Tour of Saints 2023
Not a race. 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 typically on the second Sunday every July.
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. 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.