3 Lakes Tour

 The 2020 3 Lakes Tour is now completed. A big thank you to all who participated!

Address all questions to Mark at markbuley@gmail.com


Registration/Donation is $25:

(Payment will be processed and acknowledged by the St. Croix Valley Foundation)


Who are the sponsors for this event? How will the funds raised be used?

  • Northwest Alliance Community Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit that serves northern Polk and all of Burnett Counties. Funds raised are directed to our Environmental Fund which makes grants to other nonprofits in our area in support of programs and activities that get people out in the natural environment with the belief that to experience and enjoy nature leads to stewardship of nature. 
  • Sorry, but refunds cannot be made. Registration fees are spent on event costs. Donations are nonrefundable. The 3 Lakes Tour goes on rain or shine.

What is the mileage for each day’s ride? How difficult is the route?

  • The Three Day ride is 42- 47- 44 miles respectively.  There is always the possibility that road construction could add or subtract up to four miles on any given day—we will stay on blacktopped roads. If anything, it may feel further as there are hills to ride each day. The roads are generally in good condition with sparse car traffic. There will be a dozen miles on Sunday on the Gandy Dancer State Trail, which has a crushed limestone surface (and no car traffic).

Is this ride suitable for a beginning rider or children?

  • Some riding experience and training is needed. You need to able to maintain an average speed of 10 miles per hour and understand and obey the rules of the road for safe biking. Bicycle helmets are required, ear buds are prohibited.
  • Forty-five miles each day is a shorter distance than many bike events, but the route is hilly and there is always a possibility of headwinds. Plan to be on the road up to 6 hours or more (rest stops included) each day.

What’s it like to ride on a tour? How do I prepare?

  • The route has been chosen for scenic variety—a real tour of rural NW Wisconsin. It’s not a race. Riders will find a pace that suits them, often riding in small groups that space themselves naturally along the route. The amount of time spent at a rest stop is also a personal choice. You will find support, encouragement and camaraderie among your fellow travelers.
  • Sign up early and challenge yourself to ride often this summer. To prepare you should ride at least three days a week, beginning with rides of 5, 5, and 10 miles. Then gradually increase the distances each week. If you can mix in a couple of longer rides of 20 to 30 miles by early October, you will be ready. It’s time in the saddle that counts as you prepare, not how fast you ride.
  • A van will carry your camping gear (tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, personal gear) but you should plan to carry a raincoat, an extra layer of clothing and spare tube with you on the day’s ride. Pack light and tag your bags. Volunteers will be helping with the loading and unloading.
  • The van will also serve as a “sag wagon” that can be pressed into service to give you and your bike a ride in the event of unforeseen circumstances.
  • You should also prepare your bike.  Consider the ABCs:  proper Air in the tires; Brakes, Chain and shifters in proper working order. If any doubt, have your bike checked out by a bicycle mechanic before the ride.

Will I need a trail pass for the Gandy Dancer trail?

  • If you are riding the route on Sunday morning, which includes a portion on the trail, and are 16 or older, the answer is yes. The Wisconsin State Trail pass is available locally in several places including our lunch stop on Sunday. The cost is $5 for a day pass or $25 for the calendar year and good for all Wisconsin State Trails.

Other questions? Send an email to:  markbuley@gmail.com