We boldly predicted (and then knocked on wood) that 2022 would be a fantastic year for our bicycle rides. With the help of many volunteers, we pulled off six ambitious rides during the summer and fall months–some were fundraisers for BikeMN and all were celebrations of bicycling in Minnesota.
We dove right into ride season in May with the ninth annual Lake Alice 100, a celebration of the perfect bike loop in Fergus Falls, Minnesota in partnership with Pedal Fergus Falls. This free ride saw a good turnout of families and riders, and thanks to local support and donations, two children were gifted new bikes. Save the date and join the 10th Anniversary celebration on Sunday, May 13th, 2023!
On a cool July morning, the 46th Annual Tour of Saints set out from St. Joseph and toured the rolling landscape of central Minnesota, with riders fueled by fresh fruit and pie to power them up the hills. Save the date for Sunday, July 16, 2023!
By August we were ready to get pedaling in Albert Lea and Rock n Roll the Lakes! This year marked the 100th Anniversary of one of Albert Lea’s biggest & most beautiful parks, Edgewater Park, and included a variety of free activities and food trucks for riders to enjoy. Save the date for Saturday, August 12, 2023!
September brought the 28th annual Saint Paul Classic Bike Tour. Over 2,500 riders came out to support BikeMN on our flagship ride. This year marks the 150th year anniversary of visionary landscape architect Horace Cleveland coming to Saint Paul and addressing the Common Council and local business community. New for this year, riders rode to the new Lilydale Regional Park Rest Stop and its stylish pavilion overlooking Pickerel Lake. Save the date for Sunday, September 10th, 2023!
On the heels of October’s fall colors came the 11th annual Mankato River Ramble, hosted in partnership with the Greater Mankato Bike & Walk Advocates. Over eighteen hundred riders participated and it turned out to be a wonderful Ramble, even with the chill in the air. Save the date for Sunday, October 8th, 2023!
New for 2023 is the Rosewood Gramble in Thief River Falls! This delightful ride will feature five different routes suitable for all skill levels, including a gravel riding challenge! Save the date and join the fun on September 30th, 2023.
Thank you to everyone who made these fantastic rides possible. They’re a big part of BikeMN’s fundraising efforts and your participation and support mean so much. Learn more about these rides at bikemn.org or by visiting the photo albums on our Flickr page at flickr.com/photos/bikemn. We’re already planning an awesome 2023 ride season!
Our Events Calendar is full of fun family-friendly events, local rides, social meet-ups with like-minded advocates, and more year-round. And, you can even add an event happening near you!