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What's New?
Featured Tour
Bicycle Business HUGE in WI
Shuttleguy Employment News
Trips for Kids Benefit Continues
Marketing/Social Media Conference Speakers Needed
New Rides for Shuttleguy
Links of the Month
2010 Shuttleguy's
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Tri-State Ride

WISPRIDE (Wisconsin Parks Ride)

Theater & Art Ride


(Bike Ride Exploring Wisconsin)

Mississippi River Trail Ride

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February, 2010
Hope you are having a great winter! We offer you a jam packed issue this month. Something for everyone!
What's New?

Route Announcements
Since the new year, things have really starting to get rolling. The Bike Tour of Colorado, Oklahoma Free Wheel and RAGBRAI rides all announced their routes.

Shuttleguy at RAGBRAI announcement bash in Des Moines.
Tym and Sonja, along with Dave and Bill from Overland Touring, were front and center, January 30,  at the grand  RAGBRAI party held in Des Moines, Iowa, to announce the overnight stay towns of the 2010 ride.

They also attended a special meeting for charter and tour leaders, gleaning lots of good information to make your RAGBRAI ride with Shuttleguy all the more comfortable and fun!




(Wisconsin State Parks Ride)

You are invited to participate in our newest Shuttleguy Tours adventure, the Wisconsin Parks Ride, or as we have come to know it, WISPRIDE.

We offer you six days of biking in some of the most scenic areas of Wisconsin. We have also worked
closely with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Parks, to secure camping accommodations in five of the "gems" in the crown of our award winning state parks system.

We start and end our six day loop twispride4aour at Wyalusing State Park, located on the banks of the mighty Mississippi. The park is located high on a bluff above the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers.   In nearby Prairie du Chien, tour the Villa Louis and experience Victorian life during the 19th century as you visit the estate of one of Wisconsin's most prosperous families.

Day One
This will be our longest day of riding with our final home for the night being Yellowstone Park. As we pass through the small burgs of Bagley and Bloomington you will  see dairy farms that have helped make Wisconsin  the "cheese state".  Stop in downtown Lancaster for a mid morning break. From there, go through Belmont, home of First Capitol State Historical Site. Then it's on to Yellowstone Lake State Park, our home for the evening.

Day Two
Today we'll head northeast towards Devil's Lake.  It's on to Barneveld and Botham Vineyards and Winery for a tour. Feel free to get some souvenirs; we wispride2awill transport them for you. Head north to Sauk City and Prairie du Sac, home of Wollersheim Winery and another opportunity for souvenirs. Five local wines are produced and carry the prestigious appellation, "Lake Wisconsin Viticultural Area". From the winery it's on to the free Merrimac Ferry for a ride across the Wisconsin River to Devil's Lake State park, our home for the night.

Day Three
We climb out of Devil's Lake park and head though downtown Baraboo, home of the Circus World Museum, a popular tourist stop. We leave Baraboo passing through the historic downtown area on our way to  Reedsburg and the final ride to Mirror Lake State Park, our home for the next two nights. Get plenty of rest tonight because tomorrow will be action packed.

Day Four
Today is our layover day. Take a loop ride along the Wisconsin River or spend the day off the bike. wisprideIt's a great time to just relax around camp, take a swim in Mirror Lake or hike the trail system. For those wanting more activity you will have a hard time deciding among the many options. Of course there is Wisconsin Dells with scenic boat trips, waterslide parks and the famous "strip". There is also the Ho Chunk casino, International Crane Founda- tion, or visit the Aldo Leopold  Center celebrating the life of the well known conservationist.

Day Five
From Mirror Lake we head south towards Spring Green, home of the world famous architect, wispride5aFrank Lloyd Wright. Tour the picturesque village of Spring Green with its many quaint shops. For those interested, there are four types of tours offered at the Frank Lloyd Wright facility and lunch is available in  Visitor Center located in the Riverview Terrace. We'll have a few challenging hills left as we climb out of the Wisconsin River valley towards Governor Dodge State Park.

