3/05/2021

Tips for Cycling During the Transition to Spring

The months of March and April in Minnesota can present all kinds of weather for those that are itching to get out on the bike after a long winter.  These fluctuations can present some challenges to getting out and riding but can be overcome.  Over the years of riding during the "shoulder seasons" I have learned a few things that make the ride a little better and safer.  Below I will share with you some of my tips for cycling during this transition into spring.

With singletrack closed during the freeze/thaw cycle transition into spring, there are options to still ride. This time of year I like to take to the road whether it be gravel or paved. Road hazards are more plentiful than summer months so keep your eyes always scanning your line of travel. Those not comfortable with riding on the road may choose to stick to bike paths and paved trails. If so, use caution at crosswalks and intersections so motorists that aren't used to seeing cyclists this time of year see you.

This transition time of year can present numerous hazards in the roadway that need to be avoided. These can include snow, ice, sand, branches, leaves and litter. Scanning the roadway ahead of you will help you identify these hazards so an evasive maneuver can be safely executed. Dark and low light times require a headlight to help illuminate the roadway to see potential hazards in time. Adjust the headlight beam according your rate of speed so as not to overdrive the lit portion ahead of you.  Doing this will give more time to react when a hazard is identified. 

Ice can present a problem when riding in the morning or after dark as temperatures can dip below the freezing point.  What may appear like wet pavement may be a very thin layer of ice that can take a cyclist down.  I will usually end up walking my bike across the icy section if it is on an uphill or downhill and slowly roll across in a straight line unclipped from my pedals on flat sections.

Gravel roads are always popular with cyclists this time of year as they are a way to get in some saddle time while waiting for the singletrack to dry out.  They can be a little sloppy with snow melt and the occasional rain shower so you may want to strap on some fenders to keep from slinging limestone mud all over your backside.  These low traffic roads provide great scenery, elevation change and challenges like tackling the wind out in the open.  If you're looking to get your bike legs back after a long winter, gravel roads are a great place to start.

Weather can be all over the board in March and April so I follow the forecasts for the time I will be riding. Knowing the forecast will help you choose the proper apparel and be prepared for weather changes.  I never get caught off guard by a passing shower or other inclement weather changes because I will bring extra apparel just in case. I've had to break out my barrier jacket on numerous occasions to stay dry.

The months of March and April tend to have frequent windy days and having good wind resistant apparel will make your ride more comfortable. Wind can make 30°F feel more like 18°F (windchill index) so in addition to a windproof shell, additional layering may be required. I have windproof apparel pieces that cover core, legs, hands, feet, head and face to choose from for varying conditions. Cut the wind to cut the cold.

Temperatures during the shoulder season will determine the proper footwear and sock choices.  I always wear wool socks for the cold but they also help regulate temperature so if it warms up during a ride my socks will wick moisture and keep my feet comfortable.  I will wear a cyclocross style insulated boot until it is warm enough to break out the road shoes.  For those chilly morning or evening rides and when road conditions are wet I like to wear a pair of waterproof shoe covers to keep my feet warm and dry.  They can easily be removed and stored in a jacket pocket if temperatures rise where they are not needed.

I'm an advocate of daytime running lights and use them year round to be better seen by motorists. They are especially useful this time of year because motorists are not used to sharing the road with cyclists. Increase your odds of being seen by always using daytime running lights. 


Rain and melting snow snow will leave roads and paved trails wet and puddle laden. Fender use will help keep you dry and your cycling apparel clean on those days they are needed. Clip-on fenders are a good choice for those that don't want them on all the time. I carry an Ass-Savers fender in my frame bag so I have it handy in the unexpected event that I may need to use it. It's a minimalist rear fender that needs no tools to clip under my seat but does the job nicely at keeping my ass dry. 

The transition to spring can make your bike a little messy.  Road salt mixed with snow melt can wreak havoc on your bike's drivetrain and components so a good wash down after a ride in these conditions is recommended.  Sand and dirt on roads and trails is more prevalent this time of year so you may find your bike needs a wash more frequently than during the summer months.    

It appears we are going to get an early spring so break that bike out of its long winter slumber and get out there and ride.  Remember, there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing choices.

Central Lakes Trail
The Central Lakes Trail is a 55-mile trail 
that runs through the heart of 
west-central Minnesota 
from Osakis to Fergus Falls

2/06/2021

2021 Minnesota Gravel Events

Rural Minnesota is home to quite a few long standing gravel road races and in recent years many new events have started to become a yearly tradition with cyclists.  With varying terrain, minimum maintenance roads, elevation changes, great rural scenery and unpredictable weather in the Spring and Fall, these events are sure to be fun and challenging.  Some are free while others require registration fees.  Almost all are unsupported requiring the participants to be their own repair and support crew.


This year's calendar will include all types of  gravel races and rides from around the state and western Wisconsin.  Some of these have registration cutoff dates, have a rider cap, or more information and registration details that are yet to be announced.  Below is a list of all of the gravel events in Minnesota that I'm aware of in chronological order.  I will continue to update and add events to this post as they become available.  If you are a race or event organizer and would like your event listed here and on my 2021 Minnesota Bike Tours, Rides, Races & Events Schedule, please send me an e-mail.

*Due to the Covid-19 outbreak some events may have been cancelled, postponed or rescheduled.

February

Michael's Cycles-Prior Lake
Prior Lake, MN
25-35 miles

Thursday Night Gravel Rides-February 11, 2021
Michael's Cycles-Prior Lake
Prior Lake, MN
25-35 miles

Thursday Night Gravel Rides-February 18, 2021
Michael's Cycles-Prior Lake
Prior Lake, MN
25-35 miles

Dunn Brothers Coffee
Hugo, MN
24 miles

Thursday Night Gravel Rides-February 25, 2021
Michael's Cycles-Prior Lake
Prior Lake, MN
25-35 miles

Dunn Brothers Coffee
Hugo, MN
24 miles

March

Michael's Cycles-Prior Lake
Prior Lake, MN
25-35 miles

Dunn Brothers Coffee
Hugo, MN
24 miles

Michael's Cycles-Prior Lake
Prior Lake, MN
25-35 miles

Rosemount/Vermillion/Coates, MN
100, 50 mile, 50 km

Hugo Gravel Group ride-March 13, 2021
Dunn Brothers Coffee
Hugo, MN

Michael's Cycles-Prior Lake
Prior Lake, MN
25-35 miles

Hugo Gravel Group ride-March 20, 2021
Dunn Brothers Coffee
Hugo, MN

Keyboard Liquor Store
Chisholm, MN

Michael's Cycles-Prior Lake
Prior Lake, MN
25-35 miles

Hugo Gravel Group ride-March 27, 2021
Dunn Brothers Coffee
Hugo, MN

Giants Ridge
Biwabik, MN
19 miles

April

Brainerd Family YMCA
Brainerd, MN

Michael's Cycles-Prior Lake
Prior Lake, MN
25-35 miles

Veterans Memorial Park
Maple Plain, MN

Hugo Gravel ride-April 3, 2021
Dunn Brothers Coffee
Hugo, MN

Hugo Gravel ride-April 10, 2021
Dunn Brothers Coffee
Hugo, MN

Target Store Red-Wing
Red Wing, MN
35 miles

Ragnarök 105-April 10, 2021
Mississippi National Golf Course
Red Wing, MN
Postcard Registration open November 27-December 31, 2020
150 racer cap
Facebook Page

