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2019 QCBC Fall Foliage Ride

Plan now to enjoy a fun-filled weekend of cycling adventure
and other activities of your choice.

Start making plans to join Deb and Dean Mathias and other fellow cyclists for the 2019 QCBC Fall Foliage Ride on the hills in the Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin, area. The ride will take place on October 12 and 13.  The Mathias' will drive to Mt. Horeb on Friday, October 11th. The Grumpy Troll is a hub of activity on Friday nights and a great place to meet up with other Fall Foliage cyclists for dinner. 

Saturday's ride starts at 9:00 a.m. from the Military Ridge Bike Trail parking lot in Mount Horeb and will be 50 to 60 miles. Maps and directions will be available. A link to the route will be available on Ride with GPS for interested parties. Schubert's, on Main Street, is a charming old-fashioned soda fountain/restaurant and a perfect place to fill up in the morning before setting out to conquer the hills of troll country. A group dinner is planned for Saturday night at Schubert's. 

Sunday's ride starts at 8:00 a.m. from the same location and will be 40 to 50 miles. 

Cycling routes on quiet country roads promise to offer more than a few hills for both days. So keep up your hill training regimen. Each day's ride will be a loop with lunch opportunities at a town midway along the route: Mazomanie on Saturday; New Glarus on Sunday.

You will experience spectacular views that are a pleasant change from the corn and bean fields that you have been looking at on your cycling outings all summer. You have an option to ride just one day or both. Travel distance to Mt. Horeb is about 140 miles from Davenport - close enough to drive up and back the same day if you cannot get away for an entire weekend. 

The Military Ridge Bike Trail (crushed limestone) offers an option for those cyclists that prefer flat terrain. The trail runs west to Governor Dodge State Park and east to Verona and beyond toward Madison. A trail pass is required. 
Mt. Horeb is known for life-size trolls carved into tree trunks scattered throughout the village. Visitors are encouraged to take a leisurely "Troll Stroll" to seek out these unique characters using the Troll guide.

Contact Deb and Dean Mathias at 309-737-8429 or if you plan to join the ride so that we know how many people to expect.

Also give us a head count of all individuals that will be joining the group for dinner on Saturday night.

Individuals that are not riding are welcome to join us for our group dinner. 

You are responsible for making your own room reservations.

Mt. Horeb can be busy in October so we encourage you to reserve early.

Reserve your room at Karakahl Country Inn that has newly remodeled rooms (; call 608-437-5545).  Mention you are with the Quad Cities Bicycle Club. 

Another option is Village Inn Hotel which is physically attached to the Military Ridge Bike Trail - call 608-437-3350.

Local Hotel Options

Another option is the Grandstay Hotel in Mount Horeb.

Verona also has a number of hotels that are about 10 miles east of Mount Horeb.

A number of bed and breakfasts are available in the area. Check out Mt. Horeb's website for possibilities. 

Local Camping Options

2 nearby parks provide camping possibilities:
- Brigham Park - 112 acre park with a spectacular panoramic view about 7 miles west of Mt. Horeb. 
- Blue Mounds State Park about 10 miles west of Mt. Horeb - for information, call 608-437-5711.

Check out the bicycle shop next to Grumpy Troll in Mt. Horeb

Bring along non-cycling family members or friends to enjoy points of interest in or near Mt. Horeb:

- Troll Walk (Carved trolls)
- Military Ridge Bike Trail
- Blue Mound State Park
- Brigham Park
- Stewart Park
- Cave of the Mounds
- Shopping options including Duluth Trading Company and assorted other shops