11/08/2019

2019 MN Global Fat Bike Day Events

Image Credit: Fat-bike.com

Global Fat-Bike Day is a worldwide grassroots campaign that started seven 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 7th 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.


Big Ring Flyers hosts the 2019 BRF Global Fat Bike Day from the UW Wanderoos in Wanderoos, WI at 10:00 am for a 14 mile group ride.

The 5th Annual Big Ring Flyers Global Fat Bike Day Celebration!  
We’ve had a pretty good recipe historically so we’ll stick with it agajn. Park at the UW Wanderoos place of higher learning, hit the Stower westbound and back for 14 miles round trip. Duck into the UW to get educated afterwards! Pace will be friendly, this is not your VO2 max workout, this is fun with friends! Open to all!!


Avid mountain biker/fatbiker Steven Orwig will be hosting Cuyuna Global Fat Tire Day at the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area in Crosby.  Make the trip for a full day of riding, food, beverage and fun.

Feel free to join us if you’d like.  Here is our tentative plan for Saturday Dec. 7th 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM.  Ride the awesome Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails!

9:00 AM – Breakfast North Country Cafe, Crosby (Will most likely park on Main St. between 1st & 2nd Ave. in between CafĂ© and Red Raven)
10:00 AM – Rolling down to ride the updated Yawkey Unit and most likely Portsmouth Unit as well
12:00 PM – Around this time head to Red Raven for lunch
1:00 – 1:30 PM – Meet at main trailhead to ride Mahnomen Unit (Bring extra clothes and warmers if needed)
3:30 PM – Head into Cuyuna Brewing Company for a cold beer and warm-up (change clothes if you’d like) 
4:00ish PM – Heading over to Iron Range Eatery for dinner
5:00-5:30 PM – Heading back to the cities for us non-locals

Above are estimated times.  Feel free to join us for all or part of the riding..  We will be in the area Friday as well and will have a day filled with local fun.  Of course riding, maybe some bowling at the Cuyuna Lanes, and be sure to grab some cheese, crackers, and wine from ShopVictual for the evening.  Can't wait!  


Trailhead Cycling will be hosting their Global Fat Bike Day ride from their shop in Champlin.  Ride leaves the shop at 10:30 am and returns around 1:30 pm.  Fat bike demos available, contact the shop for more information.

Meet your friends at Trailhead for Global Fat Bike Day! We'll ride to the Coon Rapids Dam; have a snack then break into groups; those that ride along the Mississippi, those that ride over to Alloy Brewing for a refreshing mid-ride beverage, and those that ride back to Trailhead. No matter your skill level, your allotted time, or what Fat Bike you ride we've got a ride for you! Demo bikes are available, reach out to pam@trailheadcycling to reserve one! 


Now Bikes hosts their Global Fat Bike Day 2019 ride from Rice Lake Elementary School in Lino Lakes at 10:00 am.  Refreshments will follow the ride at their Arden Hills shop.

Join us as we celebrate Global Fat Bike Day on Saturday, Dec 7!
Where to meet: Rice Lake Elementary School in Lino Lakes (park at the northeast corner of the school).
The course: Trails consist of a mix of bike path, single track and gravel roads. Plan to ride for 2+ hours. Shorter or longer loops available.
Please call us (651-490-7709) if you or a friend are interested in trying a fat bike. Free demos available by appointment. Supplies limited.
Please RSVP at 651-490-7709.
Join us afterwards at the Arden Hills shop for refreshments and brats on us. We hope to see you there!


Tonka Cycle & Ski hosts Global Fat Bike Day 2019 with three rides to accommodate riders of all abilities.  Meet at the shop at 10:00 am and roll out at 10:30 am. Refreshments following the rides.

Come join us on this amazing day of celebrating fat bikes. We will have three different rides featuring different mileage and speeds ( ride routes are tbd and  routes will be posted soon). Meet up time is 10am and ride out time will be be 10:30am ( please DO NOT park right at the store, lot fills up too fast, use available parking at Shady Oak and Excelsior). There will be raffle prizes as we arrive back at the shop to give out following the ride and riders will receive a coupon for 20% off of fat bike accessories that day. 
Immediately following the ride we will have a grill going and some cold beverages. Then join us for some fun filled activities on your bikes. Can’t wait to see all of you. 


Continental Ski & Bike hosts their Global fat bike day group ride from Chambers Grove Park in Duluth from 9:00 to 3:00 pm with two rides and a barbecue.

Come on out  for GLOBAL FAT BIKE DAY 2019! Join us at Chambers Grove Park for a ride around Mission Creek, a fire, and a barbecue! We will have two rides, the first will take off at 9am and return around 11pm. We will then take a break and enjoy some food from the grill and warmth from the fire! At 1pm the second ride will leave Chambers Grove and return around 3pm! We will have our rental fleet of Rocky Mountain Blizzards available for free on a first come first serve basis for both rides. So, grab your bike, a friend, and come join us for the fun! Keep an eye on this page for more details as the event draws near. 


Head to Northfield for Global Fat Bike Day hosted by Downtown Bicycles.  This family friendly event will roll out from the shop at 1:00 pm for a ride around Northfield and return for refreshments.

Join Downtown Bicycles for it's 6th Annual Global Fat Biking Event. 
We will gather at the shop before rolling out at 1:00pm. The plan is to cruise around Northfield trails and hopefully snow covered roads for a few hours before returning to the shop for beer, hot drinks, and snacks. This is a family friendly event, so bundle everyone up and come join the fun! We do offer a limited number of fat bike rentals - reserve early before they are gone!


Mesabi Outdoor Adventures is hosting Global Fat Bike Day Ride in the Sax/Zim Bog from the Mcdavitt Townhall in Forbes.  This no-drop, 2 to 3 hour ride rolls out at noon for a trip of about 23 miles.

