2015 Minnesota Bike Tours, Rides, Races & Events Schedule

The 2015 bike season is filling up fast with all sorts of events, rides, tours, races and festivals.  I have compiled a chronological list of events with links to more information and some with online registration.  Earlier is better when planning which events you are going to participate in as some have a cap on the number of participants or registration deadlines. Use this event listing to save the day for the ones you want to participate in.

This post is a work in progress, so bookmark it and check back often for new event listings.  If you are an event organizer and would like to have your event listed in this post, send me an email (or visit my contact page) with the information and available links.

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No Name Alleycat Race-January 4, 2015
Minneapolis, MN 

Frozen Frolic Winter Mountain Bike Race Series-January 10, 2015
Elm Creek Park Reserve
Champlin, MN
10.5 miles 

Penn Cycle Get Phat with Pat Race #1-January 17, 2015
Minnesota River Bottoms
Bloomington, MN

4th Annual Global Fat Bike Summit and Festival-January 23-25,2015
Snow King Resort
Jackson, WY 

Frozen Frolic Winter Mountain Bike Race Series-January 24, 2015
Murphey-Hanrehan Park Reserve
Savage, MN
10.5 miles 

Penn Cycle Get Phat with Pat Race #2-January 24, 2015
Minnesota River Bottoms
Bloomington, MN 

B-B-BRRR Winter Classic-January 25, 2015
Community Gardens
Fargo, ND 

Arrowhead 135-January 26-28, 2015
International Falls, MN
135 miles
Registration for race veterans opens 9/1/2014
Registration for newcomers opens 10/1/14
Race Registration Information 

Penn Ice-Cycle Loppet-January 31, 2015
Lake Calhoun
Minneapolis, MN
Online Registration


No Name Alleycat Race-February 1, 2015
Minneapolis, MN

Penn Cycle Fat Tire Loppet-February 1, 2015
38 km

Cuyuna Lakes Whiteout-February 7, 2015
Cuyuna Country SRA
Crosby, MN 

Elm Creek Park Reserve
Champlin, MN
10.5 miles 

Elm Creek Park Reserve
Champlin, MN 

Fatbike Frozen 40-February 14, 2015
Elm Creek Park Reserve
Champlin, MN 
200 rider cap

Murphey-Hanrehan Park Reserve
Savage, MN
10.5 mile


No Name Alleycat Race-March 1, 2015
Minneapolis, MN 
Giants Ridge
Biwabik, MN
40, 20 km


No Name Alleycat Race-April 5, 2015
Minneapolis, MN 

Falls Duathlon-April 25, 2015
Hannah's Bend Park
Cannon Falls, MN
2 mile run, 14 mile bike, 3 mile run 
Washington County Fairgrounds
Stillwater, MN
100, 58, 29, 27, 14 miles


Cinco Du Mayo Duathlon-May 2, 2015
Square Lake Park
Stillwater, MN
5k run, 20 mile bike, 5k run
2 mile run, 10 mile bike, 2 mile run 

No Name Alleycat Race-May 3, 2015
Minneapolis, MN 

Bike to School Day-May 6, 2015

Oakdale Spring Classic Duathlon-May 9, 2015
Lake Elmo Park Reserve

Lake Elmo, MN
3 mile run, 14 mile bike, 2.5 mile run
Online Registration 

Tour de Red Wing-May 9, 2015
Red Wing, MN
43, 37, 16, 10 miles 

CycloFemme Ride-May 10, 2015

National Bike to Work Day-May 15, 2015

Lake Pepin 3-Speed Tour-May 16-17, 2015
Red Wing, MN
Approximately 85 miles 

Root River Triathlon-May 16, 2015
Houston, MN
6.5 mile canoe, 8 mile bike, 3 mile run 

Apple Blossom Bicycle Tour-May 17, 2015
La Crescent, MN
60, 30, 16, 5 miles 

Twin Cities Tour de Cure-May 30, 2015
Minnehaha Falls
Minneapolis, MN
100, 62, 43, 26, 18, 7 miles


Lifetime Kids Tri-Winona-June 6, 2015
St. Mary's University
Winona, MN
Ages 5-7:  25 yd swim, 1 mile bike, 1/4 mile run
Ages 8-10:  75 yd swim, 1 mile bike, 1/2 mile run
Ages 11-13:  125 yd swim, 2 mile bike, 3/4 mile run
Online Registration 

New Bri Tri-June 6, 2015
Long Lake Park Reserve
New Brighton, MN
1/2 mile swim, 14 mile bike, 3 mile run
Online Registration 

