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In addition to being a riding challenge, the JVC Winter Challenge is also a fundraiser for the

Janesville Velo Club

The JVC is a 501c3 non-profit organization that consists of local bicyclists and advocates of bicycling. The club supports People for Bikes, the League of American Bicyclists, USA Cycling, and the International Mountain Bike Association (on the national level), the Wisconsin Bicycle Federation, and the Wisconsin High School Cycling League (on the state level), the Rock Trail Coalition, and the Janesville youth mountain biking club (on the local level), and also sponsors local cycling events, racers, and races in our community. Club members arrange and organize weekly group rides, advocate for cycling and cyclists, and volunteer at local cycling events and in local parks.

Some specific local projects funded with the help of the Janesville Velo Club include:   

  • Bicycle Maintenance Program - The JVC is working with (or has already helped) the following institutions to provide safe, ready-to-ride bikes for their bicycle-riding programs
    • Jackson Elementary School
    • Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
    • Boys & Girls Club of Janesville
  • Janesville Area Youth Mountain Bike Club - Provides middle and high school students a safe and fun way to learn the sport of cycling
    • Volunteers - The club provides volunteers to coach and mentor the young riders
    • Funding - The JVC reimburses coaches for some training expenses
    • Bikes - The club provides bikes to riders needing an appropriate bike to be able to participate

  • Rockport Park Mountain Bike / Singletrack Trail System - The club has worked with the City of Janesville to develop and maintain the 8+ miles of mountain bike / snowshoe trails within the park
    • Signage - The club donated to the cost of the singletrack signage and provided volunteers for the project
    • Maintenance - The club purchased equipment and provides volunteers to help keep the trails trimmed
  • Janesville's Paved Trail - The club has paid for some signage and continues to work with the City of Janesville to improve trail signage. The club also maintains a segment of the trail.  
  • Janesville Town Square Gran Prix - A world-class bicycle race supported by the club that takes place in Janesville's downtown and is part of America's largest competitive road-cycling series (Tour of America's Dairyland)

If you would like to pledge to sponsor a rider or make a donation, please complete and submit the Winter Challenge form.