With its nearly 30 miles of recreational trails, exciting off-road opportunities, and increasingly bike-friendly streets, Eau Claire is a veritable paradise for pedalers.

Bicyclists revel in this reputation during the annual Wisconsin Bike Week (this year, that’s June 5-12), when enthusiasts gather to celebrate the benefits of biking for transportation, fitness, and recreation. Only a handful of cities have schedules as robust as Eau Claire’s during this statewide celebration, which is sponsored by the Wisconsin Bicycle Federation. From off-road adventuring to biking in a parade to exploring Eau Claire’s breweries via two-wheeled transport, Bike Week offers plenty of fun for novices and experts alike. Here are seven events you won’t want to miss:


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The Chippewa Off Road Bike Association – otherwise known by the acronym CORBA – is hosting a group ride at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 5, at Lowes Creek County Park just south of Eau Claire. The event is open to riders of all skill levels, so you don’t need to be a veteran off-roader to take part. Participants are split into groups based on speed, so don’t worry about being left behind. And don’t worry about running out of trail, either: There are 13 miles of single-track and 5 miles of double-track at Lowes Creek!


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Whether you’re a hard-core bike commuter or just want a good excuse to pedal early in the morning, check out the Bike Week Kickoff Party from 6:30-10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 6.  This shindig will take place in the parking lot kitty-corner from the Volume One World Headquarters at 205 N. Dewey St. Mingle with fellow bicyclists, meet bike group reps, peruse bike-related merchandise, and grab a free cup of java courtesy of Soul Brewed Coffee.


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Ready to root, root, root for the home team? On Wednesday, June 7, you can meet with fellow bikers at 5 p.m. in Altoona’s Tower Park or 5:30 p.m. in the Volume One parking lot for a group ride to Carson Park’s historic baseball field. There, you’ll get a free ticket to see the hometown Eau Claire Express play the Rochester Honkers, plus a free gift from the home team! The game starts at 6:35 p.m. and helmets are required for riders. (But you wear one whenever your ride, right?)


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Grab your helmet and gather with fellow cyclists to pedal to the Sounds Like Summer concert at downtown’s Phoenix Park. Meet-ups are at Tower Park in Altoona at 5 p.m., Flynn Elementary at 5:15 p.m., Putnam Heights Elementary at 5:15 p.m., and in UW-Eau Claire’s Hibbard Parking Lot at 5:30 p.m. Once you reach the park, take advantage of the free bike valet service, grab a seat on the grass, and enjoy music from local alt-country band, The Rattlenecks. All of this against the picturesque backdrop of the Chippewa River, couldn't be better. 


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Here’s a chance to work up a thirst while enjoying some of Eau Claire’s beautiful scenery, then to slake that thirst at a local watering hole. Bike and brewski lovers will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 9, at the trailhead building in Phoenix Park. After biking their way across some of the city’s beautiful bridges, participants will settle in for a pint at one of two taprooms on the west bank of the Chippewa River: Lazy Monk or The Brewing Project. (Once again, helmets are required.)


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Round out Bike Week by celebrating at Cinder City Days, Altoona’s hometown summer soiree. The fun runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at Cinder City Park, 2300 Spooner Ave. Bicyclists should enter the park from 10th Street; there, they will find a bike valet and free bike safety checks. If you want to be in the parade, meet with fellow bicyclists at 1 p.m. in the 500 block of Sixth St. West, then proudly pedal down the street for your friends and neighbors to see. Bike power!


Bike in Eau Claire

This is only a partial list of the fun and educational events in store for Bike Week in Eau Claire. To see the full calendar, visit http://bikeweek.wisconsinbikefed.org/eauclaire.