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Loop the Lake

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Loop the Lake 2024

2024 Loop the Lake Benefit Bike Ride

Support clean, healthy lakes with Clean Lakes Alliance’s 12th Annual Loop the Lake Bike Ride, presented by Lake Ridge Bank. Loop the Lake is an at-your-own-pace bike ride around Lake Monona on Saturday, June 15th that raises funds to protect and preserve Greater Madison’s lakes. Make a day of it while you enjoy entertaining and educational activities at many parks along the route.

Event details

Cyclists of all ages and abilities navigate the scenic 13.8-mile loop around Lake Monona.
🚲 Saturday, June 15th
🚲 Starting & ending at Olbrich Park (3527 Atwood Avenue, Madison)
🚲 Course open 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (optional group start at 9 a.m.)
🚲 $45 per in-person rider (through June 13th), kids 10 and under ride free with a paid adult
🚲 Get a group to ride – purchase 6 adult registrations for the group rate of $200
🚲 $50 per in-person rider (same-day registration on June 15th), kids 10 and under ride free with a paid adult

Registration includes

🚲 Fun and educational stops (see information below)
🚲 Super soft t-shirt, compliments of Lands’ End
🚲 Food cart item
🚲 Free beer or seltzer, courtesy of Bell’s Brewery (21+)

Loop the Lake is more than a bike ride – it’s an opportunity for our community to connect with our lakes! Event proceeds will support Clean Lakes Alliance’s work to protect and improve our lakes through on-the-ground projects, educational programs, and water quality monitoring.

You can also choose to ride, walk, run, or paddle from anywhere, at any time! Register for the virtual option for $55 and we’ll mail your shirt!

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About the Ride

Join us on the official Monona Lake Loop by starting and ending at Olbrich Park (3527 Atwood Avenue, Madison) on Saturday, June 15th, 2024. The course will be open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. so that riders can ride at their own convenience. An optional group start will take place at 9 a.m. Riders will travel 13.8 miles clockwise around Lake Monona. Most recreational bikers will finish in around two hours.

You can also choose to ride, walk, run, or paddle virtually, from anywhere at any time!

Loop the Lake Route
Lake Monona Lake Loop map

During the ride

  • This is a relaxed, fun, at-your-own-pace ride. Please follow course markings, watch for detours, be careful of cars sharing the road, wear a helmet, and obey all traffic laws.
  • Watch for fun stops along the route – see information below
  • Make sure you complete the course by 2 p.m. to use your free food cart item and drink tickets
  • Bike repairs stations located at Schluter Park and Off Broadway Drafthouse

Stops along the route

  • Nearly a dozen professional kiters from throughout the Wisconsin area are gathering at Olbrich Park with beautiful kites of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Colorable kites will also be given to the first 100 kids who arrive at Loop the Lake to inspire fun, spark creativity, and introduce youth to the joy of kiting.
  • Olbrich Park – 8:40 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. – barre3 will lead a stretching session for participants
  • Schluter Park – Get a sweet treat from Monona Police
  • Winnequah Park – Education station with Aldo Leopold Nature Center – learn about small aquatic critters in our lakes
  • Grand Crossing Park – hear the salsa band, Orquesta SalSoul
  • Off Broadway Drafthouse – get a free root beer float and water, or purchase a cold beverage
  • Olin Park (join us in the wedge between the park and the bike path) – visit with Friends of Nolen Waterfront and enjoy a water station
  • BB Clark Beach Park – enjoy water and snacks
  • Hudson Park – learn about the history and significance of this sacred site from expert guides from Ho-Chunk Nation and UW-Madison in this special effigy mound educational stop
  • Olbrich Park – enjoy a free food cart item from one of Greater Madison’s favorite food carts

Registration

Registration includes an event t-shirt, courtesy of Lands’ End, and a beer or seltzer (21+), courtesy of Bell’s Brewery. Your registration supports critical work by Clean Lakes Alliance to keep our lakes at the top of the community agenda.

Registration: $45 per in-person rider. FREE for children 10 & under with purchase of adult registration. $50 day-of registration at Olbrich Park.

If you would like a shirt size that isn’t listed, please email us at info@cleanlakesalliance.org.

Registrations are transferable but non-refundable. Loop the Lake is held rain or shine! In the event of cancellation, registrations and sponsorships will not be refunded. Your registration will be considered a donation to Clean Lakes Alliance. Thank you!

