Tour of Saints
Not a race. A heavenly little ride.
Save the Date!
July 10th 2022
It’s not a race. It’s a heavenly little ride. 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. Join the tradition. Make this the year you ride the Tour!
Big thanks to 2021 sponsors:
Bad Habit Brewing, Beaver Island Brewing, Forest Mushrooms, Milk & Honey Ciders, Primal, Lumber One Avon, Coldspring, Cold Spring Bakery, Scheels, Collegeville Orchards, Gilleland Chevrolet, EICH Motor Company, Farmstead Bike Shop, Fitzharris Ski, Bike & Outdoor, Magnetic Spark, Revolution Cycle & Ski, WOSV – St. Cloud Amateur Radio. With volunteer support from Y2K Lyons.
What Riders Love
T-Shirts & Jerseys
Tour of Saints fans have been collecting ride merch for nearly 40 years. This year’s signature T-Shirt is neon blue and was created by artist Krisna MacDonald. You can purchase 2019 T-shirts with your registration, whether you sign up online or through the mail.
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.
Start at the College of Saint Benedict
Traveling far to ride TOS? No problem! Stay overnight on Saturday at the start and take in some great restaurants, cafes, bars and more the day before. The tour starts and ends at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota. The course traces 35 undulating miles of scenic byways, with 18-mile and 50-mile options you can choose along the way. Riders enjoy rest stops with food and drink spaced along the scenic course. Learn more about accommodations here.
Sinful treats at the rest stops
Cold Spring, the first stop at 12 miles, is home to the popular Cold Spring Bakery. Their crew offers fresh pastries, fruit, cool water and energy drinks. The second stop at 27 miles is at Collegeville Orchards near Saint John’s Abbey and University, set at the edge of woodlands and lakes. Cyclists enjoy fresh fruit, drinks and sinfully good Cold Spring Bakery cookies.
Help along the way
If you and your bike need a lift during the tour, you’ll be able to call the St. Cloud Amateur Radio Club (WØSV), and they’ll send one of the Gilleland Chevrolet support trucks roving the course to pick you up. Bike shop mechanics offer help at the food and rest stops.
Stop to smell the flowers
Look for native wildflowers as you pass the Saint John’s Arboretum — oak savanna, wetland and a prairie that hosts 4,800 plants and flowers. The staff manages 2,500 acres of land stewarded by the Benedictine monks of Saint John’s Abbey.
Feeling strong? Go for 50!
At 31 miles, riders choose to head to the finish for a 35-mile day or crank the pedals a bit longer following the 50-mile route. At Avon’s city park next to the Lake Wobegon Trail, 50-mile cyclists are welcomed with fresh fruit, candy bars and cool drinks at the last rest stop.
Ah! A fine finish!
Reunite with friends and family at the finish in cool comfort at the College of Saint Benedict, where you can pick up a t-shirt, slurp on watermelon and sip lemonade. Even showers are available! (bring a towel).
Get in Touch
Questions? Comments? Concerns?
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BikeMN Supporter Relations Manager