Tour de Pepin-June 6, 2015
Lake City, MN
100, 72, 50, 32 miles 

Trinona Super Sprint-June 6, 2015 
Winona, MN 

Box of Frogs-June 7, 2015
Mississippi Riverfront
St. Paul, MN
60+ miles
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Buffalo Triathlon-June 7, 2015
Sturgis Park
Buffalo, MN
Sprint Course:  1/4 mile swim, 12 mile bike, 3.1 mile run
Olympic Course:  .9 mile swim, 24.6 mile bike, 6.2 mile run
Online Registration 

Lifetime Tri-Trinona-June 7, 2015
Winona, MN
International Course:  1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run
Short Course:  1/4 mile swim, 10 mile bike, 3.1 mile run 

No Name Alleycat Race-June 7, 2015
Minneapolis, MN 

Fairmont Triathlon-June 13, 2015
Fairmont, MN
Mini Course:  25 yd swim, 3.1 mile bike, .5 mile run
Sprint Course:  .25 mile swim, 12.4 mile bike, 3.1 mile run
Olympic Course:  .93 mile swim, 24.8 mile bike, 6.2 mile run 

Liberty Triathlon-June 13, 2015
Lake Rebecca
Rockford, MN
Olympic Course:  1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run
Long Course:  1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run 

Water Carnival Bike Ride-June 13, 2015
Hutchinson, MN
100, 65, 20 miles 

Bike and Engineering Camp-June 16, 2015
Eastman Nature Center
Dayton, MN 

Bike Bemidji: Loop the Lake Festival-June 20, 2015
Lake Bemidji
Bemidji, MN
17 miles
Online Registration 

Rochesterfest Triathlon-June 21, 2015
Foster Arend Park
Rochester, MN
Olympic Tri:  1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run
Sprint Tri:  1/4 mile swim, 10 mile bike, 5k run 

UCare Tri-Loppet-June 27, 2015
Theodore Wirth Park
Minneapolis, MN
7k paddle, 5k trail run, 13k mountain bike 

Lake Waconia Triathlon-June 28, 2015
Lake Waconia Regional Park
Waconia, MN
1/2 mile swim, 20 mile bike, 4 mile run


No Name Alleycat Race-July 5, 2015
Minneapolis, MN 

Mountain Bike Camp-July 13-16, 2015
Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve
Savage, MN


No Name Alleycat Race-August 2, 2015
Minneapolis, MN 

North Mankato Triathlon-August 9, 2015
Hiniker Pond Park
North Mankato, MN
1/4 mile swim, 12 mile bike, 3 mile run 

Tour de Pines-August 15, 2015
Mississippi Headwaters Hostel
Itasca State Park
Shevlin, MN
75, 50, 25 miles 

Mountain Bike Camp-August 17-20, 2015
Elm Creek Park Reserve
Champlin, MN


No Name Alleycat Race-September 6, 2015
Minneapolis, MN 

Blaine Triathlon-September 12, 2015
Lakeside Commons Park
Blaine, MN
.3 mile swim, 16.7 mile bike, 3.5 mile run
Online Registration 

Jesse James Bike Tour-September 12, 2015
Northfield, MN
100, 60, 45, 30, 10 miles 

River Valley 100-September 20, 2015
Mankato, MN
100 miles paved, 100km gravel


Lebanon Hills Mountain Bike Trails
Eagan, MN 

No Name Alleycat Race-October 4, 2015
Minneapolis, MN 

Cuyuna 5-0-October 10, 2015
Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails
Crosby, MN
50 mile race, 25 mile race, 12 mile ride


No Name Alleycat Race-November 1, 2015
Minneapolis, MN


No Name Alleycat Race-December 6, 2015
Minneapolis, MN

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Pedal Hub Podcast Keeps Listeners Updated on Growing Twin Cities Bike Community

Pedal Hub is a weekly podcast brought to you by Minnesota Public Radio and is hosted by owner of One On One Bicycle Studio Gene Oberpriller, Amber Dallman from St. Paul Women on Bikes and 30 Days of Biking founder Patrick Stephenson.  These 30 minute episodes cover a number of cycling topics, what's going on with cycling in the Twin Cities and include guest cycling enthusiasts providing interesting discussions.

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Pedal Hub started back in August and continues to gain new listeners with each new episode.  This podcast is for all cyclists, beginner or experienced and is full of useful information and insight into cycling in the Twin Cities.  Visit the Pedal Hub page on the MPR News website for new and past episodes.  Subscribe to Pedal Hub on iTunes or the RSS Podcast Feed.  Stay updated on Pedal Hub by following on Twitter.

