Upcoming Events

That you should know about!

Pick Me Up at the Border!

Pick Me Up At The Border is a 90-mile ride (This is NOT a race) that returns this year!

Join riders for a jaunt down to the Illinois State Line…and back via the Badger State Trail. There is a prize at the end…but it could be a real DRAG!

When: Friday October 6, 2017, 11:58 pm

Route: The ride departs from the Capitol Square in Downtown Madison at 11:58pm on Friday, October 6th and heads down West Washington Avenue approximately 2/3rd of a mile until it meets the SW Commuter Path. At that point, riders turn right and proceed 6 miles to McKee Road, just past the bike roundabout. The City of Fitchburg Police Department will escort all riders, as a group, across McKee Road, where the path turns into the Badger State Trail in the City of Fitchburg! At this point, you are on your own (we do, however, strongly encourage using the buddy system). Proceed for approximately 20(ish) miles to the Stewart Tunnel, drink some more water and head south to the border…then return!

Registration/Cost: You DO NOT have to register for this event but there is a suggested donation of $15 cash only (we will have a hat to pass around for collections). 50% of these wonderful donations are going to support the planning and construction of a project near the Old Fitchburg Depot along the Badger Trail between Adams Road and HWY “M”. These are matching funds so every dollar we raise will leverage that investment.

Support: This IS NOW A SAG supported ride! Dream Bikes, a local Bike Shop and awesome 501c3 organization are teaming up with Bike Fitchburg this year! Noah and the Dream Bikes van will be mobilized to assist riders along the trail and will be temporarily stationed at a few spots throughout the ride to offer a quick check on the bike, water refill, or, if you are just beat and cant go on, you can crawl in the van with your bike and get a ride back to the finish line.

Be SAFE: Ride Safe and Ride Bright! We Suggest bringing TWO good headlights in case one burns out! Please use caution! This is a night time event and conditions may be encountered where reasonable speed and bike handling are needed. Due to some extremely nasty weather in July, soft spots do exist on the trail at two locations, but are very passable. The first is near Basco, leading up to Henry Road–down to base gravel and a bit soft. The second is south of Monroe between Melvin Road and Town Center Road. Again, soft and a bit wishy washy.

Questions: Questions about the ride? Contact: Ride Leader – Thad Schumacher (schumacher.thad@gmail.com) or Matthew Jones (Mattmonday@yahoo.com)

Trail Pass: A Wisconsin State Trail pass is the responsibility of the individual rider to obtain. There will be a Friends of Badger Trail representative available at the start of the ride at the Capitol Square with passes available for purchase. Trail passes are $5 for the day, or $25 annually. Every registered rider will get a glow stick to wear on their person or to clip onto their bike.

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Board Meetings

The Friends of Badger Trail Board of Directors meets four times a year at different venues along the trail. All meetings begin at 6:30 PM and the public is invited. Our next meeting is:

Wednesday, November 29
6:30 PM
FOBT Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Program
DNR Regional Headquarters
3911 Fish Hatchery Rd. in Fitchburg