Come ride some of southern Minnesota's most picturesque trails and quiet country roads in the Second Annual Mankato River Ramble on Sunday, October 7th. This is a fully supported, go at your own pace ride with three scenic tours to choose from that benefits the Minnesota Bicycle Alliance and the Greater Mankato Bike and Walk Advocates.
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The Minneopa Falls Loop is a 12 mile, traffic-free trail ride to Minneopa State Park and back on the Red Jacket Trail.
The "Pie Run" is a 26 mile ride that starts at the Land of Memories and loops to the Rapidan Dam Store for a slice of their award winning pie which has been featured in Food & Wine Magazine. The route then ventures on to the Red Jacket Trail for the return. 18 miles of trail are included on this route.
The Lake Crystal Loop is a 42 mile ride that includes quiet country roads and trails. It starts at the Land of Memories and passes through Minneopa State Park on the way to the century old Red Jacket Trail Railroad Trestle overlooking the Le Sueur River Valley. The ride continues toward Rapidan Dam County Park and passes the the Dam Store at the mile 13 rest stop, don't pass up the pie. Travel on past Loon and Crystal lakes to the mile 20 rest stop and on to the mile 34 rest stop at Minnemishinona Falls where there will be refreshments and live music. Continue to finish where you started at the Land of Memories.
The ride will begin at the Land of Memories located just off of Hwy. 169, one mile past the Riverfront Drive exit in Mankato. The ride starts at 9:00 am and all riders must be on their route by 10:15 am. This event will take place rain or shine and helmets are required for all participants. For answers to questions regarding this event, visit the Mankato River Ramble FAQ Page.
Register online or sign up the day of the event by visiting the Day of Ride registration tent. Register by October 2nd for $32 or the day of the event for $38. Youths ages 13-17 are $10 anytime and under 13 are free. Registration will open the day of the ride at 8:30 am and pre-registered riders can pick up their ID at the appropriate tent. Click here to download a digital copy of the Mankato River Ramble Ride Guide.
If you would like to volunteer your time to help make this event a success, there are still positions available. Click here for more information on volunteer opportunities.