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Registration Now Open For The Fatbike Frozen 40


Registration for race #6 in the Great Lakes Fat Bike Series, the Fatbike Frozen 40 is now live.  The 2015 Fatbike Frozen 40 will take place on Saturday, February 14th at Elm Creek Park in Champlin, MN.  As in past years the race will be capped at 200 riders and is expected to fill up quickly.

The Fatbike Frozen 40 will consist of four 10 mile laps and can be raced Men's Solo 40 Mile, Women's Solo 40 Mile, Team 40 Mile (2 people), Team 40 Mile (3 people) and Team 40 Mile (4 people).  Teams will be relay style and can share fatbikes.  There will be equal cash payouts for Men's and Women's Solo racers.  Earlybird registration pricing now through October 31st.  Register online today.

The Fatbike Frozen Forty is well known for planning and communication.  Racers will be kept updated on the Fatbike Frozen Forty News page, Fatbike Frozen 40 Facebook page, RideFatbikes.com and the RideFatbikes Twitter account.  Media Partner Mountain Bike Radio will also be providing a pre-race interview/report.


Product Reveiw: GeigerRig Rig 500 Ballistic

Staying hydrated while cycling, especially during long rides or hot weather, is very important and when I used water bottles I did not drink as much as I should have.  Taking my hands off the bars to grab the water bottle and drink was somewhat inconvenient especially when riding singletrack or hilly gravel roads.  This resulted in waiting until I was thirsty and gulping instead of continually sipping small amounts to remain hydrated.  A hydration pack definitely makes drinking during rides much easier and can be done while both hands are on the bars.

I first saw GeigerRig pressurized hydration packs and a demonstration of their Hydration Pack Engine at Interbike last year.  The pressurization feature and their durable Ballistic Nylon construction set GeigerRig's packs apart from traditional hydration packs.  Immediately I knew I wanted to try out one of their packs on my rides and see the difference for myself.  I needed a pack that was lightweight with enough storage for small items, maybe a jacket and had a 2L reservoir.  The Rig 500 seemed like the perfect fit.

 After receiving the Rig 500 from GeigerRig, I put it to the test on many gravel training rides, the Almanzo 100 and the Tour of Filmore, mountain biking on both the 29'er and fatbike and commuting to work (48 miles round-trip).  This was more than enough to get a feel for the performance of this pack.

Image Credit: Kristin Clark

I'll start with the pack itself which is constructed of 100% Ballistic Nylon making it super durable.  I have ridden in the rain with clothing in this pack and the Ballistic Nylon, though not waterproof, kept my stored items dry because it doesn't absorb much water.  The Rig 500 pack is full of these useful features:
  • a pack handle for easy carrying when not wearing 
  • two adjustable buckled compression straps to hold pack contents tight and secure
  • two external pockets which are great for keys, snacks and other small items
  • industrial size 8 coil zippers
  • a sternum strap that is easily adjusted to help support the weight of the pack and to ensure proper fit, especially if loaded with gear
  • a removable hip belt, which I did not use but may come in handy for hiking
  • two zippered mesh pockets in the main compartment that have plenty of room for snacks, hats, gloves, spare tubes, socks, etc.
  • shoulder straps that provide an ergonomic fit and support the load of the pack comfortably
  • a bulb holder for the bulb pump located on the shoulder strap that is easily reached for quick pressurization or depressurization by turning the release valve at the top of the bulb
  • main compartment with 500 cubic inches of dry capacity for larger items like a jacket, I have even carried a full size bath towel for showering when commuting to work
  • storage compartment that holds the hydration engine (reservoir) securely in place without any movement or shifting
The 2L (70 oz) hydration engine (reservoir) has two compartments, one for air pressurization and another for water.  The quick release valves on the hydration engine do not leak and connect easily to the drink tube and the air tube that contains the bulb pump.  The top of the bladder has a slide seal that does not leak and a wide opening for easy filling with fluid and ice cubes. 

Once filled, connect the air and drink tubes and place into the hydration engine storage compartment in the pack and lightly pressurize using the bulb on the front of the shoulder strap.

I really enjoy using the Rig 500 for those hot summer days and long rides where I know I will need to bring enough water to stay hydrated.  I put it to the first real test on an all day ride at the Almanzo 100 back in May.  With the warm weather that day and all of the hill climbing that the Spring Valley countryside offered, I was glad I had it with me.  The most beneficial aspect of this hydration system was that I didn't have to suck to drink, all I had to do was bite down on the valve and water sprayed into my mouth.  This was a welcome feature when I was breathing heavily on big climbs and sprints.

