The 200km route is a clockwise loop through south-central Wisconsin along lightly-traveled rural roads. Along the way you'll ride past dairy farms that have been the source of Wisconsin cheese for over a century. Both the Rock River and I-90 bisect the route, separating the gently rolling east half and the hillier west half.
Lights are not required.
Rides start and finish at the Super 8 Motel, 518 Borg Road, Delavan, WI. To reduce congestion, riders not staying at the motel have been asked to park across the street in the shopping center lot on the east side of Borg Rd.
5/23/13: The preliminary cue sheet has been updated to correct the routing error through Milton and provide addional detail at a couple of intersections. It does not include the likely detour on Co. Road M. The ride-day cue sheet and a construction supplement, if necessary, will be provided by Jim at registration.
5/17/13: The cause of the routing error through Milton on the cue sheet has been located and is being corrected. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. :)
5/14/13: The middle section of County Road M, SE of Milton, has been barricaded and the route is being modified. The preferred detour will be to turn right off of M onto Emerald Green and follow that south to MM and take that east to rejoin M.
4/16/13: Let's get ready to rumble! The route will be returning to Co. Hwy. M, southeast of Milton, to take advantage of several miles of new pavement.
4/16/13: Note that the 300k split will occur north of Brodhead at the St. John Road intersection with the 200k turning right (east) and the 300k bearing left (west).
4/16/13: The route has been modified to
accommodate road construction in Brodhead. Church Road will be used
instead of Keesey on the way into town.
5/29/12: We've been informed that the right turn
markers at the intersection of Avon North Townline Road and Risum
Rd. have been painted over. There is one marker left but it is faint
and about 50 yards before the turn and can be easily missed on the
5/19/12: The Earth Rider Bike Shop & Hotel in Brodhead has closed. This was the only bike shop on the 200k route.
5/19/12: Nearly all roads on this route are marked
however some of the older markings are less visible. The majority
have been refreshed.
5/5/12: There are two short gravel sections and
several intersections with excess gravel and sand on the first stage
to Brodhead. Several railroad crossings are also potentially
hazardous if crossed at high speed or an acute angle.
Do you have a ride summary or other information that might be of interest to your fellow 200k riders? Please send it via the contact link at the bottom of the page.
|1||45.0 / 72.4||Flat/Rolling||Brodhead||BP: Stop-N-Go
|2||15.2 / 24.5||Rolling||Evansville|| Citgo: Grove Quick Mart
|3||13.6 / 21.9||Rolling||Oregon|| BP: Stop-N-Go
|4||25.0 / 40.4||Rolling||Edgerton|| Carl's Shell
|5||30.6 / 49.2||Rolling/Flat||Delavan
|| Super 8 Motel
Stage 1: Creek Road
The first half of this stage is a relatively flat, almost
imperceptible, descent to the Rock River that begins by winding its
way through Delavan before heading southwest on Creek Road. Its
mostly straight 14 mile distance is nearly twice that of any other
road on the ride. Turtle Creek is often visible on the southern side
of the road before the route crosses the tracks and turns northwest
on Townline Rd. There's an optional convenience store on Townline at
the intersection with Hwy. 51, about 22 miles from the start. It's
common for small groups to form on Creek and Townline however their
cohesion can be tested when riders shift into their small rings for
the rolling hills west of the Rock River. Gravel and sand have been
observed on several intersections in the area so extra
caution is advised.
The first control is at the Brodhead BP Stop-N-Go. There is a
Subway next door, McDonalds and other restaurants and stores are
nearby along 1st Center Ave.
Stage 2: Old 92
The queen stage begins by retracing the route north along 1st Center Ave. and continuing through Brodhead. The route then proceeds north and east in a stepwise manner until an extended northerly stretch along scenic Old Hwy. 92. A sustained 180 ft. climb to the top of Magnolia Bluff on Old 92 reaches the ride's highest elevation at 1060 ft. The bluff is made mostly of sandstone but its top layer is limestone. The hearty limestone prevented the bluff's top from eroding, however its soft sandstone sides have been shaped by the wind and water, leaving a stretched, raised oval of land that drops steeply to surrounding forests and farmland. After a fast descent down the north side, the route continues north before entering Evansville on the southwest side and heading east on Main St.
