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An Epic End-Of-Summer Bike Ride

**ROUTE UPDATE** -- Due to the continuing road construction situation on Mosquito Brook Road, we have modified the route for the 100-mile group. We're going to do is start the 80 and 100-mile groups together, departing from Cable at Rivers Eatery and Tilly's Pies at 8 am, August 25th. The 60 and 80-mile routes have no changes. The 100-mile group will follow the same route and do an additional incredibly scenic 20-mile loop between Delta and Iron River around Heart Lake.

Rivers Eatery will have coffee and "ride fuel" available for purchase. There are other options for fueling-up within 1 block including the Velo Cafe, the Brickhouse Cafe, and the Cable Cafe as well. New Moon will be on-site at our starting venue at Rivers Eatery and will be providing last-minute mechanical support and some yummy treats! Additionally, Riverbrook Bike & Ski has a satellite store location in the Ideal Market building, co-located with Rivers Eatery.

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Share an amazing ride experience between two iconic northern towns - a historic lumbering town 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.

The Gitche Gumee Gran Fondo is a mass-start cycling event in the spirit and tradition of the great Italian cyclosportives. Launched in 2017, riders gathered at the start in one of the Midwest's most popular vacation destination towns of Hayward, Wisconsin to embark on an adventure route through the northern Wisconsin forests to the historic fishing village of Bayfield, Wisconsin.

The ride will start in Hayward, 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. The ride starts at 8 am in Hayward and finishes on Bayfield’s Lake Superior shoreline. Return-Transportation provided; Cyclists of all abilities/ages welcome!

This year's event has 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 anti-doping efforts. Programs which encourage juniors to appreciate and respect the benefits and ideals of fair competition, and fully understand the risks and downsides to doping, will be a key area of focus. This fund will honor Steve’s passion for clean sport 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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Routes

The route features beautifully paved winding roads that roll over hills through the woods, and over meandering rivers, streams, and tiny brooks. 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.

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training rides

Ready to take the next step? Join us on one of our three training rides leading up to the Gitche Gumee Gran Fondo, or come to all three. Each training ride will be hosted at one of our sponsors across the different sections of the route. Rides will be led by Tommy, and all abilities are welcome as we have a "no-drop" policy.

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