Join us on a fat bike ride through the Sax/Zim bog for global fat bike day. We will meet up at the Mcdavitt town hall on Zim Rd (County 27) and roll out at noon for a 23 mile ride on the flat gravel roads with a chance to see various wild life including the Great Gray Owl. This will be a no-drop ride, meaning no one will be left behind. Dress for the projected weather and bring anything you will need to spend 2-3 hours on a bike. We hope to see you there! Mesabi Outdoor Adventures now has 2 fat bikes we could borrow out for this ride. If you would like to reserve one of these bikes, send us a message and we will arrange for you to pick up the bike the morning of the ride or we could arrange to have the bike brought to the starting location. 


Michael's Cycles in Chaska hosts Global Fat Tire Day from the shop.  Ride departs at 8:00 am with breakfast after the ride.

Ride rolls @ 8 am, breakfast after the ride.
We will have a fire in the woods during the ride and a Vendor Expo back in the shop during the day!


The Mid MN Cycling Club hosts their annual MMCC Global Fat Bike Day Poker Ride from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm from Riverside Park in St. Cloud.

The Mid MN Cycling Club will be hosting a Poker Ride and a Membership Drive/Fundraiser for Global Fat Bike Day 2019
The ride will be held on Saturday Dec. 7th starting at 10am.
Starting location will be the Riverside Park Parking Lot (1800 Kilian Blvd SE, St. Cloud, MN)
Additional route info to follow but plan on roughly a 2 hours with 5 planned stops.  Each stop will have a volunteer there with playing cards.


Nicollet Bike & Ski Shop will be celebrating with their Nicollet Bike Global Fat Bike Day Ride 2019 from their shop in Mankato at 1:00 pm for a two hour ride.

Join us for Global Fat Bike Day 2019- The greatest day of the year!
When: Saturday December 7th at 1 pm
Where: Meet at Nicollet Bike. The group will then ride out together to Kiwanis Trails.
What: Casual 2 hour group ride with plenty of chances to stop and take in the scenery followed by food, drinks, and socializing back at the shop.


The Woolly Bike Club will be hosting their Woolly Global Fat Bike Day 2019 ride which will start at the Howlin' Wolf Creek Bar in St. Croix Falls, WI at 10:30 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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11/01/2019

Fall Weather Cycling Tips


Fall is now upon us leading to changing weather and road/trail conditions for cyclists.  While this change of season can present some hurdles to getting out for a ride, these can be overcome with the right equipment, apparel and a little know-how.  In this post I will present some of the tricks and safety tips that I have learned over the years commuting and riding during this transitional season.

See and Be Seen


Fall means less daylight hours and darkness begins to set in during the evening rush hour.  Get yourself some quality rechargeable LED lights to see and be seen by motorists.  Cloudy days and pre-dawn hours are also good times to have your lights on.  I'm a firm believer in lights "always on" no matter the time of day to increase my visibility.


Adjust the angle of your front light to accommodate for speed or conditions so as to not over drive your headlight.   Over driving your headlight coverage can put you in danger of hitting obstacles, potholes and other road hazards.


Exercise caution at intersections, especially during dark hours.  Motorists aren't always expecting cyclists to be out during the cold months and any way you can get their attention before crossing can keep you from being hit.  I will use a loud whistle to make my presence known if I think motorists are unaware of me.  If you are not sure whether a motorist knows you are there, err on the side of caution and don't put yourself in a position that could lead to being struck.  It is better to be safe than sorry.


Reflectives, in addition to lights, will help get you seen during low light hours.  I use Brilliant Reflective Stick-on Strips placed on my forks for approaching traffic and on my seat stays for better visibility from behind and the side.  These strips are made with 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material that is super bright and can be seen from up to 500 feet away letting motorists know of your presence.  Bike bags and apparel with reflective accents and brightly colored clothing are also good choices after dark to make yourself more visible.


There are a lot of anti-fog products on the market as well as many home remedies that you can find online to keep your glasses or goggles clear in the cold.  I use one on my daytime and nighttime eyewear to avoid that irritating fogging of my lenses.  Using a neck gaiter, balaclava, scarf or working up a sweat can fog up your glasses quickly and using an anti-fog of some sort will keep you seeing clearly.

Road Conditions


The freeze/thaw cycle of fall can present some road hazards that you won't experience in warmer weather.  Frozen puddles and frost in the shadows can can present some slick riding conditions so keep alert and avoid these obstacles to keep your bike "rubber side down".


Fallen leaves on roadways and bike paths can hide potholes, frozen puddles and other obstacles you want to avoid to ride safely.  Moving over may mean you will have to take the lane to get safely by.


Check your tire pressure often and adjust accordingly as cold weather can lead to decreased psi.  Lowering your tire pressure can help put more of the tire in contact with the road providing better traction but release too much air and you risk pinch flats.  A lot of bike commuters will switch over to a wider tire choice this time of year to put a little more rubber on the road for a more confident ride feel.  I swap out my 35 mm tires to a wider 45 mm each year at this time.

Clothing Choices


Get your clothes picked out the night before based on the weather forecast for your commute or ride to save time getting ready in the morning.  This will also help to make sure you don't forget anything.

This is the time of year I start using all of my baselayers to provide the warmth and wicking needed to ride comfortably.  I use wool, polyester, and wool blends of different thicknesses to cover a wide variety of temperatures.  After some trial and error over the years I have gotten pretty good at picking the right one to pair with my jacket selection.  The key is to start out a ride a little chilly because you will start to generate your own heat soon enough.  Choosing a baseleayer that is too warm for the temperature will leave you starting out warm and cozy but soon lead to  overheating causing excessive sweat that will have you wet and chilled.


