Ride Details

Swiss Cheese & Spotted Cows Bicycle Tour
2019 RouteRegistration


About the Ride:

Swiss Cheese & Spotted Cows (SCSC) is a 4-day loop tour starting and ending in Spring Green, WI.  Meet Wednesday evening, June 26, for packet pickup and dinner, then begin your bicycling adventure on Thursday, June 27.  With a tour size of 50-60 people, you’ll avoid waiting in long lines for food, restrooms, etc.  Register early to secure your spot!


After a day in the saddle, enjoy the comforts of a motel/hotel room. No camping here! Four nights lodging included in tour fee, beginning with Wednesday night (the night before the tour begins).

Luggage Transport and Support:

A vehicle will transport your luggage each day to the next overnight town.  Each person is allowed one soft-sided bag or duffel bag. SAG support will be offered, as will mechanical support, so all you’ll need to do is ride your bike!  To add to the enjoyment of your ride, please have your bike tuned up prior to arriving on the ride.

Food and Drink:

Breakfast and dinner are included each day, starting with dinner Wednesday evening.  Breakfasts are full, hot breakfasts as opposed to hotel continental breakfasts.  There will be opportunities each day for snacks and/or lunch in the small communities we visit (on your own).  While supported rest stops are not part of this ride, we do carry an ample supply of chin-drippin’ peaches and bananas with us for refueling during the ride.

Each day, there will be a happy hour prior to dinner featuring local craft brews at a local establishment (cost of drinks is on your own).

Mileage & Terrain:

Mileage is 55-65 miles/day, with a shorter option available on day 2. The terrain is generally rolling, with some flatter and hillier sections interspersed throughout. Daily elevation gains range from 2100-2300 feet of climbing, except for day 3 which has approximately 2900 feet of climbing as we gradually traverse the stunning Baraboo Range.

This tour is best suited for riders of intermediate ability and above who are comfortable climbing (and descending, too!) This tour is not recommended for beginners. Overall, the tour has less climbing than previous years.

Both paper and electronic (Ride with GPS) route maps and cue sheets will be provided.

Getting to the Ride:

The ride starts and ends in Spring Green, WI. Driving distances from nearby major cities are as follows:

  • Dubuque, IA: 45 min
  • Madison, WI: 45-60 min
  • Chicago, IL: 3 hrs
  • Mpls/St. Paul: 4 hrs

If you are flying, there is an airport in nearby Madison (Dane County Regional Airport (MSN)


Our Early Bird Special Price is $765 per person based on double occupancy until Feb 28th.  The regular price of $795 will be charged for registration thereafter.  If you prefer a room to yourself, there is a $245 single supplement additional fee.

Registrations received by Feb 28th will also receive a free wicking shirt in a color of your choice.

The trip fee includes four nights lodging (Wed-Sat), 4 hot breakfasts, 4 dinners, Swiss entertainment in New Glarus, farm and dairy tours, baggage transport to each night’s destination, maps, SAG & mechanical support, and all the scenery and fun you can pack in! All other fees are on your own.

Note: A $25 processing fee will be added to registrations paid with PayPal or credit card.

Cancellation Policy:

All cancellations received on or before April 20 will be refunded the full trip fee less $100. Cancellations received after that date will forfeit the entire trip fee. All cancellations must be received via email.

Spring Green, WI

Begin your adventure in the artisan community of Spring Green situated along the Wisconsin River

New Glarus, WI

In New Glarus, our overnight destination, take a self-guided tour and/or taste the freshly brewed samples at the New Glarus Brewing Co–home of Spotted Cow ale–while relaxing on their outdoor patio.

Madison, WI

All roads lead to Wisconsin’s state capital – Madison, a big city with a small town feel.  

Baraboo, WI

Baraboo, a picturesque town nestled in a beautiful valley and home to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

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