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Bike/Hike Guide

2017 Spring/Summer Minnesota Edition

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Serving AAA Members, even on two wheels. While you’re out enjoying this year’s ride, here’s a refreshing tip for AAA Members: AAA now offers roadside assistance for bicycles.

Not a member? Join today! AAA.com/Bicycle AAA Bicycle Service is available in Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin and portions of Illinois and Indiana.

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AAA Bicycle Service is a new benefit with every membership that provides transportation for you and your bicycle if it breaks down on your ride. It’s one more way AAA helps members relax and enjoy the ride!


AAA Bicycle Service

Redefining AAA Roadside Assistance You can always expect to get more from AAA! Introducing our new, innovative member benefit: AAA Bicycle Service. Now, Minnesota members can enjoy the same peace of mind riding their bicycles as they do driving their cars — at no extra cost! AAA Bicycle Service lets you ride with confidence knowing that you won’t be stranded if your bicycle breaks down on your ride. However, if a flat tire or broken chain cuts your ride short, we’ll provide transportation for you and your bicycle to the destination of your choice. n No need to enroll, AAA Bicycle Service is a standard benefit for Minnesota members n AAA Bicycle Service works just like the towing benefit of your AAA Membership n For service, simply call the number on the front of your AAA Membership Card n Enjoy coverage for all bikes and tandems, including rentals and bike trailers

Enjoy your bike ride … you’ve got AAA! DISCOUNTS & REWARDS

MEMBERSHIP INSURANCE TRAVEL AUTOMOTIVE

For more information, contact:

Any of our branch offices in Burnsville, Coon Rapids, Duluth, Mankato, Maplewood, Rochester, Roseville, St. Cloud or West St. Paul to join AAA today! Or visit AAA.com/Bicycle Bicycle transportation service is counted toward your allotted roadside assistance service calls per member, per membership year. AAA will transport you and your bike to any point of safety within the limits of your coverage. Please see AAA.com/Bicycle for full terms and conditions. 16-MS-2161A

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Save This Date

Registration Opens February 1, 2017 www.IronmanBikeRide.org #BraggingRightsGuaranteed

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Info for you

Drive Your Bike. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Cycling Jerseys. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Biking Comfort. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Preparing for a Trip. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Ride with a Theme Song. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Discover How Good You Feel. . . . . . . . . . 56 Find the Right Saddle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Helpful Biking tools. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Come Clean, Leave Clean. . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Right bike for you. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 BikeMN &. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 LCI Educators. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Bike Safety. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 USTA Triathlon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Pic of the Day. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Rules of the Trail. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102

Resources

Twin City Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 TC Shops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 TC Mountain Biking. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 TC Tourism Centers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 SE MN Tourism Centers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 WC MN Tourism Centers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 NW MN Tourism Centers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 NE MN Tourism Centers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Bike Clubs and Racing Teams. . . . . . . . . 87

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April. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 May. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 June . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 July. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 August . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Sept. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Oct. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Minnesota Maps

Twin Cities Gateway. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Minneapolis Northwest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Hutchinson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Waconia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Bloomington. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Lakeville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 South St Paul. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Hastings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Northfield. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Faribault . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Winona. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Root River - Taste. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Albert Lea. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Mankato . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Willmar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 St Cloud. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Lake Wobegon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Brainerd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Itasca/Leech/Walker. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Roseau. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Mesabi. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Duluth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Silver Bay. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Cook County. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Chippewa Falls, WI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 La Crosse, WI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100

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Drive Your Bike -

Minnesota has dozens of League Cycling Instructors (LCI) who teach classes across the state. From short lunch sessions to the nine hour Traffic Skills 101, the core message is the same. Drive your bike. Cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles. FOLLOW THE LAW Your safety and the image of bicyclists depend on you. You have the same rights and duties as drivers. Obey traffic signals and stop signs, ride with traffic; use the rightmost lane that serves your destination. BE PREDICTABLE Make your intentions clear to motorists and other road users. Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between parked cars. Signal turns, and check behind you well before turning or changing lanes. BE VISIBLE Photo courtesy of John Hardy Ride where drivers can see you; wear bright clothing. Use a front white light, red rear light and reflectors at night or when visibility is poor. Make eye contact with drivers. Don’t ride on sidewalks. THINK AHEAD Anticipate what drivers, pedestrians, and other bicyclists will do next watch for turning vehicles and ride outside the door zone of parked cars. Look out for debris, potholes, and utility covers. Cross railroad tracks at right angles. RIDE READY Check: tires for sufficient air, brakes are working, chain runs smoothly, and quick release wheel levers are closed. Carry repair and emergency supplies. Always wear a helmet.

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Explore Southeast Minnesota’s On The

Root River Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour

A 3-Day Bicycle Trek - Friday, July 7 - July 9 On The

Find the magic of riding your bike in Bluff Country www.rootrivertrail.org

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April

April 6 Rum River BMX Clinic

Industrial Park Isanti, MN

BMX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.usabmx.com/ April 7-9 Wheel & Sprocket Bike Expo

Wisconsin State Fair Park Milwaukee, WI

Bike Event . . . . . . . . . www.bikeexposale.com April 13 Rum River BMX Clinic

Industrial Park Isanti, MN BMX. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.usabmx.com April 22 Dickie Scramble

Elgin, MN Recreational. . . . . . . . www.facebook.com April 27 Rum River BMX Clinic

Industrial Park Isanti, MN BMX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.usabmx.com April 29 Tinman Triathlon

Cover: Bicyclists, bird watchers and hikers all enjoy the new opportunities the newly refurbished Old Cedar Bridge, over Long Meadow in the Minnesota River Valley Wildlife Refuge, in Bloomington, MN, offer for outdoor activites.

