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Isthmus on the isthmus Rides the Drive (video)

Ben takes his bike-cam out for another spin, this time at Sunday's Ride the Drive festivities in downtown Madison. >More
 The Bicycle Crank anticipates the first 2010 Ride the Drive

The Bicycle Crank snuck up on me during the commute to work the other day, appearing in the left side-view mirror mounted on the handlebars of my trusty old Trek. "Hey!" he shouted, startling me enough to knee-jerk my toeclips off the pedals. >More
 Rutabaga makes Outside 'Top 50 Places to Work' for 2010

On a list dominated by manufacturers and firms that provide services -- as well as firms based in California (10) and Colorado (eight) -- Rutabaga stands out as one of only a few retailers and the only Wisconsin business. >More
 Madison crews gear up for inaugural Capital Lakes DragonFest

Here there be dragons. Or will be, on June 26, when dragon-boat racing comes to Lake Wingra. The inaugural Capital Lakes DragonFest puts Madison on the map among a small but growing number of cities breathing fire into the sport's recent ascent in the upper Midwest. Launched in 2002, the Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival now draws scores of teams each summer. Oshkosh and Racine have debuted events of their own in recent years, the latter staging its Great Midwest Dragon Boat Festival on Lake Michigan. >More
 Henry Vilas Zoo has a bike team, cool jerseys

Another year, another bike team, another flashy jersey: This one features a polar bear on a bike, cruising along under an icycle-festooned banner that reads, Henry Vilas Zoo Cycling Team. Don't laugh. Polar bears can hit top speeds in the neighborhood of 25 miles per hour without wheels. This one is on a bike and appears to be on a mission. >More
 John Nolen rehab means short-term pain, long-term gain for Madison cyclists

Wednesday morning's announcement that the Capital City Trail would be closed between Broom and Lakeside streets starting next Monday, March 29, might at first blush sound like the worst thing in the history of local cycling. After a couple of deep breaths, however, it looks much more promising. >More
 Madison bike routes on Google Maps are a good start, need some work

Indeed, a couple quick tests of the new tool suggest this beta version is decent enough and its prospects promising if the cycling community is engaged to contribute toward its improvement. >More
 Stand-up paddleboarding is the next big thing

"When I first saw stand-up paddleboarding," Nicholas Vandervelde says, "I didn't want anything to do with the sport." Like so many other surfers who share that initial reaction, the 27-year-old Green Lake native has since become a convert. >More
 UW seeks to upgrade aging, crowded fitness facilities

According to guidelines set by the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association, universities should have one square foot of space dedicated solely to fitness and recreation for every student. With only about 22,000 square feet of fitness space, and over 42,000 students plus an additional 16,000 faculty and staff, UW-Madison's fitness amenities are well below national standards. >More
 Madison Winter Festival 2010 is perfect for kids

If your kids are anything like my son, they're much, much happier about all the snow we've gotten the last few winters than you or I are. To him, the snow and cold adults whine about so irritatingly are nothing less than a fantastic opportunity to play in ways that you can't in the summer. If you'd like to tap into this enviable mindset, you can do no better than to take the family down to the Capitol Square on the weekend of Feb. 20-21 for the Madison Winter Festival. >More
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