Swiss Scene Classic

Middleton, Wisconsin

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Madison's Bombay Bicycle Club is very active, organizing several well-publicized rides each week. The Swiss Annual route is one of three that are rotated for the club's annual century ride, which takes place in late September. The ride also shows you the different character of glaciated and unglaciated terrain. Hills are long and steep, as the process of erosion has had aeons longer to shape the land. The unglaciated countryside is a favorite of bicyclists who don't mind a challenge. the valleys wind along and always surprise you with a lovely view as you round a bend. This route has some of the finest, including Spring Valley, on the way to Mazomanie; the valleys of Blue Mound, Elvers, and Moen creeks, on the way to Mt. Horeb; and Britt Valley, between Mt. Horeb and New Glarus. The crossroads village of Paoli is probably the most popular bicycling destination in the area. Its short (15-mile) distance from Madison has a lot to do with that, but whatever the reason the beautiful old stone mill and town square are seldom without a few cyclists resting in the shade or filling their bottles at the water pump.
Best Bike Rides in the Midwest

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Best Bike Rides in the Midwest

by Phil Van Valkenburg (The Globe Pequot Press)

Madison's Bombay Bicycle Club is very active, organizing several well-publicized rides each week. The Swiss Annual route is one of three that are rotated for the club's annual century ride, which takes place in late September. The ride also shows you the different character of glaciated and unglaciated terrain. Hills are long and steep, as the process of erosion has had aeons longer to shape the land. The unglaciated countryside is a favorite of bicyclists who don't mind a challenge. the valleys wind along and always surprise you with a lovely view as you round a bend. This route has some of the finest, including Spring Valley, on the way to Mazomanie; the valleys of Blue Mound, Elvers, and Moen creeks, on the way to Mt. Horeb; and Britt Valley, between Mt. Horeb and New Glarus.

The crossroads village of Paoli is probably the most popular bicycling destination in the area. Its short (15-mile) distance from Madison has a lot to do with that, but whatever the reason the beautiful old stone mill and town square are seldom without a few cyclists resting in the shade or filling their bottles at the water pump.

©  Phil Van Valkenburg/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Middleton
Distance: 99.1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Local Contacts: Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau 608-255-0701
Driving Directions: Directions to Swiss Scene Classic

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