5/14/2021

Twin Cities Area Weekly Group Rides

We are now beginning to see the return of weekly group bike rides of all kinds for the spring and summer months.  These Twin Cities area rides include mountain biking, gravel, road and trail that recur on specific days of the week.  Check website and Facebook links provided for more information and locations as some ride details may change from week to week.  I will continue to update this post as more group rides become available. 

Monday


Michael's Cycles has started their MTB Mondays which visits various trail systems in the South Metro area.  Rides start at 6:00 pm and continue through September 27th.  Check the Facebook event page for weekly updates and ride locations.

Join us for a weekly ride that will rotate to different south metro singletrack trails. We will post the location the week of each ride.
We do ask that riders bring spare tube/CO2 for emergencies. Bring water and snacks if needed. Helmets are required.
Please fill out a waiver online under "events" at www.michaelscycles-mn.com.


The Great Scott Cycling Club holds their Monday Club Ride at at 6:15 PM (6:00 PM starting in late August) from Michael's Cycles in Prior Lake through late September.  Membership is required for club rides.  Dues are $20 for a single membership or $35 for a household.  Visit their ride calendar for information on ride groups, routes and distances.  Weekly updates can also be found on their Facebook page.


Erik's hosts their weekly Eagan Easy Riders from their Eagan shop at 6:00 pm through September 13th.  Visit their Events Calendar and the Erik's Riders Club Facebook page for more details and weekly updates.

Interested in taking your cycling routine up a notch? Want to get more comfortable riding with a group without getting left behind? Then this is the ride for you! Join Pat and Nancy for a no-drop, scenic and social ride averaging 12-15 mph (paced by the comfort level of the group). Typically we start at the shop and make our way down to Minnehaha Falls for a quick break and then back. Guaranteed to cure any case of "The Mondays"!
 
Based on group interest, we will be changing the route up from week to week. Most weeks, we will ride the route indicated above, but riders also have the opportunity to choose a route that interests them!

Ride Details:
Approximately 17-22 miles
Road (All - Drop Bar and Flat Bar)
NO Drop Ride
Urban Roads and Paved Trails
12-15mph
Join ERIK'S Rider's Club on Facebook to stay updated on current and new rides:


Head to Maple Grove Cycling for their Monday Night "B+ / A-" Road Ride.  Ride departs the shop at 5:30 pm for about a 2.5 hour ride through mid-late September.  Visit the MGC Group Rides page and the MGC Facebook page for more details and weekly updates.

MONDAY NIGHT  " B+ / A- "  ROAD RIDE
Date: Late April (weather dependent) mid - late September. 
Time:  Mondays, 5:30 pm.     
Route: Primarily on public roads. 
Distance: 25-50 miles
Avg. Speed: B+ / A- , 19+ mph average
Terrain: Varied, flat, some hills
Est. Time: 2.5 hours
Ride Leader: Scot Bolland
Rider Experience: Should have prior group ride experience and appropriate fitness.


Freewheel Bike's Woodbury Monday Night Ride is back up and running through August 30th.  Ride departs at 5:30 pm every Monday from the Woodbury store for about a 30 mile ride. 

Join us at Freewheel Woodbury every Monday (weather permitting) at 5:30 PM for our Monday Night Woodbury Group Ride! This ride has a pace of 16-18 mph and will cover around 30 miles. This is a no-drop ride. Bring your helmet, lights, a water bottle, and your favorite mid-ride snack.
Route information can be found at: https://www.strava.com/clubs/470025
**There will not be a ride on Memorial Day.

Tuesday


Michael's Cycles in Prior Lake has started their Tuesday Night Gravel Rides which depart from the shop at 6:00 pm for a 2 hour ride on local gravel.  This weekly ride continues through September 27th.  Check the Facebook event page for weekly updates.

Join us Tuesday evenings as we take to the local gravel roads in the south metro. Route to be announced weekly. Rides leave from the Prior Lake Michael's Cycles. Mileage from 25-35 and pace will be 14-16 MPH. Typically break into 2 groups depending on turnout. Any bike that can handle majority of gravel and some road is suited for these rides. Please dress appropriate for the temps and bring necessary items to handle a flat on your bike.
Please wear a helmet and sign the online waiver before attending. You can find the waiver at www.michaelscycles-mn.com under "events."
Bring a mask and maintain 6 feet from other riders. If we have over 10 riders, we will split into 2 groups.


For peloton riders, Freewheel Bike's Fast and Furious Ride returns on Tuesday Nights at 5:30 pm from their Eden Prairie shop.  This 2.5 hour "A" ride will take riders along scenic roads in the west metro area.  Visit the Facebook event page for updates.

