Sparta / Elroy Classic Professional Review and Guide
"Starting at the “Bicycling Capital of America,” this ride offers you the opportunity to circle around one of the most unique and scenic rail-to-trail systems established on a converted rail line. As the crushed limestone trail runs through the valley, the classic enjoys meandering in and out of the ridges and around the coulees for an invigorating tour along the dales. The route travels south through the countryside to a town named for its resemblance to a village in Mexico.
Then cruising down the valley, you will encounter your first major climb before visiting a town with an Indian name meaning “a point of land.” After making another loop and climbing another set of ridges, you visit another rail-to-trail town that has a historic railroad depot and museum. One more loop, circling to the southeast, will take you to the other end of this line, where the “400” and Omaha Bike Trails also meet. Now riding north up the ridge’s spine, you will pass many Amish farms along this 26-mile stretch of hillside lane. After a long descent, passing a military encampment, the route takes you back to Sparta."