Living in Milwaukee for the past 20 odd years I’ve met many bikers. I usually know them by the bike they ride or the teams that they raced for. Over the years I’ve done many group rides. One ride has eluded my bicycle life in Milwaukee. About four or so years ago a co-worker of mine at Metavante talked about a ride that left the North Shore area on Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 530 am. It sounded like a perfect opportunity to get good training miles at a challenging pace.
So fast forward to today, I showed up at School & Lake Drive. This is the border of Fox Point and Whitefish Bay and low and behold there were a couple guys circling around, I thought to myself this must be the place. Then five more, then two more, then a few more trickled in….I’m sitting there with ten guys waiting for the main group to come. I will remind you that this is 530am! When main group showed up we had to be 25 strong, and I mean these guys are strong. Many race kits and non-race kits on the ride. Rainbow Jersey, Miler, Velo Cause, Hollander Benelux Racing and the Tue/Thur Team all in the mix and guys with no kits pounding the pedals. The pace at times was full throttle, everyone taking pulls all staying together. The total ride is just shy of 30miles and it’s done way before 7am. It’s a perfect ride, if you’ve never been on it I highly suggest it. Great tempo ride @ 22-25mph and surges up-to 30 miles with a couple “sprints”. The atmosphere is very old school, guys & gals just cranking, everyone giving room when needed, some small talk, otherwise it’s just about riding.