U of M – Morris, Regional Fitness Center/ P.E. Center Morris, MN

Triathlon. pickleevents.com/events/tinman/ April 29 Falls Duathlon

Cannon Falls, MN

Cover Photo by Russ Lowthian MN Bike/Hike Guide Comments – editor@HaveFunbiking. com Produced by Russ Lowthian and the HaveFunBiking.com staff including: Andrew Ellis, Hayley Spalding, John Brown, and Stephanie Hunt. A special thanks to Pete May for his graphic design, layout and maps; all our Community Map Partners for their final edits; Kimberli Johnson our e-database manager; the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (BikeMN); the Minnesota High School Cycling League and all the Advertisers who make this annual publication possible. Please stop by their places of business and let them know you saw their ad in the MN Bike/ Hike Guide.

Duathlon. . . . . finalstretch.com/fallsduathlon April 29 – 30 Trans Iowa 13

Grinnell, MN Gravel. . . . . . . . transiowa.blogspot.com/ April 30 MN Ironman Bike Ride

Waconia, MN

Recreational . . . . . . . . . . ironmanbikeride.org/ (See ad to the left for more details) April 30 Miesville Fifty-Six

Jack Ruhr Stadium Miesville, MN

Gravel. . . . . . miesvillefiftysix.wordpress.com/

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May

May 6 Fulton Gran Fondo

Fulton NE MPLS Production Brewery Minneapolis, MN St. Edward’s Catholic Church & Downtown Longville, MN

Working to make Minnesota a place where bicycling is easy, safe, and fun for everyone.

May 6 Cinco Du Mayo

Get Involved!

Recreational. . . . . fultongranfondo.com/ride/ May 6 Run/Walk/Ride Around Woman

Recreational . . . . . . . exploreminnesota.com/

Square Lake Park Stillwater, MN

Recreational. . . . . . . .active.com/stillwater-mn May 6 Southern Kettles Classic

Emma Carlin Trail Head Eagle, WI

Mountain Bike Ride. . . . . . . . . . wemseries.com May 6 Chain of Lakes Triathlon

Alexandria Discovery Middle School Alexandria, MN

Triathlon. . . . . pickleevents.com/events/colt/ May 7 St. Croix Valley Woolly

Woolly Trail Network St Croix Falls, WI

Mountain Bike . . . . . . . . . . .mnmtbseries.com May 7 Tour de Red Wing

Minnesota State College Southeast Technical Redwing, MN

Recreational. . . . . . . . . . . . . . redwingrotary.org

• Become a BikeMN member— there are tons of benefits! • Learn about MN bike laws, how to commute, and more with one of our bike education courses (or become an instructor). • Have a blast on BikeMN rides, including the Saint Paul Classic. • Join our advocates network to work for bikes in your community and at the Capitol. • Volunteer at one of our many bicycle events across the state.

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May 13 Bike MS: Twin Cities Ride

Summit Brewing Company St. Paul, MN

Recreational . . main.nationalmssociety.org/ May 13 Oakdale Spring Classic

Duathlon

Lake Elmo Park Reserve Lake Elmo, MN Duathlon. . . frontrunnerusa.com/event/

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May

May 15 Chocolate City Ride

Burlington, WI

Recreational. . . . . . . . . . . . . . chocolatefest.com May 19 Alexander 380

Spring Valley Community Center Spring Valley, MN

Gravel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . almanzo100.bike/ May 20 Almanzo 100

Spring Valley Community Center Spring Valley, MN

Racing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . almanzo100.bike/

May 20 Royal 162

Spring Valley Community Center Spring Valley, MN

Racing. . . . . . . . .almanzo100.bike/home.html May 20 Root River Triathlon

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May 27 Apple Duathlon

Sartell Middle School Sartell, MN

Duathlon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . appleduathlon.com/ May 27 Le Grand Du Nord

Grand Marais Grand Marais, MNGravel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

heckofthenorth.com/le-grand-du-nord/ May 27 Snake Alley Criterium

Burlington, IA

Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . usacycling. org/events/getflyer.php?permit=2017-942 May 28 Leinenkugel’s Chippewa

Irvine Park Chippewa Falls, WI

Recreational . . . . . . . . chippewavalleyride.us/

Root River Trailhead Park Houston, MN

Triathlon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . rootrivertriathlon.org May 20 ALS Bike Trek

Big Marine Park Reserve St Croix, MN

Recreational. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . alsmn.als.net/ May 20 White Deer Triathlon

Boulder Junction Community Center Boulder JunctiTriathlon . . . boulderjct.org/ white-deer-triathlon/on, Wi May 21 RiotGRRRavel

Hope Lutheran Church

Gravel. . . . . . . riotgrrravel.com/Hastings, MN

June

June 3 Twin Cities Tour de Cure

Minnehaha Falls Minneapolis, MN

Recreational. . . . . . . . . . . . . . main.diabetes.org June 3 Tour de Pepin

Lake Pepin Lake City, MN

Recreational. . . . . . lakecity.org/news-events/ tour-de-pepin/ June 3 Tour of Lakes

Crosslake Community Center Crosslake, MN

Orono High School

Recreational . . . . . . paulbunyancyclists.com/ tour-of-lakes.html

May 26 Burlington Road Race

Long Lake Park Reserve New Brighton, MN

May 21 Gear West Duathlon Duathlon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . finalstretch.com/ gearwestduathlonOrono, MN

Port of Burlington Building Mediapolis, IA

Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . snakealleycriterium. com/Burlington.Road.Races.2016.flyer.html May 26 Apple Kid’s Duathlon