The control is on the east side of town just across the tracks at the Citgo Grove Quick Mart.
Stage 3: Six Tracks
The shortest stage begins by retracing the route west through town before exiting to the northwest on 4th street. It follows the now abandoned route of the Chicago & Northwestern railroad to Brooklyn and then to Oregon, crossing the tracks six times.
With the rise of truck transportation, especially after the development of the Interstate Highway system, farmers could transport livestock and grains directly from their farms. Demand for rail service declined dramatically and railroad companies began to abandon services and eventually railroad tracks. The Chicago and Northwestern Railway abandoned the line from Beloit to Evansville in 1977. The tracks have not been removed however and several of the railroad crossings could be hazardous if crossed at high speed or at an acute angle.
The third control is at the Oregon BP Stop-N-Go.
Stage 4: Tobacco Roads
The penultimate stage begins with a short southerly stretch before turning eastward to continue on rolling roads through forested areas and farm lands.
The stage takes its name from the industry that
played an important role in the development of the area following
the demise of wheat crops. Several tobacco curing sheds are still
visible along the sustained stretches of Old Stage, Stebbinsville,
and Cty Hwy. N. Unlike barns, they have numerous vents that can be
opened to let the air circulate and help dry the tobacco. The route
enters Edgerton on the northwest side and continues through town on
Fulton St. At one time, as many as forty tobacco warehouses dotted
the streets of town. One of the last, the yellow brick T. W.
Dickinson & Son Tobacco Warehouse, is at the traffic signal on
the southwest corner of Fulton and Main.
The control is on the far east side of town at Carl's Shell. There are times when hot food hits the spot and apparently the cheddar-filled sausages here are quite tasty. Taco Johns is adjacent, McDonalds and the Wisconsin Cheese and Wine Chalet are nearby.
Stage 5: County Highway Mundane
The last stage begins with a quick descent past the ongoing party
at the Anchor Inn to the bridge across the southern tip of Lake
Koshkonong before a short climb out of the Rock River valley. About
five miles into the stage you'll pass an optional Kwik Trip
convenience store at 603 W. Madison Ave. on the west side of Milton.
After passing through town, several long, exposed and relatively
flat stretches along County Highway M offer a final challenge before
the Delavan water towers come into view. The sky blue tower is on
the far west side of town and the silver tower is downtown.
The final control is operated by the Super 8 front desk staff -
don't forget to sign and address your card before submitting it to
them. They will stamp and deposit it in a collection box. Brevet
cards will be returned by mail in the fall after they are certified.
Congratulations randonneur! We look forward to your continued participation in our endurance events.
All route information is for reference only. Cue sheets, maps and GPS files should be considered preliminary and subject to change. Riders will need to follow the official route provided at registration.
Roads may be marked however riders must also be able to navigate the route from the cue sheet provided at registration. GLR does its best to insure cue sheet accuracy however rider judgment may be needed on occasion to compensate for cue sheet errors.
Google Maps routes show control locations and other points of interest. The default Earth view has a Terrain option that replaces the road map layer with a topographical map with 40 ft. contour intervals. The Satellite view can be useful for urban route planning while Street View can be used to display panoramic images along the majority of the route.
For an immersive experience, Google Maps routes can be opened in Google Earth. To view a route, click the 'View in Google Earth' link. This will initiate a download if the Google Earth client is not installed. Note: you may want to uncheck the 'Install Google Chrome' option that is selected by default.
To display the brevet start/finish location: open the sidebar, open the Temporary Places and Brevets Delavan folders, and double click the Start/Finish Super 8 link. For a birds eye view of the route and surrounding area: use the zoom slider on the right to establish an Eye altitude of 1600 ft, the eye control to tilt the horizon until itâ€˜s slightly above the top of screen, the eye control to rotate the display, and the hand control to scroll the display. For more information please refer to the Google Earth User Guide.
GLR does not endorse or guarantee the accuracy of and does not accept responsibility for errors that may be contained in these files.