Mike and Elizabeth are great! Friendly and helpful.
Mike and Elizabeth are great! Friendly and helpful.
So knowledgeable, friendly and helpful for all your biking and skiing needs!
XC Ski & Bike Customer
“Friendly and accommodating. Great gear in the shop.”
Best Bike Shop ever! Great people, great service, great prices! Fixed, replaced and adjusted everything I needed on the spot so I could hit the trails again! So thankful!
“What a wonderful cabin in the woods! Birkie trail and endless fat biking, xc and hiking trails in the back yard! Elizabeth was wonderful and met us at the door when we pulled up. She gave us great suggestions and was always there if we needed her. The cabin is gorgeous and absolutely perfect for 2 or more. We had an amazing Christmas weekend and we cannot wait to go back.”
“Elizabeth and Mike were great hosts and the cabin was very cozy and comfortable. Beautiful ski trails were right out the door. We had a perfect winter getaway.”
Great glove over mitt. They worked great today in single digit conditions.
“We enjoyed staying at the Start Line Inn. It was comfortable and clean and met all our needs. We especially liked the open floor plan and all the amenities, especially the cooking facilities. We found the lighting excellent for reading books on the couches. We booked the Start Line Inn to go xc skiing on the American Birkebeiner and North End Trails. Access to the American Birkebeiner is within yards of the Inn, and we put on our skis right outside the cabin. The heated, vented wax hut outside the Inn is awesome! We also took advantage of using their snow shoes a few times. The ski shop under the Inn also had a few waxing items we needed to replenish our supplies. Mike is very knowledgeable about xc skiing and bicycling. Elizabeth and Mike were wonderful hosts and the Start Line Inn exceeded our expectations.”
Ken & Anne
“The hosts are truly unmatchable! Their hospitality and knowledge of the area makes for a perfect cabin/outdoor recreation weekend. I definitely recommend the Start Line Inn for guests of Cabin, WI.”
“Thank you for handling our spontaneous travel plans, again. It was a pleasure staying at the Start Line Inn, I can’t really imagine a trip to Cable, WI and not staying there now.
“Elizabeth was an excellent host. She was quick on communication and flexible. She made check in and out a breeze. She checked in with us and gave us space. We rented both the Main Cabin and Coach House which were both extremely clean with open space. The kitchen well was fully equipped for cooking in the Main Cabin. Privacy for the multiple guest was minimal but that was as expected and even better for close knit groups. We would definitely come back!
“We had a wonderful extended mountain bike weekend at the Start Line Inn. The Holland’s have extensive knowledge of the trails and were able to give us suggestions for each ride we planned. The location can’t be beat either. The property and cabin are beautiful, and we plan on coming back!”
“Elizabeth’s place was amazing. Right on the birkie trail too. the hospitality was amazing – she upgraded us to the cabin since no one else was staying there. thanks again!
“The Start Line is perfectly located for outdoor enthusiasts with immediate access to the American Birkebeiner cross country ski trail system and the CAMBA mountain bike trail system. We hiked on the trails every day. Mike and Elizabeth are great resources for any information you need about the trails. The lodging has an amazing kitchen with new full-sized appliances and everything was immaculately clean. We really enjoyed our stay.”
I was lucky enough to have Start Line’s business card on hand when I broke the rear derailleur on my bike in the middle of the Chequamegon one day into a four day bikepacking trip. Immediately upon receiving my distress call, Mike sprung into action. He rounded up a good friend who lived about ten miles away who picked my bike and me up with his truck and drove to his house, where Mike was waiting with a new derailleur. Less than an hour later, my bike was back rolling smoothly. Without Mike’s determination and graciousness – he alone drove over 30 mines to come fix my bike – my trip would have been over just after it had begun. If you are planning on doing any cycling in the Chequamegon, have Start Line’s number handy. It very well may be the difference between reaching the finish line with a huge smile or limping out of the woods waving the white flag.
Thanks to everyone at Start Line, but especially Mike and Gerry.