Sartell Middle School Sartell, MN

Kid’s Duathlon. . . . . . . . . . appleduathlon.com/

June 3 New Brighton Triathlon Triathlon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . frontrunnerusa.com June 4 Bluff Riders Charge

Mount Kato Mankato, MN

Mountain Bike Race. . . . . . mnmtbseries.com June 4 UPAF’s Ride for the Arts

Milwaukee, WI

Recreational. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . events.upaf.org/

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June

June 4 Rob’s Sugar River Ramble

Mt. Horeb, WI

Recreational. . . . . . . . . . . . . usrwa.org/ramble/ June 4 Buffalo Triathlon

Buffalo, MN

Triathlon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . tribuff.com/ June 9-11 Fight For Air Ride

Lake Geneva, WI

Recreational. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . action.lung.org June 10 Liberty Triathlon

Lake Rebecca Park Reserve Rockford, MN

Triathlon. . . finalstretch.com/libertytriathlon June 10 Tour de Cure

Life Time Athletic Des Moines, IA

Sat. Aug. 19, 2017

Recreational. . . . . . . . . . . . . . main.diabetes.org June 10 Fairmont Triathlon

Gomsrud Park Fairmont, MN

Triathlon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . fairmonttriathlon.orgl June 10-11 Trinona Triathlon

Lake Winona Winona, MN

Triathlon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . trinona.com/ June 14-18 North Star Bike Festival

NVGP Bike racing, family fun St Paul, Cannon Falls, Minneapolis, Menomonie, WI, Stillwater

Pro Cyclist Racing. northstarbicyclefestival.com Listings continue on page 19

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Fashion & Style

Cycling Jerseys Here is a little secret that not every rider knows – You don’t need to wear a cycling jersey to ride a bike. Why then should you buy one? Simple answer: Comfort.

Ride With Me

Cycling jerseys are made of moisture moving fabrics that will pull perspiration off your body and move it to the outside of the garment where it can evaporate quickly. Additionally, cycling jerseys are cut to follow the natural lines of your body while riding, they use grippers to stay in place as you move around the bicycle and many options also have pockets to help you carry things like food, phones, or tools. A lot of options also include some reflective features making you more visible while out on the road. All together these features make you more comfortable and safer on your bike. More great news! - Cycling clothing is no longer all skin tight. Jerseys are now made in every conceivable fit, ensuring you can find one that feels good. When trying on a jersey, consider a few things. First, when standing bolt upright, the jersey will feel short in the front and long in the back. It’s important to lean over a bit and try to replicate your cycling position. If the jersey still feel too short/long it is probably a good idea to try a new size or fit. Second, from totally synthetic to purely natural, and every combination in between, jerseys use different materials to create something that is functional and comfortable. Costs will vary widely based on the material and complexity of the construction.

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June

June 16-18 Black Hills Fat Tire Festival

Rapid City, SD

Fat Tire Event. . . . . . . . . . bhfattirefestival.com/ June 16-23 Tour of Minnesota

Stillwater, North Branch, Moose Lake, Superior, Danbury, and Taylor Falls.

Recreational . . . . . . . . . tourofminnesota.com/ (See ad on page 15 for more details June 17 Bacoon Ride

Raccoon River Valley Trail, IA Recreational. . . . . . . . . . . . . facebook.com/ June 17 Lake Minnetonka Triathlon

Excelsior Bay Lake Minnetonka, MN

Triathlon . . . . lakeminnetonkatriathlon.com/ June 17 Horribly Hilly Hundreds

Blue Mound State Park Blue Mounds, WI

Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . horriblyhilly.com June 17 Bike Bemidji Loop Festival

The Sanford Center Bemidji, MN

Recreational. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . bikebemidji.com/

June 18 Rochesterfest Triathlon Foster Arend Park Rochester, MN

Triathlon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . finalstretch.com/ rochesterfesttriathlon June 19-23 Door County Holiday

Door County, WI

Multi-day. . . . . . . pedalacrosswisconsin.com/ Doorcounty.html June 23-25 Bike the Border

Burlington, ND

Multi-day. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . biketheborder.com/ June 24 Average Jo Triathlon

Paul Miller Park Perham, MN

Triathlon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.zapevent.com

June 16-23, 2017 Stillwater to North Branch, Moose Lake, Superior, Danbury, St. Croix Falls/Taylors Falls and back

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Common Discomforts Riding a bicycle is one & ofFixes

the most enjoyable hobbies available. Don’t let little nagging annoyances take away from your great ride. Learn the causes and fixes to cycling’s most basic discomforts. Before you ride, setup your bike to fit you. We encourage you to find a friend to help look at you on your bicycle and adjust your fit. If no one is available, use your phone and take video of you sitting and riding your bicycle. Look at the two riders Above. The rider on the right is in for some sore days. The excessive amount of bend to his legs is making his knee support all his effort at a very acute angle, which puts excess strain on the joint. His leaning over means his upper body weight is supported only by his lower back and arms, which results in a sore back, shoulder, arms, and painful hands. His low saddle overworks his quadriceps and doesn’t engage his gluteus or calf muscles, and his head is positioned so low he must crane his neck up aggressively just to see. This will result in a sore neck. The rider on the left is bending his leg at a wider angle which results in proper leg extension while pedaling, and incorporates all his muscles (helps with efficiency). To set saddle height: sit on your bike, place your heel on your pedal, and rotate the pedals backward. You want your leg completely extended while keeping your hips level (at the bottom of the pedal stroke your leg should be just barely locked out with your heel touching the pedal). If you find you aren’t getting complete extension raise your saddle, but lower it if you’re tilting your hip to reach the bottom of the pedal stroke. The rider on the left has more support as well. He is using his bone structure to support himself by adjusting his bar so his back is at an angle over 45 degrees from the ground. His arms extend at a 90-degree angle from his back with a very small bend to the elbow. He has adjusted his grips and controls to be in place when he reaches out to take the bar. He does not need to turn his wrist up or down to shift or brake. The rider on the left also has a very comfortable position for his head. He can see around and in front naturally without needing to stretch. Once you have a comfortable setup, you should experience hours upon hours of painless riding. If discomfort continues, then consult with your local bike shop. They are trained in advanced personal fitting techniques and can offer insights into potential causes of discomfort.

