A Great Fall Ride – Hills of Wisconsin 200k, Oct 1

What a fabulous day for a ride! 13 Minnesota Randonneurs cruised the challenging Hills of Wisconsin 200k brevet on Saturday under some of the nicest riding conditions of the year, 70+ temps, mostly sunny and the leaves just starting to turn

A 5-10 mph NE wind created a little bit of work in the morning but earned us a nice tailwind for most of the last 20 miles.

Great roads, minimal traffic and a great route with a variety of short, medium, long, steep, not-so-steep and easy hills, along with an equal number of short, medium, long, steep, not-so-steep and easy downhills!

A big thank you to our hosts Gary and Deb Bakke for a great lunch at the old creamery in Downsville

Welcome: first time rando rider Matt Gryniewski-Peirson

Rando of the day: Tom Ehlman for carrying a spare dereailleur cable, pliers and duct tape to fix Andy Martin’s gears.

Congratulations to the thirteen riders that started and finished.  Come the winds of November, the snow in January and sleet in March, we will remember this ride as one of the top highlights of 2016.

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Here’s a few pix too, thanks to Dave Spoelhof and Gary Bakke

Dave Spoelhof

Dave Spoelhof

Devils Punchbowl

Devils Punchbowl

Lunch Stop in Downsville

Lunch Stop in Downsville

Lunch Stop in Downsville

Lunch Stop in Downsville

Mark Olsen up the hill

Mark Olsen up the hill

Mark Olsen and Alex Piotrowski

Mark Olsen and Alex Piotrowski

MIchael Derner

MIchael Derner

Mike Achor, Jerry Hofmann and Tom Ehlman

Mike Achor, Jerry Hofmann and Tom Ehlman

Mike Achor, Jerry Hofmann and Mark Olsen

Mike Achor, Jerry Hofmann and Mark Olsen

Rob at lunch in Downsville

Rob at lunch in Downsville

Rob Welsh crawling uphill

Rob Welsh crawling uphill

Scott Gregory heading uphill

Scott Gregory heading uphill

Michael Derner

Michael Derner