May 17–19, 2019
Lake Geneva, WI
Hosted by: Dick & Jackie Homan and Grant Benjamin & Susan Pribyl
The picturesque town of Lake Geneva hugs the shoreline of the lake where our host hotel is located. Given the geography of the area, our routes will have some hills adding variety and beautiful scenery. We have chosen short routes that minimize hills and medium routes with some moderate climbs. We are planning a variety of routes to match your early season fitness and preferences. There will be two rides options on Friday (15 or 30 miles), a selection of short, medium and long routes Saturday as well as two route options on Sunday (18 or 30 miles). Plan now to join in the fun.
Harbor Shores (host hotel)
They are holding 55 rooms for us on May 17 and 18. We have 40 Lakeview rooms and 15 Parkview rooms that have all been renovated since our last visit 6 years ago. The Lakeview rooms are $159 per night and the Parkview rooms are $129 per night. A continental breakfast is included. They will allow us to bring bikes into the rooms. These prices are good thru April 17th. Call 262-248-9181 or 888-746-7371 and mention the Cows for tandem rally price.
Comfort Inn & Suites
They are holding 15 + rooms at the Comfort Inn & Suites for $139 per night which includes a hot breakfast. The Comfort Inn & Suites is located about 1 mile east of Harbor Shores and is on Route 50. Call 262-248-2300 and mention the Cows for tandem rally. These prices are good thru April 17th.
Banquet and other information
We will be using Celebration On Wells for our annual meeting & banquet Saturday. Celebration on Wells is a short walk from Harbor Shores.
Cocktails begin @ 5:30 (cash bar) with a Buffet dinner at 6:30. Price is $30 per person and payment must be made by April 30. Please note that we also will not be able to process any refunds after April 30.
Our buffet menu includes appetizers (cheese with crackers), salad, roasted Tuscan style veggies, fresh new roasted potatoes, pasta du jour tossed in olive oil / fresh herbs and dinner rolls. The two entrees are Athenian chicken (roasted with lemon, thyme, garlic, and oregano – gluten free) and roast sirloin of beef. Dessert is mini cheese cakes with berry compote. We will not be offering any meals for special dietary needs and so we are including the full menu so those with special dietary needs can see what they will be able to eat.
Here’s what the weekend schedule looks like:
Friday, May 17th
- 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM Rally Check-In at Harbor Shores Hotel Lobby
- Afternoon/Evening Ice Cream Ride (on your own) – 31 mile route (also 17 mile option)
- 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM COWS BYOB Hospitality Room at Harbor Shores (Feel free to also bring a snack to share)
Saturday, May 18th
- 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM Rally Check-In at Harbor Shores Hotel Lobby
- 9:00 AM Mass start from hotel – route options of 29, 46, 51 & 68 miles
- 2:30 PM Geneva Lake Museum – COWS Group Tour ($6 per person)
Saturday Evening Banquet at Celebration on Wells (walking distance from host hotel)
- 5:30 PM Social Hour
- 6:30 PM Buffet Dinner
- 8:00 PM COWS annual meeting
Sunday, May 19th
- AM Breakfast Ride to Twin Lakes (on your own) 28-mile route
Note on Parking in Lake Geneva: Only hotel guests are allowed to park in the lot at Harbor Shores hotel; no trailers are allowed in the hotel lot.
Lots of well-marked FREE parking is available a few blocks north of the hotel on Sage Street (Lots D & E). Lot D is near Lake Geneva Museum and Lot E is by Eastview Elementary School located on Sage Street and Dodge (you will see signs directing you to the free parking).
On-street metered parking close to the hotel is also available but limited to 5 hours. Please ask us about any special parking concerns that you have.
We look forward to seeing everyone soon!
(Please do not use GPS downloads prior to May 9th. All routes were updated on May 9 & 10).