Hugo Gravel ride-April 17, 2021
Dunn Brothers Coffee
Hugo, MN

Earth Day Gravel Grinder-April 24-25, 2021
Everywhere/Northfield, MN
Any distance/EDGG Routes

Hugo Gravel ride-April 24, 2021
Dunn Brothers Coffee
Hugo, MN

May

LymeGrinder-May 1, 2021
Dunn Brothers Coffee
Hugo, MN
40+ miles

Emerge 2021-May 2, 2021
Alexis Bailly Vineyard
Hastings, MN

Hugo Gravel Westside ride-May 8, 2021
Location TBD
NW Metro, MN
100 km

L-M-L Bootleg-May 15, 2021
Walmart Supercenter
Lakeville, MN

Fernson Brewing Company
Sioux Falls, SD

GRVL DRMA 2-May 22, 2021
Location TBD
Minnesota
180 miles

Hugo Gravel ride-May 22, 2021
Dunn Brothers Coffee
Hugo, MN

Fernson Brewing Company
Sioux Falls, SD

Hugo Gravel ride-May 29, 2021
Dunn Brothers Coffee
Hugo, MN

Le Grand Du Nord-May 29, 2021
Grand Marais, MN
110, 54, 20 miles
Online Registration (Opens March 1, 2021)

June

Lake Park, MN
205 km, 105 km, 55 km

Spring Valley 100-June 5, 2021
Dunn Brothers Coffee
Hugo, MN
100+ miles

Fernson Brewing Company
Sioux Falls, SD

Lutsen 99'er-June 26, 2021
Lutsen Mountains
Lutsen, MN
99, 69, 39, 19 miles

Freedhem Store
Little Falls, MN
76, 46 miles

July

Zumbrota, MN
200 km

Zumbrota, MN
135 km

Bluenose Gopher 50-July 24, 2021
Bluenose Gopher Public House
Granite Falls, MN
50 miles

Sechler Park
Northfield, MN
50, 25, 7 miles, 74, 55 miles gravel

August

Gary, SD to Hager City, WI
480, 240 miles

Stillwater, MN
60, 40, 25, 10, 5 miles
80 mile St. Croix Gravel Challenge

The Wolf & The Fox-August 27-29
Two Harbors/Finland, MN
330, 120 miles

September

Heck of the North-September 25, 2021
Two Harbors, MN
100, 55, 20 miles

2021 Gravel Grovel!-September 26, 2021
Jack Ruhr Field
Miesville, MN
85 miles

October

Lake Park, MN
160 km, 100 km, 50 km

The Filthy 50-October 9, 2021
Lanesboro, MN
50, 24 miles
Online Registration opens June 20, 2021

City Parking Lot 
Shakopee, MN
100 km

Starbucks
Rosemount, MN
100 km

1/30/2021

Winter Fatbiking Tips for a Better Ride


Winter fatbiking has become more popular than ever over the last few years and has introduced many new cyclists to this cold weather sport.  Riding in the below freezing conditions is completely different than any other time of the year so I wanted to share some of what I have learned over the last eight seasons to make your ride experience better and more comfortable.  Whether your a seasoned winter rider or a newbie, there will be something in this post you can use.


There are a couple of things you can do to help your gloves keep hands warm on winter rides.  The cheapest of these is to get a pair of Sticky Fingers brake lever covers.  These silicone covers slide easily over the brake lever and can be cut for a custom fit.  With them in place there is no more grabbing an icy cold aluminum brake lever and they provide good sticky grip with gloves on.  Sticky Fingers are available in a variety of colors for $6.99/pair from Miles Wide Industries.


The second more expensive option is to swap out aluminum handlebars for the carbon fiber variety.  This was one of the first upgrades I made on my new Trek Farley this fall because of the cold weather that was fast approaching.  Carbon fiber is a poor conductor of heat and because of this lower conductivity those new carbon fiber bars won't be a heat sink on your hands.  The other plus is a smoother ride with the vibration damping they provide. 


Riding flat or clipless pedals in the winter has its pros and cons.  Some cyclists like the feeling of being connected to the pedals for better power transfer but clipless pedals can leave a rider unable to unclip in time to put a foot down in the event of a loss of traction.  Another issue common with clipless pedals is they can accumulate ice and snow making them difficult to clip in and out of.  This is why I like Crank Brothers Eggbeaters, there isn't a platform on these pedals for ice and snow to build up on making them very easy to clip and unclip from.  Others prefer flat, pinned pedals which make it really easy to put a foot down to stay upright and can be used with just about any pair of winter boots.  For those that prefer both, I recommend a hybrid pedal like Crank Brothers Double Shot.  I have been riding these pedals for several years now and really like having the choice of whether to clip in or ride the flat side.  I will switch back and forth depending on the terrain, presence of technical features and iciness of the trail.  This is also a great choice for those that want to learn to use clipless pedals without committing fully. 


My feet get cold easily due to poor circulation so I have spent a lot of time over the years working on the right boot/sock combinations for just about any temperature during a Minnesota winter.  It has led me accumulate a bin full of wool and synthetic sock and four pairs of cold weather cycling boots.    When getting ready for a ride I must consider  temperature, ride duration and weather conditions to best choose what I will be wearing.  For longer rides or during extreme cold my foot choices need a little help so I will opt for some chemical toe warmers to buy me some extra time and warmth.  These work great because they have an adhesive to keep them in place and actually help keep toes warm.  For more information on my footwear and sock choices see the "Foot" section of my post Dressing for Winter Riding: What Works For Me.


Keeping your head, neck and face warm without overheating can be a challenge but through some trial and error with different coverings and the proper helmet, this can be overcome.  Differing temperatures and the windchill index will dictate what coverings are needed to remain warm and dry.  For me, a snowboard helmet work better than a standard mountain bike helmet for regulating heat and keeping my ears warm.  I will combine this helmet with ski goggles, a beanie, balaclava or neck gaiter as the conditions demand to find the right balance of warmth without overheating.  Read the "Head" section of my article Dressing for Winter Riding: What Works For Me to learn more about my apparel and helmet choices.


There are a lot of tricks to keep drinking water from freezing on winter rides but the most effective method I have found is using vacuum insulated containers instead of water bottles.  I've been using vacuum insulated containers for four winters now and have never had the slightest issue with them beginning to slush up or freeze.  My container of choice is the Yeti Rambler 18 oz. because it fits so nicely into a standard water bottle cage and is easy to open with gloves on.  Read my article Ditch the Water Bottle and Go With Vacuum Insulated Containers for Winter Rides to see how they perform over extended periods of time in below freezing temperatures.

