Tour de Fort Cruise

Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin

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When you trace the quiet country roads of the Tour de Fort route you cover more than gently rolling dairy farmland. Before the settlers arrived the area had all the attributes Native Americans need for an ideal home. A mix of prairie, woods, marshland, lakes, and rivers was rich with game, fish, and edible and medicinal plants. Foot trails crisscrossed the area. The Crawfish and Rock rivers were natural canoe routes. On the third Sunday of August, a typical turnout of 700-plus cyclists sets out to explore the scenic countryside on the Tour de Fort. Some may opt for a 15-mile route offered in addition to the 62- and 35 mile routes shown here. The history of Native Americans in pre-Columbian times is shrouded in mystery. Among the tantalizing clues from their cultures are the earthen mounds they left behind. Evidence of one of these enigmatic groups is along this route. Rolling north past Wisconsin dairy farms, you'll visit Aztalan State Park, one of the state's most significant archaeological sites. If you are riding the long loop, the route will take you through the picturesque village of Cambridge, a good place for a restaurant or bakery stop. Just beyond, in Rockdale, there is a fine view of the old mill dam from the bridge over the Koshkonong Creek.
Best Bike Rides in the Midwest

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Best Bike Rides in the Midwest

by Phil Van Valkenburg (The Globe Pequot Press)

When you trace the quiet country roads of the Tour de Fort route you cover more than gently rolling dairy farmland. Before the settlers arrived the area had all the attributes Native Americans need for an ideal home. A mix of prairie, woods, marshland, lakes, and rivers was rich with game, fish, and edible and medicinal plants. Foot trails crisscrossed the area. The Crawfish and Rock rivers were natural canoe routes. On the third Sunday of August, a typical turnout of 700-plus cyclists sets out to explore the scenic countryside on the Tour de Fort. Some may opt for a 15-mile route offered in addition to the 62- and 35 mile routes shown here. The history of Native Americans in pre-Columbian times is shrouded in mystery.

Among the tantalizing clues from their cultures are the earthen mounds they left behind. Evidence of one of these enigmatic groups is along this route. Rolling north past Wisconsin dairy farms, you'll visit Aztalan State Park, one of the state's most significant archaeological sites. If you are riding the long loop, the route will take you through the picturesque village of Cambridge, a good place for a restaurant or bakery stop. Just beyond, in Rockdale, there is a fine view of the old mill dam from the bridge over the Koshkonong Creek.

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

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Fort Atkinson
Distance: 62.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Local Contacts: tour de Fort Metric Century, c/o Gary Gramley 414-563-5279 / Fort Atkinson Area Chamber of Commerce 414-563-3210
Driving Directions: Directions to Tour de Fort Cruise

Recent Trail Reviews

7/4/2006
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This is a beautiful route. The directions were accurate and the roads were well marked. The scenery on this ride is very relaxing with a good mix of rivers, woodlands and farmlands. The Indian mounds in Aztalan are very interesting. The terrain is rolling. No big climbs. We road it on a holiday and, still, there was very little car traffic. The route passes through towns just when we needed food or a drink. If you're looking for a very pleasant weekend ride that is going to send you back to work refreshed, not crippled, this is it. Highly recommended.



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