Milwaukee Santa Rampage December 2012

2ND UPDATE (11-28-12).  According to Bike Fed Facebook page the pre-parties are 9-10 a.m. Lakefront 11-12 a.m., Great Lakes 1-2 p.m. Kochanskis 3-4 p.m.  Cafe Centraal 4-6 p.m.  With 400+ Santas on bikes it usually gets pretty mixed up by mid day anyway.  Just show up with some friends and you can decide your own stops and times. 

UPDATE- The 2012 Milwaukee Santa Rampage will take place Saturday December 15, 2012.

According to the facebook page, the schedule of events is as follows:

9am-11am - pre-ride parties at Kochanski's (polka party), Hollander, Fuel, Centraal (free Santa Rampage beer tapping)
11am-1pm - Lakefront Brewery
1pm-3pm - Great Lakes Distillery
3pm-10pm - Santa Rampage Bike Fed Fundraiser (21+) at Trocadero - Bands, DJs and so much more... money goes to support the Wisconsin Bike Fed

Note that the schedule above is different from past years where the Kochanski's stop was usually after lunch.  Not sure why the schedule changed but maybe the ride is getting too big for everyone to go to the same bars at the same time except for the larger bars? 

Despite the listed schedule above, Andy Kochanski posed on facebook recently, "Sorry to inform everyone The Concertina will NOT be particpating in the moring gathering but will be going ROGUE and maintaining to the schedule that has always been kept here with 1p.m. arrival of Kochanski's Concertina Beer Hall.  Polka and chilli as it has always been.  Will also have a polka band that evening as well."

It looks like the 9 to 11 a.m. pre-ride party will not include Kochanskis.  I plan to begin at Cafe Hollander on Downer, ride to Lakefront, stop at Great Lakes, have lunch at Conejitos, and then stop by Kochanski's for some polka music.  Then back to Trocadero to raise money for the Bike Fed.
Rumor has it, the 2012 Milwaukee Santa Rampage bike ride will be Saturday December 15, 2012.  Flyer below is from last year-2011 but usually the stops are very similar year to year.  Check back for more details about this legendary ride.  Click here for photos from 2011 and here for photos and video of 2010.

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