Winter trail conditions are constantly changing with the weather and your tire pressure should be adjusted to match for best traction, floatation and to prevent rutting of groomed trails.  Learning what pressures work best will take some trial and error but using a low pressure gauge like the one seen above is a great start.  A low pressure gauge will help familiarize you with how the tire feels (squish test) and floats at different low pressures and helps take the guess work out of it.  These can be found at local bike shops for around $15.  Visit my post Tire Gauges to Dial In the Right Pressure For Varying Riding Conditions to learn more about these gauges.


There has been a lot of discussion on social media of whether to drop the money on an expensive pair of studded tires or to just stick with unstudded ones and pressure down.  After eight seasons of winter riding in Minnesota and several bent derailleur hangers later, studded tires for me are worth every penny.  I have learned that if I want to ride all winter or venture out onto the lakes and streams, studded tires are a necessary part of fatbiking during Minnesota winters.  Temperature fluxuations and snowfall play a huge roll in how icy the trails can be and having studded tires will be a determining factor if you will be riding or not.  If you decide to go the studded tire route you can save a bunch of money by studding studable tires yourself.  This usually takes about 45 minutes a tire and gives you the option of installing flat, concave, crown or XL studs.  Visit your local bike shop or my sponsor, BIKESTUD.COM for more information and pricing.


When winter singletrack trails are closed due to warm temperatures or grooming efforts there are still plenty of opportunities to get in a ride.  Some of my favorite spots to hit include frozen bodies of water like lakes, backwaters, swamps and small creeks.  Other land based alternatives I like to ride bring me to beaches along rivers, following deer trails in the woods and on the local plowed, paved trails.  For more information on some of these read my article Alternative Winter Fatbike Riding Opportunities.

Before heading to the local singletrack you may want to check for closures and trail conditions.  Having this information can save you a trip if the trail is closed due to freeze/thaw cycles or grooming efforts. It will also help you make an informed decision on the right tire pressure for the conditions.  Freshly groomed trails may require you to pressure down significantly to prevent ruts or you may have to add some pressure to your tires for hard packed trails.  If the trails are icy you may want to ride with studded tires for increased traction.  For a listing of trail conditions resources visit my article Fatbike Trail Condition Resources for Freeze/Thaw Season.


Washing your bike in winter does present some challenges but is necessary to remove ice, mud and especially road salt that can wreak havoc on your components.  One trick I've learned over the years is to use a pressurizable weed sprayer and fill it with warm water to rinse off the bike.  On warmer days I will do this out in the driveway making sure I cover the area with salt after I'm done to prevent an ice patch.  When it is too cold to wash my bike outside I will bring it in the garage and use a tub or low profile washing machine tray to catch the water, mud and ice.  When my wife isn't home I have been known to remove the wheels and bring the bike inside to wash the frame and wheels separately in the bath tub.  Another good place to wash your bike indoors is in an unfinished utility room that has a floor drain to catch all the runoff.  Keeping your bike clean in the winter will not only make it look nicer but could potentially save you a bunch of money in replacement parts and labor.


Riding with a frame bag is a great option in the winter for carrying items you may need along the trail.  I will usually carry my tool kit, a spare pair of gloves or some other apparel items in the event of changing weather conditions.  To keep my bag firmly in place without sliding around and to prevent rub wear on my bike's paint job I use self-fusing silicone tape at all the strap points.  This stuff really works, is easily to install and available from Amazon for around $13 a roll.  

12/04/2020

Field Tested Gifts for Cyclists

When it comes to cycling gear and accessories I'm always looking for something new that is functional and improves my ride.  I have field tested a lot of products over the years and found items that worked great and others that didn't.  This post will highlight some products that met or exceeded my expectations and would make great gifts for the cyclist (or yourself) on your holiday shopping list.

Knog Oi Bell


After using other bells in the past on my mountain bikes I wanted one that would fit stealthily on my bars.  The Knog Oi Bell fit the bill perfectly.  I could install it neatly seated between my brake lever and dropper post lever so that it isn't very noticeable, that is until I ring it.  This bell has a loud tone and resonates nicely to alert others of an approach or overtaking.  The Knog Oi Bell comes in two sizes, Small for 22.2mm bars (pictured above) and Large for 23.8 – 31.8mm bars.  Installation is easy and handlebar cables aren't a problem with a built into the mount cable management system.  Knog Oi Bells come in numerous colors, Classic (shown), Luxe and Limited Edition models.  The Classic is available at local bike shops, online retailers and has an MSRP of $19.99.

Revelate Designs Hoppper Frame Bag

When I saw that Revelate Designs had come out with a new frame bag that would fit most bikes and allow me to still have a bottle cage in my main triangle, I had to have one.  Not only does the Hopper Frame Bag fit smaller frames but also many full-suspension frames with a vertically mounted shock.  There are no zippers on this bag but rather an adjustable magnetic closure that can easily be accessed with one hand.  This single compartment, 4 Liter bag is made with Dimension Polyant VX-21 with abrasion resistant finish, 420-denier diamond ripstop lining and closed-cell foam making it very durable and water resistant.  It is a great bag for storing a tool/flat kit and still has plenty of room for snacks and even a windbreaker.  Accessing bag contents while riding is very easy with the large opening flap and closing it securely is even easier.  Visit the Revelate Designs website for a sizing chart and printable full size PDF pattern.  Makes a great gift for any mountain biker or fatbiker.  Available from Revelate Designs and your local bike shop for $79.

Fix It Sticks Ratcheting T-Way Wrench

with Locking Hex Drive

I've always carried a set of the Original Fix It Sticks in my on-bike tool kit and have used them regularly for small jobs working on bikes in my shop.  Since Fix It Sticks came out with the newest version of their Ratcheting T-Way Wrench I've switched over and it's now my compact multi-tool of choice.  The Fix It Sticks Ratcheting T-Way Wrench with Locking Hex Drive accepts any standard 1/4" bit and holds them securely with magnets on all three ends.  The spring loaded magnetic locking collar makes this multi-tool configurable to get into tight places and breaks down for more compact storage on the bike.  The reversible ratchet makes quick work of shop and trailside repairs or adjustments.  Pair it with a Mounting Bracket, T-Way Case or Chain Breaker for a great gift that is sure to get used.  Available from Fix It Sticks for $48. 

EverClear Frame Protector


I have been using EverClear Frame Protector on my bikes for years.  It's the perfect solution to help keep your frame's paint job looking brand new.  EverClear comes in 2″ x 60″ 12M (MicroMeters) thick rolls in Matte or Glossy for $13.99/roll.  The EverClear Frame Protector Sheet works great for larger areas and custom cut pieces and is available for $19.99.  The sheet comes in a 2' x 8" strip that is  8M (MicroMeters) thick.  I've used the sheet for protecting areas bikepacking bags come in contact with my frame and to protect the finish on crank arms.  Never leaves a gluey residue.