Our Fast and Furious Ride is back!!
We're meeting every Tuesday night at Freewheel Bike Eden Prairie at 5:30 PM for the Fast and Furious Ride! We will be breaking the ride into groups of 10-12 riders to keep the rides safe. We will also plan to have 2 group options to choose from: A “Fast” (22-24 avg mph) and “Not Quite As Fast” (20-22 avg mph). We'll hit the road for 45-55 miles of scenic views and rolling hills in the west metro.
This is a great ride to test your fitness and learn how to ride safely in a fast-paced group. Although this is a no-drop ride, come ready to push yourself!
Bring your road bike, a helmet, and join the Freewheel peloton! 


Ride scenic gravel roads around the Northfield area at the Cannon Valley Velo Club's Tuesday Night Gravel ride.  Rides depart Bridge Square at 6:00 pm.  Visit the Cannon Valley Velo Club Facebook page for more details and weekly updates.


Erik's hosts their weekly Endorphin Junkies B Group Ride from their Coon Rapids shop at 5:30 pm through September 28th.  Visit their Events Calendar and the Erik's Riders Club Facebook page for more details and weekly updates.

Come join Tim on fun and fast paced early evening ride! If you are looking to start pushing yourself beyond a casual ride, this may be the ride for you!

Our B ride is:
- No drop
- Pace-line ride
- Approx. 30 miles
- Typically have an average speed of 17-20mph
- This will be almost exclusively shoulder riding

We would highly recommend a drop bar road bike, some extra water, and nutrition to make things a bit easier. Should be a blast! Hope to see you there!

Join ERIK'S Rider's Club on Facebook to stay updated on current and new rides:


Maple Grove Cycling hosts their Tuesday Night "C" Fitness Road Ride from their shop.  Ride departs at 6:00 pm for about a 1.5 to 2 hour ride through mid-late September.  Visit the MGC Group Rides page and the MGC Facebook page for more details and weekly updates.

TUESDAY NIGHT " C " FITNESS ROAD RIDE
Date: Late April (weather dependent) mid-late September.
Time: Tuesday, 6 p.m.
Route: Primarily on public roads. 
Distance: 25-30 miles
Avg. Speed: " C " level, 16 -18 mph average
Terrain: Flat, few hills
Est. Time: 1.5-2 hours 
Ride Leader: Tod Eckberg or Chad Thomas
Rider Experience: Faster and longer than the recreational ride. Still accommodates newer riders building strength and endurance.

Wednesday


Life Wellness hosts weekly Wednesday night mountain bike group rides at various south metro area singletrack trails starting at 6:00 pm.  Visit the Life Wellness Group Rides Facebook page for more information, locations, weekly updates and cancellations due to weather.

These Fat Bike/Mt. Bike rides will rotate between south metro singletrack trails (Murphy, Lebanon Hills, West Lake Marion and River Bottoms) depending on conditions. We'll break into groups based on skill levels, so everyone enjoys the ride! This group ride is meant to build community. We’ll regroup a couple times on the trail then socialize afterwards. Meet & Greet: 6pm, Ride: 6:05ish.


For fast riders, Maple Grove Cycling hosts their Wednesday Night "A" Aggressive Road Ride.  Ride departs the shop at 5:30 pm for a 2 to 4.5 hour ride through mid-late September.  Visit the MGC Group Rides page and the MGC Facebook page for more details and weekly updates.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT " A " AGGRESSIVE ROAD RIDE
Date: Late April (weather dependent) mid-late September.
Time: Wednesday, 5:30 p.m
Route: Primarily on public roads.
Distance: 25-65 miles, depends on day light.
Avg. Speed: " A" level, 20 + mph average
Terrain: Flat and hilly, strenuous
Est. Time: 2-4.5 hours. Ride until sunset.
Ride Leader: Scot Bolland
Rider Experience: Prior group ride experience and appropriate fitness level.


Sociable Cider Werks begins their Bikes & Brews: Weekly Group Rides beginning June 2nd and continuing through September 1st.  Visit the Facebook event page for weekly updates.

Join us every Wednesday for a group bike ride! Wheels roll at 6pm (ride briefing at 5:50pm)and we’ll bike around for an hour or so and return to Sociable for some brews, bites and bops.
What to expect:
- 2 different paces, speedy + leisure
- Refreshing beverages
- Rockin’ tunes
- Good times


Ride to local breweries from Driftwood Park in New Brighton on Wednesday nights with Beer & Bikes.  Meet up is at 5:50 pm, roll out at 6:00 and return between 8:30 and 9:00.  Going on now through the end of October.  Visit Beer & Bikes calendar and Facebook page for weekly destinations and routes.

