Fall Color Festival

Annual mountain bike fundraiser held at the John Muir trails in Southeastern Wisconsin. Proceeds support trail maintenance and development.

Schedule of Events

 Changes for 2022

Photos by: Robert Paschke

Photos by: James Wamser


Overall Finishers: The top 3 male and female finishers in the 33, 22, 11 and 5 mile events earn a unique custom award. The Fall Color Festival logo is burned into wood planks with the bark on both sides. The planks are made from basswood, which is the best wood for successful wood burning.

Age Groups: 1st place male and female finishers in their age group earns a custom 2.25 inch die struck medallion with raised FCF logo. Age Groups: 15-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65+
5 Mile Event: 11-14 and everyone 10 and younger.

Activities for Everyone

Bring the entire family. There is an exciting children's ride and activity tent that includes face painting and other fun and creative activities. There is also a parent / child tag-team event.

Beer Garden and Food

What's a festival without food? There will be plenty of it, as well as a beer garden. We have a variety of beer, food and water. Jay from Dean foods will have free samples of TruMoo Protein Plus chocolate milk.


Limited edition T-Shirts, 16oz Pint Glasses (both glass and unbreakable food- grade silicone that is BPA-free), stickers and other gear.

Mechanical Support

Wheel and Sprocket will be there to assist you with any mechanical problems you might have. Look for their support tent near the parking lot at John Muir.

Medical Support

Wisconsin Bike Patrol will be at our event. Wisconsin Bike Patrol consists of dedicated volunteers partnering with land mangers, landowners, event promoters and emergency personnel to assist event participants in the case they need specialized EMS support.


The Fall Color Festival would not be possible without the help of dedicated volunteers. With that in mind, please consider volunteering. Your good deeds will be rewarded with a raffle ticket, t-shirt, and lunch.

To volunteer, click here.

  • Parking–Help direct vehicles into parking spaces

  • Registration–Help get bike plate numbers to riders

  • Timing–Assist timing company at Start / Finish area

  • On Course–Guide riders onto correct loop

  • Children’s Tent–Help with activities

Saturday, Oct 1, 2022


Registration closes 30 minutes prior to each event. You can pay with cash, check or credit / debit card. Register Now and save!

Note from the DNR – A Vehicle Admission Sticker and a State Trail Pass are required. If you have not purchased an Annual Vehicle Admission Sticker, a Special Event Parking pass will be available for $5.00 at the event. If you Volunteer, we will pay for a Sepecial Event Parking pass, if needed.


33 Mile Event: Brown & Blue loops at John Muir + the Connector Trail + Green loop at Emma Carlin. Awards >


22 Mile Event: 1 lap of the Brown loop and 2 laps of the Blue loop. Awards >


11 Mile Event: 1 lap of the Brown loop and 1 lap of the Blue loop. Awards >


5 Mile Event: 1 lap of the Brown loop and 1 lap of the White loop. Awards >


Beer Garden and Food: What's a festival without food? There will be plenty of it, as well as a beer garden. Enjoy a cold beer in a custom Fall Color Festival pint glass. We have a variety of beer, food and water to keep you fed and hydrated.


Parent / Child Tag-Team Event: 1 lap of the Brown Loop for the child and then 1 lap of the Brown Loop for the parent.


Children’s Ride: Lawn is mowed to create an easy, fun ride!

Changes for 2022

 22 Mile Event: Add fat bike category and award.

 11 Mile Event: Add age group 14 and younger.

 11 Mile Event: Add waves to lesson overcrowding.

 Parent / Child Tag-Team Event: Change start / finish location to avoid riders who are finishing their event.

 Modify all routes to reflect actual mileage.

Your comments are appreciated: email us.

Event Director and Website: James Wamser

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