Anker PowerCore Essential 

20000mAh Power Bank

For the cyclist on your list that is a long distance rider, bikepacker or commuter, the Anker PowerCore Essential 20000mAh Power Bank has enough energy stored in a cell phone sized package to last you for days.  This ultra-high capacity battery bank has the power to charge an iPhone or Android phone up to five times.  It features twin USB ports so charging a cell phone and cycling computer at the same time won't be a problem.  With a combined output of 15W, this power bank charges devices quickly.  While it doesn't come with a wall charger, I added a 20W USB C Fast Charger ($13.99) and a USB C to USB C Cable, 60W Type-C PD Fast Charging Cord ($7.99) to charge the power bank in half the time (10 hours) as using a 5W wall charger with the included Micro USB cable.  The Anker PowerCore Essential 20000mAh Power Bank is available in black or white from Amazon for $49.99.

Lezyne Tubeless Kit

Many mountain/fat bikers are now riding tubeless tires on their bikes for quick sealing of punctures and to run lower tire pressures without the risk of pinch flats common with using tubes.  But not all of them carry a plug kit for larger punctures that sealant can't seal up.  This is why I recommend those running tubeless to always carry a tire plug system.  I've had to use mine several times now and it saved the ride from becoming a long walk of shame back to the start.  After using a couple of different models I settled on the Lezyne Tubeless Kit because of its small size, ease of use and the storage tube that holds the plugs doubles as a handle.  This kit has become a staple in my on-bike tool kit for all of my bikes.  The large sized plugs work best on mountain and fatbike tires so I also purchased some Genuine Innovations Sides of Bacon from my local bike shop so I could use it with my gravel/commuter bike tires.  Available from Lezyne and local bike shops for $19.99. 

GoPro Hero 9 Black

When GoPro released their latest Hero 9 Black Edition with a bunch of new improvements making it their best camera ever, I knew it was time to upgrade.  I have had a couple of months play around with all of the features and WOW, the video and photos are amazing.  New on the Hero 9 is a video front display, pro-quality 20MP photos, up to 5K video resolution, 30% more battery life and GoPro's most advance stabilization ever with HyperSmooth 3.0.  Other features include 8x slo-mo, TimeWarp 3.0, Hindsight to capture footage before you start recording, Live Burst, Scheduled Capture, Duration Capture and HyperSmooth video live streaming.  

If you have a commuter, mountain biker or roadie on your list, they would love to get this feature packed new camera.  The Hero 9 Black Edition is available from GoPro and GoPro retailers for $449.  If you act while GoPro has their Holiday Sale going on you can pick up this camera for $50 off and it includes a 32 GB MicoSD card and Camera Case.  Save $200 with their Holiday Sale Bundle which comes with a Magnetic Swivel Clip, Spare Battery, Floating Hand Grip, 32GB MicoSD Card, Camera Case and a one year subscription to GoPro which includes unlimited cloud storage in full resolution, total camera replacement and up to 50% off of GoPro gear, mounts and accessories.

11/12/2020

2020 MN Global Fat Bike Day Events

Image Credit: Design by Chris Daisy Art & Design

Global Fat-Bike Day is a worldwide grassroots campaign that started nine 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 5th 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.

*Due to the Covid-19 pandemic some events may be cancelled, postponed or rescheduled.


Big Ring Flyers are hosting their yearly Global Fat Bike Day ride from UW Wanderoos in Amery, WI at 10:00 am.  This will be a casual 14 mile ride on the Stower Seven Lakes State Trail.

Gather in the UW Wanderoos parking lot for a 10am departure to the Stower Seven Lakes Trail, heading to west end point and back. About 14 miles, SOCIAL ride, not a cardio event. This is NO DROP and open to all. Please invite friends and family. Respect the pace of the group.


Trailhead Cycling in Champlin has changed their Global Fat Bike Day COVID Re Brand ride to be in compliance with the Governor's Covid-19 Executive Order.  See new details below. 

In respectful response to MN's COVID Restrictions we are Re-Branding our Global Fat Bike Day Event from a public group event to a PRIVATE Ride. Use Saturday December 5th as a day to take your fat bike for a solo or small (less than 6) group ride - post pics; share @trailheadbike for all of us to enjoy. 
So to be absolutely clear on this:
NO Large Group Rides. No Meeting at Trailhead Plymouth or Champlin. Do your own thing and know we are thinking of you....Folks, this is just what we have to do. Stay Safe.


Trailhead Cycling in Plymouth has changed their Global Fat Bike Day COVID Re Brand ride to be in compliance with the Governor's Covid-19 Executive Order.  See new details below. 

In respectful response to MN's COVID Restrictions we are Re-Branding our Global Fat Bike Day Event from a public group event to a PRIVATE Ride. Use Saturday December 5th as a day to take your fat bike for a solo or small (less than 6) group ride - post pics; share @trailheadbike for all of us to enjoy.
So to be absolutely clear on this:
NO Large Group Rides. No Meeting at Trailhead Plymouth or Champlin. Do your own thing and know we are thinking of you....Folks, this is just what we have to do. Stay Safe.


Canceled

Micheal's Cycles hosts their yearly Global Fatbike Day Ride! out of their Chaska shop from 9:00 am to noon for a ride through Louisville Swamp.

Free donuts and coffee + playing bikes in the snow = one rad global fatbike day. 

Meet at Michael's Cycles in Chaska at 9 am. We'll provide breakfast and then our ambassadors will lead rides through the Louisville Swamp. We'll have multiple routes of up to 20 miles, so choose your own adventure. Feet cold? Warm up by the BONFIRE we'll have. 

All are welcome. We love seeing new riders. Please sign the online waiver before the ride, under "Events" at www.https://www.michaelscycles-mn.com/.


Postponed

Gear West celebrates Global Fat Bike Day with their International Fat Bike Day Ride at Lake Rebecca Singletrack in Rockford at 9:00 am. 

Come Celebrate International Fat Bike Day with Gear West! 

Free Group Ride! 
Free Donuts!  
Free Coffee! 
Register for a chance to win a Give Away! 

When - Saturday December 5th @ 9am 
Where - Lake Rebecca Singletrack Trail  
Why - It's International Fat Bike Day, and there's free coffee and donuts.
Who - Gear West and all others welcome! 
How - sign up at gearwest.com/international-fat-bike-day/ so we can keep track of everyone who is coming and get you register for a sweet giveaway! 
What - Free Fat Bike Ride!

10/12/2020

2021 Minnesota Bike Tours, Rides, Races & Events Schedule


The 2021 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.

*Due to the Covid-19 pandemic some events may be cancelled, postponed or rescheduled.

