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Madison bicyclists push to lift night ban on Wisconsin state trail use

Cyclists know that there are few pleasures quite as calming as a star-lit bike ride. Whether it's a commute after a night shift, a training ride at the coolest time of day or a nightcap to an evening out, cycling in the evening is a joy -- especially around Madison, where bike paths and trails abound. Unfortunately, Wisconsin Administrative Code NR 45.04(2) prohibits the use of state trails between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., making it illegal for cyclists to train, commute on or otherwise use cycling paths at night. >More
 Doesn't Madison's bike polo team deserve a real court?

THWACK! In Minneapolis, a bicyclist in shockproof gear fighting through the North American Bike Polo Championship 2013 slams a polyvinyl chloride ball into the net with a customized fiberglass mallet, then skids to a halt. In Madison, bike polo players are riveted, watching the aspiring champions of this nascent sport on BikePoloTV. >More
 Isthmus Paddle & Portage 2013 results

A total of 806 participants in 417 watercraft participated in Isthmus Paddle & Portage on Saturday, July 20. Launching at James Madison Park for a loop in Lake Mendota, the teams proceeded to carry their canoes across the isthmus before hitting the waters of Lake Monona for the final leg of the course, finishing at Olin Park for a post-race party. >More
 Costumed competitors canoe for fun at Isthmus Paddle & Portage 2013

Smurfs, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger too could be seen paddling on Madison's lakes and running across downtown with canoes over their heads on Saturday during the 34th annual Isthmus Paddle & Portage canoe race. The feat is no easy task. >More
 18,000 pounds of fun at La Fête de Marquette (video)

When Ed Dudley took a job with Iowa-based Sound Concepts, he figured the owner was going to give him audio work at concerts and festivals. "I didn't even know he owned a Ferris wheel." That was nine years ago. Dudley's been operating a Ferris wheel ever since. Would you ride a 45-foot-tall amusement assembled by your neighbors? No? Too late if you rode the wheel at La Fête de Marquette last weekend. Dudley's contract says festivals must provide setup and takedown labor. >More
 An introduction to Madison billiards subculture

Bars from Madison to Sydney have pool tables. But you don't see many 10-by-5-foot carom billiards tables, the kind with no pockets. And these days you mostly won't, unless you're obsessed with the antique game of three-cushion carom billiards, an intensely challenging pool-like game from a distant era. It turns out that some Madison residents are carrying the billiards torch. >More
 Touring UW-Madison's Lakeshore Nature Preserve and Class of 1918 Marsh

The Class of 1918 Marsh is so unique, in part, because it has changed forms many times. Initially, the area was a glacial lake cut off by beach ridges. As a spawning spot for northern pike, the lake was an important part of local hunting and trade circuits. >More
 They're biting! A guide to fishing in Madison's bountiful lakes

Kurt Welke believes strongly in a certain kind of eating local. "I have been catching bluegills for the table lately, and I will tell you it gets no better," he says. "These are a true gift of spring, like roadside asparagus or morels or wild blackberries." >More
 President Grover Cleveland fished in Madison

President Grover Cleveland came to Madison for a fishing trip in 1887. His guide was the city's greatest fisherman, Billy Dunn. >More
 Scenes from the 2013 Crazylegs Classic (slideshow)

About 17,000 runners, walkers and wheelers raced through downtown Madison and the UW-Madison campus Saturday in the Crazylegs Classic, raising money for UW athletics in what Runner's World magazine has called one of the country's top 100 running events. >More
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