Do I have to carry my belongings with me on my bike?

No. RHA provides a gear truck at start line check-in for 1, 2 and 3-day riders and transports your belongings along the route. You’ll be able to retrieve your gear when you arrive at each day’s final destination and check in. If you’re registered for the following day’s ride, you’ll drop your bag off with our staff the next morning.

Please, one bag per person. Campers are allowed a second bag for their camping gear.

What kind of overnight accommodations are available?

Accommodations are included in your CowaLUNGa registration fee, and you’ll choose “indoor” or “outdoor” when you register.

Indoor accommodations include dorm-like cabins at Conference Point Center and dorms at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Over the past few years, many improvements have been made to Conference Point Center including a majority of the cabins now providing air conditioning and new dorms added to UWW campus.

Two people are assigned to a room (sometimes more if requested based on household or teams). A small number of single rooms will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis for an additional $25 fee. If you would like to reserve a single room, please contact Gina Schwieger at [email protected].

You will need to bring your own linens including sheets, pillow, blankets, and/or other items important to you for a good night of sleep. We’ll transport these items for you. Also remember to pack a shower towel to use for the weekend. A complete suggested pack list will follow.

If you’d prefer to sleep outdoors, space will be made available for you to set up your own camping equipment. RHA will transport camping gear but cannot assist with set up. Campers will have access to restrooms and showers.

What about meals? If I’m riding all day, I will need to refuel.

Riders receive all-you-can-eat breakfast and dinner each day, except Saturday morning when snacks are provided at start line instead of breakfast.

You should also plan to visit the official rest stops along the route – a “morning” and an “afternoon” location are available each day. Our rest stops are loaded with an assortment of fuel-up foods and beverages with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dietary restrictions in mind.

Although you are responsible for your own lunch (bring some cash), the route is planned so there are plenty of places along the route to stop and grab food, beverages (adult or otherwise), desserts and ice cream. Our highlighted locations have welcomed Cow riders for years and look forward to seeing you.

When will I receive an event itinerary and route information?

Route information and a weekend itinerary will be provided when you check in on event day at the start line in Gurnee (check-in starts at 7:00 am that morning). A “cue sheet” is provided for each day of the ride, offering turn-by-turn directions and mileage for the route. Ride with GPS is the preferred Cow app/tool and can be downloaded for free. RHA will provide the route 2-3 days prior to the ride.

Is there day-of-event registration?

No! Online registration closes approximately 24 hours prior to event day. After that time, call (312) 628-0210 to check availability as last minute cancellations may create open spots to participate.

I’m riding CowaLUNGa by myself. Do others ride alone?

Yes! The CowaLUNGa Charity Bike Tour hosts families with their young children, groups who register together, and individuals who ride alone. No matter who you are, you will meet lots of people with similar interests and by the time the ride is over, you’ll have many new friends. Everyone becomes part of the CowaLUNGa family (CowaLUNGa can even take credit for a number of marriages!). If you think you’d feel more comfortable being part of a team, read more about joining Team CowaLUNGa here.