Chippewa Valley Cruise

Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

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The city of Chippewa Falls lies just a few miles south of the forty-fifth parallel of latitude. That puts it halfway between the Equator and the North Pole. It's a transition zone that marks the change from the scenic farmland to the vast woodlands that characterize Wisconsin. This tour, held annually on the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend, spans the boundary area. In addition to the loop shown here, the tour includes 30-, 75-, 100- mile routes. The postrace picnic features typical Wisconsin fare: bratwurst, Chippewa spring water, and Leinenkugel's beer. As you roll east and north from Chippewa Falls and cross the Chippewa River where it enters the flowage known as Lake Wissota, you'll pass the apple orchards and farms that prosper in spite of the diminished sunlight that marks the forty-fifth parallel. At Jim Falls you'll cross the Chippewa again at the site of one of the Midwest's state-of-the-art hydroelectric power plants.
Best Bike Rides in the Midwest

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Best Bike Rides in the Midwest

by Phil Van Valkenburg (The Globe Pequot Press)

The city of Chippewa Falls lies just a few miles south of the forty-fifth parallel of latitude. That puts it halfway between the Equator and the North Pole. It's a transition zone that marks the change from the scenic farmland to the vast woodlands that characterize Wisconsin. This tour, held annually on the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend, spans the boundary area. In addition to the loop shown here, the tour includes 30-, 75-, 100- mile routes.

The postrace picnic features typical Wisconsin fare: bratwurst, Chippewa spring water, and Leinenkugel's beer. As you roll east and north from Chippewa Falls and cross the Chippewa River where it enters the flowage known as Lake Wissota, you'll pass the apple orchards and farms that prosper in spite of the diminished sunlight that marks the forty-fifth parallel. At Jim Falls you'll cross the Chippewa again at the site of one of the Midwest's state-of-the-art hydroelectric power plants.

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

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Chippewa Falls
Distance: 59.8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Local Contacts: Kiwania Chippewa Valley Century Ride & Run 715-723-6661
Driving Directions: Directions to Chippewa Valley Cruise

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Apr 2018