10/22/2018

2018 MN Global Fat Bike Day Events


Global Fat-Bike Day is a worldwide grassroots campaign that started six years ago to bring people from the fatbike community together to ride and make new friends.  In honor of Global Fat-Bike Day there are several rides scheduled here in Minnesota and close to the border in Wisconsin on December 1st that you may want to get in on.  I have complied a list of them so you can get your "fat on" and ride with others of the "well-endowed tire crowd".  New events will be added to this post as they become available.


Nicollet Bike Shop will be hosting their Global Fat Bike Day 2018! ride starting and finishing from the shop located at 607 N Riverfront Dr in Mankato.  Ride rolls out at 1:00 pm.

A few details so far. 
1: It will be the greatest ride of the year. 
2: Ride time will start @ 1pm from the shop. 
3: We will return to the shop at 4pm for food and beverages (Fireball).


Tonka Cycle & Ski is hosting their Global Fat Bike Day 2018 ride from their shop located at 16 Shady Oak Rd S in Hopkins.  Ride groups of various speeds will ensure there's a group for you.  Fatbike rentals from the shop are available online.  See the Facebook event page for more details.

Meet us for a group fat bike ride in honor of Global Fat Bike Day! There will be different groups, so you are sure to find one that is your speed. Food and beer at the shop when you get back.


Spokengear is celebrating with a Global Fat-Bike Day Pot-Luck and Group Ride in Two Harbors from 2:00-8:00 pm.  Ride your fatbike or try one of their rental fleet Mukluks on one of several group rides and stick around after for the pot-luck dinner and bonfire.

Our friend, Kevin has opened up his network of private trails to YOU for Global Fat-Bike Day! Kevin and his neighbors own, build, and maintain some of the most well groomed trails in the area and they are truly a gem! Come on out and join us for a group ride! Bring a bike, a friend, and if you can, something tasty to share! Group rides will happen throughout the afternoon and into the evening, as will a pot-luck dinner and bonfire! We will be providing our rental fleet of 2018 Salsa Mukluks for people to use if they don't have a bike of their own! It's going to be a great time in the woods with friends old and new! We hope to see you there!


Levis Mound Trail and Sand Creek Brewing Company will host Levis Mound Global Fatbike Day at the Levis Mound Trail in Niellsville, WI at 10:00 am.  Ride will depart from the trailhead where riders can choose any route they wish to meet up at the GFBD overlook on Dan's Berm.  No registration fee is required but donations to the Levis Mound Trail "re-funding" are encouraged.

Global Fabike Day-Usual spot, high above Goat Dance on Dans Berm. BYO, share treats and Sand Creek Beer (and other breweries?) Camp fire, rides and fun. Enjoy the view!


Penn Cycle MTB Team members and staff will be leading Penn Cycle Celebrates Global Fat Bike Day, a moderate pace/no-drop fatbike group ride through the Minnesota River Bottoms.  Roll out is at 10:15 am from the Sibley House Historic Site in Mendota.  A trailside lunch with beverages will be provided.

Penn Cycle will once again be celebrating Global Fat Bike Day with a ride through the Minnesota River Bottoms you won't forget. We will meet at the historic Sibley House in Mendota at 9:45am and roll out at 10:15am. The ride will be led by the Penn Cycle Mountain Bike Team and travel along the river to Nine Mile Creek and back. Lunch and beverages will be provided by Penn Cycle at the Sorenson Landing at the Lyndale Ave parking lot. This will be a moderate pace/no-drop ride of about 20 miles. We ask that people park in the parking lot just east of the Church of St. Peter on Sibley Memorial Highway as parking is extremely limited at the Sibley Historic Site. Please bring everything you will need (water, tubes, tools, etc.) to get you back to the start. 


The Woolly Bike Club will be hosting their Woolly Global Fat Bike Day 2018 ride which will start at the Howlin' Wolf Creek Bar in St. Croix Falls, WI at 10:00 am.  There will be two groups to choose from depending on a rider's ability.  Stick around after the ride for burgers and beer at Howlin' Wolf.

