Your safety is our number one concern. We provide all-day, on-route volunteer medical support, support and gear (SAG) patrol, hydration, and mobile bike repair. We also transport your personal belongings, referred to as your “gear,” from one overnight stop to the next. Nearly 30 volunteers and event support staff are present to make your ride enjoyable and safe.
Daily Cue Sheets
A cue sheet is provided for each day of the ride, offering turn-by-turn directions and mileage for the route. Suggested lunch stops are also included. Your Day One cue sheet will be available at the start line check-in. Day Two and Day Three cue sheets are distributed when you check in at the finish line each day.
Great Food and Hydration
Our goal is that you never go hungry or thirsty as a CowaLUNGa rider! Snack foods are offered at the start line and all-you-can-eat breakfasts and dinners are provided each evening. A vegetarian option is always available. Water is provided all day on the route by each SAG vehicle and at each rest stop. Electrolyte beverages are also available at the rest stops. Lunch is on your own each day and the routes are planned so that you’ll have multiple options from which to choose. Past rider favorites are noted on the daily cue sheets.
Two rest stops – a “morning” and an “afternoon” location – are offered each day complete with your favorite fuel-up foods, fresh fruit, and hydration options. Restrooms are also available.
Riders who stay for the two-day and three-day tours will enjoy indoor cabins and multi-room lodges on the first night at Conference Point Center. Three-day riders stay overnight in dormitory rooms at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on the second night. Outdoor camping is available as an option the evening of Day One – you supply your own tent, we transport it for you.
Single rooms are assigned by special request only. Higher fees will apply. For details, contact Gina at (312) 628-0210. You must provide your own bed linens and towel.
Rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. A list of your preferred roommates, if desired, must be provided at the time of registration. Every effort will be made to honor these requests and early registration will be given priority. We attempt to place team members together.
Please note: overnight venues are often occupied by other groups during our stay.
All of the CowaLUNGa route options are one-way and include return transportation for you and your gear back to the start line at Gurnee Mills from 18 Mile rest stop (school bus) and finish line of the Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 rides (air-conditioned coach buses). Bike transportation is provided by movers who securely pack your bike, transport it back to the start line, and unload it at Gurnee Mills.
If you prefer to arrange your own transportation, you can depart as soon as you have checked in at the finish line of your ride.
Free parking is available during event weekend in a designated area at the mall. A parking pass will be provided at check-in and must be placed in your vehicle, as lots are patrolled. Please leave valuables at home or store them in your trunk while on the ride.
You’ll receive occasional event updates throughout the year and alerts when registration opens in spring 2018.
Still have questions? Visit CowaLUNGa FAQs or contact Gina Schwieger, Senior Director of Special Events, via email at [email protected] or call (312) 628-0210.