A neck gaiter and a windproof/breathable beanie under the helmet provides some extra warmth on chilly mornings and evenings.  When things warm up during the ride they can be removed and stored in a jacket pocket.


Get yourself a good pair of windproof/waterproof shoe covers to keep your feet warm and dry.  I wear mine over my cyclocross boots with wool socks to give me extra riding time in below freezing temperatures.


Keep the cold out with a quality windproof and breathable soft shell jacket.  It will cut wind's bite and let moisture and heat escape to help regulate your body temperature.  Jackets with zipper venting under the arms or in the front can be opened to cool you down so you don't become overheated and can be closed when you're comfortable again.  I'm a big fan of Gore Windstopper and Bontrager soft shell jackets but there are a lot of good choices out on the market.  If you don't have one of these in your cycling apparel arsenal, buying one is well worth the investment for cold weather cycling.

Riding during the fall months that lead into winter can be enjoyable with the right gear and know-how.  Don't let the cold or shorter days cut your riding season short.

10/16/2019

A Day in Follow Hollow Performance Alpaca Socks: First Impressions

Image Credit: Follow Hollow

Brian Davis, the guy who brought us Fix It Sticks, the Back Bottle and the Weatherneck has a new product he has just launched on Kickstarter. Follow Hollow is a performance sock manufactured in the USA using premium alpaca fiber from Peru.  Made with 80% baby alpaca, 15% nylon and 5% spandex these socks are designed for comfort, temperature regulation, durability and all day wear.


Brian sent me a sample to test on my commutes and other bike adventures. I wanted to see how they performed in a variety of conditions so I decided to wear them for 24 hours on the day I was to race The Filthy 50 in Lanesboro, MN.  This day would put Follow Hollow Performance Alpaca Socks through one extreme to the other in terms of temperature regulation.


The day started out with Follow Hollow socks as one of my cold and wet weather apparel choices for what 4+ hours in the saddle would bring at this year's Filthy Fifty.  Once I got to Lanesboro I put on my Lake cyclocross boots and shoe covers and got ready to race.  From the start line it was 33°F with winds around 20 mph and gusting to over 30.  During the race it started to snow pretty good making the Fillmore County gravel roads wet, soaking me and my bike.  After the race my feet we were dry and had remained comfortable despite the frigid temperatures.


I got into dry clothes and kept the Follow Hollow socks on to continue my day. After a two hour drive home I showered and changed again putting the Follow Hollow socks back on my feet.  Being antimicrobial, after all of what these comfortable socks had been through they were dry and didn't smell.


They did a wonderful job of regulating my foot temperature and wicking any perspiration whether it was on a long, chilly bike ride or walking the cold wood floors at home. These socks are so comfortable that I even wore them to bed and my feet never felt hot. I didn't have any issues with them sliding down either, they simply stay in place.

Winter will be here before we know it and I plan on wearing Follow Hollow through to next summer because they wick and regulate temperature so well.  They are not bulky or itchy but cozy, extremely soft and comfortable enough for everyday wear.  Kudos to Brian Davis on another great cycling product.

Image Credit: Follow Hollow

You can get more information about Follow Hollow Performance Alpaca Socks on their Kickstarter page.  You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

*Disclaimer:  Follow Hollow provided a sample to test but offered no other form of compensation for this review.

10/01/2019

Four Twin Cities Area Fall Color Rides



The Twin Cities metro area has miles of roads and trails that offer great views of the fall colors.  This is my favorite time of year to ride not only for the vivid change on the trees but cooler temperatures make riding much more comfortable.

Image Credit: MN DNR

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Fall Color Map is now live and will be updated by State Park and State Recreation Area (SRA's) staff.  With the wet Spring Minnesota has had and a good growing season during the Summer, trees are very healthy and a magnificent color display is expected throughout the state now through mid-October.

Below are some of my favorites near the Twin Cities that I try to visit this time of year.  They will be posted as a RideWithGPS route that can be used to print cue sheets, download files* for your gps device or use with the RideWithGPS app.

*FIT is the best format for turn-by-turn directions on modern Garmin Edge Devices.
*TCX is compatible with most modern GPS units. Provides turn by turn directions including custom cue entries, but may consume more space than FIT.
*GPX is useful for any GPS unit. Contains no cuesheet entries, only track information (breadcrumb trail).

21.3 miles
35.2 miles

37.1 miles
1,214 feet elevation gain

31.3 miles
590 feet elevation gain

Note: "Vermillion Highlands is open to various hunting activities during specific times of the year. Trail users are advised to wear blaze orange clothing during these seasons. Please visit the Wildlife Management page or call the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at 651-322-4643 to learn more."


Don't delay as the fall colors won't stick around for long.  Take one or several of the rides mentioned in this post and experience some great Minnesota scenery on a bicycle.

9/12/2019

2020 Minnesota Bike Tours, Rides, Races & Events Schedule

The 2020 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 date 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.