A fat bike ride in the Barrens is a must each year. Snow on the ground or not, fat bikes up there are too much fun to not go back. Over the last few years we have had 30+ folks up each year and I haven't heard any complaints. We are going to have an A and B ride again this year. I'm calling them the Shreddy Group and the I'm Just Here For A Good Time Group. Both groups are no drop, but expect to have to ride faster with the Shreddy Group to not get dropped. After about 2 hours, give or take, of riding and exploring, we will reconvene at Wolf Creek Bar for burgers and recovery beverages. It should be another fabulous GFBD ride. I wouldn't be surprised to find another bacon and beverage stop again this year. Yes, bacon.

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10/10/2018

Favorite Fall Rides In and Near the Twin Cities-Part 2


Fall is one of my favorite times of the year to ride and right now the leaves in and around the metro are starting to change color.  We have many trails and roads in Minnesota that are perfect for seeing all sights that Fall has to offer by bicycle.  There's something here for every type of cyclist whether you're a mountain biker, trail rider or gravel enthusiast.  Get out there soon as this opportunity comes and goes quickly.   Below are some of my favorites near the Twin Cities that I try to visit this time of year.

Minnesota River Bottoms

The Minnesota River Bottoms network of trails have always been a Fall favorite of mine for riding my fatbike.  The floodplain forest offers great views of the river and wildlife that inhabit this area.  However, with all the rain we have had recently some areas are too soft to ride or are underwater due to flooding.  The Bluffs section between 35W and Mound Springs Park has a high enough elevation where flooding shouldn't be a problem.  Other segments are rideable but there will be some spots that are muddy or under water and you may have to turn back.

The trail conditions in a floodplain are constantly changing so check for updates by visiting the MORC Trail Conditions page or see and hear about other's ride experiences on the MN River Bottoms Ride Report Facebook group.

Cannon Valley Trail/Hay Creek/
Goodhue-Pioneer State Trail

The Cannon Valley Trail is a little over 19 miles long and has trail access in Cannon Falls, Welch and Red Wing.  The trail was built on a former railway grade and offers beautiful views of the Cannon River, woods and prairies along the way.

The ride doesn't have to end in Red Wing.  Hop onto the city trail that follows along Hay Creek and it will lead you to the Goodhue-Pioneer State Trail which also follows Hay Creek with awesome views of  the changing colors as you roll through the Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest.  Follow the trail until it ends in the little town of Hay Creek which is the turn-around point.  Make a day of it and start at the Cannon Falls Trailhead and ride to the town of Hay Creek for a 52 mile round-trip ride.

Fort Snelling State Park

Fort Snelling State Park has trails to ride through the woods on both sides of the Minnesota River.  Near the historic fort on the north side of the Minnesota River there is plenty of parking and once you head down the hill on the trail near the fort you will come across both paved and unpaved trails on Picnic Island and around Snelling lake.  There is also the paved Minnehaha Trail that follows the Mississippi River north through the woods to Minnehaha Park.


Some of you may be very familiar with the Mendota Trail that follows along the Minnesota River on the south side from Mendota all the way to the Cedar Ave. bridge.  This section of natural treadway trail offers many views of the river as it meanders along through the woods past creeks, lakes and marshes.  With all of the rain we have had recently, some sections of the trail are very wet and/or underwater so keep that in mind.  Updates and photos for this section of trail can be found at the MN River Bottoms Ride Report Facebook group page.

Lilydale/Harriet Island Regional Park

The paved trails that run through Lilydale Regional Park and Harriet Island Regional Park are a joy to ride this time of year.  These trails pass through the floodplain forest along the south side of the Mississippi River from 35E in Lilydale all the way to Harriet Island in St. Paul.  The views of the changing colors along the way are spectacular and it's hard to believe that it's so close to downtown.  These trails also connect in Lilydale to the Big Rivers Regional Trail making for a longer ride along the river and multiple other trail options.  For a better view of the trails in this area, visit Google Maps to plan out your Fall color ride.

Umore Park/Vermillion Highlands

A place I continue to ride year after year in the Fall is close to home for me.  The Vermillion Highlands and UMore Park in Rosemount have paved and gravel roads that take you through part of what used to be the Gopher Works Ordinance plant during World War II and a wildlife management area.  Some of these roads I used to ride have been closed to the public by the University of Minnesota but there are still a lot of areas to see the Fall colors and experience nature.


Explore old paved roads with light car traffic throughout UMore Park on the north side of 160th St. E. and then venture into the Vermillion Highlands on the south side.  Some roads to ride include Station Trail, Annette Ave., 190th St. and Blaine Ave.  Just off of Station Trail is the entrance to Whitetail Woods Regional Park that has a picnic area and restrooms. 