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June

June 24 Bike MS C.H. Robinson Iowa

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Firetrucker Brewery Ankey, IA

Recreational. . . . . . . . . . nationalmssociety.org/ June 24-29 Swiss Cheese & Spotted

Cows Tour

July 4, 2017

Mineral Point, WI

Multi-Day Tour. . . . . . . . . . . . scscbiketour.com/ (See ad on page 19 for more details June 25 Lake Waconia Triathlon

Lake Waconia Regional Park Waconia, MN

Triathlon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . finalstretch.com

July

July 4 HBC Tour D‘Amico

Safe, friendly, scenic routes, delicious food Golden Valley, MN

Recreational. . . . tourdamico.com/index.html (See ad on the right for more details July 4 TCBC Watermelon Ride

Incarnation Lutheran Church North Oaks, MN

Recreational. . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.biketcbc.org July 7-9 Root River Bluff & Valley

Bicycle Tour

Peterson, Rushford, Houston, Harmony, Preston, Fountain, Lanesoro, Whalan

Recreational. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . imathlete.com (See ad on page 9 for more details

www.TourDAMICO.com

Hiawatha Bicycling Club

July 8 Fat Cat Trxiathlon

Log House Landing Scandia, MN

May to September, find the racing fast, furious and exciting fun for the whole family!

Triathlon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . stcroixfatcat.com/ July 8 Timberman Triathlon

Sugar Lake Lodge Cohasset, MN

Triathlon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . timberman.org/ Listings continue on page 28

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July 8 Graniteman Triathlon

Warner Lake Clearwater, MN

Triathlon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . granitemantri.com July 9 Border Crossing

White Tail Ridge Corporate Park Rivers Falls, WI

Mountain Bike Ride. . . . . . . mnmtbseries.com July 9 Titletown Bike Tour

UnitedHealthcare Green Bay, WI

Recreational. . . . . . . . . . www.eventbrite.com/ July 9 Tour of Saints

Sat. Aug. 19, 2017

College of Saint Benedict St Joseph, MN

Recreational. . . . . . . . http://tourofsaints.com/ (See ad on page 29 for more details) July 9-15 Habitat 500 Bike Ride

Minneapolis, MN

Multi-Day Ride. . . . . . . . . . www.habitat500.org

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OUR BEAUTIFUL TRAILS FEATURE: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

Easy access Crushed limestone surfaces Quaint towns every few miles Bird watchers paradise Events along the trails Scenic trail vistas of nearby lakes & bridges FOR MORE INFORMATION ON STOWER SEVEN LAKES TRAIL, VISIT:

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July 11 Red Wing Classic

Red Wing, MN

Mountain Bike Race. . . . . mnmtbseries.com/ July 13-16 Red Ribbon Ride

Mall of America, MN

Multi-Day Ride . . . . . . . . . . . redribbonride.org/ July 15 RASTA Rock N Root

Washburn Lake Silent Sports Trails Area Rhinelander, WI

Mountain Bike Race . . . . . . . . wemseries.com/ July 16 Heart of the Lakes

Pleasant Lake City Park Annandale, MN

Triathlon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . holtri.org/ July 16-22 Flavors of Wisconsin

South Central WI

Multi-Day Ride. . . . . . . . . . aroundwisbike.com/ July 19-23 Bike MS: TRAM

Alexandria, MN

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July

July 23 City of Lakes Tri Loppet

Theodore Wirth Park Minneapolis, MN

Triathlon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . loppet.org/triloppet/ July 23 Buzz Ryan Sprint Triathlon

Island Lake Recreation Area Duluth, MN Triathlon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . zapevent.com July 23 Gourmet Bike Tour

St. Mary Central High School Neenah, WI

Let’s Ride! Mark your calendar for the 2017 BikeMN fundraising rides!

Recreational. . . . . . . . . . . . . bestfriendsnm.org/ July 23-29 RAGBRAI

Orange City to Lansing, IA

Multi-Day Ride . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ragbrai.com/

July 9 in the St. Cloud area tourofsaints.com

Sept. 10 in Saint Paul bikeclassic.org

July 28-30 ACT 15 Aids Ride

Ride South Central Wisconsin Multi-Day Ride. . . . . . . . . . arcw.convio.net July 29 Walker Triathlon

Walker City Park Walker, MN

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Paradise Park Chisago City, MN

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Close to the Mesabi Trail

July 30 Minnesota Duathlon

Dakota County Technical College Rosemount, MN

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August

Aug 5 Tour de Tonka

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Spacious Accommodations 17th Street Grill

Complimentary Breakfast Grand Splash

Aug 5 Minnewaska Triathlon

Lake Minnewaska Glenwood, MN

Triathlon. . . . . . . . minnewaskatriathlon.com/

144 SE 17th Street Grand Rapids, MN 55744

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Recreational. . . . . . . . . nationalmssociety.org/ Aug 5 Waseca Sprint Triathlon

Clear Lake Park Waseca, MN

Triathlon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . finalstretch.com/ Aug 5 RAAM MN Cycling Challenge