January

Barely Organized New Years Day Run (walk, ski, bike, snowshoe)-January 1, 2020
Hartley Nature Center
Duluth, MN

Commute Cruise n Coffee-January 1, 2020
Venture North Bike Walk & Coffee
Minneapolis, MN

Life Wellness Group Rides - Wednesdays-January 1, 2020
Life Wellness Center
Lakeville, MN

Rolling Fatties with Ambrose and Rich-January 2, 2020
Now Bikes-St. Paul
St. Paul, MN

Winter 2020 Indoor Training-January 2, 2020
OneTen Cycles
Mendota Heights, MN

2020 Resolution River Rumble-January 4, 2020
Cedar Public Water Access Site (under HWY 77 bridge)
Eagan, MN
30, 20, 10 miles

CARS Bike Shop Trainer Rides-January 5, 2020
CARS Bike Shop
Mounds View, MN

Framed Bikes Pre-Loppet-January 5, 2020
The Trailhead at Theodore Wirth Park
Minneapolis, MN
17, 8 km
Online Registration

Fall/Winter Commuter Progressive Dinner/Brew Ride-January 7, 2020
Rochester, MN

Commute Cruise n Coffee-January 8, 2020
Venture North Bike Walk & Coffee
Minneapolis, MN

Life Wellness Group Rides - Wednesdays-January 8, 2020
Life Wellness Center
Lakeville, MN

Rolling Fatties with Ambrose and Rich-January 9, 2020
Now Bikes-St. Paul
St. Paul, MN

Winter 2020 Indoor Training-January 9, 2020
OneTen Cycles
Mendota Heights, MN

Grease Rag January Full Moon Ride: Light Up Party-January 10, 2020
Minneapolis, MN

Freezer Burn Fatbike Race-January 11, 2020
Springvale County Park
Cambridge, MN
18, 12, 6 miles

Frozen Feat Fat Bike Ride-January 11, 2020
LaFave Park
Thief River Falls, MN
Online Registration

Norpine Fat Bike Classic-January 11, 2020
Cascade Lodge
Lutsen, MN
26, 15 miles
200 racer cap
Facebook Page
Online Registration

QBP Fat Bike Rennet-January 11, 2020
Highland Park Reserve
Bloomington, MN
25k, 10k
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration

St. Croix 40 Winter Ultra-January 11-12, 2020
St. Croix State Park
Hinckley, MN
40 miles
Facebook Page
Online Registration

Winter Trails Day 2020-January 11, 2020
Fort Snelling State Park
St. Paul, MN
Online Registration

CARS Bike Shop Trainer Rides-January 12, 2020
CARS Bike Shop
Mounds View, MN

Fall/Winter Commuter Progressive Dinner/Brew Ride-January 14, 2020
Rochester, MN

Commute Cruise n Coffee-January 15, 2020
Venture North Bike Walk & Coffee
Minneapolis, MN

Life Wellness Group Rides - Wednesdays-January 15, 2020
Life Wellness Center
Lakeville, MN

Rolling Fatties with Ambrose and Rich-January 16, 2020
Now Bikes-St. Paul
St. Paul, MN

Winter 2020 Indoor Training-January 16, 2020
OneTen Cycles
Mendota Heights, MN

Arctic Fat Fever Fat Bike Race-January 18, 2020
Lake Minnetonka
Excelsior, MN
Facebook Event Page
200 racer cap

Frozen Gnome Fat Tire Challenge-January 18, 2020
Barley John's Brewing Company
New Richmond, WI

CARS Bike Shop Trainer Rides-January 19, 2020
CARS Bike Shop
Mounds View, MN

Fall/Winter Commuter Progressive Dinner/Brew Ride-January 21, 2020
Rochester, MN

Commute Cruise n Coffee-January 22, 2020
Venture North Bike Walk & Coffee
Minneapolis, MN

Life Wellness Group Rides - Wednesdays-January 22, 2020
Life Wellness Center
Lakeville, MN

Rolling Fatties with Ambrose and Rich-January 23, 2020
Now Bikes-St. Paul
St. Paul, MN

Winter 2020 Indoor Training-January 23, 2020
OneTen Cycles
Mendota Heights, MN

Fatbike Frozen Forty-January 25, 2020
Elm Creek Singletrack
Champlin, MN
40, 30, 20, 10 miles
Facebook Page
Online Registration

Lake Harriet Kite Festival-January 25, 2020
Lake Harriet
Minneapolis, MN

Now Bikes Lake Elmo Fat Bike Demo-January 25, 2020
Lake Elmo Park Reserve
Lake Elmo, MN

CARS Bike Shop Trainer Rides-January 26, 2020
CARS Bike Shop
Mounds View, MN

Arrowhead 135-January 27-29, 2020
International Falls, MN
135 miles
Registration

Fall/Winter Commuter Progressive Dinner/Brew Ride-January 28, 2020
Rochester, MN

Commute Cruise n Coffee-January 29, 2020
Venture North Bike Walk & Coffee
Minneapolis, MN

Life Wellness Group Rides - Wednesdays-January 29, 2020
Life Wellness Center
Lakeville, MN

Freewheel Bike Fat Tire Sprint Relays-January 30, 2020
The Trailhead at Theodore Wirth Park
Minneapolis, MN
Online Registration

Rolling Fatties with Ambrose and Rich-January 30, 2020
Now Bikes-St. Paul
St. Paul, MN

Winter 2020 Indoor Training-January 30, 2020
OneTen Cycles
Mendota Heights, MN

February

Fired Up! Fat Bike Tour-February 1, 2020
The Jewel Golf Club
Lake City, MN
Facebook Event Page

Stupor Bowl 23-February 1, 2020
One on One Bicycle Studio
Minneapolis, MN

UHCCF Frosty Fat Tire Festival-February 1, 2020
Lafayette Club
Minnetonka Beach, MN
Online Registration

CARS Bike Shop Trainer Rides-February 2, 2020
CARS Bike Shop
Mounds View, MN

Freewheel Bike Fat Tire Loppet-February 2, 2020
Bde Maka Ska North Beach
Minneapolis, MN
37k
Online Registration

Freewheel Bike Fat Tire Puoli Loppet-February 2, 2020
Bde Maka Ska North Beach
Minneapolis, MN
18k
Online Registration

Freewheel Bike Fat Tire Tour-February 2, 2020
Bde Maka Ska North Beach
Minneapolis, MN
Online Registration