Don't delay as the Fall colors don't stick around for long.  Visit one of the areas mentioned in this post if you haven't before and experience Minnesota Fall on a bicycle.

10/06/2018

Favorite Fall Rides In and Near the Twin Cities-Part 1


Fall is one of my favorite times of the year to ride and right now the leaves in and around the metro are starting to change color.  We have many trails and roads in Minnesota that are perfect for seeing all sights that Fall has to offer by bicycle.  There's something here for every type of cyclist whether you're a mountain biker, trail rider or gravel enthusiast.  Get out there soon as this opportunity comes and goes quickly.   Below are some of my favorites near the Twin Cities that I try to visit this time of year.

Lebanon Hills

One very popular spot for mountain bikers in the Twin Cities is Lebanon Hills Mountain Bike Trails.  With the majority of the trails in a hardwood forest, this is a prime spot to ride right among the changing colors.  Lebanon Hills has over 12 miles of beginner to expert level trails making it a great ride for mountain bikers of all abilities.  Fall's wet weather does present some challenges though so make sure the trails are open before heading out to there for a ride. Visit the Lebanon Hills Mountain Bike Trail Facebook page or the MORC Trail Conditions page for the latest updates on trail conditions and closings.

Minnesota River Bluffs LRT Regional Trail

The Minnesota River Bluffs LRT Regional Trail is a 12 mile long aggregate trail that runs from Hopkins to Chaska.  It passes through several parks and offers great views of the changing colors around the Minnesota River Valley.  A portion of the trail is closed between Pioneer Trail in Eden Prairie and Highway 101 in Chanhassen due to trail washout from mudslides in 2014 so plan your ride here accordingly and follow the posted detour.

Big Rivers Regional Trail

The Big Rivers Regional Trail in Dakota County is only 4 1/2 miles long but offers great views of the river valley at the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers.  Trail access is available at the East Trailhead on Lilydale Rd. in St. Paul and along Hwy. 13 at I-494, Pilot Knob Rd., Hwy. 55 and I-35E.  The Big Rivers Regional Trail also links to many other area bikeways along both sides of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers.  Visit Google Maps to plan out your ride in this beautiful river valley area and make a day of it.

Mississippi River Regional Trail-Dakota County

The south/east segment of the Mississippi River Regional Trail in Dakota County is one of my favorite new trails to ride for great views of the Mississippi River Valley and the hardwood forest that surrounds it.  Access to this part of the trail is available at the Lower Spring Lake Park Reserve Trailhead/West Trailhead, the Schaar's Bluff Trailhead and the Lock and Dame No. 2 Trailhead.  This segment of trail also continues on to the city of Hastings.

For a longer ride, I like to start in Hastings at Levee Park and follow the trail past Lock and Dam No. 2 all the way to the Lower Spring Lake Park Reserve Trailhead/West Trailhead and back for a 21 mile round-trip ride.  A map of this segment of trail can be found here.

Welch Gravel

The Cannon River Valley in and around Welch is a favorite of mine for riding gravel this time of year.  With deep ravines, big climbs, fast downhills and magnificent scenery along the way, this area showcases the Fall colors at their best.  I have returned to this area many times since I first got into gravel back in 2013 and some of these roads are part of the Miesville 56 course which is a gravel rider's favorite.

I have two routes that I like to ride in this area, one on the north side of the Cannon River and one on the south side.  Both of these rides start at the Welch Station on the Cannon Valley Trail.  The Welch-North Loop is a 16 mile ride that is just under 1,000 feet of climbing and the Welch-South Loop is also 16 miles with just over 750 feet of climbing.  Do both loops together for a longer ride, more climbing and plenty of great views that the Cannon River Valley has to offer.  Try mixing it up and doing these routes in reverse for a completely different ride.


Don't delay as the Fall colors don't stick around for long.  Visit one of the areas mentioned in this post if you haven't before and experience Minnesota Fall on a bicycle.  I will add five more of my favorite Fall rides soon in a second segment of this post.

