Summer fun will be in full motion July 9th at the Fitchburg Festival of Speed, a family-friendly event in the heart of Fitchburg. The festival includes fun activities for spectators and participants alike, including bike and running races, live music, food carts and local beer, and FIREWORKS! Here’s a rundown on some of the weekend’s highlights and what you can explore and enjoy while you’re in town.
Pump up your bike tires! The Fitchburg Family Pharmacy 25-Mile Ride gets the weekend rolling at 7:30am. The ride starts and finishes at Agora Pavilion, and the course takes riders through some beautiful countryside south of Fitchburg. Register for the ride here.
If you’d rather get moving on your feet, sign up for the Donor Dash 5K, a run/walk that starts at 8am at Agora Pavilion. The course takes participants into the scenic Capital Springs State Recreation Area before returning to Agora Pavilion. Register for the Donor Dash here.
Grab a spot by the fence and prepare to see some fast riders: this year’s Festival of Speed is also home to the Wisconsin Cycling Association Wisconsin State Championships, and throughout the day, experienced riders will battle for cash prizes as they reach speeds upwards of 30 miles per hour on a closed-loop course near the Agora Pavilion. The first riders start at 10:30am, and the last race will finish at 8:15pm. If you’re an experienced racer interested in signing up, you can register for the championships here.
Live music kicks off at 2:00pm with Michael Alexander and Big Whiskey, followed by Frank and the Names at 4:00pm and SuperTuesday at 6:00pm. All shows are free, and the night wraps up with a spectacular fireworks finale!
Fitchburg is a biking paradise, with trails and routes that connect to nearby Madison while also taking riders into the beautiful surrounding countryside. A classic Sunday ride that’s the perfect way to end a weekend at the Festival of Speed is a trip on the Capital City State Trail, a 17-mile paved recreational route that connects to the Military Ridge State Trail and the Badger State Trail. Start by riding the stretch that travels through the Capital Springs State Recreation Area—you’ll likely encounter plenty of friendly bikers, walkers and runners enjoying this route.
Finish your ride where the Capital City State Trail hits Fish Hatchery Road. Near the crossing, you’ll find restaurants like Liliana’s Restaurant and Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. Fitchburg. Park your bike and enjoy a great meal—after a weekend of speed, these restaurants are the perfect spots to slow down.