Madison Winter Bike Week 2017

The schedule for Madison Winter Bike Week has never been so packed! From February 3 to February 10, every day we and our partners will bring a wide range of events to you! Check back regularly for updates, or RSVP on Facebook!

Madison Bikes Winter Challenge, Feb 5-10

Logic and a lack of traction may be two reasons why you wouldn’t ride in the winter, but we’re here to give you 42 reasons why you should!  There’s too much to see in this town to spend the winter hibernating. This February 5–10 we bring you the Madison Winter Bike Challenge. Whether you’re a new rider, veteran commuter, or summer cruiser, we challenge you to spend time on your bike, taking pictures of as many items on our challenge list as your heart desires and legs deliver. Find all the details here!

All week

EVP Coffee on University Bay Drive will offer a free small coffee to bike commuters.


Friday, February 3

Frozen Assets Fat Bike Race

Lake Mendota near the Edgewater Hotel, 6:30pm

Join the Clean Lakes Alliance for their first Frozen Assets Fat Bike Race on Lake Mendota!

This rare NIGHT race will start and end at The Edgewater. Participants will cruise across the ice on iconic Lake Mendota and pass by downtown Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Choose from a single lap, 4.25 mile course or a three lap, 12.75 mile course, both of which will be TIMED. 

Top finishers will get medals and prizes to be announced. Best of all, your registration supports work to protect and improve water quality in our lakes!

Sign up here:

Saturday, February 4

Family Music With Casey Day

The Cargo Bike Shop/Café Domestique, 1404 Williamson St

Local folk/kids musician Casey Day will perform Tall Tales and Tiny Toons. Free hot cocoa & cider for kids who bike to the event

Capital Goldsprint Series, Part 1

Motorless Motion Bicycles, 7pm-midnight

Want to take part in Winter Bike Week while remaining cozy indoors? Join in or spectate at Madison’s first Capital Goldsprint Series! What’s a Goldsprint? Thirty seconds of pedaling as fast as you can on a bicycle on rollers while others cheer you on!  The winner takes home a prize!


$5 entry fee (free beer for 21+!), unlimited races, and good music. Cafe Porter will have cocktails and snacks for sale.

Brought to you by Porter, Third Sign Brewery, Fyxation Bicycle Co., and MoMo Riders Club

Sunday, February 5

Fat Bike Sledding at Frozen Assets

Lake Mendota, at the Edgewater Hotel, 1-3pm

Have your kids (and if capacity allows: yourself) be pulled on a sled, on frozen Lake Mendota, by a fat bike. As part of the Frozen Assets Festival, Madison Bikes will offer this fun event.


Monday, February 6

Commuter Station at Machinery Row

Cap City Trail at Machinery Row Cycles, 7-9am 

Start into the work week with free coffee on the Cap City Trail and have your winter bike photo taken!

Monday Social Ride around Lake Monona -- MEAThead Ride, Winter Bike Week Edition

Ford's Gym, 2114 Winnebago Street, 7pm (sharp!)

Join the friendly MEAThead riders on their ride around Lake Monona. This ride will happen in any weather...

Tuesday, February 7

Commuter Station at The Cargo Bike Shop/Café Domestique

Cap City Trail and Dickinson St, 7-9am

The Cargo Bike Shop and Café Domestique are offering a coffee voucher to riders to come back to the shop later that week for a coffee.

Revolution Cycles Winter Bike Maintenance Class

Revolution Cycles, 6-8pm

Maintenance class will cover flat fixing plus several basic repairs you may need to get you home safely when you are out riding this winter. Free, Open to all and no registration is required!


Wednesday, February 8

Commuter Station at Atwood/Dunning

Cap City Trail at the intersection of Dunning and Atwood, 7-9am

Revolution Cycles and Barriques are teaming up to bring you a commuter station on the Cap City Trail.

Bike Traffic Skills Class

UW Bicycle Resource Center (parking garage level of Helen C. White Hall), noon-1pm 

Free class taught by UW Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator Chuck Strawser. Learn the basics of vehicular cycling and keep yourself safe and comfortable while riding in traffic. Free Planet Bike blinky light set to the first 5 attendees. Bring a brown bag lunch! No registration required.

Middleton Capital Brewery Ride

Capital Brewery, Middleton, 5:45-8:30pm

Meet at 5:45 at Capital Brewery for a 6pm rollout. We'll ride 10-15 miles and will return for beer. Capital will give each rider a buy-one-get-one free beer card for the event! Tim and Kierstin will be leading the ride and plan on using the path along Highway 12 if it's clear but will have an alternate route if it's not. Please bring locks, lights, reflective clothing, and cash to tip the bartenders appropriately. The ride will be cancelled if there is ice or a lot of snow.

Thursday, February 9

Winter Warmer Commuter Station at HotelRED

HotelRED, Monroe St/Regent St, 7-9am

Inside the lobby of HotelRED at Regent/Monroe, just off the Southwest Commuter Path.

Park your bike in the patio space next to the lobby entrance and warm up inside while you enjoy free coffee and pastries.

 Lake Loop to One Barrel Brewing

Barriques on Park St, 6pm

Ride around Lake Monona and end up at One Barrel Brewing Company for food and drinks. We will meet at Barriques on Park Street at 6pm and roll out sharp at 6:15pm. The route goes around Lake Monona counterclockwise, following the "Lake Loop" route on bike paths and mostly quiet residential streets. The ride is beginner-friendly, and nobody will be dropped. First beer at One Barrel is $1 if you show your helmet. 

East Side Winter Evening Family Ride

Barriques on Atwood, 6:15pm

Meet at Barriques on Atwood for 6:30pm departure. We’ll bike along the Capital City Trail toward Olbrich Gardens to meet up with our intrepid Lake Loop Riders and will double back with them to celebrate at One Barrel Brewing.

Thursday Night Ride with Revolution Cycles

Revolution Cycles, 6:15pm

All riders and all abilities welcome, no drop, and fat bikes encouraged! This ride will also end at One Barrel Brewing for the $1 beer special.

Friday, February 10

Barriques 2 Barriques Ride with Bike Fitchburg

Barriques Fitchburg, 6am (yes, AM!)

Barriques 2 Barriques will begin from the Barriques - Fitchburg Coffee Shop located at 5955 McKee Road in Fitchburg and we will ride in bike lanes and mostly bike trails to the Barriques - Park St. in Madison. After alighting our steeds we can take a moment to refill our water bottles or our coffee mugs and return to the Fitchburg Barriques location via Arboretum Drive, Seminole Hwy and Badger State Trail. Total ride time should be 1 hour. Mileage is 12 miles. No drop. Everyone is invited to ride. Please wear a helmet and warm gear.

Winter Warmer Commuter Station at HotelRED

HotelRED, Monroe St/Regent St, 7-9am

Inside the lobby of HotelRED at Regent/Monroe, just off the Southwest Commuter Path.

Park your bike in the patio space next to the lobby entrance and warm up inside while you enjoy free coffee and pastries.

Winter Bike Week Finale

Johnson Public House, 5:30pm

End the 2017 Winter Bike Week at Johnson Public House. One Barrel Brewing will sponsor some beer, and the winners of the 1st Annual Madison Bikes Winter Bike Scavenger Hunt Challenge will be announced. 


Thanks to everyone who helped make Winter Bike Week possible!

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