The only problem I had with the Rig 500 was when the hydration engine was over-pressurized water flow would be cut off and I would have to turn the release valve on the top of the bulb pump to depressurize it restoring flow once again.  I am not sure if this was due to pinching of the water line or if it caused the quick release button at the connection to be pressed.  After a while I learned how to keep the pressure at an optimum level to not interfere with the flow.  Other than this, the Rig 500 worked perfectly and its size is just right for mountain biking and riding long distance gravel.  It had plenty of pockets and room for the things I needed to bring along for the ride.  The back pads of the pack have channels to provide some air flow but where the pack contacted my back sweating still did occur on warm days.  The shoulder straps are comfortable and the sternum strap helps support the weight of the pack more evenly.

Cleaning the hydration engine was very easy.  The bladder can be turned inside out and placed on the top rack of the dishwasher or washed by hand.  Afterward it can be set out to dry.  The drink tube can be pulled out of the pack to rinse but I usually just leave it in while resting the pack next to sink and putting the bladder connection end under the faucet squeezing the bite valve to allow flow through the tube.

After many rides I have come to rely on this high quality pack/reservoir combo.  The Rig 500 has the storage space that I need without being to big or bulky and fits comfortably.  The hydration engine is convenient to fill, connect and clean but my favorite feature is the ability to pressurize it.  A pressurized reservoir helps me continuously hydrate while riding where I may not if just using water bottles.

The GeigerRig Rig 500 is available direct from GeigerRig for $135 and comes with a 30 day money-back guarantee.

Disclosure:  GeigerRig provided the review sample for this article, but offered no other form of compensation for this review.


Product Review: Finish Line No Drip Chain Luber

Lubricating my bike's chain used to cause drips that either ended up on my garage floor or my wheels and chainstay.  After seeing the No Drip Chain Luber from Finish Line last year at Interbike I figured this may be a solution to that problem.  In theory it seemed like a good idea but how would it work with lubes of varying viscosity and would it coat the chain evenly without drips?  After receiving some of samples from Finish Line I decided to test it out and see if it would live up to its name.

The No Drip Chain Luber is simple in its design, it comes with an empty 2 oz. bottle, a unique applicator head, 3 wicking pads and a travel cap.

The two lubes I use most are at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of viscosity.  ProGold Extreme is very thin while Chain-L is as thick as honey.  I would put the No Drip Chain Luber to the test and see how it would handle both of these lubes and maintain its No Drip claim.

I used the the ProGold Extreme on the 9:Zero:7 fatbike all last winter and was surprised how well it penetrated the rollers without the No Drip Chain Luber delivering too much thus dripping onto the floor.  A little squeeze and a couple of back pedal revolutions while the wicking pad was in contact with the top of the chain was all it took.  A quick wipe down on the side plates of the chain with a rag and I was ready to roll.

For my gravel bike I use Chain-L lube.  I like this lube because it lasts a long time and delivers a very quiet and shift responsive drivetrain.  This stuff is thick so I wanted to see if the No Drip Chain Luber would distribute it evenly onto the chain.  I squeezed the bottle upside down until the wicking pad was thoroughly soaked with the lube.

Now I was ready to lube the chain.  Lightly squeezing the bottle with the wicking pad in contact with the top of the chain, I began to slowly back pedal until lightly coated.  Because Chain-L is so thick I repeated this process on the bottom side of the chain and gave the lube time to work its way into the rollers.  After about 10 minutes I wiped the excess (which was very little) off of the chain and was ready to ride.

The No Drip Chain Luber did a very good job applying the necessary amount of lube to the chain using both thin and thick lubricants without a mess or dripping.  It made the task quick and easy, I used less lube and there wasn't a lot of excess to be wiped off afterward.  I now keep several No Drip Chain Lubers labeled with the lube they contain so I can use which ever one I desire depending on the conditions or bike.  No dripping on the concrete in the garage or on my wheels/chainstay were a welcome change from the old method of lubing my chains. 

The No Drip Chain Luber is available from Penn Cycle and other fine bike shops for $8.99.

Disclosure:  Finish Line provided the review samples for this article, but offered no other form of compensation for this review.


MORC's 20th Anniversary Gala To Be Held November 9th

For 20 years MORC's (Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists) mission has been "Gaining and Maintaining Trails" so to celebrate this this anniversary and fellow ridership they are throwing a BIG party.  The MORC 20th Anniversary Gala will be held at the Varsity Theater in Dinkytown November 9th from 2-7pm.

