Gitche Gumee Gran Fondo
Gitche Gumee Gran Fondo
An Epic End-Of-Summer Bike Ride


AUGUST 24, 2019


An Epic End-Of-Summer Bike Ride

The ride will start in Cable or Drummond depending on your ride route and wind along 100, 80 or 60 miles of scenic, paved Wisconsin back-country roads, several river crossings, and traverses the Continental Divide. Share an amazing ride experience between iconic northern towns—historic lumbering towns surrounded with beautifully clear inland lakes and a historic fishing village on the beautiful shores of the largest fresh-water lake in North America, with a purpose to benefit healthy lifestyle through clean sport and cycling. Riders gather at the start in Cable, Wisconsin to embark on an adventurous route through the northern Wisconsin forests to the gateway for the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore - Bayfield, Wisconsin.

This year's event has again teamed up with The Steve Tilford Memorial Fund, as our official charity, with a portion of the proceeds going to support the fund's partnership with USA Cycling's mission to foster a commitment to the safety, integrity, and joy of cycling. This fund will honor Steve’s passion for cycling and be part of his lasting legacy.

The Gitche Gumee Idea came to me back in 1993 when I was still racing full time for Team Saturn. I found the route with the least traffic, and it was nothing short of spectacular! One of my top 5 best rides I have ever been on.
— Tommy Matush
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The Route

The route features beautifully paved winding roads that roll over hills through the woods, and past meandering rivers and streams. The rolling terrain will test your limits until cresting the final climb where you will be treated to the panoramic view of the great Gitche Gumee as you coast to the finish. Return transportation is provided; cyclists of all abilities/ages welcome!

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