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.
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
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
Tour de SAVE - Northfield, MN
Please join SAVE and local area cycling clubs for the 18th Annual Tour de SAVE. The ride supports SAVE's mission to prevent suicide through public awareness and education and to reduce the stigma of brain illnesses that affects more than 23 million Americans.
Learn more about SAVE https://www.save.org/who-we-are/. July 30, 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
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. www.firehouse50.org/. July 30 - August 1, 2021
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.
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 7, 2021
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 14, 2021
Red Ribbon Ride
The world has changed but our mission has not. Mark your calendars for August 20-22 for a new Red Ribbon Ride as we adapt to this new normal. We are more committed than ever to celebrating and supporting Minnesota’s vibrant HIV community.. As champions of our community, we pedal forward together with hope and courage! Stay connected with us on social channels and e-newsletters for upcoming announcements about registration, volunteer opportunities, and ride details. www.redribbonride.org. August 20 - 22, 2021
We’re back! The MN Ironman Bike Ride returns in person, August 24, 2021. We are optimistic that with vaccines coming rapidly and cases dropping, we’ll have a ride to remember! We’re planning for a safe, fun experience for everyone with all of the great scenery, epic routes and the Big Taste of Fun party in Shakopee’s Huber Park. We look forward to welcoming you back again to the MN Ironman Bike Ride this summer. https://ironmanbikeride.org/ August 14, 2021
Border Bike Ride
A multiple bike route event with a choice of:
- Two family routes (22 miles round trip, entirely on the WGWL Trail, an out-n-back)
- Intermediate Routes (40 miles or 50 miles, on WGWL Trail and county hard-surface roadways, an out-n-back)
- Advanced Route (56 miles, on WGWL Trail, Shooting Star Trail and county hard-surface roadways, a loop)
- A Warrior Route (86 miles, on WGWL Trail, Shooting Star Trail and county hard-surface roadways, a loop plus an out-n-back to Austin)
Riding as a group is prohibited, UNLESS you are riding in your familial or daily contact pod. Physical distancing of 6+ feet is required for all non-related or non-daily contact individuals in compliance with COVID-19 precautions. The highest level of safety precautions for the municipalities and districts the ride goes through should be followed. This includes Minnesota Emergency Executive Order 20-81 requiring face coverings in certain settings. https://www.bikesignup.com/Race/IA/Riceville/BorderBike August 28, 2021
Ride the Ridges
Tour the blufflands of Southeastern Minnesota and experience some of Minnesota’s most scenic areas. Beautiful scenery – from lush valleys along quiet streams to majestic bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River. Now in its eighth year, RTR is the region’s premier bicycle tour. Choose one of four routes, ranging from 18 miles to a Century, all having well-stocked rest stops, friendly hosts, and SAG support. www.ridetheridges.info. September 18, 2021
The 2021 AT ride starts just east of the Twin Cities at Rush River Brewery in River Falls, Wisconsin on September 19, 2021, and takes you through some of the most scenic countryside in Western Wisconsin.
The Autumn Trek has excellent rest stops with great food, and even more beautiful scenery. You’ll find excellent route markings, maps, food at rest stops and brats ‘n dogs at ride’s end.
Choose from four ride loops: The 25 mile, 45 mile, 65 mile and 101 mile Century Challenge.
rivervalleytrails.org. September 19, 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
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 25, 2021
The Filthy 50
The Filthy 50 gravel road cycling event will be returning to Lanesboro, MN for our eighth year. Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 9th, 2021. Registration will open on the summer solstice. The Filthy 50 has become something special for so many and we plan to continue that sentiment. https://thefilthy50.com/ October 9, 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