BEER & BIKES is a low-key, recreational cycling club based in the north metro area in Minnesota. From April to the end of October, we ride to different local breweries every Wednesday evening. Cyclists of all abilities and legal drinking age are welcome to ride with us! Our average pace is between 11 and 13 miles per hour, and generally adjust our riding speed for the differing abilities present.


The West Bank location of Freewheel Bike has started up their West Bank Wednesday Night Road Ride for the summer.  This no-drop ride leaves the West Bank shop at 6pm for a 25 mile ride.  Going on now through September 29th.

Every Wednesday night, meet us at Freewheel Bike West Bank for our weekly Wednesday night group ride! We’ll be rolling out at 6:00 PM for a 25-mile ride. This is a 15-17 mph, no-drop ride that will begin and end at our West Bank store.
Pack your helmet, light, and your favorite ride snacks.

Thursday


Fulton Racing and Behind Bars Bicycle Shop introduce the Fulton Social Series on Thursday nights now through August 26th.  Rides depart Behind Bars Bicycle Shop in Minneapolis at 6:00 pm for a 2 hour ride.  Visit the Facebook event page for more information and weekly updates. 

Fulton Racing cordially invites everyone to join us on our no-drop #FultonSocialSeries rides on Thursday nights from April 15 through August 26.
Each week, we will depart Behind Bars Bicycle Shop (208 13th Ave. NE) at 6:00 p.m. While we hope to end future rides at the Fulton taproom patio, our April rides will end at Behind Bars. Stay safe, get vaccinated, and we'll party later.
If you attend three rides, you’ll earn a free Fulton beer token!
Routes change weekly and will be published here before each ride. Rides will be around 1 ½ hours long, getting shorter as we lose daylight. Pace will be around 12-15 MPH. If you have questions about this, please DM us! All levels of riders and all types of bikes are welcome. Some weeks we may do a special event (skills clinic, etc.) in place of our regular ride.
Please wear a helmet during the ride and bring a lock, lights, and water. Dress appropriately for changing weather conditions. For the time being we also ask that you wear a mask while riding in close quarters with others.
IMPORTANT: If you plan to join for drinks after the ride, please RSVP to that week’s event so we can reserve enough space at the taproom. Be prepared to follow all COVID safety protocols required by the taproom.
Additionally, we ask that all participants be kind and respectful both on and off the bike. Respect the rules of the road, give space to other trail users, and do not ride in a risky manner. Respect participants' identities, pronous, and personal space. Sexist, racist, transphobic, homophobic, xenophobic, and ableist language/behavior won’t be tolerated.


The Great Scott Cycling Club holds their Thursday Club Ride at at 6:15 PM (6:00 PM starting in late August) from Michael's Cycles in Prior Lake through late September.  Membership is required for club rides.  Dues are $20 for a single membership or $35 for a household.  Visit their ride calendar for information on ride groups, routes and distances.  Weekly updates can also be found on their Facebook page.


Maple Grove Cycling hosts their Thursday Night "B/C" Sport Road Ride.  Ride departs the shop at 6:00 pm for a 1.5 to 2.5 hour ride through mid-late September.  Visit the MGC Group Rides page and the MGC Facebook page for more details and weekly updates.

THURSDAY NIGHT " B / C " SPORT ROAD RIDE
Date: Late April(weather dependent) mid -late September.
Time: Thursday, 6:00 p.m
Route: Swift, fast paced ride taking more consistent routes on public roads. 
Distance: 25-45 miles, depends on day light.
Avg. Speed: Most nights will be 2 separate groups riding the same routes.
"B" level, 18-19 mph average.
"C" level, 16-18 mph average. 
Est. Time: 1.5-2.5 hours.
Ride Leaders: Laurie McElmeel, Kyle Richert, Nate Wentz
Rider Experience: Prior group experience.


The Luce Line Cycling Club hosts their Luce Line Cycling Club - Weekly Ride from Luce Line Brewing in Plymouth.  Meet at 5:30 pm and roll out around 6:00 for a ride on the the Luce Line Trail and return to the brewery for a beer afterward.  Weekly rides start June 10th and continue through September 30th.

Join the Luce Line Cycling Club for a weekly ride starting at the Luce Line. Riders will meet at 5:30pm and take off around 6:00pm. End your ride at the brewery and grab a beer to cool off.