9/24/2018

2019 Minnesota Bike Tours, Rides, Races & Events Schedule

The 2019 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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January

Norpine Fat Bike Classic-January 5, 2019
Great Lakes Fatbike Series
Lutsen Resort
Lutsen, MN
24, 16 miles
200 racer cap
Facebook Page
Online Registration

Framed Bikes Pre-Loppet-January 6, 2019
Theodore Wirth Park
Minneapolis, MN
17k, 8k
Online Registration

Fat Wednesday Fat Bike Races-January 9, 2019
Keller Lake Park
Maplewood, MN
Facebook Event Page
Facebook Page

St. Croix 40 Winter Ultra-January 12-13, 2019
St. Croix State Park
Hinckley, MN
40 miles
Facebook Page
Online Registration

Snow Crush Fat Bike Race-January 12, 2019
River Bend Nature Center
Faribault, MN

Fat Wednesday Fat Bike Races-January 16, 2019
Keller Lake Park
Maplewood, MN
Facebook Event Page
Facebook Page

Get Phat With Pat Race #1-January 19, 2019
River Bottoms Mountain Bike Trail
Bloomington, MN

QBP Fat Bike Rennet-January 19, 2019
Highland Park Reserve
Bloomington, MN
39k, 13k
Online Registration

Cold Catfish Cup-January 20, 2019
Carver Lake Park
Woodbury, MN
Online Registration

Fat Wednesday Fat Bike Races-January 23, 2019
Keller Lake Park
Maplewood, MN
Facebook Event Page
Facebook Page

Get Phat With Pat Race #2-January 26, 2019
River Bottoms Mountain Bike Trail
Bloomington, MN

B-B-Brrr Winter Classic-January 27, 2019
Wildflower Grove Park
Fargo, ND

Arrowhead 135-January 28-30, 2019
International Falls, MN
135 miles
Online Registration

Fat Wednesday Fat Bike Races-January 30, 2019
Keller Lake Park
Maplewood, MN
Facebook Event Page
Facebook Page

W├Ârcc: The Twin Cities Congress-January 30, 2019
QBP (Quality Bicycle Products)
Bloomington, MN

February

45NRTH Whiteout-February 2, 2019
Cuyuna Country Recreation Area
Ironton, MN
30k, 20k, 10k
Online Registration

Fired Up Fat Bike Tour-February 2, 2019
The Jewel Golf Club
Lake City, MN

Penn Cycle Fat Tire Loppet-February 3, 2019
Uptown
Minneapolis, MN
35k
Facebook Event Page

Penn Cycle Puoli Fat Tire Loppet-February 3, 2019
Uptown
Minneapolis, MN
21k
Facebook Event Page

Fat Wednesday Fat Bike Races-February 6, 2019
Keller Lake Park
Maplewood, MN
Facebook Event Page
Facebook Page

Fatbike Frozen 40-February 9, 2019
Elm Creek Singletrack
Champlin, MN
Facebook Page
Facebook Event Page

Ham Lake Snow Bowl-February 9, 2019
Ham Lake Park
Ham Lake, MN

Snow Bomb Fat Bike Race/Ride-February 9, 2019
Holzinger Lodge
Winona, MN

Fat Bike Vasaloppet-February 10, 2019
Lake Mora
Mora, MN
38k Race, 10k Tour
Registration Form

Fat Wednesday Fat Bike Races-February 13, 2019
Keller Lake Park
Maplewood, MN
Facebook Event Page
Facebook Page

Fat Wednesday Fat Bike Races-February 20, 2019
Keller Lake Park
Maplewood, MN
Facebook Event Page
Facebook Page

Iron Challenge-February 23, 2019
Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch
Stewartville, MN
Online Registration

Fat Wednesday Fat Bike Races-February 27, 2019
Keller Lake Park
Maplewood, MN
Facebook Event Page
Facebook Page

March

2019 Strider Snow Cup-March 2, 2019
Buck Hill Ski & Snowboard Area
Burnsville, MN
Facebook Event Page

Balsam Basher Fat Tire Bike Race-March 16, 2019
Korkki Nordic Ski Center
Duluth, MN
20k
Online Registration

TCBC Swap Meet-March 30, 2019
Hopkins VFW Post #425
Hopkins, MN
Facebook Event Page

April

30 Days of Biking-April 1-30, 2019
Worldwide
Facebook Page

Earth Day Gravel Grinder!-April 27, 2019
Imminent Brewing
Northfield, MN

Miesville FiftySix-April 28, 2019
Jack Ruhr Stadium
Miesville, MN
56 miles
Online Registration opens February 24, 2019

