Beetown Challenge

Lancaster, Wisconsin

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As you ride through Grant County, you will soon discover how the early lead-mining rush influenced the growth of this area and today’s road route options. This challenge offers both excitement and beauty. It leaves on Beetown Road in a community named after a Pennsylvania town and rolls south, passing a village named for a fierce storm that went through the area after the first settlers arrived. After rolling along toward the Mississippi River bluffs, use the next town, with a name that in Spanish means “lead,” for a rest stop. Now, in your low gear, climb back up the bluff and turn back to the north. After crossing the Grant River, ride up the valley floor to a town named for an overturned tree with a beehive in its trunk and a large lead nugget at its roots. Soon you reach a thriving agriculture community that went through names faster than you can shift from granny to your high ring. As you return from the northwest, you may have to use that low gear one more time on the roller coaster cruise back to Lancaster.
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Road Biking Wisconsin

by M. Russ Lowthian (Falcon Guides)

As you ride through Grant County, you will soon discover how the early lead-mining rush influenced the growth of this area and today’s road route options. This challenge offers both excitement and beauty. It leaves on Beetown Road in a community named after a Pennsylvania town and rolls south, passing a village named for a fierce storm that went through the area after the first settlers arrived.

After rolling along toward the Mississippi River bluffs, use the next town, with a name that in Spanish means “lead,” for a rest stop. Now, in your low gear, climb back up the bluff and turn back to the north. After crossing the Grant River, ride up the valley floor to a town named for an overturned tree with a beehive in its trunk and a large lead nugget at its roots. Soon you reach a thriving agriculture community that went through names faster than you can shift from granny to your high ring. As you return from the northwest, you may have to use that low gear one more time on the roller coaster cruise back to Lancaster.

©  M. Russ Lowthian/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Lancaster
Distance: 55
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Spring through fall
Local Contacts: Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce; Grant County Tourism Council
Local Maps: DeLorme: Wisconsin Atlas and Gazetteer: Page 25 B5.
Driving Directions: Directions to Beetown Challenge

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