Winter Cycling Events

Posted by Doug Shidell, December 16th, 2008 2 responses

There was a time in Minneapolis when a news reporter compared winter bike commuting to the Will Steiger Polar Expedition. Today winter bike commuting is almost mainstream, so what do the polar expedition types do to distinguish themselves? Check out Bike Winter for a list of events in Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison. Some highlights:

  • Milwaukee: Bike Polar Plunge: January 1 at 11:00 am. Ride in the New Year with a Ride into Lake Michigan. Meet at Palomino Bar, 2491 S. Superior.  Ride organizers helpfully suggest bringing dry clothes to change into.
  • Milwaukee: Bike Polo: Every Thursday and Sunday. Contact for meet up information.
  • Madison: Ride the Capital City Bike Trail: January 17 11:00 am. Meet at the Bicycle Federation office 106 Doty St. Ste 400. Return for post ride warmer uppers.
  • Stupor Bowl Same weekend as the Super Bowl. This alleycat race is eleven years old and going strong.

    Minneapolis Bike Polo For the year round schedule, check the games section of mplsbikelove.

  • Northern Minnesota: Arrowhead 135 February 2, 2009. When you’ve done it all and still don’t feel challenged, try this midwinter event. It’s a 135 mile bike/walk/or ski race on snowmobile trails through the Iron Range of Northern Minnesota.. In 2006, the start line temperature was -35 degrees. The high was approximately -17 degrees. One participant lost ten toes to frostbite, so don’t go to this event under prepared.
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2 Comments to “Winter Cycling Events”

  1. hokan Says:

    The Stuporbowl link is for last year. This year’s is here:

    Also, Minneapolis has polo all year long. Check the games section on

  2. Doug Shidell Says:

    Thanks for the update. I’ve made the changes on the post.