January

Casperson Boat Launch-77 Bridge
Eagan, MN

Michael's Cycles-Chaska
Chaska, MN

Father Hennepin Park
Minneapolis, MN

Monday MTB Group Rides-January 4, 2021
Various Locations
Chaska, MN

Laurentian Divide Superior National Forest Historical Marker
Virginia, MN

Michael's Cycles-Prior Lake
Prior Lake, MN
25-35 miles

Weekly Zwift Ride-January 7, 2021
Online

Fat Bike Rennet-January 9, 2021 Canceled
Highland Park Reserve
Bloomington, MN
25k, 10k
Online Registration (Opens 10/1/20)

Michael's Cycles-Chaska
Chaska, MN

City of Lakes Pre-Loppet-January 10, 2021
The Trailhead at Theodore Wirth Park
Minneapolis, MN
17, 8 km

Monday MTB Group Rides-January 11, 2021
Various Locations
Chaska, MN

Michael's Cycles-Prior Lake
Prior Lake, MN
25-35 miles

Weekly Zwift Ride-January 14, 2021
Online

45th Parallel Spirits
New Richmond, WI

St. Croix 40 Winter Ultra-January 16-17, 2021 Canceled
St. Croix State Park
Hinckley, MN
40 miles

Michael's Cycles-Chaska
Chaska, MN

Theodore Wirth Park
Minneapolis, MN
17 km

Monday MTB Group Rides-January 18, 2021
Various Locations
Chaska, MN

Bloomington Ferry Unit Parking Lot
Bloomington, MN

Michael's Cycles-Prior Lake
Prior Lake, MN
25-35 miles

Weekly Zwift Ride-January 21, 2021
Online

Fatbike Frozen Forty-January 23, 2021
Elm Creek Park Reserve
Champlin, MN
40, 30, 20, 10 miles

Norpine Fat Bike Classic-January 23-31, 2021
Cascade Lodge and Restaurant
Lutsen, MN

Michael's Cycles-Chaska
Chaska, MN

Stillwater Fat Bike Rally-January 23-24, 2021
Brown's Creek State Trailhead
Stillwater, MN
10 miles

Great Bear Ski Valley
Sioux Falls, SD

FAT Ride-January 24, 2021
Tioga Recreation Area
Cohasset, MN

Arrowhead 135-January 25-27, 2021 Canceled
International Falls, MN
135 miles
Registration (Opens 10/10/20)

Monday MTB Group Rides-January 25, 2021
Various Locations
Chaska, MN

Fat Tuesday Fat Bike Ride-January 26, 2021
Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails
Ironton, MN

Michael's Cycles-Prior Lake
Prior Lake, MN
25-35 miles

Weekly Zwift Ride-January 28, 2021
Online

Michael's Cycles-Chaska
Chaska, MN

Isles Bun & Coffee
Minneapolis, MN

Bde Maka Ska North Beach
Minneapolis, MN
37 km

Bde Maka Ska North Beach
Minneapolis, MN
20 km

Bde Maka Ska North Beach
Minneapolis, MN

February

Monday MTB Group Rides-February 1, 2021
Various Locations
Chaska, MN

Bloomington Ferry Unit Parking Lot
Bloomington, MN

Michael's Cycles-Prior Lake
Prior Lake, MN
25-35 miles

Weekly Zwift Ride-February 4, 2021
Online

Cuyuna Country Recreation Area
Ironton, MN
30k, 15k

Tioga Recreation Area
Cohasset, MN

Freewheel Fat Tire Sprints-February 5, 2021 Canceled
The Trailhead
Theodore Wirth Park
Minneapolis, MN

Powder Keg-February 5-14, 2021
Lowes Creek County Park
Eau Claire, WI

FatBikeFest 12-February 6, 2021
Montiview Mountain Bike Challenge Course
Monticello, MN

Michael's Cycles-Chaska
Chaska, MN

Great Bear Ski Valley
Sioux Falls, SD

Hudson Bandshell
Hudson, WI

Online Event

Father Hennepin Park
Minneapolis, MN

Monday MTB Group Rides-February 8, 2021
Various Locations
Chaska, MN

Online Event

Thursday Night Gravel Rides-February 11, 2021
Michael's Cycles-Prior Lake
Prior Lake, MN
25-35 miles

Weekly Zwift Ride-February 11, 2021
Online

45NRTH Whiteout-Virtual Event-February 12-14, 2021
Cuyuna Country Recreation Area
Ironton, MN
30k, 15k

Fat Forest Fourteen-February 13, 2021
Tioga Recreation Area
Cohasset, MN
14, 7 miles

Michael's Cycles-Chaska
Chaska, MN

Tuthill Park
Sioux Falls, SD

Fat Bike Vasaloppet-February 14, 2021
Lake Mora
Mora, MN
30, 15 km

Monday MTB Group Rides-February 15, 2021
Various Locations
Chaska, MN

WOW (Women on Wheels) Ride-February 17, 2021
Bloomington Ferry Unit Parking Lot
Bloomington, MN

Thursday Night Gravel Rides-February 18, 2021
Michael's Cycles-Prior Lake
Prior Lake, MN
25-35 miles

Weekly Zwift Ride-February 18, 2021
Online

The Tauntaun-February 19-28, 2021
Upper Hixon Trails
La Crosse, WI

Laurentian Divide Superior National Forest Historical Marker
Virginia, MN

Dunn Brothers Coffee
Hugo, MN
24 miles

Pre-Game Fat Bike Ride-February 20, 2021
Birch's on the Lake Brewhouse & Supperclub
Long Lake, MN

Michael's Cycles-Chaska
Chaska, MN

Online Event

Frosted Fatty-February 21, 2021
Spirit Mountain
Duluth, MN

Powderhorn Park Playground
Minneapolis, MN

Monday MTB Group Rides-February 22, 2021
Various Locations
Chaska, MN

Laurentian Divide Superior National Forest Historical Marker
Virginia, MN

Thursday Night Gravel Rides-February 25, 2021
Michael's Cycles-Prior Lake
Prior Lake, MN
25-35 miles

Weekly Zwift Ride-February 25, 2021
Online

Sweaty Yeti Alt-February 26-28, 2021
Levis / Trow Mounds Trail
Neillsville, WI
60, 40, 20 miles

Dunn Brothers Coffee
Hugo, MN
24 miles

Michael's Cycles-Chaska
Chaska, MN

Winter Fat Bike Race Series #4 - Tuthill-February 27, 2021 Canceled
Tuthill Park
Sioux Falls, SD

Prior Lake Ice Ride-February 28, 2021
Charlie's on Prior
Prior Lake, MN

Redhead MTB Park
Chisholm, MN

March

Various Locations
Chaska, MN

Bloomington Ferry Unit Parking Lot
Bloomington, MN

Michael's Cycles-Prior Lake
Prior Lake, MN
25-35 miles

Weekly Zwift Ride-March 4, 2021
Online

Dunn Brothers Coffee
Hugo, MN
24 miles

Michael's Cycles-Chaska
Chaska, MN

Superior Municipal Forest
Superior, WI
5 km run, 5 km bike, 5 km ski

Various Locations
Chaska, MN

Online Event

Michael's Cycles-Prior Lake
Prior Lake, MN
25-35 miles

Weekly Zwift Ride-March 11, 2021
Online

Rosemount/Vermillion/Coates, MN
100, 50 mile, 50 km

24 Hours of Wirth: Winter-March 13-14, 2021
The Trailhead at Theodore Wirth Park
Minneapolis, MN

Vasaloppet Nordic Center
Mora, MN
36, 24, 12 km

Hugo Gravel Group ride-March 13, 2021
Dunn Brothers Coffee
Hugo, MN

Pine Valley Park
Cloquet, MN

Michael's Cycles-Chaska
Chaska, MN

STMA BMX
St. Michael, MN

The Trailhead at Theodore Wirth Park
Minneapolis, MN
7 km ski, 13 km bike, 5 km run

