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Madison bike routes on Google Maps are a good start, need some work

Indeed, a couple quick tests of the new tool suggest this beta version is decent enough and its prospects promising if the cycling community is engaged to contribute toward its improvement. >More
 Stand-up paddleboarding is the next big thing

"When I first saw stand-up paddleboarding," Nicholas Vandervelde says, "I didn't want anything to do with the sport." Like so many other surfers who share that initial reaction, the 27-year-old Green Lake native has since become a convert. >More
 UW seeks to upgrade aging, crowded fitness facilities

According to guidelines set by the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association, universities should have one square foot of space dedicated solely to fitness and recreation for every student. With only about 22,000 square feet of fitness space, and over 42,000 students plus an additional 16,000 faculty and staff, UW-Madison's fitness amenities are well below national standards. >More
 Madison Winter Festival 2010 is perfect for kids

If your kids are anything like my son, they're much, much happier about all the snow we've gotten the last few winters than you or I are. To him, the snow and cold adults whine about so irritatingly are nothing less than a fantastic opportunity to play in ways that you can't in the summer. If you'd like to tap into this enviable mindset, you can do no better than to take the family down to the Capitol Square on the weekend of Feb. 20-21 for the Madison Winter Festival. >More
 So you've decided to be an Olympian: Speed skating

The Madison Speed Skating Club is the obvious starting point for your own pursuit of Olympic speed skating glory. Its "Learn-to-Speedskate" program introduces the sport to beginners of all ages, at $115 for eight weeks. >More
 So you've decided to be an Olympian: Figure skating

Even if you're an Alpine or Nordic skier, hockey enthusiast, speed skater, devotee of the bobsleigh or luge or any of the other Winter Olympics sports, you have to acknowledge that figure skating may be the most demanding discipline of all those on display at the 2010 Vancouver Games. >More
 So you've decided to be an Olympian: Ski jumping

So you think you can be the next Simon Ammann, the resurgent Swiss ski-jumping sensation. Perhaps you ought to first think about becoming the next Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, the endearingly hapless yet perseverant British ski jumper of the 1980s. >More
 So you've decided to be an Olympian: Nordic (cross-country) skiing

At some point next month, you're going to find yourself sitting in front of your 62-inch Plasma HDTV with 1080p display and 600-Hz subfield motion, jaw agape as you watch the Nordic skiing events at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, marveling to yourself, "My goodness, these Lycra-clad Nordic skiers sure look mighty fluid and effortless as they glide over the snow on their cross-country skis. I wonder how I can learn to ski like that." >More
 So you've decided to be an Olympian: Curling

The first in a series of posts detailing the route to participating in, if not becoming proficient at, one of the sports from the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. This week: Get your curl on at the Madison Curling Club. >More
 Ride the Drive Madison returns in tandem for 2010

Anyone who enjoyed Madison's inaugural Ride the Drive stands to enjoy it twice as much in 2010. When they gathered last night at the extensively renovated Mansion Hill Inn, now owned by Trek Bicycles and Trek Hospitality, those in attendance heard Mayor Dave Cieslewicz announce tentative plans to shift into a higher gear and hold the event not once next year, but twice. >More
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