“An amazing location run by a superb host. Elizabeth made us feel right at home in this super cool space. Perfect for mountain bikers and skiers. We will definitely be back again soon!!!”
“Great spot in a cute little town. It’s right on the edge of a forest trail and a few minutes from lakes and rivers for swimming. This place is very welcoming for a family (4 in ours). Our kids loved the loft bed. Sleeping arrangements for all of us were super comfy. Wonderful kitchen to cook meals. But don’t miss the wonderful pizza at Ideal Market. And the pies at Tilly’s were excellent. Mike and Elizabeth were great hosts – friendly and helpful. Would definitely stay again if we come this way again.”
Kristian, cabin guest
“A great place to stay with a great host. If you are looking to mountain bike you can’t ask for a better location as it is a couple minute drive from Rock Lake and you can ride your bike to Ojibwe. Highly recommend.”
Ryan, Coach House guest
“Stayed at the Start Line Inn again…..but this time… the Coach House was a summer delight! Very simple accommodations, which fit us perfectly for days spent outside mountain biking on the luscious green forest singletrack and pizza at the local eatery. The hosts, Elizabeth and Mike are always there for any need, especially their excellent full service bike shop with amazing bike expertise you can rely on! You also can’t miss the newly opened Tilly’s Pie shop in town…..another future icon, along with the Start Line Inn….. for the town of Cable. Thank you for making the Northwoods experience so memorable and we will be back again!
Colleen & Greg
“Amazing location for races out of Cable. They have a full bike/xc ski shop and the owners are very knowledgeable about local silent sports. Great area if you’re an active individual and came to Cable to be adventurous!”
Erik & John
Thank you for welcoming us into your shop and generosity helping my daughter get her bike rolling again on Sunday evening of Memorial Day Weekend. We so appreciate awesome, amazing people like you!
Cindy & Solvei
***** Found this place with a quick Google search after having a little bike trouble I couldn’t be more happy with where we ended up and the kind of service and hospitality we received. After a quick fix in the bike shop by the owner (Mike) i wasn’t sure where to head to ride and ended up going on a ride with Mike. Beautiful place and fantastic people.
Reasons to have Mike do your skis
2. Treats your skis like his own
3. Knows what he is doing
4. Is very professional
5. Lowest price around
6. Gives great advice on equipment that fits you
7. Provides training to ski properly
8. Only a few feet off the Birkie start line so you can test
9. Has over 30 years experience of skiing and prepping skis.
10. You won’t be sorry.
“Elizabeth is a wonderful, friendly host and the location of her property is perfect for nordic skiers. The cabin was roomy and comfortable, and cooking was easy in the open kitchen. We appreciated the thoughtful additions of cloth napkins and reusable shopping bags in order to reduce waste. We loved the wax room on site that was available at all times. My family and I look forward to staying here again!”
Thank you for the waxing. The skis were fast. The body was as fast😉But i’m glad I did my best😊
Mike did a wonderful job with our skis along with fitting us with new poles. We certainly felt like we were hooked up with the right people.
Leigh & Henry
Dear Mike & Elizabeth,
Thank you so much for all your hospitality during your very busy Birkie weekend. Thank you Mike for your waxing expertise and encouraging words.
Tracy & Kelly
Dear Mike, thank you for waxing our skis. They were always fast & had great kick.
The Ski Gang, Drew, George & Joe
Dear Elizabeth, Dear Mike,
We, the 4 German guys, will never forget the nice and interesting
days by You, at the Birkie and in Wisconsin. Many, many thanks
for giving us such a good accommodation and hospitality.
Maybe, we can return this for You in Germany.
I hope, we have left the coach-house in a acceptable condition.
Have a good time and stay cool, healthy and sporty.
With kindly regards,
Ralf, Thomas, Hansi and Klaus
Wonderful to have confident experts in the nordic skiing outfitting you along with waxing service!!