Monday MTB Group Rides-March 15, 2021
Various Locations
Chaska, MN

Online Event

Online Event

TBD
Twin Cities, MN

Michael's Cycles-Prior Lake
Prior Lake, MN
25-35 miles

Weekly Zwift Ride-March 18, 2021
Online

Hugo Gravel Group ride-March 20, 2021
Dunn Brothers Coffee
Hugo, MN

Michael's Cycles-Chaska
Chaska, MN

Monday MTB Group Rides-March 22, 2021
Various Locations
Chaska, MN

Online Event

Keyboard Liquor Store
Chisholm, MN

Michael's Cycles-Prior Lake
Prior Lake, MN
25-35 miles

Weekly Zwift Ride-March 25, 2021
Online

Minneapolis Convention Center, Hall E
Minneapolis, MN

Queen City Bakery
Sioux Falls, SD

Hugo Gravel Group ride-March 27, 2021
Dunn Brothers Coffee
Hugo, MN

Michael's Cycles-Chaska
Chaska, MN

Boom Island Park
Minneapolis, MN

Online Event

Monday MTB Group Rides-March 29, 2021
Online Event

Giants Ridge
Biwabik, MN
19 miles

Bloomington Ferry Trail Bridge
Bloomington, MN

April

30 Days of Biking-April 1-30, 2021
Worldwide

Brainerd Family YMCA
Brainerd, MN

Michael's Cycles-Prior Lake
Prior Lake, MN
25-35 miles

Gold Medal Park
Minneapolis, MN
8 miles

Weekly Zwift Ride-April 1, 2021
Online

Behind Bars Bicycle Shop
Minneapolis, MN

Mojo Monkey Donuts
St. Paul, MN

Spokengear
Two Harbors, MN

Veterans Memorial Park
Maple Plain, MN

Hugo Gravel ride-April 3, 2021
Dunn Brothers Coffee
Hugo, MN
50, 35 miles

 Michael's Cycles-Chaska
Chaska, MN

MTB Mondays-April 5, 2021
Various South Metro singletrack trails
Twin Cities, MN

2021 Season Town Hall-April 8, 2021
Minnesota Mountain Bike Series
Online Event

Weekly Zwift Ride-April 8, 2021
Online

A Bakers Wife
Minneapolis, MN

Hugo Gravel ride-April 10, 2021
Dunn Brothers Coffee
Hugo, MN

Target Store Red-Wing
Red Wing, MN
35 miles

Ragnarök 105-April 10, 2021
Mississippi National Golf Course
Red Wing, MN
Postcard Registration open November 27-December 31, 2020
150 racer cap
Facebook Page

 Michael's Cycles-Chaska
Chaska, MN

MN State Fairgrounds
Falcon Heights, MN

Kiwanis Trail Cleanup-April 11, 2021
Kiwanis Recreation Area - Mountain Bike Trails
Mankato, MN

MTB Mondays-April 12, 2021
Various South Metro singletrack trails
Twin Cities, MN

Velo du Nord Coffee & Wellness
Afton, MN

Bike Swap-April 14-18, 2021
Valley Bike and Ski
Apple Valley, MN

Bloomington Ferry Trail Bridge
Bloomington, MN

Fulton Social Series-April 15, 2021
Behind Bars Bicycle Shop
Minneapolis, MN

Weekly Zwift Ride-April 15, 2021
Online

Thirsty Whale Bakery
Minneapolis, MN

Hugo Gravel ride-April 17, 2021
Dunn Brothers Coffee
Hugo, MN

 Michael's Cycles-Chaska
Chaska, MN

Behind Bars Bicycle Shop
Minneapolis, MN
30 miles

MN State Fairgrounds
Falcon Heights, MN

Eagan Bike Park
Eagan, MN

MTB Mondays-April 19, 2021
Various South Metro singletrack trails
Twin Cities, MN

Minnesota High School Cycling League
Online Event

Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce
Sparta, WI

Fulton Social Series-April 22, 2021
Behind Bars Bicycle Shop
Minneapolis, MN

Weekly Zwift Ride-April 22, 2021
Rum River BMX
Isanti, MN

Earth Day Gravel Grinder-April 24-25, 2021
Everywhere/Northfield, MN
Any distance/EDGG Routes

Escape to Wisconsin-April 24, 2021
Stillwater HS
Stillwater, MN
119 km

Kingbird Coffee Shop
Brandon, SD
10 miles

Hugo Gravel ride-April 24, 2021
Dunn Brothers Coffee
Hugo, MN

Lakes Area BMX
Brainerd, MN

 Michael's Cycles-Chaska
Chaska, MN

Behind Bars Bicycle Shop
Minneapolis, MN

One on One Bicycle Studio
Minneapolis, MN

Boom Island Park
Minneapolis, MN

T.J. Hooligan's Pub & Grub
Prior Lake, MN

Bloomington Ferry Trail Bridge
Bloomington, MN

Fulton Social Series-April 29, 2021
Behind Bars Bicycle Shop
Minneapolis, MN

Weekly Zwift Ride-April 29, 2021
Sarah Jane's Bakery
Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis, MN

May

City Slickers-May 1, 2021
Dunn Bros.
Minneapolis, MN
200 km

Fat Fish Forty-May 1, 2021
Webster, WI
43 miles

LymeGrinder-May 1, 2021
Dunn Brothers Coffee
Hugo, MN
40+ miles

Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce
Sparta, WI

Emerge 2021-May 2, 2021
Alexis Bailly Vineyard
Hastings, MN

St. Croix Woolly-May 2, 2021
Woolly Bike Club
St. Croix Falls, WI

One on One Bicycle Studio
Minneapolis, MN

Behind Bars Bicycle Shop
Minneapolis, MN

Hudson, WI

Hugo Gravel Westside ride-May 8, 2021
Location TBD
NW Metro, MN
100 km

Dakota County Technical College
Rosemount, MN

Duluth, MN

Behind Bars Bicycle Shop
Minneapolis, MN

Pine Valley City Park
Cloquet, MN

Caribou Coffee
Apple Valley, MN
200 km

Caribou Coffee
Apple Valley, MN
300 km

Big Wood Brewery
White Bear Lake, MN
50, 25 miles

Red Trail Trailhead
Clifton, WI

L-M-L Bootleg-May 15, 2021
Walmart Supercenter
Lakeville, MN

Houston, MN
6.8 mile canoe, 7.9 mile bike, 3 mile run

The Lab - Brewery, Pilot Facility & Taproom
St. Paul, MN
40, 15 miles

Bluff Riders Charge-May 16, 2021
Mount Kato
Mankato, MN

Eden Prairie Community Center
Eden Prairie, MN
1,000 yard swim/2,500 meter row, 10 mile bike, 3 mile run