May

Lakeville-Milltown-Lakeville-May 4, 2019
Harry's Cafe
Lakeville, MN
100 miles

Rick Anderson's 11th Annual Bike Sale-May 11, 2019
Superior Service Center
Apple Valley

Alexander 380-May 17-18, 2019
Spring Valley, MN
380 miles
Facebook Page
Registration

Malanzo 50/Almanzo 100/Royal 162-May 18, 2019
Spring Valley, MN
162, 100, 50 miles
Facebook Page
Registration

Bike MS: Twin Cities Ride-May 19, 2019
Surly Brewing Company
Minneapolis, MN
45, 30, 15 miles
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration
June

Tour de Pepin-June 1, 2019
Lake City, MN
100, 72, 50, 32 miles

Tour of Lakes-June 1, 2019
Crosby/Ironton High School
Crosby, MN
65-70, 35-40 miles

Caramel Roll Ride -June 8, 2019
Lake Wobegon Trail
Albany, MN

Bike MS: MS 150 Ride-June 8-9, 2019
White Bear Lake, MN
150 miles
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration

Trinona Triathlon-June 8-9, 2019
Lake Winona
Winona, MN
International Course: .93 mile swim, 24.85 mile bike, 6.2 mile run
Sprint Course: .25 mile swim, 11 mile bike, 3.1 mile run
Facebook Event Page
Registration

Luce Line Loops Bike Ride-June 10, 2019
Crow River Winery
Hutchinson, MN
75k gravel grinder, 50, 25, 12 miles

North Star Grand Prix-June 11-16, 2019
St. Paul Riverfront Time Trial-June 12
St. Paul Grand Ave. Criterium-June 12
Cannon Falls Road Race-June 13
Uptown Minneapolis Criterium-June 14
North Mankato Road Race-June 15
Stillwater Criterium-June 16
Facebook Page

Tour of Minnesota-June 14-21, 2019
Route TBD
300+ miles
Registration opens 2/1/2019

Bike Bemidji: Loop the Lake Festival-June 15, 2019
Sanford Event Center
Bemidji, MN
17 miles

Lady Slipper Nature Ride-June 15, 2019
Lake Wobegon Trail
Avon, MN

Shooting Star Trail Bike Ride-June 22, 2019
Todd Park
Austin, MN
100, 62, 50, 40, 20 miles

Lutsen 99'er-June 29, 2019
Lutsen Mountains
Lutsen, MN
99, 69, 39, 19 miles
Facebook Page
Online Registration

July

Tour D'Amico-July 4, 2019
D'Amico & Sons
Golden Valley, MN
62, 41, 29, 21 miles

Watermelon Ride-July 4, 2019
Incarnation Lutheran Church
Shoreview, MN
52, 25, 15 miles

Lifetime Tri-Minneapolis-July 13, 2019
Minneapolis, MN
International Course: .93 mile swim, 24.5 mile bike, 6.2 mile run
Sprint Course: .47 mile swim, 14.8 mile bike, 3.1 mile run
Super Sprint Course: .25 mile swim, 3.83 mile bike, 2.41 mile run
Registration opens November 1, 2018

St. Croix Fat Cat Triathlon-July 13, 2019
Log House Landing
Scandia, MN
3.8 mile paddle, 5.5 mile run, 11 mile bike

Habitat 500 Bike Ride-July 14-20, 2019
Central Minnesota
500 miles

The Minnesota North Shore Tour-July 14-19, 2019
Duluth, MN
160 miles

Ride the Iron Trail-July 21-26, 2019
Duluth, MN
300 miles

UCare Tri-Loppet-July 21, 2019
Theodore Wirth Park
Minneapolis, MN
7k paddle, 5.5k trail run, 13k mountain bike

Tour de Bun Bike Classic-July 27, 2019
Memorial Park Stadium
Montgomery, MN
50, 33, 13 miles

August

Great River Energy Mesabi Trail Tour-August 3, 2019
Mesabi Trail
Northern MN
Route mileage TBD

Hixon Forest Epic-August 3, 2019
Wisconsin Off Road Series
Hixon Forest Park
La Crosse, WI
Facebook Event Page

Red Ribbon Ride-August 16-18, 2019
Minneapolis, MN
200 miles
Facebook Page
Online Registration