Start Line Services Shop Client
Mike and Elizabeth’s place was absolutely perfect for our annual women’s cross country ski weekend. The cabin is beautiful and just steps from the Birkie trail. So many thoughtful and fun details in the space! We enjoyed cooking in the lovely kitchen and hanging out in the warm and relaxing cabin between time on the ski trails. Mike and Elizabeth were wonderful hosts — quick to respond to our questions and helpful in figuring out where to ski. We will be back!
Jenny & friends
Very much enjoyed chatting with Mike about ski waxing- hope your business goes well.
Would certainly trust Mike with my skis !
Start Line Services Customer
“This is a true state of the art, cozy, quaint, cabin in the woods! We love the woodwork and detailed craftsmanship! So convenient to the snow trails out your door to enjoy the silent activities that feed your soul! The personable hosts were most accommodating and right there for any need, even a shop for ski/bike needs or something you may have forgotten! We were welcomed with yummy homemade granola bars upon our arrival and had a memorable time surrounding the Birkie 2018! We felt so lucky to be at such a perfect location!”
Colleen & Greg
Very glad I decided to stop in and get the guided tour and access to the personal shopping experience! Super nice to meet you Elizabeth! Thanks for your kind assistance in helping me get some quality new gear and the scoop on so many different things – Cable area outdoor fun related!!
“New Business News: Head out to the trails at Startline Inn”
Michael Choate and Elizabeth Holland have owned property right next to the American Birkebeiner and Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) trails in Cable since 2003.
This proximity became an asset when the two opened their business, Startline Inn, in February 2017.
>>READ MORE of Sawyer County Record’s Article
“We loved our stay at the Start Line. I’ve been skiing (racing) and biking (racing) in the area for 30 years, but never heard of the Start Line Inn. They ‘ve built a great little gem and the Birkie Trail is about 50 ft from the front door. The start line is about 500 meters down the track. This also offers access to the North End and Telemark trails. If you’re a biker, this area has some of the best mt. bike and fat bike trails in the state (and probably the nation). If you forgot something at home, they have a ski shop and bike shop on the property…yeah, really. The cabin was great with old charm and modern amenities. (We loved the woodworking details.) The beds were super comfortable and it looked like the cabin has just been refurbished after starting life as an old funky cabin. All-in-all, a great stay and the owners are the types you want to see succeed.”
“Perfect location for skiers, bikers and hikers with the Birkie and Camba trails right out the door. We had 4 couples (8 people) so we reserved the Coach House in addition to the Startline Inn. This gave us plenty of room to spread out and dry all of our gear after full days of skiing and fat biking plus it allowed 4 of us to sleep in each location. The bike / ski shop on the property also came in very handy because we had a few equipment issues that were remedied in the shop. We had a fantastic time staying at this property and definitely plan to come back.”
“The location of the Start Line Inn cabin is very convenient to the biking and skiing trails. If one wanted to, they could literally park at the cabin and ride to pretty much everywhere, even the local market for groceries. The cabin itself has been remodeled in a tastefully modern fashion. The kitchen is great, with room to entertain many people. As listed, it is a studio but our kids loved having the curtains around the beds and after long days playing outside sleeping was no issue! Elizabeth and Mike are great hosts. They were very responsive to messages and readily available to provide local trail tips and suggestions for things to do and places to eat. Mike even let us use tools for wrenching on bikes. Bikers could leave all their tools at home, this place has you covered! We really liked having Elizabeth and Mike on the same property as the cabin, they were not intrusive but easy to get a hold of. They were very friendly to us and our children and were eager to hear feedback on how they could make the experience even better. We have no doubt they will continue to be great hosts for many guests to come. We plan to visit again for sure!”
“If you love to mountain bike or ski, but not the hassle of packing up the crew and navigating to a trail head, this is your place! The location was ideal for jocking out on the trails. The accommodations were quaint and thoughtfully designed. The hosts were more than charming and even provided homemade power bars for our excursions. Can’t wait to be back!!”
