The Rock Trail Coalition will host a free Cycling Presentation on Thursday, April 28th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Pearson Hall on the Beloit College campus. Two speakers will be featured during the presentation: Tom Schuler, former 7-Eleven Team USA Cycling member and Dave Schlabowske, the Deputy Director of the Wisconsin Bike Federation. Schuler will present on his experiences as a professional cyclist, and will have you feeling more than ready to get your bike out and visit the trails. Schlabowske will be on hand to discuss the upcoming ‘Ride Across Wisconsin’. The Ride Across Wisconsin is a 175-mile bike trip from Dubuque to Kenosha. There is a stop in Beloit, which is near the half way point. Bikers will have the option to complete the ride in 1 or 2 days. The optional overnight is taking place in Beloit, and will feature a party to benefit a trail expansion in Rock County.
Tom Schuler enjoyed a 10-year career as a professional bicycle racer as a founding member of the 7-Eleven professional cycling team and as a member of the 1980 Olympic Cycling Team. During his career as a professional cyclist, Schuler garnered more than 100 career victories including the 1987 US Pro Road Championship. Tom was inducted into the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame in 2006. After retiring from racing, Schuler turned to team management, first as the Assistant GM for the 7-Eleven and Motorola cycling teams, and then forming his own sports management company, Team Sports Inc. in 1992. Team Sports has developed and managed 18 unique professional cycling and triathlon teams. Team Sports athletes have won 6 Olympic Medals.
Dave Schlabowske was the first full-time staff member hired to open the Milwaukee office of the Wisconsin Bike Fed 15 years ago. Before that Dave was a professional photographer who worked for many major news and business magazines, wire services and did his own documentary projects.
Formed in 1992, the Rock Trail Coalition is a group of volunteers dedicated to the development, maintenance and enjoyment of hiking, biking and recreational trails in Rock County. The advocacy group promotes the important role that outdoor recreational spaces play in a community. They host educational presentations and workshops as well as trail clean-up days and various social events for trail users.
Find out more about the Rock Trail Coalition at http://rocktrailcoalition.org.