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RECREATION

Scenes from the autumn 2011 edition of Ride the Drive: Raincoats and grins (slideshow)

Sunday was damp, chilly and dark, hardly the recipe for a successful outdoor biking event. But that didn't stop Madison families from saddling up and taking over downtown streets for the fifth edition of Ride the Drive. >More
 Cricket finds a following in Madison

On weekends during the season, the scene conjures South Asia at the height of British colonial power. The game itself is an enduring product of that era, lingering long after the colonies won their independence. The game is cricket. The place: Reindahl Park, home ground for the Madison Cricket Club. Wisconsin's capital: a cricket colony. >More
 A bike corral comes to downtown Madison's King Street

Madison installed its first seasonal on-street bicycle parking corral Wednesday outside the Tipsy Cow at the top of King Street. Converting one short-term car stall into 10 bicycle parking spaces, the new bike racks answer demand for more bike parking near the intersection of King, Main and Pinckney streets at the Capitol Square. On-street bike parking also relieves sidewalk congestion -- freeing space for pedestrians, sidewalk cafes and other uses. >More
 Velomobiles spin through Madison on Roll Over America tour

Heads turn the moment the first two pull up to the curb at about 5 p.m. in front of Brocach on the Capitol Square. Commuters waiting to board their buses home share a genuine what-the-hell moment with passers-by. >More
 The Mecan River offers an appealing paddling daytrip

The forecast is worrisome. In the days leading up to a Saturday kayaxpedition on the Mecan River, it climbs from 40% to 60% chance of thunderstorms. On the eve of the daytrip, the radar animations show approaching cartoon doom. But a 60% chance of thunderstorms leaves a 40% chance of not thunderstorms, of missed opportunity. >More
 Putting a B-cycle bike through its paces in downtown Madison

On a B-cycle, what's the hurry? This would be a fine bike to cruise around a beachfront resort like, um, Madison's isthmus. Most excursions on Madison's B-Cycles will be for short errands and trips. >More
 Mad Rollin' Dolls make connections around the globe

The sound of bodies hitting bodies, knee pads slamming into concrete and small rubber wheels squealing reverberates through a converted warehouse as a crowd of nearly a thousand cheers wildly. It's opening night in the docklands of Copenhagen, as the women of the newly formed Copenhagen Roller Derby teams meet each other on the oval track. >More
 Bocce for all! Italian lawn bowling comes to McFarland

A bunch of Madison Curling Club members were talking about summer activities they might pursue as a complement to their ice time on the rink in McFarland. Curling veteran Bill Swanson remembers someone saying he had been so impressed by the bocce tournaments he saw during his travels that he hired a contractor to build a regulation bocce court in his backyard. >More
 Businesses compete, burn calories and save gas with Get Up and Bike Wisconsin Challenge

Bike to Work Week's popular Commuter Challenge has outgrown Bike to Work Week and split off to become the Get Up and Bike Wisconsin Challenge. With thousands of bicycle commuters competing last year in a statewide competition to claim Bike to Work Week mileage bragging rights, this may have been inevitable. >More
 Madison Bike to Work Week 2011 refuses to be contained in a single week!

Remember how Bike to Work Week got its start here as Bike to Work Day? It's happening again. With the 2011 edition designated for June 6-10, Madison's Bike to Work Week is extending beyond the bounds of that single work week to encompass the previous Friday. >More
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