Fat Tire Monday Rides-February 3, 2019
KRP Visitors Center
Kensington, MN

Fall/Winter Commuter Progressive Dinner/Brew Ride-February 4, 2020
Rochester, MN

Commute Cruise n Coffee-February 5, 2020
Venture North Bike Walk & Coffee
Minneapolis, MN

Life Wellness Group Rides - Wednesdays-February 5, 2020
Life Wellness Center
Lakeville, MN

Rolling Fatties with Ambrose and Rich-February 6, 2020
Now Bikes-St. Paul
St. Paul, MN

Winter 2020 Indoor Training-February 6, 2020
OneTen Cycles
Mendota Heights, MN

45NRTH Whiteout-February 8, 2020
Cuyuna Country Recreation Area
Ironton, MN
30k, 20k, 10k
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration

Ham Lake Snow Bowl-February 8, 2019
Ham Lake Park
Ham Lake, MN
Facebook Event Page

CARS Bike Shop Trainer Rides-February 9, 2020
CARS Bike Shop
Mounds View, MN

Fat Bike Vasaloppet-February 9, 2020
Lake Mora
Mora, MN
40, 10 km
Facebook Page

Fall/Winter Commuter Progressive Dinner/Brew Ride-February 11, 2020
Rochester, MN

Commute Cruise n Coffee-February 12, 2020
Venture North Bike Walk & Coffee
Minneapolis, MN

Life Wellness Group Rides - Wednesdays-February 12, 2020
Life Wellness Center
Lakeville, MN

Rolling Fatties with Ambrose and Rich-February 13, 2020
Now Bikes-St. Paul
St. Paul, MN

Winter 2020 Indoor Training-February 13, 2020
OneTen Cycles
Mendota Heights, MN

Fat Bike Fun Race-February 15, 2019
Cleary Lake Regional Park
Prior Lake, MN
Online Registration

CARS Bike Shop Trainer Rides-February 16, 2020
CARS Bike Shop
Mounds View, MN

Fall/Winter Commuter Progressive Dinner/Brew Ride-February 18, 2020
Rochester, MN

Commute Cruise n Coffee-February 19, 2020
Venture North Bike Walk & Coffee
Minneapolis, MN

Life Wellness Group Rides - Wednesdays-February 19, 2020
Life Wellness Center
Lakeville, MN

Rolling Fatties with Ambrose and Rich-February 20, 2020
Now Bikes-St. Paul
St. Paul, MN

Winter 2020 Indoor Training-February 20, 2020
OneTen Cycles
Mendota Heights, MN

Becker Fat Bike Blitz-February 22, 2020
Pebble Creek Golf Club
Becker, MN
30 miles
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration

CARS Bike Shop Trainer Rides-February 23, 2020
CARS Bike Shop
Mounds View, MN

Fall/Winter Commuter Progressive Dinner/Brew Ride-February 25, 2020
Rochester, MN

Commute Cruise n Coffee-February 26, 2020
Venture North Bike Walk & Coffee
Minneapolis, MN

Life Wellness Group Rides - Wednesdays-February 26, 2020
Life Wellness Center
Lakeville, MN

Rolling Fatties with Ambrose and Rich-February 27, 2020
Now Bikes-St. Paul
St. Paul, MN

24 Hours of Wirth: Winter-February 28-29, 2020
The Trailhead at Theodore Wirth Park
Minneapolis, MN

Now Bikes Lake Elmo Fat Bike Demo-February 29, 2020
Lake Elmo Park Reserve
Lake Elmo, MN

March

CARS Bike Shop Trainer Rides-March 1, 2020
CARS Bike Shop
Mounds View, MN

Loppet Winter Triathlon-March 1, 2019
The Trailhead at Theodore Wirth Park
Minneapolis, MN
7 km ski, 15 km bike, 5 km run
Online Registration

Fall/Winter Commuter Progressive Dinner/Brew Ride-March 3, 2020
Rochester, MN

Commute Cruise n Coffee-March 4, 2020
Venture North Bike Walk & Coffee
Minneapolis, MN

Life Wellness Group Rides - Wednesdays-March 4, 2020
Life Wellness Center
Lakeville, MN

Rolling Fatties with Ambrose and Rich-March 5, 2020
Now Bikes-St. Paul
St. Paul, MN

Winter 2020 Indoor Training-March 5, 2020
OneTen Cycles
Mendota Heights, MN

CARS Bike Shop Trainer Rides-March 8, 2020
CARS Bike Shop
Mounds View, MN

Fall/Winter Commuter Progressive Dinner/Brew Ride-March 10, 2020
Rochester, MN

Commute Cruise n Coffee-March 11, 2020
Venture North Bike Walk & Coffee
Minneapolis, MN

Life Wellness Group Rides - Wednesdays-March 11, 2020
Life Wellness Center
Lakeville, MN

Rolling Fatties with Ambrose and Rich-March 12, 2020
Now Bikes-St. Paul
St. Paul, MN

Winter 2020 Indoor Training-March 12, 2020
OneTen Cycles
Mendota Heights, MN

Balsam Basher 20K Fat Tire Bike Race-March 14, 2019
Korkki Nordic Ski Center
Duluth, MN
20 km
Online Registration

Fastenal Parallel 45-March 14-15, 2020
The Trailhead at Theodore Wirth Park
Minneapolis, MN
Parallel 45 Cup (Fat Tire Sprint Race)-March 14
Snowball in Hell (Fat-tire BikeCross Race)-March 15
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration opens Winter 2020

CARS Bike Shop Trainer Rides-March 15, 2020
CARS Bike Shop
Mounds View, MN

Fall/Winter Commuter Progressive Dinner/Brew Ride-March 17, 2020
Rochester, MN

Commute Cruise n Coffee-March 18, 2020
Venture North Bike Walk & Coffee
Minneapolis, MN