Long Lake Park
New Brighton, MN

Fernson Brewing Company
Sioux Falls, SD

Ride of Silence-May 19, 2021
Fawick Park
Sioux Falls, SD

One on One Bicycle Studio
Minneapolis, MN

Behind Bars Bicycle Shop
Minneapolis, MN

Dunham Park East Shelter
Sioux Falls, SD

Dunham Park East Shelter
Sioux Falls, SD
10-15 miles

Fleche Team Ride-May 21, 2021
Anywhere
360 km

Bike Fix-It Clinic-May 22, 2021
Columbia Heights Public Library
Columbia Heights, MN

Hugo Gravel ride-May 22, 2021
Dunn Brothers Coffee
Hugo, MN

GRVL DRMA 2-May 22, 2021
Location TBD
Minnesota
180 miles

Pop-Up Bike Shop-May 22, 2021
One Roof Community Housing
Duluth, MN

Sartell Middle School
Sartell, MN
Short Course: 5 km run, 15.5 km bike, 1 km run
Long Course: 5 km run, 33 km bike, 5 km run

Gamehaven Scout Reservation
Rochester, MN

Fernson Brewing Company
Sioux Falls, SD

Behind Bars Bicycle Shop
Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis, MN

Hugo Gravel ride-May 29, 2021
Dunn Brothers Coffee
Hugo, MN

Le Grand Du Nord-May 29, 2021
Grand Marais, MN
110, 54, 20 miles
Online Registration (Opens March 1, 2021)

West Union, IA
200-600 km

June

Fernson Brewing Company
Sioux Falls, SD

One on One Bicycle Studio
Minneapolis, MN

Behind Bars Bicycle Shop
Minneapolis, MN

Caribou Coffee
Apple Valley, MN
200 km

Caribou Coffee
Apple Valley, MN
300 km

Caribou Coffee
Apple Valley, MN
400 km

Lake Park, MN
205 km, 105 km, 55 km

Family Ride Event-June 5, 2021
Detroit Mountain Recreation Area
Detroit Lakes, MN

Spring Valley 100-June 5, 2021
Spring Valley, MN
102 miles

Dunn Brothers Coffee
Hugo, MN
100+ miles

Tour de Pepin-June 5, 2021
Lake City, MN
100, 72, 50, 32 miles

Buffalo Triathlon-June 6, 2021
Sturges Park
Buffalo, MN
Olympic Course: .9 mile swim, 24.4 mile bike, 6.2 mile run
Sprint Course: 1/4 mile swim, 12.25 mile bike, 3.1 mile run

Detroit Mountain
Detroit Lakes, MN

Fernson Brewing Company
Sioux Falls, SD

Fulton Social Series-June 10, 2021
Behind Bars Bicycle Shop
Minneapolis, MN

Jackson County Central Senior High
Jackson, MN
Beginner Course: 150m pool swim, 9 mile bike, 2 mile run
Sprint Course: 300m pool swim, 12.3 mile bike, 3.1 mile run

Tour of the Driftless-June 11-13, 2021
Richland Center, WI
1000 km

Century College
White Bear Lake, MN
Century College to Grand Casino Hinckley (75 miles)

Caramel Roll Ride -June 12, 2021
Lake Wobegon Trail
Albany, MN

Frederic, WI

Maple Grove Venues
West Salem, WI
Online Registration

Rush River Brewing
River Falls, WI
50, 25 miles

Bergsteiger Century-June 13, 2021
Maple Grove Venues
West Salem, WI
101, 55, 38 miles

Border Crossing-June 13, 2021
White Tail Ridge Corporate Park
River Falls, WI

Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area
Crosby, MN
3 mile paddle, 8.5 mile mountain bike, 2.5-mile trail run

One on One Bicycle Studio
Minneapolis, MN

Fulton Social Series-June 17, 2021
Behind Bars Bicycle Shop
Minneapolis, MN

Tour of Minnesota-June 18-25, 2021
Hastings, Lake City, Winona, Wabasha, Red Wing and back
Hastings, MN
345 miles

Sanford Event Center
Bemidji, MN
17 miles

Family Ride Event-June 19, 2021
Detroit Mountain Recreation Area
Detroit Lakes, MN

Lake Wobegon Trail
Avon, MN

Excelsior Commons
Minnetonka, MN
.5 mile swim, 15 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run

Huber Park
Shakopee, MN
100, 65, 37, 5 miles

Adams City Park
LeRoy, MN
70, 55, 40, 20, 4 miles

Bertram Blast-June 20, 2021
Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park
Monticello, MN

Railroad Park
White Bear Lake, MN
1,200 miles
Online Registration (Opens 12/6/20)

LCARC Duathlon & 5k-June 21, 2021
Lake Crystal Area Recreation Center
Lake Crystal, MN
3.1 mile run, 13 mile bike, 2 mile run

Fulton Social Series-June 24, 2021
Behind Bars Bicycle Shop
Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis, MN

Apple Valley Classic-June 26, 2021
Caribou Coffee
Apple Valley, MN
600 km

Average Jo Triathlon-June 26, 2021
Paul Miller Park
Perham, MN
1/3 mile swim, 12 mile bike, 4 mile run

Warner Lake County Park
Clearwater, MN
Sprint Course: .44 mile swim, 14.33 mile bike, 3.1 mile run

Lutsen 99'er-June 26, 2021
Lutsen Mountains
Lutsen, MN
99, 69, 39, 19 miles

Freedhem Store
Little Falls, MN
76, 46 miles

Lester Park Duluth-June 27, 2021
One on One Bicycle Studio
Minneapolis, MN

July

Behind Bars Bicycle Shop
Minneapolis, MN

Family Ride Event-July 3, 2021
Detroit Mountain Recreation Area
Detroit Lakes, MN

Lakefront Park
Prior Lake, MN
50, 25 miles

Tour D'Amico-July 4, 2021
D'Amico & Sons
Golden Valley, MN
62, 41, 29, 21 miles

Behind Bars Bicycle Shop
Minneapolis, MN

Zumbrota, MN
200 km

Zumbrota, MN
135 km

Timberman Triathlon-July 10, 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

Habitat 500: Bike @ Home-July 11-17, 2021
Virtual
500 miles

Tioga-July 11, 2021
Tioga Recreation Area
Cohasset, MN

Tour of Saints-July 11, 2021
College of Saint Benedict
Saint Joseph, MN
50, 35, 18 miles

One on One Bicycle Studio
Minneapolis, MN

Fulton Social Series-July 15, 2021
Behind Bars Bicycle Shop
Minneapolis, MN

Family Ride Event-July 17, 2021
Detroit Mountain Recreation Area
Detroit Lakes, MN

Walmart North Parking Lot
Rochester, MN
200 km

Rochester Money Creek-July 17, 2021
Walmart North Parking Lot
Rochester, MN
300 km

Tour de Meeker-July 17, 2021
Meeker Memorial Hospital
Litchfield, MN
62.2, 50, 25, 15, 5 miles

Fulton Social Series-July 22, 2021
Behind Bars Bicycle Shop
Minneapolis, MN

Todd Park
Austin, MN
100 miles

Bluenose Gopher 50-July 24, 2021
Bluenose Gopher Public House
Granite Falls, MN
50 miles

