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Choose your CowaLUNGa mileage! All four ride options depart from Gurnee Mills Parking Lot J in Gurnee, Illinois, conveniently located just off I-94, approximately 40 miles north of Chicago. Check-in begins at 7:00 a.m. in Parking Lot (restrooms are available). After a short program and sendoff, riders depart for Wisconsin at 9:00 a.m. as a mass start. Please note that CowaLUNGa riders are required to wear a helmet at all times on their bike. NO HELMET, NO RIDE.


18 Mile
Ride

 

One Day
65 Miles

 

Two Days
130 Miles

 

Optional
Century Loop

 

Three Days
190 Miles


These CowaLUNGa routes have been expertly designed using safe, scenic roads with limited traffic (no bicycle trails). You'll experience just the right combination of flats and hills to challenge the newer rider and keep the experienced cyclist interested. And the view from your saddle is what makes the tour so enjoyable. From farms and lakes to small country towns to the Kettle Moraine State Forest - there is plenty to see. Ride at your own pace, exploration along the route is encouraged. Shop the antique stores, enjoy the tastes of Wisconsin, and keep an eye out for those cows! 

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When looking for a multi-day ride, important things for me are good SAG support while on the road, indoor plumbing at rest stops, sleeping indoors, and supporting a worthwhile cause. CowaLUNGa has all of those things and more. From the moment I check in on the morning of Day One until I load the bus for the ride home, the RHA team takes care of my needs, so all I need to worry about is riding. Breakfast, rest stops, and dinner keeps me well fed and hydrated. The two overnight accomodations are adequate - not luxurious, but everything a tired rider needs such as warm showers and a soft bed. With the on-road support including bike repair vans, a medic van, and multiple general SAG vans I know if I need help it's always close at hand." 
- Kristen, Veteran Rider, Kenosha, WI


18 Mile Ride - Gurnee, IL to Bristol, WI

Saturday, July 29, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.*

This is the perfect ride option if you want to be part of CowaLUNGa but are looking for a shorter distance. It's also a great way to get the entire family involved! Check out our Child Rider policy here.

The 18 Mile Ride includes:

  • Fully supported route (bike, SAG, medical) from start line in Gurnee to finish line at the Bristol School in Bristol, Wisconsin
  • Adult and child registration fees and small fundraising requirement
  • Performance style event shirt
  • Finisher's button
  • Snacks and drinks at the finish in Bristol
  • Free parking at Gurnee Mills
  • Bus ride and transportation for your bike back to Gurnee, arriving at approximately 12:00 p.m. Check-in is required at each day’s finish line and you must be off the route by dinner time.


One Day Ride - Gurnee, IL to William's Bay, WI

Saturday, July 29, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.*

Cycle approximately 65 miles from Gurnee Mills through fully-supported rest stops at Bristol and Hebron and into Conference Point Center, located in William's Bay outside of Lake Geneva. Lunch is on your own at one of many recommended restaurants. Plan to stop in Twin Lakes at Bodi's Bake Shop to purchase a Cow cookie. Once you arrive at Conference Point, you can check-in and turn in your bike to be loaded, then hit the showers, grab a snack or visit the on-site Ice Cream Shoppe. Dinner will be available from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. and after the Cow Gathering (a short program), you'll board the bus to return to Gurnee Mills.

One Day Ride includes:

  • Fully supported route (bike, SAG, medical) from start line in Gurnee to finish line at Conference Point Center in William's Bay, Wisconsin
  • Single day registration fee and fundraising requirement
  • Performance style event shirt
  • Finisher's medal
  • Start line snacks, morning, and afternoon rest stops with food and beverages, and dinner at Conference Point Center
  • Shower facilities at Conference Point Center
  • Free parking at Gurnee Mills
  • Bus ride and transportation for your bike back to Gurnee, arriving at approximately 8:00 p.m. on Saturday evening. If you would prefer to arrange your own transporation, you can depart as soon as you've checked in at Conference Point Center. Personal vehicles are not permitted overnight.