Lake Rebecca Park St. Paul, MN Recl . . . raamchallenge.com/minnesota. Aug 5 Graniteman Big Lake

Lakeside Park Big Lake, MN

Triathlon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . granitemantri.com Aug 5-12 CANDISC Victory Lap

Sakakawea Country Garrison, ND

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Lake Nokomis Minneapolis, MN

Aug 13 -19 Women’s Lumberjacks and

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Loons Bicycle Tour

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Minneapolis

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Washington Park Detroit Lakes, MN

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Island Lake Recreation Area Duluth, MN Triathlon. . . . . brewhousetriathlon.com/

Triathlon. . . . . . . . . . . . younglifetriathlon.com/ Aug 19 Tour de Pines

Aug 6-12 Northern Woods & Waters

Itasca State Park Park Rapids, MN Recreational. . . . . . . . . . . tourdepines.org/

North Central Wisconsin

Multi-Day Ride . . . . . . . . . aroundwisbike.com

(See ad on page 15 for more details) Aug 19 Sadistic Century Ride

Aug 10-13 Ride to Cure Diabetes

La Crosse, WI Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .jdrf.org

Dunn County Recreation Park Menomonie, WI

Aug 12 Northwoods Triathlon

Recreational . . . . . . . . . . sadisticcentury.com/

Lake Belle Taine Nevis, MN

Aug 19 Hundred-Down in the

Underdown Underdown Recreation Area Gleason, WI

Triathlon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . nevischamber.com Aug 12 WingKids Triathlon

Colvill Park Red Wing, MN Recreational. . . . . . . . . . . wingmantri.com

Mountain Bike Racing. . . . . . . wemseries.com Aug 19 Gitchi-Gami Ride

Silver Bay, MN

Aug 12 Dairyland Dare

Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ggta.org/ride.php (See ad on on page 43 for more details)

Southwest Wisconsin Recreational . . . . . . . dairylanddare.com/

Aug 12 Lake Marion Triathlon

Lakeville, MN

Aug 13 Great Hawk Chase

Spirit Mountain Duluth, MN Mountain Bike Race . mnmtbseries.com

Triathlon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . facebook.com/

Aug 13 Green Lake Triathlon

Triathlon. . . . . . . . . . . . . runningintheusa.com/

Aug 20 St. Paul Triathlon

St. Paul, MN

Green Lake Spicer, MN

Aug 24-27 Bike Around Minnesota

Aug 13 N. Mankato Triathlon

Aug 26 Maple Grove Lifetime Tri

Walker, Bemidji, Park Rapids, & Staples, MN Multi-Day Ride. . . . . . . . . . . . . . bambiketour.org

Triathlon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . greenlaketri.com/

Weaver Lake Park Maple Grove, MN

Hiniker Pond Park Mankato, MN

Triathlon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . maplegrovetri.com/

Triathlon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . finalstretch.com/

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Aug 26 Kiwanis Kids Triathlon Whipple Beach Baxter, MN

Triathlon . . . . . . . . . . . brainerdkiwanisclub.org Aug 27 Superior Man Triathlon

Bay of Lake Superior Duluth, MN

Triathlon. . . . superiormantri.com/overview/

September

Sept 1-4 La Crosse Bike Festival

Cameron Park La Crosse, WI

Recreational. . . . . . . . . . . explorelacrosse.com/ Sept 2-3 Laddies Loppet Race

Maplelag Resort Callaway, MN

Mountain Bike Race . . . . . .mnmtbseries.com/ Sept 3 Harvest Duathlon

Alexandria Discovery Middle School Alexandria, MN

Recreational. . . . . . . . . . . harvestduathlon.com Listings continue on page 43

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Planning Your Trip

Congratulations, you have decided to take the leap and sign up for a bike event. It could be a small charity ride, your first triathlon, or a multi-day bike tour, whatever the ride there are a few things you should know before leaving your front door. Pack heavyI’m not encouraging you to bring everything you own, but be sure to pack for all kinds of situations. Bring a jacket, arm warmers, knee warmers, and rain gear for changing weather conditions. Be sure to bring extra tubes, chain lube, hex keys, rags, and a floor pump to keep your bike running. Don’t forget food (for pre, during, and post ride), water, and bottles to keep you going strong. Know your routeMost events will share a map of the route in advance. Print a paper version of it, just in case your digital solution fails. If you are making your own route create a cue sheet. On a cue sheet, each turn of the ride is listed by street and distance for quick reference. Random goodsEven if you plan and pack well, unexpected things happen. Be sure to bring a zip lock bag (preferably big enough to house you phone to keep it dry), a small bit of Duct tape, travel tissues, 4 quarters, and a Ten dollar bill. With those items, you can protect things from the elements, repair the unrepairable, buy ice cream, and do a host of other things. Take care of your babyA mechanical problem on a long trip is the worst. Avoid any issues by first cleaning your bike thoroughly, then taking it in for service. Having your bike running in tip top shape makes the ride that much more enjoyable. Think of it as an adventureOf all the “things” you bring with you, be sure to leave your stress at home. No ride has ever gone according to plan. In fact, some of my most enjoyable rides were the ones where everything went wrong! Enjoy the journey and stay positive.

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September

Sept 9 Root River “Taste of the Trail”

Lanesboro, Peterson, Whalan, MN Recreational. . . . . . . . . . rootrivertrail.org/

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Sept 9 Caramel Apple Ride

Lake Wobegon Trail Sauk Centre, MN Recreational. . . .exploreminnesota.com/ Sept 9 Blaine Triathlon

Lakeside Commons Park Blaine, MN

Triathlon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . blainetriathlon.com/ Sept 9 Square Lake Triathlon

Square Lake Park Stillwater, MN

Triathlon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . frontrunnerusa.com/ Sept 9 Northern Kettles Fall Epic

New Fane Trails New Frane, WI Mountain Bike Race . . . wemseries.com/ Sept 10 Tour DE Tush

Enter to win our weekly prize drawings!