La Crosse Area Bicycle Festival-August 30-September 2, 2019
La Crosse, WI

September

Caramel Apple Ride-September 7, 2019
Lake Wobegon Trail
Sauk Centre, MN

St. Paul Classic Bike Tour-September 8, 2019
University of St. Thomas
St. Paul, MN
48, 33, 15 miles
Facebook Event Page

Mora Bike Tour-September 21, 2019
Vasaloppet Nordic Center
Mora, MN
50, 25 miles
Facebook Page

Ride the Ridges-September 21, 2019
Winona Middle School
Winona, MN
104, 67, 44, 23 miles
Facebook Page

Bikes4Kids Legacy Ride-September 28, 2019
Elm Creek Park Reserve
Maple Grove, MN
25, 15, 5 miles
Facebook Page

October



November



December

Global Fat-Bike Day-December 7, 2019
Worldwide

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9/19/2018

Inexpensive Cycling Accessories For Your Ride

There are a lot of bike accessories out there to better your ride experience and the following five are products I use regularly that are under $10.  They are simple in design but do their intended job effectively.

Rough Riders
$5

Rough Riders is a new product from Miles-Wide Industries that was designed to give fingers a better grip on shifters, brake and dropper post levers.  They work for both road and mountain bikes.  This extra grip is made possible with a product called "Stubble" that acts similar to sandpaper.  Rough Riders are very thin, slightly elastic and waterproof for use in any riding condition.  Available in Black and Burgundy from Miles-Wide Industries.

CamelBak Podium Mud Cap
$6

If you're anything like me, you enjoy riding off the beaten path and may encounter sand, dirt and mud along the way.  This is where the CamelBak Podium Mud Cap for their Podium bottles comes in real handy.  Unlike their old style mudcaps, this one just slips over the nozzle and is ready for use.  Keep all of the grit and grime out of the valve so you don't end up with a mouth full of it.  Made out of Silicone and comes in colors Black and Blue.  Available from CamelBak, Penn Cycle and other fine bike shops.

Bontrager Storage Bottle
$7

One thing a cyclist should never leave on a ride without is a rescue kit that contains the items needed to get you up and rolling again in the event of a mishap. The Bontrager Storage Bottle is perfect for such a kit.  It has enough space to store the items I always carry with me in a convenient package that fits securely in my water bottle cage.  Available from Trek, Penn Cycle and other fine bike shops.

General HeroMount for GoPro
$7

I had a more expensive GoPro Handlebar Mount but was not happy with the bulkiness of it and wanted to get something smaller.  I found the General HeroMount Handlebar Mount for GoPro on Amazon for under $7 and decided to give it a try.  Its design allowed me to mount my GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition neatly out of the way under my bars so as not to take up space on my cockpit that already contained my Garmin and a headlight.  This mount held my GoPro very secure and made for some great video without any vibration or shaking.

I liked this mount so much that I bought a second one to put on my fatbike so I could easily mount my GoPro to the bike of my choice for that day's ride.  Made from aluminum, weighs 45 grams and fits bars from 30-32mm.

Mirrycle Incredibell Adjustabell 2
$8

Through many miles of commuting and riding I've found that the simple ring of a bell is very effective to alert other cyclists and pedestrians of my approach and passing without startling them.  I recently got a new road bike and I wanted a bell that I could mount on drop bars that would be easily accessible while riding without having to move my hand placement to ring it.  The answer was the Mirrycle Incredibell Adjustabell 2.

This bell has a fully adjustable handlebar clamp (fits bars 15-39mm) so it can be placed anywhere on the bar.  The dinger can be adjusted to any position around the dome of the bell making for a truly custom fit for ringing with a finger or thumb.  Available in black or silver from Mirrycle, Penn Cycle and other fine bike shops.

9/02/2018

2018 MN Cyclocross Events

Image Credit: Gal Alon

Cyclocross racing season has already begun with the Wednesday Night CX series to get riders prepped for the upcoming Fall race calendar.  Details for some of the races in this post are still being worked out as their status with USA Cycling may still be pending or in the permit process.  Below is a list in chronological order.  Race and event organizers, if you would like your cyclocross event listed, please send me an e-mail (or visit my contact page).  I will continue to update information and add events to this post as they become available.

