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The masters of bass: Competitive anglers can have their fish, they just can't eat them too

There's a longstanding, anonymous saying about angling: "Catch-and-release fishing is a lot like golf. You don't have to eat the ball to have a good time." Wisconsin's competitive fishermen can surely relate. Since most tournaments are catch-and-release, anglers aren't reeling in their lunch or dinner out on the lakes. So is it for the money? >More
 Isthmus to host 2012 Paddle & Portage on July 21

Isthmus will host this year's Paddle & Portage canoe race. The 33rd annual event will be held on Saturday, July 21, with hundreds of participants from around the country. >More
 Madison schedules two Ride the Drive events for 2012, August edition moves to north side

The city of Madison has announced two dates, and two completely different routes, for Ride the Drive in 2012, one downtown on June 3 and one on the north side on Aug. 12. The free community event, now in its fourth year, closes off streets to cars, opening the way for bikers, walkers and rollerbladers. >More
 The Tenney Park Shelter: From warming hut to Prairie-style palace

The Tenney Park lagoon is frequently called Madison's prettiest place to skate. Shaped like an uneven horseshoe, surrounded by trees and crossed by graceful arched bridges, it's a setting reminiscent of a Currier and Ives painting. But until recently, the warming shelter was a dark and gloomy no-frills building built in 1958 and beginning to decay. >More
 Cyclo-cross National Championships come to Madison

January may not strike your average Wisconsinite as the best time of year to host an outdoor cycling event in the state. In fact, if you expressed a desire to do such a thing you'd likely be met with more than a few raised eyebrows and accusations of mental infirmity. Cyclo-cross racers may cop to being a little nuts, but they'll be the first to tell you that the fall and winter months of the cyclo-cross season are just right. >More
 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
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