Veterans Memorial Park Richfield, MN

Red. . . . . . . . . . www.coloncancercoalition.org (See ad on page 29 for more details)

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Sept 10 Saint Paul Classic Bike Tour

University of St. Thomas St. Paul, MN

Recreational. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . bikeclassic.org/ (See ad on page 29 for more details) Sept 10 Door County Century

Door County Fairgrounds Sturgeon Bay, WI

Recreational. . . . . . . doorcountycentury.com/ Sept 11-15 Door County Holiday

Sturgeon Bay, WI Multi-Day. . . . pedalacrosswisconsin.com

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Fountain, Harmony, Preston, MN

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Sept 16 Fall Classic Duathlon

Oct 7 GEARS Greenbush Grinder &

Sept 16 Mora Bike Tour

Greenbush Recreation Area Trails Glenbeulah, WI Mountain Bike Race. . . . . . wemseries.com/

Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vasaloppet.us/

Land of Memories Park Mankato, MN

WEMS Championship

Lake Elmo Park Reserve Lake Elmo, MN Duathlon. . . . . . . . . . frontrunnerusa.com/ Vasaloppet Nordic Center Mora, MN

Oct 8 Mankato River Ramble

Sept 16 Purple Ride Stride

Recreational. . . . . . www.bikeriverramble.org/ (See ad on page 29 for more details)

Elm Creek Regional Park Maple Grove, MN

Twin Cities Bike Stores

Recreational. . . . . . . . . . . . support.pancan.org Sept 17 Minneapolis Bike Tour

Boom Island Park Minneapolis, MN

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Bike King

Recreational. . . . . . . . . . minneapolisparks.org (See ad on page 53 for more details)

6489 Cahill Ave Inver Grove Heights. . . . . . . 651-475-7766 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . http://bike-king.com/

Sept 17 Autumn Trek Ride

Hoffman Park River Falls, WI

Gateway Cycle

Sept 23 Root River “Taste of the

6028 Hwy 36 Blvd. N. Oakdale. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-777-0188 . . . . . . . . . . . . www.gatewaycycle.com

Houston, Rushford, Rushford Village, MN

Grand Performance

Recreational. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . zapevent.com

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Recreational. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . rootrivertrail.org (See ad on map pages 50-51 for more details) Sept 23 24/7 Central Lakes Cycle

Duathlon

Central Lakes Cycle Fergus Falls, MN

Duathlon. . . . . . . . . . . . centrallakescycle.com/ Sept 23 Headwaters 100

Century Elementary School Park Rapids, MN

Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . itascatur.orgl

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Oct 7 Apple Affair Tour

The Square Galesville, WI

Recreational. . . . . . . appleaffairbiketour.com/

1938 Grand Ave. St. Paul. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-699-2640 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.gpbicycles.com (See ad on page 43 for more details)

Penn Cycle & Fitness

6415 Lake Rd Terrace Woodbury. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-731-9458 710 W. Lake Street Minneapolis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 612-822-2228 2290 Cliff Road Eagan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-882-0312 3916 W. Old Shakopee Rd. Bloomington. . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-888-1427 10611 Baltimore St. NE Ste. 140 Blaine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 763-432-9430 6824 Penn Ave. South Richfield. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 612-866-7540 10750 Cedar Bend Minnetonka. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-953-5030 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.penncycle.com

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TC Bike Stores

One Ten Cycles

1040 West Dakota Drive Mendota Heights. . . . . . . . . 651-454-2066 . . . . . . . . . . . . www.onetencycles.com/ (See ad on page 5 for more details)

Spokes Bike Shop

8850 Glacier Road St. Bonifacious/Waconia. . 952-442-1666

Sunrise Cyclery

2901 Blaisdale Ave (New Location) Minneapolis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 612-824-6144

Tonka Cycle & Ski

16 Shady Oak Road South Hopkins. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-938-8336 . . . . . . . . www.tonkacycleandski.com (See ad on page 57 for more details)

Twin City Mountain Biking Areas

Battle Creek (MORC-Maintained) Saint Paul. . https://www.ramseycounty. us/residents/parks-recreation Buck Hill

Burnsville . . . . . . . . . . . . . http://www. buckhill.com Carver Lake Park (MORC-Maintained) Woodbury. . . . http://www.ci.woodbury. mn.us/parks-and-trails/parks/off-roadcycling-trail

Cottage Grove Bike Park

(MORC-Maintained) Cottage Grove. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . https:// www.facebook.com/cottagegrovebp

Elm Creek Park Reserve

(MORC-Maintained) Osseo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . https:// www.threeriversparks.org/parks/elmcreek-park.aspx

Fort Snelling State Park

Minneapolis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . http:// www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/ fort_snelling/trails.html Listings continue on page 53

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Riding with a Theme Song There’s nothing like your favorite playlist to keep you pedaling in high spirits even through the toughest rides. But space is limited while riding a bike, so here a few of the most portable options.

Earbuds It all comes down to personal preference, but the most common ways people listen is through earbuds.They do a great job because they fit snugly into your ear (eliminating a lot of wind noise), are light and collapsible, and don’t need an additional power source. The downside of earbuds is they can limit your ability to hear your surroundings. We take for granted how much our auditory sense contributes to our perception of the world. If you want to use earbuds it’s best you use just one. Most media devices will allow you to shift all sound to one earbud, leaving your other ear open and keeping you safe.

