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
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
Shooting Star Trail Ride
A wonderful opportunity to ride with family and friends through Prairie Visions country. The terrain is flat while you ride past a lake, rivers and streams, woods and wildlife. These rides promote and support the Shooting Star Recreational Trail. Helmets and registration form required for every rider.
4 mile Fun Ride - for age 12 & under or over 70 riders; no charge for this ride. Riders may purchase shirts separately.
20 mile and 40 mile Exerciser Rides - all on paved trail
50 mile Workout Ride - combination of the trail and blacktop county roads
62 mile/100 mile Farm & City Challenger Rides:
62 Mile Map - combination of the trail and blacktop county roads
100 mile Century Ride -
100 Mile Map - combination of the trail and blacktop county roads
http://www.shootingstartrail.org/ June 19, 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
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.
https://www.mnrando.org/Rides/RideDetails?id=1118 July 10, 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
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