As summer charity rides get rolling, decline in ridership is a bit concerning

Lori Nickel | June 12, 2023

About 1,500 riders took off for the hills around Waterloo on Saturday morning, riding 19, 34, 62 or 100 miles on a well-known bike ride – the Trek 100 – to raise money for a well-known cause, the MACC Fund.

Two weekends ago, nearly 3,000 cyclists took part in the UPAF Ride for the Arts in Milwaukee

Both events had perfect weather. Both events were well-run by organizers and volunteers. Both have been around for many years. And the Trek 100 was a first-class event as usual, upping the ante more this year with themed rest stops and more food than a cyclist could possibly dream of having on a fully supported ride.