ThedaCare presents:

Bike the Barn Quilts



Saturday, September 28, 2019



7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Save time and check-in at our Barn Dance on Friday, September 27, 2019


Start times:
8:00 AM - Opening ceremony

8:20 AM - Shawano Bike Club leads off

8:30 AM - 40 and 70 mile routes

8:40 AM - 37 and 50 mile routes

8:50 AM - 22 mile guided route

9:00 AM - 20 mile route

9:10 AM - 17 mile route


Bike Ride

Prior to

Sept. 1

Prior to

Sept. 28


Sept. 28

Individual $35 $40 $45
Individual - Guided $40 $45 $50
Eventbrite - Bike the Barn Quilts presented by ThedaCare


Memorial Park - Shawano, WI

At the Corner of Main Street and Lieg Street

Parking Available on Elizabeth Street (please enter Elizabeth from East via Lincoln)

The Events

Welcome to the Shawano County Bike/Hike the Barn Quilts, which was one of the to 10 bike events in Wisconsin per Travel Wisconsin 2016!  There are rides/walks/runs for people of all ages and abilities.  Registrations go to support programs and services of Shawano Pathways, whose mission is to promote tourism, economic growth, healthier living, family fun, and greater opportunities for execise.


Seven scenic rountes varying in distance from 5 to 70 miles will be offered.  Beautiful quilt patterns are showcased and enhanced by the fall colors.  Register for all events at Memorial Athletic Park in Shawano.  The 5k walk/run is on mapped routes within the city limits.  Traffic control will be provided for the downtown areas and major intersections.

The Bike Routes

17 Mile - Red River Ride

Traveling west on the Mountain Bay Trail will eventually bring Thornton followed by a beautiful stretch along the Red River.  (1 food station)

17 Mile - Richmond Ride Map
17 Mile - Richmond Ride Map.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [7.2 MB]

20 Mile - Belle Plaine Ride

Traveling south towards Cloverleaf Lakes you can see 20 barn quilts in 20 miles!  The terrain is rolling .  Use caution when riding on Highway 22.  You'll have plenty of opportunities to take pictures.  (2 food stations)

20 Mile - Belle Plaine Ride Map
20 Mile - Belle Plaine Ride Map.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [7.2 MB]

22 Mile - Guided Ride - New Route for 2019

View more than 20 quilts as you bike much of the Gresham route. A knowledgeable guide will provide information on farm and quilt patterns at each of the stops. Includes a special booklet. (1 food station, but dedicated SAG truck with water and snacks at each stop)

37 Mile - Gresham Ride

You'll pass 25 quilts on this route that travels north and west out of Shawano.   After a steep hill, enjoy Gresham's downtown and some refreshments.  Please be aware that this route includes riding on Highway 47 for approximately two miles.  (2 food stations)

37 Mile - Gresham Ride Map
37 Mile - Gresham Ride Map.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [12.0 MB]

40 Mile - Bonduel Ride

Enjoy a few more hills than the Gresham route while taking in scenic vistas.  This route is part of the 70 mile route and shares food stations in Cecil and Bonduel.  (2 food stations)

50 Mile - Gresham Plus Ride:

This route is based off the 37 mile Gresham route but has an additional loop to add miles of beauty.  (3 food stations)

40 & 70 Mile - Bonduel & Pulaski Ride Map
40-70 Mile - Bonduel-Pulaski Ride Map.pd[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [7.5 MB]

70 Mile - Pulaski Ride

This ride has the experienced biker in mind.  You should be comfortable crossing and riding along major highways for short distances.  There are more than 30 barn quilts for you to view as you travel along winding wooded roads around Shawano Lake, through scenic hilly farming country, past an Amish communitity, as well as Cecil, Pulaski, and Bonduel (4 food stations, with one being self-service)

Moo-ving Forward

Both the Engel family and Shawano Pathways believe in ‘MOO-VING FORWARD.”  Thus, the name for a new quilt, #351 (W7713 Broadway Ave).  The quilt showcases a guernsey, (the Engel family’s "cow of choice") and footprints and wheels (Shawano Pathways suggested method of movement).


Bob Engel’s great grandfather homesteaded on this property, and his grandfather & father continued to farm here.  Bob and Bonnie took over the farm in 1977, showing guernsey cattle at County & State Fairs for years.  All of their children were in 4-H and the showing of cattle continues to this day.


There are three routes on the annual September BIKE THE BARN QUILTS event that bike pass this quilt.  Shawano Pathways is proud to  share the ‘MOO-VING FORWARD’  quilt with the Bob & Bonnie Engel family.

Purchase a Bike Jersey

With the help of Borah Teamwear, we've created a unique bike jersey to celebrate the Bike the Barn Quilts event.  The jersey features a red barnwood design voted on by our Facebook fans.  Email us for more information.

Cannondale Quick 8 Raffle

Thanks to Tower Clock Eye Center and Pete's Garage, we're raffling a Cannondale Quick 8 bicycle.  The bicycle will be professionally fitted to the winner.  Click here for more details.

More Information

- All routes start at Memorial Athletic Park in Shawano (corner of Lieg & Main)

- Parking is available north of the park on Elizabeth Street (enter Elizabeth from the east)

- The event is scheduled rain or shine

- No refunds

- Children ages 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult

- Support vehicles are provided

   * Basic bike tools available for YOUR use in making repairs

   * Will provide pick-up, if necessary

- Your registration includes a continental breakfast and lunch

A Few Words About Safety

- These are not closed routes.

- Traffic laws and official rules of the road must be obeyed at all times.

- Bikers must wear a helmet.

- Rest stops with water and food will be provided on most routes.

- Bring your cell phone.

Still Have Questions


  • Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce at 715-524-2139
  • Matty at 715-304-9796

Paper Registration

2019 BTBQ Brochure
BTBQ 2019 Brochure.docx
Microsoft Word document [753.4 KB]
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