Image Credit: Varsitytheater.org

This formal attire dinner event will raise funds for MORC's 2015 season and their efforts to become the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s first designated ‘Ride City’ which requires a major metropolitan area to have 100+ miles of designated single track mountain bike trail.  MORC is currently developing the Three Rivers Park area at Lake Rebecca which will secure this designation but "it is going to take a lot of blood, sweat, tears and dollars to complete a project of this scope but it is sure to be amazing!"

Silent and live auctions during the Gala will also support MORC's efforts moving forward.  If you are an individual or business that would like to donate items for these auctions, please contact Meghann Charboneau.

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The evening will feature several speakers during the dinner.  Keynote Speaker, Paul Douglas' talk will incorporate weather/climate with outdoor recreation, namely cycling.  Other speakers scheduled include President of QBP Steve Flagg, former IMBA Midwest Regional Director now with the MN Land Trust Hansi Johnson and Minnesota High School Cycling League Communication Director and Founding Member Libby Hurley.

Image Credit: Minnesota High School Cycling League

MORC Gala Breakdown
2-7pm Event Time 
2-3:30pm: Surly Brewing Happy Hour
3pm: Silent Auction Begins
3:30-5:00pm: Dinner
4:15pm: Keynote Speaker Paul Douglas
4:30pm: Second Speaker Libby Hurley
4:45pm: Third Speaker Steve Flagg
5:00pm: Fourth Speaker Hansi Johnson
5:15-6:15pm: Live Auction
6:15-7:00pm: Music by "The Lost Wheels"
Note: Times and events are subject to change

Valet parking will be available and there is plenty of parking around the Varsity Theater and at the U of M 4th Street ramp.  Tickets are available now through Brown Paper Tickets.  Purchase your tickets before October 1st and save $30.  Your attendance will help fund projects at the Twin Cities mountain bike trails we all love to ride.


2nd Annual Wild Ride Mountain Bike Festival at Lebanon Hills October 4th

The 2nd Annual Wild Ride Mountain Bike Festival is coming up on Saturday, October 4th at the West Trailhead at Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Eagan.  This fun-filled event is made possible through Dakota County Parks and a partnering with MORC (Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists), local area bike shops, businesses and organizations.

Join in on the fun and celebrate one of Minnesota's best mountain bike trail systems and the many hours of volunteer work that MORC members have put in to maintain nearly 12 miles of single-track.  This event is not only for the avid mountain biker but also a fun and festive way to introduce new riders to the sport.

Image Credit: Dakota County Parks

The Wild Ride Mountain Bike Festival is a family-friendly free event, however Dakota Co. Parks would like attendees to pre-register online or by calling 952-891-7000 during standard business hours.  Come down between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm for a day filled with activities.

Image Credit: Lebanon Hills Mountain Bike Trail Facebook Page

Scheduled activities include Build Your Skills Sessions, Gear Talk Sessions, Fix-It Clinics and live music by Twin Cities bluegrass band Sans Souci.  Throughout the day there will be bike tune-ups, kids activities, timed competitive events, group rides and a VIP Lounge presented by Freewheel Bike.  Food and beverage, including beer and wine will be available for purchase on-site by Green Mill.

There will be plenty of new bikes to demo at this year's festival.  The Trek Factory Demo Rig will be there with brand new Mountain, Road and Cyclocross models to test ride on the mountain bike trails, skills park and nearby bike paths.  The Specialized Demo Rig loaded with 2015 men's, women's and kid's bikes will also be there and event partner Valley Bike and Ski is coming with Giant, Felt & KHS demo models.  All demo rides are free but may require you to bring your helmet, credit card and driver's license to demo bikes.

Parking is free but limited at the West Trailhead lot.  Overflow event parking is available at the School of Environmental Studies (12155 Johnny Cake Ridge Road) located just South of the West Trailhead entrance.  Additional street parking can be found along Galaxie Avenue on the west side of the park and in neighborhoods near the park.

Image Credit: Lebanon Hills Mountain Bike Trail Facebook Page

This is a rain or shine event.  Dakota County Parks will have a large canopy tent on-site to keep people dry if it does rain.  Severe weather or lightening may postpone or cause events to be rescheduled later in the day.  If wet trail conditions close the mountain bike trails, nearby paved trails and the old gravel parking lot are available for test-riding bikes.  Check the Lebanon Hills Mountain Bike Trail Facebook page for hour by hour updates in the event of severe weather the day of the Festival.

Visit the Dakota County Parks Wild Ride Mountain Bike Festival page for more information or call the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center at 651-554-6530.  Thanks to Event Partners MORC, Penn Cycle, Erik's Bike and Board, Trek, Freewheel Bike, Valley Bike and Ski and Health Source Chiropractic for making the Wild Ride Mountain Bike Festival possible.
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