“This place is more incredible than could be captured in photos. The craftsmanship of this open concept cabin is incredible. Such a treat to stay and relax here. However, one of the best features is how convenient this is to the CAMBA trail system! You can hop on your bike right outside the door and roll onto the trail! Also it’s very close to Cable for the in town necessities, all while maintaining a very private and back in the woods feel. Our hosts were great at communicating and really made us feel at home. Would definitely recommend staying here!”
Our family stayed here for a long weekend. Great hosts and great cabin with convenient access to the mountain bike trails. Having the bike shop on site was great as I needed a new shift cable on my daughter’s bike and Mike was able to take care of it for me. We will definitely be back.
“The cabin was beautiful and cozy, comfortable beds, well-stocked kitchen and tons of windows. It made a perfect home-base for exploring the awesome CAMBA trails. And if by chance you have a broken cable (as we did), or other mechanical issue Mike was right there to save the day with knowledgeable service at the bike shop below. He also had a cleaning stand and brushes available for use after our ride and a locked shed available for bike storage. Elizabeth baked us up some amazing homemade energy bars and made us feel right at home. They were very gracious hosts and we can’t wait to visit again! P.S. All the details about biking would be applicable for skiers as well. Mike’s shop and the shed have waxing tables and supplies and you are literally the closest lodging to the Birkie start line.”
“Elizabeth and Mike put effort into making their home a beautiful and comfortable retreat. Many details in the house make it feel special and inviting. The easy access to trails for hiking and biking are fantastic. We would highly recommend staying with them any time of year!”
“Absolutely wonderful cabin with plenty of interesting details and excellent craftsmanship. Elizabeth is a wonderful host and extremely helpful with any questions you may have. If you are a mountain biker – this cabin cannot be better with Start Line shop right next door and trail access just a short ride away. We will be back again soon!”
Went for a weekend of mountain biking, cabin was a perfect fit. Easy access to trails, well-suited for meal preparation, and comfortable beds. The hosts were friendly/welcoming, flexible with our spontaneous adventure, and knowledgeable of the area. We’d definitely stay again at the Start Line Inn.
I had my old Trek bike tuned up by Mike. He did a fabulous job. My bike rides like a charm. He super cleaned my bike as well. Of course with the bike looking so good, the old seat and pedals had to go in my opinion. He said that wasn’t necessary but he just happened to have new matching pedals and seat. Now that was awesome! I highly recommend Mike for your next bicycle service.
This is a wonderful place that we’ll remember forever, the perfect escape from reality for the whole family. We visited Copper Falls, Cable Natural History Museum, Ashland, Rock Lake hiking and for a longer trip, we went to Duluth, MN. The best pizza in town is in The Rivers Eatery!!! Beautiful surroundings and the owners are wonderful people. Thank you, Elizabeth & Mike, for amazing place to stay.
I have had two mountain bikes assessed, updated and conditioned by Mike Choate. His work and dedication far exceeds any bike service I have experienced in the past. His attention to detail is amazing. He makes great suggestions on how to update a bike and make it a perfect fit. He is an experienced celebrated cyclist who has incredible knowledge of bike mechanics. He is fun and enthusiastic to work with. This guy loves bikes! His shop is new and roomy. He really cares about his customers and is a perfectionist in his work. How lucky we are to have him in Cable.
This is a hidden gem in the Chequamegon area cycling paradise.
Knowledgeable full service for all modes of two wheeled transportation at a trailside location. A great addition to the area’s bicycle service offerings.
I love the loft. Little cozy place to sit, sleep and have fun. The 2 benches in the cabin are amazing! So cozy & cool! The best part was renting an atv. A two person atv is better than a one person atv. We drove to Perry Lake Land in an atv! Thanks you for the amazing stay!
Amazing cabin and location. Perfect for mountain bikers and skiers alike. Super easy access to Birkie ski trail and Northern CAMBA trails. Cabin was like new when we visited and had a thoughtful, efficient lay-out. Wouldn’t hesitate to stay here again or recommend to friends.