Registration for the 48th annual Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride is now open, a sure sign that Spring is just around the corner. This year's MIBR returns to the Washington County Fairground in Stillwater on April 27th.
4696 cyclists turned out last year for the MIBR which traditionally kicks off the Spring riding season and this year promises to be even better. Improvements for 2014 will include faster parking and more bathrooms.
There will be four routes to choose from that use the Washington County Fairgrounds as a centralized hub. These routes will include a 58 mile Scandia Loop, 27 mile Afton Loop, 14 mile Afton Cut-Off Loop and a 29 mile Gateway Loop. These tentative routes routes can be ridden individually or combined for 100, 60, 30 and 15 mile rides. A PDF of the the Tentative 2014 MIBR Routes is now available for download.
The MIBR attracts all types of cyclists from beginners, middle distance riders and the experienced long distance century riders. The scenery, challenging terrain and small towns along the routes make this truly a great ride to take part in.
Individual Early Bird Registration runs from February 1st through 28th for only $30. Regular Registration is from March 1st through April 14th and is $40. A $5 Team Registration discount is available during the Regular Registration period for each individual team rider. See the MIBR Registration Page for more details. To register online today, click here.
Keep up-to-date by following the Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride on Twitter @mnironmanride or liking on Facebook. The Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride benefits Hostelling International USA, a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization.
To see all of my photos from the 2013 Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride, visit my Flickr set.