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If Chicago gets Olympics, Wisconsin could host bicycling events

If Chicago gets the 2016 Olympics, southern Wisconsin could host a couple of major bicycling events.

Gov. Jim Doyle will say more at a news conference today (Friday).

Mark Sherven, who chairs the town of Vermont in Dane County, says one race under consideration is a Tour de France-style road event that would go through the rolling hills west of Madison and end up at Blue Mounds State Park.

A site near Whitewater in the Kettle Moraine State Forest is a possible venue for an off-road Olympic mountain bike event.

Former Olympian Tom Schuler says Wisconsin has an advantage over others, because the state's courses are good enough to be endorsed by the International Cycling Union.

David Vogt of the state's Bicycle Federation says the Badger State is fantastic for cycling, and it's got some of the best roads in the country.

He's says it's also got the challenging hills that Chicago doesn't have.

We'll learn this fall if Chicago will be chosen to host the 2016 Games.