Wednesday Night CX-August 22, 2018
Environmental Nature Park
Brooklyn Park, MN
Facebook Event Page

Wednesday Night CX-August 29, 2018
Environmental Nature Park
Brooklyn Park, MN
Facebook Event Page

Beginner Cyclocross Skill Share-August 25, 2018
Freewheel Midtown Bike Center
Minneapolis, MN

Sunday Cyclocross Ride-September 2, 2018
Freewheel Midtown Bike Center
Minneapolis, MN

Wednesday Night CX-September 5, 2018
Battle Creek Water Park Area
Maplewood, MN
Facebook Event Page

All-City Intercontinental Cyclocross Championships-September 9, 2018
Minneapolis, MN
Race Flyer
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration

CX Skills-September 9, 2018
Sibley Field
Minneapolis, MN

Sunday Cyclocross Ride-September 9, 2018
Freewheel Midtown Bike Center
Minneapolis, MN

Wednesday Night CX-September 12, 2018
Battle Creek Water Park Area
Maplewood, MN
Facebook Event Page

Gopher Cross-September 15-16, 2018
Zimmerman, MN
Online Registration

CX Skills-September 16, 2018
Sibley Field
Minneapolis, MN

Sunday Cyclocross Ride-September 16, 2018
Freewheel Midtown Bike Center
Minneapolis, MN

Wednesday Night CX-September 19, 2018
Environmental Nature Park
Brooklyn Park, MN
Facebook Event Page

Wednesday Night CX-September 26, 2018
Battle Creek Recreation Center
St. Paul, MN
Facebook Event Page

Karma CX-September 29-30, 2018
Hansen Park
New Brighton, MN
Race Flyer
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration

Image Credit: Gal Alon

WNCX Theo #1-October 3, 2018
Theodore Wirth Park
Minneapolis, MN

Donkey Cross-October 6, 2018
Baker Orchard
Centuria, WI
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration

ACF Wednesday Night CX-Theodore Wirth *Final Night!*-October 10, 2018
Theodore Wirth Trailhead
Minneapolis, MN

Green Acres Cyclocross-October 13-14, 2018
Lake Elmo, MN
Race Flyer
Online Registration

It lives! Theo WNCX (but on a Thursday!)-October 18, 2018
The Trailhead-Theodore Wirth Park
Golden Valley, MN

LGR CX-October 20-21, 2018
Jackson Meadow
Marine On St. Croix
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration

Bandit Cross Night Moves: Minnehaha Dog Park-October 26, 2018
Minnehaha Falls Off Leash Dog Park
Minneapolis, MN

RevoX-October 27, 2018
Clearwater, MN
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration

Fulton Star Cross-November 3-4, 2018
Crystal, MN
Race Flyer
Online Registration

Fulton Star Cross Beginner Cyclocross Clinics-November 3-4, 2018
Lions Valley Place Park
Crystal, MN

Croix Cross-November 10, 2018
Hudson Grandview Park
Hudson, WI

Theo Wirth Cyclocross Classic-November 11, 2018
Theodore Wirth Park
Golden Valley, MN
Race Flyer
Online Registration

MN State Championship CX-November 17-18, 2018
Bassett Creek Park
Crystal, MN
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration

For more updates on USA Cycling cyclocross events in Minnesota visit the USA Cycling events search page.

8/25/2018

Winter '18-'19 MN Fatbike Events


Fatbikes are more popular than ever and Minnesota has become famous for an ever increasing number of races and events.  This Winter is bound to bring on more events than ever for the fat tire enthusiast.  Start planning your calendar and check back often as this list will continue to grow.


This season's calendar will include all types of  Winter fatbike events from festivals and races to demos and group rides.  Below is a list in chronological order.  Race and event organizers, if you would like your event listed, please send me an e-mail (or visit my contact page).  I will continue to update and add events to this post as they become available.

Winterbike Expo 2018-November 3-4, 2018
Freewheel Bike
Eden Prairie, MN

The "Pie Burner" Thanksgiving Weekend FatBike Ride-November 24, 2018
Palmers Tavern
Hibbing, MN
Facebook Page

Global Fat-Bike Day-December 1, 2018
Worldwide

Global Fat Bike Day 2018!-December 1, 2018
Nicollet Bike Shop
Mankato, MN

Global Fat Bike Day 2018-December 1, 2018
Tonka Cycle & Ski
Minnetonka, MN

Global Fat-Bike Day Pot-Luck and Group Ride-December 1, 2018
Two Harbors, MN

Levis Mound Global Fatbike Day-December 1, 2018
Levis Mound Trail
Neillsville, WI
Online Registration

