COWs History

 

Exploring Wisconsin on Tandems for Over 30 Years

Couples on Wheels celebrated 30 years of tandeming together in 2018. The first COWs rally was held in the spring of 1988 and hosted by Paul and Flo Walker. The event took place in Wautoma, Wisconsin on May 21-22 with 40 riders participating. This organized ride gives Paul and Flo the honor of being named co-founders of Couples on Wheels.

A spring rally was held every year following and has been hosted in many cities across Wisconsin (see below for a list of previous rally locations).

In 1986 the club hosted their first Midwest Tandem Rally as an organization. The rally was held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Since then, the club has hosted MTR events in Waukesha–1991, Appleton–1996, Appleton–2007 and Middleton–2012. The Fall Rally was introduced in 2004 with the Wrangler Ride being introduced in 2010 and held in Waupaca, Wisconsin hosted by John and Joan Laabs.

Spring Rally Locations by Year

1989

Madison

1990

Shawano

1991

Fish Creek

1992

Appleton

1993

Port Washington

1994

Mt. Horeb

1995

La Crosse

1996

Sturgeon Bay

1997

Appleton

1998

Waupaca

1999

Wausau

2000

Sparta

2001

Fort Atkinson

2002

Rhinelander

2003

Port Washington

2004

Holcolm

2005

Waupaca

2006

Wausau

2007

Appleton

2008

Rowley’s Bay

2009

Delafield

2010

Madison

2011

Chippewa Falls

2012

Port Washington

2013

Lake Geneva

2014

Plover / Stevens Point

2015

Appleton / Kimberley

2016

Marshfield

2017

Waupaca

2018

Racine

2019

Lake Geneva

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