Events & Rides
Evening Road Rides
Rides start at Bamber Valley School on Mondays and at Bicycle Sports on Wednesdays, we leave at 6:00 pm both nights. We have three groups to chose from, a Easy Rider Group (11 to 13 mph), a Fitness Group (14 to 16 mph) and a Fast Road Group (18 plus mph). Route distance varies week to week. Check out our Facebook page for the ride route.
We Bike Rochester (WBR) - Social Rides
Introducing a new group ride option!
Morning Coffee/Lunch ride, Wednesday, May 1 - October 15, 9:00 a.m. from Castle Community Building.
Evening Brew/Dinner ride, Tuesday, April 30 - October 15, 6:00 p.m. from Little Thistle Brewery.
Google Group Info: RochesterMNBicycle
Ongoing on Wednesday evenings at Maplewood. Check out the Facebook page for the ride info.
2021 Fat Bike Birkie
The Fat Bike Birkie, Presented by Freewheel Bike, is the premier on snow bike event in North America. Riders test their skill and endurance on the professionally groomed American Birkebeiner Ski Trail!
THREE events to choose from: The Big Fat 47K, The Half Fat 21K, and the un-timed Fun Fat 10K Tour – there is something for every rider!
. http://www.birkie.com/bike/events/fat-bike-birkie. March 13, 2021
Fulton Gran Fondo
The Ride. If you’ve signed up for the 2020 Fulton Gran Fondo then you are already signed up for the 2021 event. We’re rolling over all 2020 registrations in an effort to keep things simple, quick, and easy for everyone. For those who wish to ride with us in ‘21 but haven’t registered for ‘20 yet, just hang tight. We’ll open up registration in the same tiering style as in the past this coming fall/winter. If you’re seeking a refund for this year’s registration, please follow the *instructions listed here on our Fulton Gran Fondo website. As in years past, we will publish the route and accompanying Strava/Garmin/other digital files when it gets closer to the actual date.
The Party. We don’t know about you, but we could use a proper celebration right about now. But come next May, we’ll reallllly be ready to party. We’re already crafting our biggest, funnest, most impactful party to date and can’t wait to share all our plans with you in due time.
One piece we CAN share immediately is that Fulton Gran Fondo is joining forces with another event postponed by the pandemic to create one of MN’s biggest bike culture gatherings ever.
That’s right: You’re getting a full-on Fondo-ARTCRANK mashup in May 2021.
https://www.fultongranfondo.com/ May 8, 2021
Bike MS: Twin Cities Ride - May 16, 2021 - St. Paul, MN
Bike MS: MS 150 Ride - June 12, 2021 - Duluth to White Bear Lake, MN
Bike MS: Ride Across Minnesota - July 23 - 24, 2021 - Austin, MN
Bike MS Website
The Heywood is a gravel road ride taking place in the rolling countryside south of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro plex. We call it Deep South Metro. You may know it as Northfield. Northfield is a college town of approximately 20,000 people. We have a thriving downtown with cafés, bakeries, and lots of stores with actual personality. Rather hang out in the woods? We’ve got that covered too. Nerstrand State Park and Caron Park are a ten-minute drive from our start line. Both are on route even! In other words, bring your family! There’s lots to do.
The Heywood is a welcoming and inclusive event.
Entry fees are a big barrier for a lot of folks. We are presenting this as a free event, while recognizing that there are costs to put this on. The largest expenses for this event are insurance and biffies. If you want to help keep this event sustainable and grassroots, we are accepting donations. https://theheywoodride.com/ May 14 - 15, 2021
La Grand Du Nord
We want to welcome veteran as well as brand new cyclists to this special edition of Le Grand du Nord. It has been a challenging year on many levels. We feel confident that the 2021 will be a great event, even with new C19 protocols in place to help keep our riders and this community as safe as possible. Thank you for helping us achieve this goal.