Golden Pancake-July 24, 2021
Speedway
Brooklyn Center, MN
200 km

Memorial Park Stadium
Montgomery, MN
50, 35, 15 miles

Bde Maka Ska North Beach
Minneapolis, MN
7 km paddle, 5.5 km run, 13 km mountain bike

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

One on One Bicycle Studio
Minneapolis, MN

Fulton Social Series-July 29, 2021
Behind Bars Bicycle Shop
Minneapolis, MN

Flèche-USA Team Ride-July 30-31, 2021
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson-Woodbury
Woodbury, MN
220 miles

Ride Across Wisconsin-July 30-August 2, 2021
La Crosse, WI to Green Bay, WI
225 miles

Minneapolis, MN

Family Ride Event-July 31, 2021
Detroit Mountain Recreation Area
Detroit Lakes, MN

Minnesota Discovery Center
Chisholm, MN
52, 24 miles

Sechler Park
Northfield, MN
50, 25, 7 miles, 74, 55 miles gravel

August

Brewhouse Triathlon-August 1, 2021
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

Fulton Social Series-August 5, 2021
Behind Bars Bicycle Shop
Minneapolis, MN

Spirit Mountain
Duluth, MN

Family Ride Event-August 7, 2021
Detroit Mountain Recreation Area
Detroit Lakes, MN

Lakeside Park
Big Lake, MN
Olympic Course: .9 mile swim, 24.6 mile bike, 6.2 mile run
Sprint Course: 1/3 mile swim, 15 mile bike, 3.1 mile run

Rail Trails 100-August 7, 2021
Fergus Falls, MN
100 miles

Tour de Tonka-August 7, 2021
Minnetonka, MN
100, 71, 62, 48, 36, 30, 16 miles

Duluth Powder Monkey-August 8, 2021
Spirit Mountain
Duluth, MN

SRC x MFF COMMUNITY RIDE-August 11, 2021
One on One Bicycle Studio
Minneapolis, MN

Fulton Social Series-August 12, 2021
Behind Bars Bicycle Shop
Minneapolis, MN

Apple Blossom Bike Tour-August 14, 2021
Abnet Field
La Crescent, MN
101, 61, 54, 31, 16 miles

Gary, SD to Hager City, WI
480, 240 miles

MN Ironman Bike Ride-August 14, 2021
Huber Park
Shakopee, MN

Stillwater, MN
60, 40, 25, 10, 5 miles
80 mile St. Croix Gravel Challenge

Fulton Social Series-August 19, 2021
Behind Bars Bicycle Shop
Minneapolis, MN

LAMBAT Handlebar Mixer-August 20, 2021
Detroit Mountain Recreation Area
Detroit Lakes, MN

Maple Grove Triathlon-August 20-21, 2021
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

Minnesota Red Ribbon Ride-August 20-22, 2021
Minneapolis, MN
200 miles

Bluff Land Tri-August 21, 2021
Creekside Park
Rushford, MN
3.1 mile run, 15.5 mile bike, 2.1 mile hike

Bridges, Bikes & Brews-August 21, 2021
3rd Act Craft Brewery
Woodbury, MN
100, 65, 38 miles

Family Ride Event-August 21, 2021
Detroit Mountain Recreation Area
Detroit Lakes, MN

Gooseberry Falls State Park
Two Harbors, MN
55, 34, 28, 8 miles

Mn Rando 600k-August 21, 2021
TBD

Dunn County Fairgrounds
Menomonie, WI
100 mile, 100 km, 60 km

YoungLife Triathlon-August 21, 2021
Detroit Lakes City Park
Detroit Lakes, MN
Long Course: 1½ km swim, 40 km bike, 10 km run
Sprint Course: 500 m swim, a 20 km bike,  5 km run

Cuyuna Lakes Crusher-August 22, 2021
Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area
Ironton, MN

SRC x MFF COMMUNITY RIDE-August 25, 2021
One on One Bicycle Studio
Minneapolis, MN

Fulton Social Series-August 26, 2021
Behind Bars Bicycle Shop
Minneapolis, MN

The Wolf & The Fox-August 27-29
Two Harbors/Finland, MN
330, 120 miles

WGWL Trailhead
Riceville, IA
86, 56, 40-50, 22 miles

Itasca County Fairgrounds
Grand Rapids, MN
48, 24 miles

Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Regional Park Reserve
Lino Lakes, MN
400 yard swim, 10 mile bike, 2 mile run

Paul's Bacon Ride-August 28, 2021
Paul Bunyan Trailhead DNR Parking Lot
Brainerd, MN
45 miles

Lakes Country Triathlon-August 29, 2021
Whipple Beach
Baxter, MN
1/4 mile swim, 14 mile bike, 3.2 mile run

September

Hopkins Royal Triathlon-September 4, 2021
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

Laddies Loppet-September 4-5, 2021
TBD

Caramel Apple Ride-September 11, 2021
Lake Wobegon Trail
Sauk Centre, MN

Tour Of Lakes-September 11, 2021
Brainerd, MN

RideMN1-September 12-18, 2021
East Grand Forks, MN
343 miles
Online Registration open February 1-May 31, 2021

North Star Bicycle Race-September 15, 2021
US Bicycle Route 41
St. Paul, MN
630 miles

Central Lakes Cycle
Fergus Falls, MN
20 mile bike, 4 mile run, 7 mile bike

Olcott Park
Virginia, MN
50, 26 miles

Ride the Ridges-September 18, 2021
Winona Middle School
Winona, MN
107, 106, 65, 43, 18 miles

Traffic Skills 101/Smart Cycling-September 24-25, 2021
Minneapolis, MN

Fulton Gran Fondo-September 25, 2021
Fulton Beer
Minneapolis, MN
104, 50, 19 miles

Heck of the North-September 25, 2021
Two Harbors, MN
100, 55, 20 miles

Fall de Tonka-September 26, 2021
Minnetonka Community Ed
Excelsior, MN
28, 18 miles

2021 Gravel Grovel!-September 26, 2021
Jack Ruhr Field
Miesville, MN
85 miles

October

Lakes and Leaves-October 2, 2021
Hopkins, MN
200 km

Lake Park, MN
160 km, 100 km, 50 km

The Filthy 50-October 9, 2021
Lanesboro, MN
50, 24 miles
Online Registration opens June 20, 2021

City Parking Lot 
Shakopee, MN
100 km

Baker's Wife Bakery 
Minneapolis, MN
100 km

Hills of Wisconsin-October 23, 2021
Kwik Trip 
New Richmond, WI
200 km

Minneapolis, MN

Starbucks
Rosemount, MN
100 km

November

The "Pie Burner" Thanksgiving Weekend FatBike Ride-November 27, 2021
Palmers Tavern
Hibbing, MN

December

Global Fat Bike Day-December 4, 2021
Worldwide

Central Lakes Trail
The Central Lakes Trail is a 55-mile trail 
that runs through the heart of 
west-central Minnesota 
from Osakis to Fergus Falls
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