Life Wellness Group Rides - Wednesdays-March 18, 2020
Life Wellness Center
Lakeville, MN

Rolling Fatties with Ambrose and Rich-March 19, 2020
Now Bikes-St. Paul
St. Paul, MN

Winter 2020 Indoor Training-March 19, 2020
OneTen Cycles
Mendota Heights, MN

CARS Bike Shop Trainer Rides-March 22, 2020
CARS Bike Shop
Mounds View, MN

Fall/Winter Commuter Progressive Dinner/Brew Ride-March 24, 2020
Rochester, MN

Commute Cruise n Coffee-March 25, 2020
Venture North Bike Walk & Coffee
Minneapolis, MN

Life Wellness Group Rides - Wednesdays-March 25, 2020
Life Wellness Center
Lakeville, MN

Rolling Fatties with Ambrose and Rich-March 26, 2020
Now Bikes-St. Paul
St. Paul, MN

Winter 2020 Indoor Training-March 26, 2020
OneTen Cycles
Mendota Heights, MN

30 Days of Biking: 2020 MSP Kickoff Ride-March 28, 2019
Brackett Park
Minneapolis, MN

Now Bikes Lake Elmo Fat Bike Demo-March 28, 2020
Lake Elmo Park Reserve
Lake Elmo, MN

Fall/Winter Commuter Progressive Dinner/Brew Ride-March 31, 2020
Rochester, MN

April

30 Days of Biking-April 1-30, 2020
Worldwide
Facebook Page

Life Wellness Group Rides - Wednesdays-April 1, 2020
Life Wellness Center
Lakeville, MN

30 Days of Biking: Thursday Ride Series-April 2, 2020
Surly Brewing Company
Minneapolis, MN

Rolling Fatties with Ambrose and Rich-April 2, 2020
Now Bikes-St. Paul
St. Paul, MN

Dickie Scramble-April 4, 2020
Tailgators
Elgin, MN
65-70 miles

Fall/Winter Commuter Progressive Dinner/Brew Ride-April 7, 2020
Rochester, MN

Life Wellness Group Rides - Wednesdays-April 8, 2020
Life Wellness Center
Lakeville, MN

30 Days of Biking: Thursday Ride Series-April 9, 2020
Surly Brewing Company
Minneapolis, MN

Rolling Fatties with Ambrose and Rich-April 9, 2020
Now Bikes-St. Paul
St. Paul, MN

Fall/Winter Commuter Progressive Dinner/Brew Ride-April 14, 2020
Rochester, MN

Life Wellness Group Rides - Wednesdays-April 15, 2020
Life Wellness Center
Lakeville, MN

30 Days of Biking: Thursday Ride Series-April 16, 2020
Surly Brewing Company
Minneapolis, MN

Rolling Fatties with Ambrose and Rich-April 16, 2020
Now Bikes-St. Paul
St. Paul, MN

Fall/Winter Commuter Progressive Dinner/Brew Ride-April 21, 2020
Rochester, MN

Life Wellness Group Rides - Wednesdays-April 22, 2020
Life Wellness Center
Lakeville, MN

30 Days of Biking: Thursday Ride Series-April 23, 2020
Surly Brewing Company
Minneapolis, MN

Miesville FiftySix-April 26, 2020
Jack Ruhr Stadium
Miesville, MN
56 miles

Life Wellness Group Rides - Wednesdays-April 29, 2020
Life Wellness Center
Lakeville, MN

May

Noteworthy Parking Lots of Minneapolis Bike Tour II: The Return-May 2, 2020
Kmart-Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN

Rick Anderson's 12th Annual Bike Sale-May 9, 2020
Superior Service Center
Apple Valley

Bike MS: Twin Cities Ride-May 17, 2020
Minneapolis, MN
45, 30, 15 miles
Facebook Event Page

Le Grand Du Nord-May 23, 2020
Grand Marais, MN
100+, 50+, 20 miles
Facebook Page
600 rider cap
Registration opens January 2, 2020


June

Tour de Pepin-June 6, 2020
Lake City, MN
100, 72, 50, 32 miles
Facebook Event Page

Running for Justice Bike-a-Thon-June 6, 2020
Lions Park
Big Lake Township, MN
100, 50, 20 miles, family ride
Registration open December 1st, 2019

Twin Cities Tour de Cure-June 6, 2020
Boom Island Park
Minneapolis, MN

Bike MS: MS 150 Ride-June 12-14, 2019
Century College
White Bear Lake, MN
Facebook Event Page

Sanford Tri For Health Youth Triathlon-June 12, 2020
Jackson County Central Senior High
Jackson, MN

Caramel Roll Ride -June 13, 2020
Lake Wobegon Trail
Albany, MN

Sanford Tri For Health Adult Triathlon-June 13, 2020
Jackson County Central Senior High
Jackson, MN

Trinona Kid's Triathlon-June 13, 2020
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Winona, MN
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration

Trinona Triathlon-June 13-14, 2020
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
Online Registration

Cuyuna Off-Road Triathlon-June 14, 2020
Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area
Crosby, MN
3 mile paddle, 8.5 mile mountain bike, 2.5-mile trail run
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration opens mid-January, 2020

Luce Line Loops Bike Ride-June 14, 2020
Crow River Winery
Hutchinson, MN
75k gravel grinder, 50, 25, 12 miles

Tour of Minnesota-June 19-26, 2020
Route TBD

Bike Bemidji: Loop the Lake Festival-June 20, 2020
Sanford Event Center
Bemidji, MN
17 miles

Lady Slipper Nature Ride-June 20, 2020
Lake Wobegon Trail
Avon, MN

Trans Mni Sota Makoce Wheel Race-June 20, 2020
St. Paul, MN
1,200 miles
Facebook Group
Registration