Two Day Ride - Gurnee, IL to Whitewater, WI

Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. - Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 9:30 p.m.*

After completing the first day's ride, dinner is be available from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. and is followed by the Cow Gathering, a short program. Before and after, you'll have time to enjoy a massage, take a swim in William's Bay, relax with other riders, enjoy board games, or even make the short walk to town if you'd like to enjoy a little night life in William's Bay. You'll spend the night in Conference Point Center's newly updated cabins.

On your second day, the route opens at 6:45 a.m. and covers approximately 65 miles, featuring a ride through areas of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, rest stops in the town of Lyons and at the LaGrange General Store and an optional Century Loop. Lunch is on your own again and you'll pedal onto the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's campus to end the day. Check-in is required at each day’s finish line and you must be off the route by dinner time. The Day Two dinner is a highlight, featuring a short program and recognitions.

Two Day Ride includes:

  • Fully supported route (bike, SAG, medical) from start line in Gurnee to finish line at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Whitewater, Wisconsin
  • Two day registration fee and fundraising requirement
  • Performance style event shirt
  • Finisher's medal
  • Start line snacks; morning and afternoon rest stops with food and beverages and dinner on Saturday and Sunday; breakfast on Sunday
  • Overnight accommodations (choose indoor or outdoor) at Conference Point Center
  • Shower facilities at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
  • Free parking at Gurnee Mills
  • Bus ride and transportation for your bike back to Gurnee, arriving at approximately 9:30 p.m. Sunday evening. If you would prefer to arrange your own transportation, you can depart as soon as you've checked in at University of Wisconson-Whitewater.


 

Optional Century Loop on Day 2

Sunday, July 30, ends at 2:30 p.m.

An additional 35 mile route has been planned so that you can log a 100 mile "century" ride if you choose. You'll sign up and receive the route instructions at the afternoon rest stop at LaGrange General Store, where the loop starts and ends. Century riders must complete the loop by 2:30 p.m. to ensure coverage by the CowaLUNGa support teams.


Three Day Ride - Gurnee, IL to Hubertus, WI

Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. - Monday, July 31, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.*

(See One Day and Two Day route descriptions). In Whitewater on your second evening, a variety of activities are available after dinner including swimming, pool tables, ping pong, and bowling in the air conditioned Rec Center. Share rider stories and enjoy an adult beverage at the late night pizza party. Overnight accommodations are in the university's dormitories.

The third day's route opens at 7:15 a.m. on Monday and is approximately 60 miles. In addition to two of the tour's most challenging hills, you'll want to stop in to visit a rider favorite, the Wholly Cow Frozen Custard shop in Delafield, and rest stops outside Ottawa and Stone Bank. Lunch is on your own. You'll complete your successful CowaLUNGa journey riding into Camp Minikani in Hubertus, Wisconsin, where you can take a swim in the pool, shower, relax, cheer on other riders as they cross the finish line, and enjoy the celebration meal before departing for home.

The Three Day Ride includes:

  • Fully supported route (bike, SAG, medical) from start line in Gurnee to finish line at Camp Minikani at Hubertus, Wisconsin
  • Performance style event shirt
  • Finisher's medal
  • Start line snacks; morning and afternoon rest stops with food and beverages and dinner all three days; breakfast on Sunday and Monday
  • Overnight accommodations (choose indoor or outdoor) at Conference Point Center on Sunday and University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on Monday
  • Shower facilities at Camp Minikani on Monday
  • Free parking at Gurnee Mills
  • Bus ride and transportation for your bike back to Gurnee, arriving at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Monday evening. If you would prefer to arrange your own transporation, you can depart as soon as you've checked in at Camp Minikani.


*Return times to Gurnee Mills are approximate.

Still have questions? Contact us via email or call 312-628-0210.