Saturday


Michael's Cycles in Chaska hosts their Saturday Social Rides at 9:00 am for about a 3 hour ride.  Ride start locations and routes changes weekly so visit the Facebook event page for updates.

Join us every Saturday morning for a fun social ride! The route will change weekly, but we'll update weekly as to where we will meet. Start time will be 9 am unless otherwise specified in an update post.
Please wear a helmet and sign the online waiver before attending. You can find the waiver at www.michaelscycles-mn.com under "events."
Bring a mask and maintain 6 feet from other riders. If we have over 10 riders, we will split into 2 groups.


The Cannon Valley Velo Club holds their Saturday Morning Rides from Bridge Square in downtown Northfield.  Visit the Cannon Valley Velo Club Facebook page for more details, start times and weekly updates.


The Rosemount Cycling Club holds their weekly Saturday Morning Ride at 8:00 am from the Rosemount Starbucks location.  Routes change weekly and updates are posted with route information on their Announcements page and Facebook page.  Become a member of the Rosemount Cycling Club by visiting their Membership page.

Rosemount Cycling Club is a group of riders who get together on Saturday mornings to share our love for road riding. We meet at Starbucks in Rosemount Minnesota for a ride that follows a different route every week to provide a variety of roads, elevation change, and scenery. We strive for a safe ride that everyone can enjoy and have fun doing week after week.


Join the Bloomington Fast Ride on Saturday mornings at 8:00 am for a fast paced road ride from Dred Scott Field in Bloomington.  This 30-40 mile ride changes routes weekly and goes on through the end of September.  Visit their Facebook page for weekly updates.

Attention all members it looks like the pandemic is slowing down thanks to vaccinations so starting June 5th and every Saturday through out the summer new group rides will be starting at Dred Scott field in Bloomington and the location will be starting at the parking lot where the tennis courts are located. Time start will be 8:00AM. So if interested come for a ride with different routes and average mileage 30-40 and a avg: speed of 17-18 miles per hour. Plenty of free parking and safe location.




For gravel riders, Maple Grove Cycling hosts their Saturday Morning Gravel Ride.  Ride departs at 7:30 am for a 2 hour ride on gravel roads west of the shop through mid-late September.  Visit the MGC Group Rides page and the MGC Facebook page for more details and weekly updates.

SATURDAY MORNING GRAVEL RIDE
Date:  Late April ( weather dependent) mid-late September.
Time: Saturday, 7:30 a.m. 
Route:  Gravel roads west of MGC. Pavement at the beginning and end of ride.
Distance:  30 miles. Rides will vary in terrain. 
Avg. Speed: 15 mph.
Est. Time:  2 hours.
Ride Leader: Scot Bolland
Rider Experience: Ride a gravel, cross, mountain, or fat bike.

Sunday


Erik's hosts their weekly Weekend Wind Down Group Ride from their Coon Rapids shop at 5:30 pm through September 26th.  Visit their Events Calendar and the Erik's Riders Club Facebook page for more details and weekly updates.

Had a busy week? An even busier weekend? Come join Tim on a Sunday evening for our 6th Year of our ‘Weekend Wind Down’ group ride!

This ride is a relaxed to medium paced road ride meant for anyone who wants a reason to get on there bike. If you’ve been biking for years or just got your new road bike, you're welcome here!

The ride is approximately 22 miles but will sometimes vary
Pace around 14-16 mph
No drop ride so everyone should be flexible to make sure we are stay together and have a great time!
This is primarily a paved trail ride but we will have some brief shoulder riding.

Join ERIK'S Rider's Club on Facebook to stay updated on current and new rides:


For more group rides not listed in this post visit Groupride.com.  Users of the site can search the interactive ride map, view the ride directory or post up a ride.


Become a member of the Twin Cities Bicycling Club and join in on all types of weekly rides held throughout the Twin Cities Area.  Yearly Single ($30) and Household ($45) memberships are available by visiting their Membership page.

At the present time, TCBC rides are open to members only. Ride times listed are departure times. Come to the ride start location at least 15 minutes before the depart time listed on the schedule and find the ride leader (leaders usually have the back of their car open with sign up sheets in the back). All participants need to complete the Ride Report Sheet and non-members must sign a non-member waiver at the start of each TCBC ride. There will be maps for the ride (unless it is specified as a mapless ride on the schedule). The ride leader will also give a briefing on the route to the group, and then you’ll be on your way! TCBC rates its rides to help you pick ones that are suitable for your interests and abilities.


If you are a ride leader that would like your group ride listed on this post contact me by sending an email to Mnbiketrailnavigator@gmail.com with the ride details, Facebook event page or website link to more information.

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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