This weekend members of the DRBC organizing committee went on the group’s first S240 ride. Four riders rolled out Saturday afternoon and returned Sunday afternoon to sunshine and wind. The ride included several first time bike tourers, one of which had never ridden outside of the city. Everyone had a great time and learned a bit about bicycle touring while experiences one of the best place in the country to ride.

Leaving from La Crosse, WI the route crossed the Mississippi and traveled through La Crescent, MN on to Houston, on state highways. Outside of Houston, we picked up the excellent Root River trail all the way to Rushford. Outside of Rushford we encountered our only significant climb going up Hwy 43, but were shortly at our campsite after about 42 miles and three hours of travel time.

Sunday morning, following a breakfast of eggs and pancakes, we began our return ride to La Crosse. The sun came out, the skies where a clear blue and except for the wind it was a great day to be on a bike! One rider developed a bit of a knee problem, but the group stayed together and everyone made it back safely. I think I can say that everyone on this S240 is looking forward to the next one. So when are we going?

A great big thanks goes out to Dan for providing SAG and joining us at our overnight site outside of Rushford. MN. Without him the feasting and debauchery would not have been as fun, or excessive.

What is a S240?

An S240 is a short form of bicycle touring. S240 is a sub twenty-four hour tour. The goal is to return to your starting location or end point within 24 hours. This will generally entail an overnight stay at a location along the way. S240 are a great way to introduce people to touring, since the gear requirements are fairly minimal. S240’s can be supported or unsupported rides.

Want to participate in a S240?

Anyone with a decent bike and a bit of camping equipment can do their own S240. If you have never tour by bike before, it would be a good idea to first talk with an experienced bike tourer and even you local bike shop. You can also find a lot of information on the Adventure Cycling Association website. DRBC and it’s members will be planning more S240 and other touring opportunities in the future, so stay tuned and check back often for information.

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