Speakers Another simple option is to use the speakers in your phone and an on-bike mount. This option works okay, but sound quality and battery life end up being an issue. Another popular choice is to use a portable speaker. Lots of riders are find it easy to mount a speaker to their bike or person. This option maintains good sound quality, while allowing you to hear the world around you. The volume can also be adjusted so that those out of your immediate vicinity won’t hear your choice in boyband.

Rock Out Responsibly Whatever you choose, remember to be responsible. Be responsible to yourself by not eliminating your ability to hear the world around you, and responsible to others who want to enjoy all the sights and sounds uninterrupted.

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Hillside Mountain Bike Park

Elk River. . . . . . . . . . . . . http://mn-elkriver. civicplus.com/Facilities/Facility/Details/ Hillside-City-Park-27

Lake Elmo Park Reserve

Lake Elmo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . https:// www.co.washington.mn.us/index. aspx?NID=502

Lake Rebecca Park Reserve

Rockford. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . https:/ www.threeriversparks.org/parks/lakerebecca-park.aspx

Lebanon Hills Regional Park

(MORC-Maintained) Eagan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . https:// www.co.dakota.mn.us/parks/parkstrails/ lebanonhills/pages/default.aspx

Murphy Hanrehan Park Reserve

(MORC-Maintained) Bloomington . . https://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Minnesota_Valley_National_Wildlife_ Refuge#Long_Meadow_Lake_Unit

Salem Hills (Harmon Park)

Long Meadow Swamp

MN Trail River Bottoms

(MORC-Maintained) Eagan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/maps/ state_parks/spk00154_summer.pdf

(MORC-Maintained) Savage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.threeriversparks.org/parks/ murphy-hanrehan-park.aspx Inver Grove Heights .(MORC-Maintained) www.ci.inver-grove-heights.mn.us/ index.aspx?NID=289

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Start/Finish at Boom Island Park Enjoy the scenic Grand Rounds Byway System at your own pace, with no motorized traffic! All ages and abilities are welcome. Enjoy rest stops with great snacks and a party at the Finish Line with live music! 16, 25 or 32 Mile Route $35 Register by September 2 $45 Day of Registration www.minneapolisbiketour.com

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Physical Activity We all need to be active. People who participate in any amount of physical activity will benefit. Stay active throughout the day by walking or bicycling for errands and using the stairs. Taking short activity breaks is a great way to do it. Getting a variety of physical activities are important. • Two or more days a week you should Avoid Injury schedule moderate or high-intensity muscle strengthening activities that When Bicycling involve all major muscle groups. Ride on the roadway, • Get a minimum of 2 1/2 hours a rather than on sidewalks. week of moderate-intensity aerobic Follow the same rules of activity, or 75 minutes a week, the road as when you are at least 10 minutes at a time, of driving a car. vigorous-intensity aerobic physical Wear a helmet every activity. time you ride. Active kids are healthy kids. Make sure Make yourself visible, children are physically active for a day and night. minimum of 60 minutes each day.

Healthy Eating • Eat a variety of vitamin-packed foods, especially whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low-fat or fat-free milk or foods high in calcium, leaner meats and other proteins. • Reduce your risk of cancer and other chronic diseases by eating as many fruits and vegetables as you want. It is the best way for your body to get the nutrients it needs. • Drink less pop and other sweet drinks — a can of pop has the same amount of sugar as a six-inch Snickers candy bar. • Limit saturated and trans fats, salt, added sugars and alcohol. • Eat moderately at meals and limit excessive caloric intake. • Limit the portion size of low-nutrient foods. Each portion should be no bigger than your fist. • Pay attention to how much you are eating. Grazing is a common reason people overeat. • Eat within two hours of waking up so your body’s metabolism will increase slightly throughout the day and help you burn calories. For more information, visit: www.health.state.mn.us/mnpan

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TC Mt Biking Areas

Theodore Wirth Park

MPLS. (MORC-Maintained) Minneapolis. . . . . . . www.facebook.com/ theowirthsingletrack

Welch Village, Welch

Welch. . . http://www.welchvillage.com/

Minnesota Racing

National Sports Velodrome Blaine, MN . www.nscsports.org (See ad on page 25 for details)

Twin City Metro Tourism

TC Convention & Visitor Bureau Bloomington CVB

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-858-8500 . . . . . . . . . . www.bloomingtonmn.org

(See map on pages 26-27 for more details)

Holiday Inn Express Bloomington 7770 Johnson Avenue. Bloomingto. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-952-893-9999 https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/

Hastings Chamber and CVB

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-437-6775 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.hastingsmn.com

(See map on pages 36-37 for more details)

Lakeville Chamber and CVB

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 888.525.3845 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.visitlakeville.org

(See map on pages 30-31 for more details)

Minneapolis Northwest CVB

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 763-566-7722 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.mplsnw.com

(See map on pages 16-17 for more details)

Twin Cities Gateway

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-488-5145 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.tcgateway.com

(See map on pages 12-13 for details)

Waconia Chamber and CVB

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 952-393-5812 . . . . . . . www.destinationwaconia.org