Loop the Lake riders stop at Olin Park

Loop the Lake t-shirt sizing

Adult unisex t-shirt sizes

Bella + Canvas Size Chart Adult

Children’s t-shirt sizes

Gildan Size Chart - Youth T-shirt

T-shirt distribution

Please select your t-shirt size by Wednesday, May 1st to make sure you receive your t-shirt before the event. T-shirts can be mailed to your home or business if you select the $55 ticket option.

EARLY PACKET PICKUP (2 OPTIONS):

  • Wednesday, June 12th, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Verex Plaza. We will be set up in the front driveway – just pull your car up and we will get you your ride packet.
  • Friday, June 14th, Noon-6 p.m. Packet pickup will take place in front of The Biergarten at Olbrich Park (3527 Atwood Avenue, Madison).

DAY OF PICKUP: Pick up your shirt the day of the event on Saturday, June 15th at Olbrich Park (3527 Atwood Avenue, Madison) from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Bike repair along the route

  • Curbside Bicycles will be set up on Friday, June 14th at Olbrich Park during the early packet pickup. Bike dropoffs will take place from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and you’ll be texted throughout the day as your bike is finished. Please RSVP in advance via this sign-up – spots are limited and fill quickly!
  • Curbside Bicycles will be available at Olbrich Park from 7:30 a.m. until Noon on Saturday, June 15th for last-minute bike support.
  • Bike repairs stations are located at Schluter Park, Off Broadway Drafthouse, and Grand Crossing Park.

Food carts at Olbrich Park

  • Ben’s Soft Pretzels
  • Bob’s BBQ Emporium
  • David’s Jamaican
  • DonutNV
  • Egg Naanana
  • El Gran Taco Gato
  • Jakarta Café
  • Forage Kitchen
  • Momma Meg’s Ice Cream
  • State Street Brats

Access for all

With help from MESBA, Clean Lakes Alliance is dedicated to making the 2024 Loop the Lake more accessible to all community members. Here are some options for this year’s ride:

  • Rent an e-bike from Madison BCycle with special discounted pricing
  • If you are in need of financial assistance, please request a Community Pass for free registration – Community Passes will be approved on a case-by-case basis
  • Request to try an adaptive bike from Limitless Cycling
  • Visually impaired participants can request to ride a tandem bike during the event

Please make any Access for All requests through this Google form.

Traveling for Loop the Lake?

Whether you are traveling to the area for the weekend or want to plan a “staycation,” our friends at Discover Monona have got you covered. See the list below for variety of options to spend the weekend in our community! 

For more information visit discovermonona.com

Participant safety

Be safe during the Loop the Lake Bike Ride! Obey all traffic laws, be careful of cars sharing the road, and wear a helmet. Participants should obey all social distancing guidelines.

What to bring

Riders are encouraged to wear a bike helmet and sunscreen, and to bring their own reusable water bottle.

Event parking

There will be very limited parking available at Olbrich Park. There is also nearby street parking. (View the Google street map.) You can also bike or bus to the event. The Capital City Trail runs near Olbrich Park and City of Madison buses have bike racks.

Volunteer at Loop the Lake

We are looking for volunteers to help make Loop the Lake a success. Volunteers are needed for event setup and cleanup, water distribution, packet pickup, and more. Volunteering your time is a great way to give back to the lakes.
Sign up to volunteer!

Terms & conditions

By registering for Loop the Lake, you agree to our Terms & Conditions of Entry.

Refund policy

Registrations are transferable but non-refundable. In the event of cancellation, registrations and sponsorships will not be refunded. Thank you for your donation to Clean Lakes Alliance!

Weather conditions

Please be prepared for the weather with appropriate clothing and sun protection. Loop the Lake will be held rain or shine! However, should unsafe weather conditions arise, we will notify riders of event cancellation by email.

Sponsorships

If you would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact our Executive Director, James Tye, at james@cleanlakesalliance.org or 608-255-1000.

Thank you, 2024 sponsors!

Loop the Lake, presented by Lake Ridge Bank, is an annual event aimed at promoting the protection and preservation of Greater Madison’s lakes. The event is produced in partnership with Platinum Hosts Discover Monona and Monona East Side Business Alliance (MESBA), and in conjunction with the City of Madison and the City of Monona. All proceeds support Clean Lakes Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving and protecting the lakes, rivers, and wetlands in the Yahara Watershed.

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