back out to Boston so let's make it snappy, eh?

There will be two categories:

racers and rollers (everyone else.)

First, the rollers. this is a social and fun ride so no one should be daunted by the 80 mile distance. If you can ride 25 continuous miles, you can definitely ride up to Milwaukee with us. The route largely follows amtrak/ metra routes so if you get ill or something there's plenty of bail points, which we will map out for you. Basically, if you're a first time to milwaukee (or first time distance rider) all you have to do is show up at the start with a functioning bike and we'll do the rest, I'll post route maps, bail points and suggested rest stops in this link. Invite your friends, the more the merrier!

We will leave Chicago at 7 AM. That means we will meet at our mass start (the starbucks at 5300 n clark) at 630. We will end the ride at Palomino's pub in Milwaukee for beers and fried pickles/lunch (veggie-friendly) Also, I will call ahead and reserve us some spots at the sprecher brewery tour for those who are interested. Hopefully, some of our milwaukee brothers and sisters will amtrak down from milwaukee friday night, crash in chicago and ride up with us saturday. Also, hopefully others will meet up with us IN milwaukee for bike-related hijinx.

RETURN TRIP: If you're really intrepid bike back. failing that amtrak service to chicago is like 20 bucks (plus a fee for a bike box, which they provide)

racers: New for milwaukee 2.0 is the racer category. If you like to roll light and fast let's have a friendly competition. Everyone who wants to race will chip in a predetermined amount into a pot, pot is won by first person to palominos (I think we should all follow the same route to keep things sporting but would be amenable to a "whoever gets there first by whatever route they want" style as well.

My summer is almost totally booked up, so I propose July 18th.


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I had a blast on 1.0 and would love to do 2.0 as well...but like Ryan, I will be riding RAGBRAI on the 18th.

Tank-Ridin' Ryan said:
Have fun everyone. I'll be on my way to Iowa on the 18th.

Milwaukee 1.0 was a blast. I highly recommend going if you like going out for 25-35 mile rides.(The route can always be divided into legs of your choosing with rests in between.) Or, go if you just want to give yourself a challenge with awesome fried pickles, beer, good food and good company as a reward.

Oh, and bring sunscreen. :)
I want to go with the roller group... weather and work schedule permitting. I will take my fixed 54/13 Bianchi 650/700c time trials bike.

DonRay A.K.A. Zesty said:
I requested off work after seeing this post- we'll see. It'll be me plus one in the roller group. Where you at dominguez? Lindsay?

Chris said:
Nice dude ! you're welcome to crash with me--I've got a guest bedroom!

Smash said:
Chris, I'm very interested in taking the Amtrak down on Friday night to ride up with y'all on Saturday. Probably not racing though, I will be using this as an opportunity to break in my new (to me) '83 Trek 520.
yeah, I'll post the map sometime next week. psh...solo. come with a group and have a delicious beer after!

Marne Provost said:
I've wanted to ride to Milwaukee for a while now, but I want to do a solo trip. Can I get the route you guys are taking?
Hey Chris- I can't get off of work because everyone already beat me to the request that weekend due to p-fork. Oh well- guess I'll have to roll it alone in august.
j~

Chris said:
yeah, I'll post the map sometime next week. psh...solo. come with a group and have a delicious beer after! Marne Provost said:
I've wanted to ride to Milwaukee for a while now, but I want to do a solo trip. Can I get the route you guys are taking?
I meant racer group.

Juan Dominguez said:
I want to go with the roller group... weather and work schedule permitting. I will take my fixed 54/13 Bianchi 650/700c time trials bike.

DonRay A.K.A. Zesty said:
I requested off work after seeing this post- we'll see. It'll be me plus one in the roller group. Where you at dominguez? Lindsay?

Chris said:
Nice dude ! you're welcome to crash with me--I've got a guest bedroom!

Smash said:
Chris, I'm very interested in taking the Amtrak down on Friday night to ride up with y'all on Saturday. Probably not racing though, I will be using this as an opportunity to break in my new (to me) '83 Trek 520.
I'll keep your Zesty bones company in August if you want.

DonRay A.K.A. Zesty said:
Hey Chris- I can't get off of work because everyone already beat me to the request that weekend due to p-fork. Oh well- guess I'll have to roll it alone in august.
j~

I posted my route on your event site, Chris. About 86 miles total more or less from Evanston if you include the 4 mile ride to the train station. Gah - I hope it's not too hot Saturday - the forecast looks good however. Hooking up my racing wheels Friday night.
I agree - this looks awesome.
Did I miss the obvious here ... or what are the details on the return trip (same date ?, next day, we all do our own thing ?)

thanks
Nah, I probably neglected to post it. Anyone who wants to go back sat night is welcome to and we will make sure you get hooked up (i.e. gets to train station) (basically one takes amtrak back last train at 735 pm cost 20 bucks plus bike box plus bike fee (an additional 25?), I know others are staying overnight (hotels) so make sure to post here if you like and coordinate that.

I have not decided I may come back on the amtrak, I may ride back, I may stay overnight (eh smash?)

Juan you have aTT bike? damn, I am toast. My roadbike (steel frame khs at that) is in the burbs and I dont think ill have time to get it so ill prolly have to roll on a 46x 15 fixie. unless there's a tail wind I may as well start drafting my concession speech now...

daniel brown said:
I agree - this looks awesome.
Did I miss the obvious here ... or what are the details on the return trip (same date ?, next day, we all do our own thing ?)

thanks
Bike boxes really cost $25? Yikes. Too bad Metra doesn't go up to Milwaukee. Staying the night and taking Metra from Kenosha for $5.00 is looking more enticing.
Anyone know a cheap hotel near downtown?
Anyone looking to split a hotel room?

At $40 for Amtrak tickets, its probably better to get a room and then bike back the next day. And you can ride the Metra partways for $5.

Sunday Metra schedual:

Kenosha (WI) LV 6:49 8:49 ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- 6:49 ----
Winthrop Harbor (IL) 6:57 8:57 ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- 6:57 ----
Zion 7:02 9:02 ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- 7:02 ----
Waukegan 7:10 9:10 11:10 12:10 2:10 4:10 5:10 7:10 10:10

(Also see discussion on the event page)
Yes, I am daring myself again to see if I can handle the long milage on this old illegal beast. I am not interested in winning any races. I really want to try and see just how much I can open her up. I will battle most of my forward weight on this one if my bosses will let me take Saturday off.


Chris said:
Nah, I probably neglected to post it. Anyone who wants to go back sat night is welcome to and we will make sure you get hooked up (i.e. gets to train station) (basically one takes amtrak back last train at 735 pm cost 20 bucks plus bike box plus bike fee (an additional 25?), I know others are staying overnight (hotels) so make sure to post here if you like and coordinate that.

I have not decided I may come back on the amtrak, I may ride back, I may stay overnight (eh smash?)

Juan you have aTT bike? damn, I am toast. My roadbike (steel frame khs at that) is in the burbs and I dont think ill have time to get it so ill prolly have to roll on a 46x 15 fixie. unless there's a tail wind I may as well start drafting my concession speech now...

daniel brown said:
I agree - this looks awesome.
Did I miss the obvious here ... or what are the details on the return trip (same date ?, next day, we all do our own thing ?)

thanks

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