Day Six
As we head south out of the park we'll ride through Dodgeville, home of the world class retailer Lands' End. We'll ride by the huge order and shipping complex and for those interested a tour has been arranged. (Sorry, no free samples!). From Dodgeville, we head south to Mineral Point. Mineral Point is a "must see"! Reminiscent of a rural English village, and nestled in the beautiful rolling hills of southwest Wisconsin, Mineral Point offers century old stone cottages and downtown buildings now home to renowned artists' studios, galleries and specialty shops. Be wispride3asure to stop by Pendarvis, a cluster of restored stone houses located on Shake Rag Street and find out the origin of the street's name. From Mineral Point, it's a right turn as we head back to Wyalusing State Park.  As you ride the final miles from Union to Wyalusing you'll think back over the week and wonder how it went by so fast! The memories and new friends you made will be with you forever as you approach the final surprise of the ride! At Wyalusing, it's time to shake hands, say goodbye and a have a safe journey home.   See you next year!

This will be a challenging ride but worth every pedal rotation! Be part of this inaugural ride!

Register early to insure you are part of this ride in 2010!


For those of you from Wisconsin, or the Midwest, this is big news. To think the bicycle industry economically rivals deer hunting!

MADISON: February 2, 2010



Shuttleguy is looking for summer tour staff including Tour Managers, Manager Assistants, and Camp Assistants.

staffWhat better way to see the country! From the western Bike Tour of Colorado to the eastern Oklahoma Free Wheel, enjoy the great outdoors and work with some of the best bicycling clients around. Almost as fun as riding the tours yourself!

Lodging, food and transportation included. Flexible schedule, work part of the summer or all of it.


Can't get away yourself? Pass this link on to friends, children or others who might be interested. No bicycling experience necessary. Memories to last a lifetime.

Interested? Contact


Benefit Challenge continues in February

We at Shuttleguy are big believers in getting the  next generation of children on bicycles. Over 65 of you have met our Facebook, Twitter and newletter sign up challenge! This fundraiser will continue through February, so please sign up or pass these links on to a friend!


During the month of  January AND FEBRUARY, Shuttleguy will donate one dollar to Trips for Kids for each new person who signs up for our email newsletter, follows us on Twitter, or becomes a fan on Facebook.

Trips For Kids® (TFK®) is a non-profit that provides bike outings and environmental education for at-risk youth. More than sixty Trips For Kids chapters have opened the world of cycling to over 50,000 at-risk youth. TFK combines lessons in personal responsibility, achievement and environmental awareness through the development of practical skills, and the simple act of having fun.

Send this newsletter to your friends and family and have them follow us by following a link below. Help give at-risk youth an opportunity to enjoy biking.

Sign up for one or all of our contacts!

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Learn more about TRIPS for KIDS here.

2010 National Bicycle Tour Directors Association Annual Conference in Madison, Wis.


Shuttleguy and Shuttleguy Tours is proud to announce it will host The National Bicycle Tour Directors Association (NBTDA) annual conference Nov. 4-7, 2010, in Madison, Wisconsin.

We are currently looking for speakers regarding marketing or social media. If you know of someone you would recommend, please contact us at:

This meeting of professional bicycle tour directors is open to members and non-members alike. Please pass this on to anyone you know who is involved with rides or tours.

Looking for new ride ideas

As we drive across the Midwest, Shuttleguy staff are always on the look out for potential new ride areas.

With all the miles we put on each year we still can't cover every mile of road. We are on the lookout for new ride ideas!

Recent additions include:
BREW (Bicycle Ride Exploring Wisconsin)
WISPRIDE (Wisconsin State Parks Ride)

We are always looking for new ideas or niches.

So  . . . . got an idea? Email it our way. If we develop a new ride around your idea we'll offer you a complimentary pass on the inaugural ride!

Send ideas to:


Each month we will be passing on a few links that we thought you might enjoy or find useful.

Danny MacAskill this video of the Inspired Bicycles team rider features probably the best collection of street/street trials riding ever seen. Without a doubt, this video pushes the envelope of what is perceived as possible on a trials bike. Over 14,000,000 viewers!

Girl on a Bike this video features a young woman on a bicycle demonstrating her phenomenal sense of balance. Whether riding frontward or backwards her skills are truly amazing!

Shuttleguy specializes in superior bicycle touring services for bicyclists with discriminating taste. Let us make life easy for you this summer on one of the many tours we support.
Tym Allison
Shuttleguy and ShuttleguyTour Bicycle Tours