Le Grand represents one of the most amazing gravel courses in the United States. Beginning in Grand Marais, Minnesota’s spectacular harbor, all three events follow the shores of Lake Superior before climbing to their final destinations. With more than 5500 ft of climbing and a decidedly remote feel, the 110 mile course is beautifully challenging. The 54 mile course has plenty of climbing and miles of forested roads. The 20 mile route is a Le Grand-worthy introduction to gravel cycling with its mix of paved and gravel roads, climbing and great Lake Superior views. https://www.heckofthenorth.com/legrand-about May 29, 2021
The Chippewa Valley Century Ride is a not for profit bike ride that benefits hunger task force agencies, local parks, youth organizations, and special needs in the Chippewa Valley. Our course includes a 35, 50, 75, or 100 mile option all on blacktop roads, leading through the beautiful farmland of Chippewa County along the Chippewa and Flambeau Rivers, Lakes Wissota and Holcombe and through the kettle moraine topography of Chippewa County Forest.
The 2021 ride will start at the Northern Wisconsin State Fair Grounds in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Participants can pre-register online at a discounted rate as well as register the day of the ride. Riders check in from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. and then immediately start the Ride.
The entry fee covers our 4 full-service rest stops with snacks, refreshments and full facilities, water stops, “sag”/support vehicles and a full meal featuring locally made brats with all the 'fixins', soda and Leinenkugel's beer. A vegetarian meal is available if ordered in advance (just let us know on your pre-registration form).
In the past years, approximately 600 people have participated and this year we are expecting an even better turnout. Each year, riders tell us this is a premier course and has top-notch organization. http://www.chippewavalleyride.us/ May 30, 2021
Tour of Minnesota
Welcome to the Tour of Minnesota. We are in our 46th year! Ok, so we are going to do the 46th year in 2021. This year's ride will take place June 18 - 25, 2021. We will be heading to an area of the state known for bluffs, big rivers, and the birthplace of waterskiing. We will start in Hastings and bicycle to Lake City, Winona, Wabasha, Red Wing, and back to Hastings. We will have seve days with one day off and a loop day around Lake Pepin. There is an option for a ferry on the Pearl of the Lake from Lake City to Stockholm, Wisconsin, for a shorter jaunt of 37 miles. Total mileage for the trip is 345 miles. Your mileage may vary. www.tourofminnesota.com June 18 - 25, 2021
Freedhem 76, presented By Panaracer is a bicycle gravel road ride in the heart of north central Minnesota, in Freedhem, MN. https://www.bikereg.com/48736 June 27, 2021
Ride to charming small towns in the great state of Iowa. Eat at locally owned restaurants and pubs, church banquet halls, American Legions and VFWs. Stop at food booths supporting the local school boosters, the Knights of Columbus, Lions and other local civic organizations. IOWA’S RIDE will make a difference in the communities that we visit! https://iowasride.com/ July 18 - 24, 2021
The 2021 Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa — pedaling from July 25 to 31, 2021. The 2021 Route is 426 miles and 11,481 feet of climb making it the 16th flattest in RAGBRAI History. https://ragbrai.com/ July 25 - 31, 2021
All distances will provide at least one checkpoint with calories and fluids to keep you rolling to the finish.
Navigation will be via cue cards for all events. There will be very limited signage on the course. Get used to the way of gravel navigation. See our info about cue cards here. And don’t necessarily trust the fast people. They are usually the first to miss a turn. Trust your senses, cues and odometer.
Outside support from teams, family, friends, sweeties or other is forbidden. Riders ARE allowed to assist other riders if they so choose (nutrition, water, tools, wrenching support, first aid, etc.) Prearranged support will mean disqualification and a public shaming TBD. Thanks for sticking to the rules. https://www.heckofthenorth.com September 25, 2021
Shakopee Gravel Adventure
This route begins in the City Parking Lot in Downtown Shakopee. Wampach's Restaurant is well known for breakfasts and Bravis Modern Street Food is a great choice to refuel after the ride. The route travels out of the Minnesota River Valley and passes Lake O'Dowd on the way to southern Scott County on the way to Marystown, Veseli, and Saint Benedict. 2/3 of the route is gravel and features rolling hills and lots of rural farms and forests. A control in New Prague to refuel and relax for a bit. On the return, the route skirts Jordan on the way to Bluff Drive, a common spot of hill repeat training for area cyclists. The total amount of elevation change is approximately 2,500' making this route an ideal introduction to gravel. https://www.mnrando.org/Rides/RideDetails?id=2170 October 9, 2021