Half Nelson Challenge

This is a past ride.
May 18, 2024

WI-25, Nelson, Wisconsin

Ride Distance:
Norman Ehrentreich

Our classic driftless route with 1/2 the climbing, at 4,300', 6 hills including one real kicker, and a timeless Wisconsin bar and grill at the finish to replenish yourself. Suggestion for early risers: If you want a nice breakfast before the ride, there is Beths's Twin Bluffs Cafe which opens at 6:30. Note they only take cash, no credit cards. I enjoyed having breakfast there shortly before the ride.)

Please note that the 200k and 150k routes split shortly before Fountain City. Do not go with the 200k riders. In order to makie this an official 150k ride for RUSA's Rouleur Award, we added a few miles. You'll still be able to catch up with the 200k riders at the Fountain City control before you take the scenic, and much flatter WI-35 back to the start.  

Nelson is just across the river from Wabasha, about a 2 hour drive from the Cities so if you want to do a layover either before or after the ride, there are hotels in Wabasha, or Alma. 

Electronic Ride Waiver

We have worked with RUSA on an electronic ride waiver that we are now rolling out for all of our rides. This will replace our paper waivers at the start. We will still bring some as a backup. You can click here to go to the MN Randonneurs SmartWaiver page. Please fill out the form there with all the requested information. Once you click submit, an email with a download link of the electronic waiver will be sent to you, to the Minnesota RBA (Norman Ehrentreich), and to the RUSA insurance account. After that, you will be sent back to a landing page on the mnrando.org site that you can close.


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Current Rider List
Norman Ehrentreich
Mark Catlin
Rob Welsh
Sam Carroll
Keith Larson