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.
Tour de Pepin
Welcome to the 13th Annual Tour de Pepin! Join us for the Midwest's most unique cycling tour. Enjoy captivating terrain and historic towns around Lake Pepin along the Great River Road, as well as scenic views from the comfort of a genuine replica 1800s paddleboat.
Choose a 32, 50, 72 or 100-mile route. http://lakecity.org/news-events/tour-de-pepin/. June 6, 2020 Rescheduled to September 26, 2020
The Heck Epic is back for 2020. This year, we are bringing the North Shore together in one beautiful triangle of bikepacking adventure: 336 miles from Two Harbors to Ely to Grand Marais and back to Two Harbors. https://www.heckofthenorth.com/epic-about July 17 - 19, 2020
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 12 - 18, 2020
The 2020 Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa — pedaling from July 19 to 25 — will start in Le Mars, the Ice Cream Capital of the World, and end in Clinton, home of the LumberKings minor league baseball team. In between, riders will stop overnight in Storm Lake, Fort Dodge, Iowa Falls, Waterloo, Anamosa and Maquoketa.
Clocking in at 420.3 miles with 12,306 feet of climb, the 48th edition of this roving cycling celebration will be the sixth shortest in ride history. But that doesn’t mean it’ll be too easy — with the route coming in as No. 29 for most feet of climb, bicyclists should plan spring training rides with Iowa hills in mind. https://ragbrai.com/ July 19-25, 2020 Rescheduled to 2021
Bike MS: Twin Cities Ride - May 17, 2020 - St. Paul, MN
Bike MS: MS 150 Ride - June 13 -14, 2020 - Duluth to White Bear Lake, MN
Bike MS: Ride Across Minnesota - July 26, 2020 - Rochester, MN
Bike MS Website
Zumbro Gravel Challenge
Join us for a great gravel experience through SE Minnesota, from Zumbrota to Weaver and back, with many winding gravel gems along the way. The route is reasonably challenging, with 7k' of climbing. Most roads are class B gravel so wider tires are good.
From Zumbrota the route travels through Mazeppa to the first control in Plainview, then down the hill into Elba before heading east over to the Mississippi River, using an interesting old bridge/trail to get to Weaver. A relaxing cruise along the Whitewater River then a good up to get back to Plainview again, at a different c-store with a Subway nearby. From here, the route spend some miles exploring the Zumbro River valley before a well deserved ice cream stop in Zumbro Falls. From there the route winds through Mazeppa again on the way back to the Kwik Trip in Zumbrota.
Expect lots of shorter hills, a couple or three longer climbs and long stretches with no traffic and opportunities to enjoy the marshs, coulees and hills of this driftless part of Minnesota.
A lot of the route is on remote gravel roads and there is no formal support so plan accordingly, but ride leaders will do their best to get stranded riders to a safe place if necessary. https://www.mnrando.org/Rides/RideDetails?id=1118 August 1, 2020
Firehouse 50 Road Race
Proudly sponsored by the Grand View Volunteer Fire Department in conjunction with their Annual Homecoming Picnic weekend, the Firehouse 50 is a bicycle road race of 50.5 miles beginning and ending in Grand View, Wisconsin. This wonderfully scenic race takes you on black top roads winding through the pristine Chequamegon National Forest around Lake Namakagon and Lake Owen. Though it is our namesake, the Firehouse 50 is actually a full weekend of music, food, and fun. New this Year! All registrations MUST be completed online. NO paper registration will be accepted. www.firehouse50.org/. July 31 - August 2, 2020
Tour De Tonka
The annual Tour de Tonka bike ride has become a staple of the west metro community, growing from 819 riders in its inaugural year of 2006 to nearly 3,500 riders annually. Riders from more than 166 Minnesota cities, 73 counties and 42 states have participated in the event. Countless riders from across the state tell us each year that Tour de Tonka is Minnesota’s Ride.
Riders choose between seven distances from 16 to 100 miles. There are 11 rest stops along the routes, where riders enjoy food, live music, rest and conversation. Tour de Tonka’s routes move through 21 west metro communities– all of which showcase beautiful roads, trails, and scenic views of farms, lakes, and rivers. https://www.minnetonkaschools.org/district/mcec/events/tour-de-tonka August 1, 2020
The Day Across Minnesota (The DAMn)
The Day Across Minnesota. August 15th, 2020. 240 miles of Minnesota gravel roads by bicycle in a single day. Midnight to midnight. Start in Gary, South Dakota and finish in Hager City, Wisconsin. Be a DAMn Champion. https://the-damn.com/ August 15, 2020
Set in southwest Wisconsin, the land untouched by glacial flattening during the last ice age, the Dairyland Dare offers some of the most extreme hills in the Midwest. The area is characterized by steep, forested ridges, and deeply carved river valleys.
Pick from 4 one day challenges: 50K, 100K, 150K, or 200K. We welcome road and tri-bikes alike. Scheduled four weeks prior to Ironman WI, the Dairyland Dare makes a great last big ride before starting your Ironman taper. https://dairylanddare.com/ August 15, 2020
Border Bike Ride
A multiple bike route event with a choice of:
Two family routes (22 miles round trip, entirely on the WGWL Trail)
Intermediate Routes (40 miles or 50 miles, on WGWL Trail and county hard-surface roadways)
Advanced Route (56 miles, on WGWL Trail, Shooting Star Trail and county hard-surface roadways) https://www.bikesignup.com/Race/IA/Riceville/BorderBike August 22, 2020
Ride the Ridges
The eighth annual RIDE THE RIDGES, set for September 19, 2020, and will again take riders through some of the most scenic areas in Southeastern Minnesota. RTR is the premier bike tour in the region. Wonderfull scenery – from lush valleys along streams to bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River. Choose one of four routes, all having well-stocked rest stops, friendly hosts and SAG support. www.ridetheridges.info. September 19, 2020
RiotGRRRavel is a free unsupported 10, 21, or 33 mile gravel race in near Hastings, MN that is a fun, accessible ride that is FTW & family friendly.
The start and finish line will be at the Hastings Hope Lutheran Church at 16898 Michael Ave Hastings, MN. We are grateful for the support and gracious hospitality of Hope Lutheran Church and excited to embark on our sixth year of collaborating with them.
Ride whatever kind of bike you want or have … Road bike, Mountain Bike, Cross Bike, Tandem, Single/Fixed, Snow Bike, or Unicycle. https://www.facebook.com/riotgrrravel/ September 19, 2020
Heck of the North
2020 marks the 12th anniversary of The Heck of the North. We look forward to a great event with new features to keep it fresh. We will be offering THREE beautiful courses this year: the 100 mile course that features over 50 new miles of remote gravel road; the 55 mile course is equally challenging and scenic; and the 20 mile course to introduce new riders to the world of gravel cycling. Each course will have at least one checkpoint to offer fluids and calories to keep you rolling. https://www.heckofthenorth.com/heck-about September 26, 2020
The Filthy 50
The Filthy 50 will be returning to Lanesboro on Saturday, October 10th, 2020. We couldn’t imagine the start of a new decade without doing something great with all of you, so let’s get incredible! Registration will go live on the summer solstice, Saturday, June 20th, 2020 at 8am CDT. Mark your calendars! https://thefilthy50.com/ October 10, 2020