Lutsen 99'er-June 27, 2020
Lutsen Mountains
Lutsen, MN
99, 69, 39, 19 miles
Facebook Page
Online Registration opens November 28, 2019

Freedhem 76 Gravel Ride-June 28, 2020
Freedhem Store
Little Falls, MN
76, 46 miles
Online Registration

July

Great Scott 50 Classic Bike Ride-July 4, 2020
Lakefront Park
Prior Lake, MN
50, 25 miles
Facebook Page

Tour D'Amico-July 4, 2020
D'Amico & Sons
Golden Valley, MN
62, 41, 29, 21 miles

Watermelon Ride-July 4, 2020
Incarnation Lutheran Church
Shoreview, MN
52, 25, 15 miles

Timberman Triathlon-July 11, 2020
Sugar Lake Lodge
Cohasset, MN
Super Sprint: 264 yards/.15 mile swim, 5.5 mile bike 1.5 mile run
Sprint: 587 yards/ 1/3 mile swim, 11 mile bike, 3 mile run
International: 1760 yards/1 mile swim, 25 mile bike, 6 mile run
Facebook Event Page

Tour of Saints-July 12, 2020
College of Saint Benedict
Saint Joseph, MN
50, 35, 18 miles

Heck Epic-July 17-19, 2020
Two Harbors, MN
200+ miles
Facebook Page
150 rider cap
Registration opens January 2, 2020

Tour de Meeker-July 18, 2020
Meeker Memorial Hospital
Litchfield, MN
62.2, 50, 25, 15, 5 miles
Registration opens April 1,2020

Tri-Loppet Off-Road Triathlon-July 18, 2020
Bde Maka Ska North Beach
Minneapolis, MN
7 km paddle, 5.5 km run, 13 km mountain bike

Buzz Ryan Triathlon-July 19, 2020
Island Lake Park Pavilion
Island Lake, MN
Buzz: 500 yard swim, 10 mile bike, 2.5 mile run
Half-Buzzed:  250 yard swim, 5 mile bike, 1.25 mile run
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration

Tour de Bun Bike Classic-July 25, 2020
Memorial Park Stadium
Montgomery, MN
50, 35, 15 miles

Chisago Lakes Triathlon-July 26, 2020
Paradise Park
Chisago City, MN
Sprint: 1/4 mile swim, 22 mile bike, 3 mile run
Half: 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13 mile run
Half Aqua Bike: 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration

Bike MS: Ride Across Minnesota-July 26-31, 2020
Rochester, MN
5 day, 3 day ride
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration

August

Great River Energy Mesabi Trail Tour-August 1, 2020
Mesabi Trail
Northern MN
Routes TBD

Brewhouse Triathlon-August 2, 2020
Minnesota Power Pavilion at Island Lake
Duluth, MN
Short course: 0.5 mile swim, 12.4 mile bike, 3.1 mile run
Long course: 0.93 mile swim, 24.8 mile bike, 6.2 mile run
Exhibition wave swim: 250 meter swim, 12.4 mile bike, 3.1 mile run
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration

Root Beer Kids Triathlon-August 2, 2020
Minnesota Power Pavilion at Island Lake
Duluth, MN
Ages 6-8: 50 yard swim, 1.5 mile bike, 1/4 mile run
Ages 9-11: 100 yard swim, 2.5 mile bike, 1/2 mile run
Ages 12-14: 200 yard swim, 5 mile bike, 1 mile run
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration

Maple Grove Triathlon-August 21-22, 2020
Weaver Lake Park
Maple Grove, MN
International: .93 mile swim, 23 mile bike, 6.2mile run
Sprint: .47 mile swim, 11 mile bike, 3.1 mile run
Super Sprint: .25 mile swim, 5 mile bike, 3.1 mile run
Duathlon: 3.1 mile run, 11 mile bike, 3.1 mile run
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration

Minnesota Red Ribbon Ride-August 21-23, 2020
Minneapolis, MN
200 miles

La Crosse Area Bicycle Festival-August 28-31, 2020
La Crosse, WI
Facebook Page

Minnesota High School Cycling League Race #1-August 29-30, 2020
Brophy Park
Alexandria, MN

September

Hopkins Royal Triathlon-September 5, 2020
Shady Oak Beach
Minnetonka, MN
Sprint Course: 750 yd swim, 13 mile bike, 5k run
Mini-Sprint Course: 100 yd swim, 4.5 mile bike, 1.75 mile run

Minnesota High School Cycling League Race #2-September 12-13, 2020
Lake Rebecca
Rockford, MN

RideMN1-September 12-18, 2020
Breckenridge/Pelican Rapids/Wadena/Crosslake/Aitkin/Kathio State Park/Hinckley or St. Croix State Park, MN
302, 289 miles
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration opens February 1, 2020

Minnesota High School Cycling League Race #3-September 19-20, 2020
Summit Lake
Stone Lake, WI

Wild Ride Mountain Bike Festival-September 19, 2019
Lebanon Hills Mountain Bike Trailhead
Eagan, MN

Heck of the North-September 26, 2020
Two Harbors, MN
100+, 50+, 20 miles
Facebook Page
600 rider cap
Registration opens January 2, 2020

Minnesota High School Cycling League Race #4-September 26-27, 2020
Game Haven
Rochester, MN

October

Minnesota High School Cycling League Race #5-October 3-4, 2019
Detroit Mountain
Detroit Lakes, MN

Minnesota High School Cycling League Race #6-October 10-11, 2020
Spirit Mountain
Duluth, MN

Minnesota High School Cycling League Race #7-October 24-25,2020
Mount Kato
Mankato, MN

Minnesota High School Cycling League Season Finale-October 31-November 1, 2020
Mount Kato
Mankato, MN

November


December

Global Fat Bike Day-December 5, 2020
Worldwide

8/04/2019

2019 MN Cyclocross Events

Image Credit CX-MN Facebook Page

Cyclocross season has begun and to get riders prepped there are some practice sessions, a clinic and some non-sanctioned races coming up.  Below is a list in chronological order of races and other cyclocross events here in MN and just across the border.  Details for some of the races in this post may still be being worked out as their status with USA Cycling may be pending or in the permit process.