Penn Cycle Celebrates Global Fat Bike Day-December 1, 2018
Sibley Historic Site
Mendota, MN

Woolly Global Fat Bike Day 2018-December 1, 2018
Howlin' Wolf Creek Bar
St. Croix Falls, WI

Solstice Chase-December 15, 2018
Great Lakes Fatbike Series
Big Rock Creek
St. Croix Falls, WI
20, 10 miles
Facebook Page
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration (Opens October 21, 2018)

Norpine Fat Bike Classic-January 5, 2019
Great Lakes Fatbike Series
Lutsen Resort
Lutsen, MN
24, 16 miles
200 racer cap
Facebook Page
Online Registration

Framed Bikes Pre-Loppet-January 6, 2019
Theodore Wirth Park
Minneapolis, MN
17k, 8k
Online Registration

Fat Wednesday Fat Bike Races-January 9, 2019
Keller Lake Park
Maplewood, MN
Facebook Event Page
Facebook Page

St. Croix 40 Winter Ultra-January 12-13, 2019
St. Croix State Park
Hinckley, MN
40 miles
Facebook Page
Online Registration

Snow Crush Fat Bike Race-January 12, 2019
River Bend Nature Center
Faribault, MN

Fat Wednesday Fat Bike Races-January 16, 2019
Keller Lake Park
Maplewood, MN
Facebook Event Page
Facebook Page

Get Phat With Pat Race #1-January 19, 2019
River Bottoms Mountain Bike Trail
Bloomington, MN

QBP Fat Bike Rennet-January 19, 2019
Highland Park Reserve
Bloomington, MN
39k, 13k
Online Registration

Cold Catfish Cup-January 20, 2019
Carver Lake Park
Woodbury, MN
Online Registration

Fat Wednesday Fat Bike Races-January 23, 2019
Keller Lake Park
Maplewood, MN
Facebook Event Page
Facebook Page

Get Phat With Pat Race #2-January 26, 2019
River Bottoms Mountain Bike Trail
Bloomington, MN

B-B-Brrr Winter Classic-January 27, 2019
Wildflower Grove Park
Fargo, ND

Arrowhead 135-January 28-30, 2019
International Falls, MN
135 miles
Online Registration

Fat Wednesday Fat Bike Races-January 30, 2019
Keller Lake Park
Maplewood, MN
Facebook Event Page
Facebook Page

45NRTH Whiteout-February 2, 2019
Cuyuna Country Recreation Area
Ironton, MN
30k, 20k, 10k
Online Registration

Fired Up Fat Bike Tour-February 2, 2019
The Jewel Golf Club
Lake City, MN

Penn Cycle Fat Tire Loppet-February 3, 2019
Uptown
Minneapolis, MN
35k
Facebook Event Page

Penn Cycle Puoli Fat Tire Loppet-February 3, 2019
Uptown
Minneapolis, MN
21k
Facebook Event Page

Fat Wednesday Fat Bike Races-February 6, 2019
Keller Lake Park
Maplewood, MN
Facebook Event Page
Facebook Page

Fatbike Frozen 40-February 9, 2019
Elm Creek Singletrack
Champlin, MN
Facebook Page
Facebook Event Page

Ham Lake Snow Bowl-February 9, 2019
Ham Lake Park
Ham Lake, MN

Snow Bomb Fat Bike Race/Ride-February 9, 2019
Holzinger Lodge
Winona, MN

Fat Bike Vasaloppet-February 10, 2019
Lake Mora
Mora, MN
38k Race, 10k Tour
Registration Form

Fat Wednesday Fat Bike Races-February 13, 2019
Keller Lake Park
Maplewood, MN
Facebook Event Page
Facebook Page

Fat Wednesday Fat Bike Races-February 20, 2019
Keller Lake Park
Maplewood, MN
Facebook Event Page
Facebook Page

Iron Challenge-February 23, 2019
Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch
Stewartville, MN
Online Registration

Fat Wednesday Fat Bike Races-February 27, 2019
Keller Lake Park
Maplewood, MN
Facebook Event Page
Facebook Page

Balsam Basher Fat Tire Bike Race-March 16, 2019
Korkki Nordic Ski Center
Duluth, MN
20k
Online Registration
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