July 27, 2010

Created for the hoped-for Chicago Olympics: "a 167-mile road course that looped through Madison three times before taking racers west and into the hills near Blue Mound State Park."

A NYT article about our fabulous bike trails.
“The steepness of the climbs are really what made this course significantly harder than other Olympic courses in the past,” [said Robbie Ventura, a former professional cyclist who was part of Lance Armstrong’s United States Postal Service team for four years].

“If you ride that course just to ride it, you can’t help to get excited every time you get to the top of one of those climbs,” Ventura said. “Even if you do just one loop, there’s a satisfaction of completing something that is not only incredibly beautiful, but also incredibly challenging.”
The article also mentions the the trails in Kettle Moraine State Forest, the Military Ridge Trail and the Capital City trail (which Meade and I rode 3 times in the last 3 days).

18 comments:

mc said...

I'm going to have to think really hard about why this post is racist or dogmatic...That hill is my challenge now!

q12345q6789 said...

@mc: "upper-class white academic tea-partiers ride high on Obama's failed, but well intentioned, Olympics bid. Stoking racial animosities while hypocritically using goverment-provided services."
It's easy, once ya get the knack.
media-Matters is really just a bot program now...

rhhardin said...

I used to do 500 miles a week.

You don't need a road course. Just point the bike in one direction until you're far away. Then circle back.

Bike trails don't go anywhere you'd want to go.

mc said...

ahhhhhhh...gottcha!

I will practice on circumstances throughout the day under my breath until I feel I've improved.

Should probably wear a blue tooth for that.

q12345q6789 said...

@rhhardin: oh. I have a few fond memories of my youth that would beg to differ...

k*thy said...

Kind of old news, but good to see the recignition. It'll be a kick having Centurion coming to the area - looking forward to it.

edutcher said...

I suppose this is one of those things where something good comes out of something really stupid.

phil said...

Meade? What kind of Teabagger are you? Enjoying guvm't funded bike trails!

Meade said...

"guvm't funded bike trails"

Federal guvm't? I don't think so.

q12345q6789 said...

yeah, after watching part of the estimable, ms. Ann's diavlog on bloggingheads I felt comfortable commenting without contextualizing.

LonewackoDotCom said...
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LonewackoDotCom said...

I'm no great biker technically or fit-wise, but I can't fathom much elevation change in the middle of the prairie.

For comparison purposes, see this and this. Both involved large amounts of pushing, some riding, and some carrying, with the second being at around 12,000' to 13,000'.

Let's see Lance do that!

phil said...

Meade, how much do you want to bet there is Fed money in you bike trails? Also, what does it really matter? Is state or local money somehow purer to Teabaggers?

MadisonMan said...

I noticed some things missing in that article.

(1) The Centurion Ride is having a very hard time attracting riders. There's was an article in the local WSJ last week about this.

(2) There are plenty of county Residents who hate, loathe and abominate the bicyclists that clog narrow twisty county roads. I am not sure they'd give readers of the NYTimes a warm welcome when they come to visit :)

There is federal money in the Cap City Trail. The bridge over Fish Hatch at PD that was recently built has some federal money in it (I think). The SW Bike Path was also built partly with Federal Funds.

Meade said...

"There is federal money in the Cap City Trail. The bridge over Fish Hatch at PD that was recently built has some federal money in it (I think). The SW Bike Path was also built partly with Federal Funds. "

Hmm. Good thing I didn't let phil snooker me into betting money. Is there nothing the federal government hasn't dripped its slippery pork fat on?

AJ Lynch said...

Cool bike trails thanks! I printed the article and will put on my list of things to do someday.

jeff said...

“The steepness of the climbs are really what made this course significantly harder than other Olympic courses in the past,”

"“Even if you do just one loop, there’s a satisfaction of completing something that is not only incredibly beautiful, but also incredibly challenging.” "

Well then, I'm sure a large percentage of the folks that paid for it will be enjoying it. Noting gets the recreational bicyclist out like steep climbs, significant hard and incredibly challenging bike paths. Me, I like to ride mine down by the river.

phil said...

Well Meade, it does not sound like "pork" to me. It sounds like it was money well spent.