Gays Mills will host the ninth annual Kickapoo BRAVE Ride on Saturday, Sept. 16. Bicyclists from Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois will participate in the event, which features scenic routes through the rolling hills of Crawford County. “BRAVE” stands for “Bluffs, Rivers and Valley Event,” a nod to the landscape and scenery that bicyclists will experience along the routes.
The ride features a cloverleaf route system, which allows riders to choose from beginner, intermediate and advanced routes ranging from 15 to100 miles. One route takes riders to Ferryville to enjoy the village’s annual Fall Fest, as well the view of the Mississippi River. Another route visits Seneca on the ridge, while a third takes bikers to Soldiers Grove and the Driftless Area Art Festival.
All routes start and end at the Kickapoo Stump Dodger Campground located in Gays Mills, where camping will be available for participants.
Check-in opens for the BRAVE Ride at 6:30 a.m., while a mass start for all routes commences at 8 a.m. All riders receive a T-shirt, gift bag and BRAVE Bucks, redeemable at local sponsoring businesses.
New this year, an after party will be held Saturday from 2-5 p.m. at J&J on Main, a bar and grill in downtown Gays Mills. The general public is invited to the after party, with a cover charge to offset the cost of the meal and entertainment.
The meal, included with registration, will feature a taco bar, seasoned “tots” and one domestic beer or soft drink. Live music from 2:30-4:30 p.m. will be provided by Ann Christoffer, a local acoustic guitarist/vocalist who covers songs from the late ‘50s through current.
The Kickapoo BRAVE Ride is organized by the Crawford County Tourism Council, a standing committee of Community Development Alternatives, Inc. For registration, participants can go to the event website at www.KickapooBraveRide.com or call Eric Frydenlund at 608-326-6658 for further information.