Image Credit: Gal Alon

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.

Tuesday Night NE Cyclocross practice-August 6, 2019
St. Anthony Park
Minneapolis, MN

Battle Creek Cross-August 12, 2019
Battle Creek Park
St. Paul, MN

CX Practice Rides 2019-August 14, 2019
Angry Catfish Bicycle Shop and Coffee Bar
Minneapolis, MN

FTW Cyclocross Clinic-August 18, 2019
Dowling Urban Environmental School
Minneapolis, MN

Battle Creek Cross-August 19, 2019
Battle Creek Park
St. Paul, MN

LOPPET CYCLE WORKS Cyclocross Clinics and Team Practice Sessions-August 20, 2019
The Trailhead at Theodore Wirth Park
Minneapolis, MN

Wednesday Night CX at Wirth Trailhead-August 21, 2019
The Trailhead at Theodore Wirth Park
Minneapolis, MN

Brookings Grass Crit Worlds Cyclocross-August 24, 2019
Pioneer Park
Brookings, SD
Online Registration

Triple C Women's Cyclocross Clinic-August 24, 2019
Friendly Hills Park
Mendota Heights, MN
Online Registration

LOPPET CYCLE WORKS Cyclocross Clinics and Team Practice Sessions-August 27, 2019
The Trailhead at Theodore Wirth Park
Minneapolis, MN

Tuesday Night NE Cyclocross practice-August 27, 2019
St. Anthony Park
Minneapolis, MN

Wednesday Night CX at Wirth Trailhead-August 28, 2019
The Trailhead at Theodore Wirth Park
Minneapolis, MN

Crust Cross-September 1, 2019
University of Minnesota Boathouse
Minneapolis, MN

LOPPET CYCLE WORKS Cyclocross Clinics and Team Practice Sessions-September 3, 2019
The Trailhead at Theodore Wirth Park
Minneapolis, MN

Tuesday Night NE Cyclocross practice-September 3, 2019
St. Anthony Park
Minneapolis, MN

Wednesday Night CX at Wirth Trailhead-September 4, 2019
The Trailhead at Theodore Wirth Park
Minneapolis, MN
Facebook Event Page

All-City Intercontinental Cyclocross Championships-September 7, 2019
The Trailhead at Theodore Wirth Park
Minneapolis, MN
Event Flyer
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration

Hub x Corpse Whale FTW ride to All-City Cyclocross Race-September 7, 2019
The Hub Bike Co-op-Minnehaha
Minneapolis, MN

Tuesday Night NE Cyclocross practice-September 10, 2019
St. Anthony Park
Minneapolis, MN

Wednesday Night CX at MN State Fair Grounds-September 18, 2019
Minnesota State Fair Grounds Grandstand
Falcon Heights, MN
Facebook Event Page

Wednesday Night CX at MN State Fair Grounds-September 24, 2019
Minnesota State Fair Grounds Grandstand
Falcon Heights, MN
Facebook Event Page

Gopher Cross-September 28-29, 2019
Zimmerman, MN
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration

Unofficial Milky Way Galaxy Fat Bike Cyclocross Championship-September 28, 2019
Zimmerman, MN
Online Registration

Upper Sherman CX-September 29, 2019
Sherman Park
Sioux Falls, SD
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration

Cyclocross Q&A with Sonia Pond, Kadence Petham + Ken Raiche-September 30, 2019
Freewheel Midtown Bike Center
Minneapolis, MN

Wednesday Night CX at Wirth Trailhead-October 2, 2019
The Trailhead at Theodore Wirth Park
Minneapolis, MN
Facebook Event Page

Donkey Cross-October 5, 2019
Baker Orchard
Centuria, WI
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration

Green Acres Premium Cyclocross-October 12-13, 2019
Green Acres Recreational Area
Lake Elmo, MN
Facebook Page
Facebook Event Page

Taco CX: *Femme/Trans/Women Cyclocross Course Preview Night-October 18, 2019
Moir Park
Bloomington, MN

Taco CX Bike Race & Otso Cycles Demo Day-October 19, 2019
Moir Park
Bloomington, MN
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration

Elmwood Forest CX-October 20, 2019
Elmwood Park
Sioux Falls, SD
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration

RevoX-October 26, 2019
Warner Park
Clearwater, MN
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration

Fulton Star Cross/Upper-Midwest Regional CX Championship-November 2-3, 2019
Lions Valley Place Park
Crystal, MN
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration

Star Cross *Femme/Trans/Women Cyclocross Clinic-November 2, 2019
Lions Valley Place Park
Crystal, MN
Online Registration

Croix Cross-November 9, 2019
Hudson Middle School
Hudson, WI
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration

Ham Lake Cyclocross Classic-November 10, 2019
Ham Lake Baptist Camp
Andover, MN
Online Registration

Karma Cross-November 16-17, 2019
Hansen Park
New Brighton, MN
Online Registration
Facebook Event Page

MN State Cyclocross Championships-November 23-24, 2019
Bassett Creek Park
Crystal, MN
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration

'Cross Fer Tots-December 1, 2019
Cambridge City Park
Cambridge, MN

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