Another Busy Weekend of Events for Cyclists

Cyclists have a lot to choose from this weekend for things to do.  Six events are going on around the Twin Cities the weekend of February 1st through the 3rd.  There is something for everyone, fatbike races, alley cats, ice racing and even a bike swap.

The weekend starts out with the Cash is King Alleycat on Friday night, February 1st at 8 pm.  This warm up for the Stupor Bowl will start and finish at the Trash Bags Headquarters at 515 Washington Avenue North in Minneapolis.  Race or spectate and you can pre-register for the Stupor Bowl while you're there.

Courtesy:  mplsnaccc.com
Saturday, February 2nd is the 16th running of the Stupor Bowl.  Participants will meet up at One on One Bicycle Studio and registration begins at 11:30 am.  Those that pre-register (online registration is now closed) at the Cash is King Alleycat will avoid the long lines.  There are two options for this one, race for speed or race for stupor.  Stick around afterward for the afterparty.  Check out this video from last year to see what it's all about.

Courtesy:  Maple Grove Cycling
The Elm Creek Winter Time Trial takes place on Satuday, February 2nd at Elm Creek Park Reserve in Maple Grove.  Click here for directions.  Registration begins at 10 am and racing begins at 11 am.  Racing is open to anyone age 14 and older.  Pre-registration is available by calling 763-559-6700 for $12, race day registration is $15.  There will be a second race the following weekend and participants can pre-register for both races for $20.  After the race there will be a bonfire, awards and door prizes given out to participants.  For more details call Maple Grove Cycling at 763-420-8878.

Photo Credit:  www.loppet.org
Penn Cycle will be hosting two races this weekend that are part of the City of Lakes Loppet in Minneapolis.  The first is the Penn Ice-Cycle Loppet on Saturday, February 2nd at the lagoon located between Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis.  Heats start at noon and the finals start at 1:30 pm.  It will be a short track race of heats in a criterium format.  Top riders from each heat advance to the next round.  Cash prizes will be awarded.  There is no race-day registration for this event and pre-registration is now closed for those of you that missed out, so come and be a spectator for these exciting races.  Visit the link above for complete details.  Below is video from last year's Penn Ice-Cycle Loppet.

The second race hosted by Penn Cycle is new this year, the Penn Cycle Fat Tire Loppet will be held on Sunday, February 3rd and starts at 2 pm.  Because this race will take place on the ski loppet course, fat tire bikes only are permitted to enter.  The race will start out at Wirth Park skipping the first 8 km of the Loppet course and follow the Freestyle Loppet course to Uptown, a distance of about 15 miles.  Penn Cycle gift cards will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers.  Online registration is now closed but race day registration is available for $40.  Click the link above for complete details.

The 2013 Twin Cites Bike Swap takes place on Sunday, February 3rd from 9 am to 2 pm in the Expo Center at the National Sports Center in Blaine.  Admission is only $5 and that gets you into 11,000 square feet of everything from mountain, BMX, road, cyclocross and vintage bicycles to equipment and parts.  All proceeds go to support the National Sports Center Velodrome.  For directions, click here.

There is something to do for every kind of cyclist this weekend, so get out there and enjoy one or more of these upcoming events.

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