Tour of Saints – Sunday July 16, 2023
Not a Race. A Heavenly Little Ride.
Minnesota’s angelic cruise through the Saint Joseph/Saint Cloud area
Every Year in July!
From cities across Minnesota and neighboring states, each year 1,000 or more cyclists gather in St. Joseph to wind their way along quiet byways and rolling hills, savor treats at rest stops and relish the verdant summer morning.
The Tour of Saints starts and ends at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, MN. We open check-in at 6:30 a.m., but you can get started any time up until 8:30 a.m. NOTE: The ride ends at 2pm – All SAG support and finish area refreshments will be closed by 2PM. 50 Mile riders are advised to start no later than 8AM.
We’ve planned three scenic courses through Central Minnesota, all of which are designed to make sure you have a pleasant and memorable morning bike ride. Riders enjoy food and drink at rest stops on each course. Below is a little more about each one.
18 miles – 16 miles of paved trail!
The 18-mile course features the Lake Wobegon Trail and is ideal for families and riders who prefer to avoid hills. Just one mile into the ride, cyclists will find themselves cruising along the trail enjoying views of the lush countryside. At the halfway point (9 miles), riders relax at the Avon rest stop for refreshments before their return trip.
35 and 50 miles – scenic hills and woodlands!
The longer courses trace 35 or 50 miles of beautiful byways. Cold Spring, the first stop at mile 12, is home to the popular Cold Spring Bakery. Their crew offers fresh pastries, fruit, cool water, and drinks. The second stop at 25 miles is at Collegeville Orchards, set at the edge of woodlands and lakes near Saint John’s University. Enjoy fresh fruit, chilled drinks, and sinfully good cookies.
Choose your finish
At Mile 31, riders can head to the finish for a 35-mile day or charge ahead onto the 50-mile course. For those riding 50 miles, the last rest stop at Mile 40 is Avon’s city park along the Lake Wobegon Trail. There, cyclists are welcomed with more fresh fruit, candy bars, and cool drinks.
Affordable Saturday Night Lodging Options
Starting at around $50/night you can book a room at Saint Benedicts. Click here for details and reservations.
Registration & Details
Why supporting the Tour of Saints supports a bike-friendlier Minnesota.
What Riders Love!
What keeps bringing bicyclists back from all over the state?
The ride begins at the Haehn Campus Center at the College of Saint Benedict in Saint Joseph, MN. The main campus building is located at:
37 South College Avenue
St. Joseph, MN 56374
Signs will direct you to the check-in area. Check-in runs from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. After checking in, you may begin riding any time between 6:30 and 8:30. Our rest stops and finish are geared to this schedule, so please plan to start no later than 8:30 a.m.
If you didn’t pre-order a t-shirt, they will be for sale after the ride (sizes and styles as available).
Get in Touch
Questions? Comments? Concerns?
Give us a shout!
Michael Doyle – Ride Director P (320) 266-7579 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ted Duepner – BikeMN Supporter Relations Manager Email email@example.com