Getting Around –
Don’t want to ride your race bike to dinner? If you are in Madison take a BCycle ride! The Trek CXC Cup has partnered with BCycle to provide free 30 minute rides during race weekend to anyone attending the event. Just enter the promo code – 91718 and take a ride. You will need to swipe your credit card in case your ride is longer than 30 minutes but with a little planning you should have no problem (or just check your bike in and check it back out). Learn more about how to use BCycle and where there are stations.
Willy Street Coop – This natural food store has been a Madison staple for local and organic products. The Coop opened in 1974 and now encompasses three locations – east, north and west. And yes, anyone can shop here. Google Map to the North side store from Trek Bicycles.
Map to the East side store from Trek Bicycles.
The greater Madison area also has plentiful grocery stores so you can probably find your favorite. If you are looking for something big and a little warehouse feel then check out Woodmans in Sun Prairie (the liquor store there usually has good prices if you are feeling thirsty or looking for Wisconsin souvenirs). Map from Trek Bicycles
Produce – Just go to one of our plentiful area farmer’s markets as Madison is nationally known for our local produce only markets. The most famous of our markets takes place Saturday mornings around the Capitol Square right in the heart of downtown. There are plenty of other farmer’s markets in the area including one close to Trek in Lake Mills on Wednesday afternoons (in case you arrive early).
In Waterloo go to Soular Pizza, a certified green resteraunt with excellent food. You will often find Trek employees and Trek volunteers at Soular as there pizza and sandwiches are excellent.
In Madison there is a huge array of options as it is knows to be a bit of a foodie town so just look online and you will find there is no lack of choices. A few options:
Weary Traveler – there is something for vegans, meat lovers and everyone in between.
Natt Spil – Very hip. Cash only. Easy to walk right by as they don’t have a huge sign proclaiming their location. Great food and drinks. They used to have an amazing array of cyclocross photos in the men’s bathroom but we don’t know if they are still there.
Our Race Director recommends one of her favorite places the Laotian restaurant – Lao-Laan Xang. She says that you should try the amazing mango curry. Since our Race Director is a vegetarian she also has to mention Madison’s vegetarian cafe, the Green Owl Café.
For Breakfast check out Lazy Janes an amazing breakfast spot with the best scones in town. It is a funky old house turned diner with something for everyone. It can get busy though so give yourself a little extra time but don’t worry the line goes fast.
Colectivo, of course, for coffee.
Don’t worry there is plenty of places to drink no matter where you find yourself in the area – this is Wisconsin after all. Here are a couple of ideas:
Cocktails – Merchant just off the Capitol Square downtown and Heritage, also, on the Capitol Square, are great starting points. Don’t worry the local weekly paper has an article dedicated to the topic of cocktails.
Other things to do
Madison’s best known part of town is probably State Street which starts at the Capitol and runs all the way to the start of the UW Madison campus. State Street is a bike, pedestrian and transit mall filled with shops, restaurants, bars and more. Here you’ll find lots of interesting happenings with street musicians, an art museum, restaurants, and shops catering both to college students and to downtown condo dwellers.
Once you get to the campus end of State Street you will want to make your way over to the Memorial Union to check out the big campus attraction, the Terrace. Famous for its vibrant atmosphere and sunburst chairs, the Memorial Union Terrace on Lake Mendota is the popular gathering place for the campus. One of the best ways to enjoy the Terrace is to kick back with a beer and enjoy free music. The Terrace is located where Park Street dead ends at Lake Mendota.
If you need more info go to the Greater Madison Visitor Bureau website.