In the spirit of adventure...
the Tour de Chequamegon will be a self supported ride. We will ride as a group and you'll need to have your camping provisions and repair gear on hand. You don't have to carry your cooking supplies or meals (with the exception of ride fuel), we'll meet the group at camp and have meals and refreshments ready. Fyxation and the Bike Fed have done the recon and below are some helpful tips and details about what to expect on the ride.
the route and daily mileage
Note the daily mileage is not very long, but with the hills and soft gravel, it is still a good ride. We did that intentionally so we can sleep in a bit, ride at a conversational pace and have plenty of time stop along the route for photos and relax next to the lakes when you get to the campgrounds. Of course if you want to crush it, there are hundreds of miles of gravel forest roads in every direction, so feel free to go explore and get some extra miles in. Everyone is expected to carry their own water, tent, sleeping gear, clothing, and incidentals, but you don’t have to bring food. All food and beverages will are included in the price.
We hope everyone will stick together in a group and we will lead the ride at a conversational pace. People should however bring the route on a GPS, Garmin, Phone App like RideWithGPS, etc. You can also draw the map on paper, use theRideWithGPS cue sheet and follow mileage on a cycle computer to know when to make turns. Be aware there is no electricity, so your phone or Garmin must last the entire trip. I use a Shutter Precision hub dynamo and Bush + Müller Luxo U dynamo powered light that will also keep my phone charged. I then have the route downloaded to my phone from RideWithGPS because their is no cell coverage for much of the route.
what bike should i bring
On our very rainy recon trip to scout the route (read soft gravel), I rode a Fyxation Crusher carbon gravel bike with 36mm tubeless tires at 48psi and loved it. You can find a more detailed description of my prototype bike and personal build on ridinggravel.com. Since that review I have swapped the front wheel for a Stan’s Notubes Crest Mk3 built around a Shutter Precision PD-8X-M dynamo hub with 12mm thru-axles and Mequon-made Wheelsmith spokes (natch). That powers a Bush + Müller Luxos U dynamo light and usb charger (from Peter White Cycles). Steve took the new Fyxation Quiver Disc with 40mm tires run at a similar pressure.
Seriously though, bring any bike of any brand you have that rolls well on soft gravel. You can bring a cross bike, hybrid, mountain bike, fat bike, touring bike, etc.
can i demo or rent a bike?
Yes! Fyxation will bring our Crusher carbon and Quivers set up with gravel tires to demo during the ride. Don't have a gravel bike? You can rent a Crusher carbon gravel bike for $250 or Quiver cr-mo gravel bike for $150 for the weekend. Full rental fees can be applied towards purchase of a bike.
Rental bikes are limited, so contact us at to reserve one.