La Crosse, WI

Group Bike Rides

If you enjoy biking with company as much as we do you’ll definitely want to try some of the group rides featured below.  Scroll further below to see the groups you can join to get notifications about rides and events.

Helmets are required for all of our group rides.
Helmets are strongly encouraged for every ride you go on. You may be a great rider but you might not be able to avoid that distracted driver behind you. You only have one brain. Protect it.

During COVID, we are also requesting you bring a mask with you just in case we need to assemble in groups (e.g., changing a flat tire) or stop at a gas station. Please practice physical distancing at the start, finish, and while re-grouping during the ride. Masks are still required in the bike shop, so plan accordingly if you need to stop in.

Recurring Bike Rides

Smith's Women's Road | Monday 5:30pm

This women’s only road bike ride (A-ride) occurs during the summer months, usually starting in May. It is strictly a road bike ride for women who are comfortable riding in the road at a average speed of 16 mph (17-20 mph on flats) and comfortable with drafting. We will meet at the bike shop at 5:30pm. Routes and distances will vary.

During the winter months and inclement weather, we will hold Zwift rides starting at 6:30pm. Send us an email if you are interested in joining us.

Smith's Beginner/Moderate Road | Monday 5:30pm

This ride will be at a C-ride pace (13mph average, 15-17mph on flats), usually starting in May. All riders are welcome whether you are a beginner learning to road ride or you want to enjoy a brisk social ride. Suggested bikes include road bikes, fitness hybrids, and ebikes. We welcome people of all abilities, but request that you are able to maintain a C-ride pace for the entirety of the ride. We plan on having two groups each Monday so you can pick the route that works best for you. As the season progresses, rides may be as long as 25 miles. If you have any questions, please stop in and we’ll make sure you can take part in these fun, instructional rides. All rides will start at the bike shop at 5:30 p.m.

Smith's MTB | Friday 5:30pm

This group mountain bike ride occurs during the summer and is open to all ages and skill levels. Meet at the bike shop at 5:30pm and ride to Hixon, up Vista, and to the HPT trails. Or, meet up with us at any point along the way.

EMAG | Tuesday / Friday 5:30am

Road ride Tuesday and Friday leaving at 5:30am from the dog park near Myrick park. It is a 19 mile or so loop through Barre Mills, up FO and down Bliss. Same route for 27 years. The rides are vigorous with regrouping after climbs.

EMAG | Wed MTB / Road 5:15am

MTB ride at 5:15am and road ride at 5:15am on Wednesdays, both departing from First Congressional Church.  The Wednesday road ride is less intense and more conversational than the Tuesday/Friday rides.

TNWC | Tuesday 5:30pm

TNWC stands for Tuesday Night World Championships.  This is a road ride typically leaving at 5:30pm on Tuesdays.  Departure time and location depends on route.  Follow Lax Cyling or Ride or Die (see below) for more info.  This ride is intense and is considered training for many of the local bike racers.

LaxCycling | Thursday 3:30pm

This is a road ride typically leaving at 3:30pm on Thursday from Kwik Trip on State Road.  Follow Lax Cycling or Ride or Die (see below) for more info.   This ride is medium intensity with routes that are generally 30-50 miles.

Bike Groups To Join

La Crosse Rides | Community Hub for MTB, Gravel & Road Cyclists

This Facebook group is a diverse group of local cyclists who actively posts about group rides and events year round including road cycling, gravel rides, mountain biking, winter fatbiking and everything in-between.

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Lax Cycling

This is a Google group that posts primarily road bike rides on Tuesday and Thursday and some weekends.  To join, you’ll need to request to join by sending an email to randi@smithsbikes.com.

Coulee Region Ladies Rides

This is a Google Group for La Crosse Area Women. It is a place to share any type of ride (road, gravel, mountain bike, cruise and etc). To join, you can search for coulee-region-ladies-rides on Google Groups or send an email to randi@smithsbikes.com.

EMAG

EMAG stands for Early Morning Anaerobic Group.  This is a Google Group that posts early morning rides on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and sometimes weekends; this group is primarily road rides however they do have a Wednesday mountain bike ride as well.  To join, you’ll need to request to join by sending an email to beestie3@gmail.com.

BBBB

Beer By Bike Brigade is a once-a-month summer bar hop for responsible and fun-loving adults. The group is nearly 5,000 members strong and each event generally has 300-400 cyclists.

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Slow Bicycle Movement

Slow Bicycle Movement La Crosse is about enjoying the ride no matter how far or fast you ride or why you are riding i.e., recreation, commuting or otherwise.

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Women and Bicycles

This is a Facebook group designed to encourage women to ride bicycles.

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Coulee Region Ladies Rides
A Facebook group to share cycling rides and events both formal and informal, and to connect the active and adventurous ladies to the Coulee Region.
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