(See map on pages 22-23 for more details) Listings continue on page 63

Your Bike Shop in Hopkins www.tonkacycleandski.com

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Accessorize Your Bike

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A comfortable saddle is the most important component of enjoying your next bike ride. Finding the right one can be easy with a few tips! A bigger saddle is not always Curved Seat more comfortable, shape determines how comfortable a saddle is. Your riding position has a lot to do with what shape works best for you. With that in mind try to resist the urge to just grab Ischial tuberosity any seat in the store until you Pubic Arch determine what kind of position you ride in. Someone who leans forward toward the bars a great deal rotates their hips forward, and rest on the pubic arch (see figure). Someone who sits more upright with their hips rotated backward, rests on their sit bones (technically called, Ischial Flat Seat Tuberosity). Some saddles are designed for riders that sit on their sit bones, while others on the pubic arch. Because of this fact, you will need to find a saddle that matches your riding position. The easiest way to figure out which saddle might work for you is to view the saddle from behind (if it were on the bike you could look down the length of the saddle and see the handlebar). Is the saddle shaped in a constant curve from right to left, with no flat sections? This saddle is probably best for those who rest on their pubic arch. If the saddle has a flat section, it is more geared to riders who rest on their sit bones. Once you find a few saddles that match your riding position, it’s a good idea to try them out (Most local bike shops offer some sort of service for saddle fitting). Any new saddle will feel unfamiliar at first, it’s best to install the saddle on your bike and take a few minutes and pedal around. Focus on how you are resting on the saddle. It’s a good sign if you can rest in one spot comfortably. You should feel supported evenly without any one localized point of pressure. If you find yourself shifting around frequently to find a good spot, that saddle probably doesn’t fit too well.

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EXPLORE

Northfield

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-658-2548 . . . . . . . www.northfieldchamber.com

(See map on pages 40-41 for more details)

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321 Division St. Northfield. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-507-786-9191

Mike’s Bicycle Shop

416 Grastvedt Ln. Northfield. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-507-645-9452

Bike Club

. . . . . . . . www.northfieldbikeclub.org

Faribault

Visitors Center . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-658-2354 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.faribaultmn.org

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Milltown Cycles

311 Central Avenue Faribaul. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . t1-507-331-2636 - River Bend Nature Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.rbnc.org/ - Sakatah State Trail.. . . . www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_trails /sakatah/index.html

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Red Wing

Visitors Center. . . . . . . . . . . . -800-498-3444 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.redwing.org (See ad on page 49 for more details)

Wabasha

Visitors Center. . . . . . . . . . 1-800- 565-4158 wabashamn.org/chamberofcommerce

River Rider Cycle & Specialty

Bed, Breakfast & Brewery Suites with 5 Course Breakfast

257 Main Street W Wabasha. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-507-396-3420

Turning Waters B & B and Brewery

136 Bridge Avenue Wabasha. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-564-1568 . . . . . www.turningwatersbandb.com (See ad on page 63 for more details)

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Southeast MN

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Winona

Albert Lea

Visitors Center. . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-657-4972 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.visitwinona.com

Visitors Center. . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-345-8414 . . . . . . . . . www.albertleatourism.org/ (See map on pages 54-55 for more details)

(See map on pages 46-47 for details)

Adventure Cycle & Ski

Martin’s Cycle & Fitness

Kolter Bicycle and Fitness Inc

Broadway Bike Co.

1137 S Broadway Ave Albert Lea. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-507-377-3704

178 Center Street Winona. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-452-4228

507 S. Broadway, Ave Albert Lea. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-507-373-2060 Myre Big Island State Park (MTB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507 379-3403 . . . . . . . . dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/

Winona. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-507-452-5665

Brone’s Bike Shop

112 1/2 Main St Fountain City, WI . . . . . . . . 1-608-687-8601

Root River Trail Towns

Mankato

(See map on pages 50-51 for more details)

Visitors Center. . . . . . . . . . . 1-800.657.4733 . . . . . . www.visitgreatermankato.com

Fountain. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-268-4923 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.fountainmn.org Harmony. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-247-6466 . . . . . . . . . www.exploreharmony.com Houston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-896-4033 . . . . . www.houstonmnchamber.com Lanesboro/Whalan . . . . . 800-944-2670 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.lanesboro.com (See ad on page 69 for more details)

(See map on pages 58-59 for more details)

Broken Spoke

19026 Rapidan Ave Mankato . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-507-278-4320

Flying Penguin Outdoor Sports

Little River General Store (bike shop)

Lanesboro. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-467-2943 Peterson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-875-2222 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.petersonmn.org (See ad on page 69 for more details)

Preston. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 888-845-2100 . . . . . . . www.prestonmntourism.com (See ad on page 95 for more details)

Rushford/Rushford Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-864-3338 . . . www.rushfordpetersonvalley.com

Austin

Visitors Center. . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-444-5713 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.austincvb.com (See ad on page 48 for more details)

Rydjor Bike Shop

219 N. Main Street Austin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-507-433-7571

604 N Victory Dr Mankato . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-507-345-4754 Nicollet Bike Shop (new location) 607 North Riverfront Drive Mankato . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-507- 388-9390

Scheels

1850 Adams St #6 Mankato . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-507-386-7767

Blue Earth

Visitors Center . . . . . . . . . . 1-507-526-2916 . . . . www.chamber.blue-earth.mn.us Bike-4-2 Rental @Giant Park Red Barn TIC

Jackson

Visitors Center. . . . . . . . . . . 1-507-847-3867 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.jacksonmn.com

Luverne

Visitors Center. . . . . . . . . . . 1-888-283-4061 . . . . . . . . . www.luvernechamber.com

Worthington

Visitors Center. . . . . . . . . . . 1-507-372-2919 . . . . www.pipestoneminnesota.com - City trail and scenic touring road to ride

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Minnesota

Hutchinson

Visitors Center. . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-572-6689 . . . . . . . www.explorehutchinson.com

www.lanesboro.com

(See map on pages 20-21 for more details)

Outdoor Motion

141 Main Street S Hutchinson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-320-587-2453 • Luce Line Trail

Willmar

Visitors Center. . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-845-8747 . . . . . . . . . www.seeyouinwillmar.com (See map on pages 60-61 for more details)

Green Lake BMX

221 South St Spicer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-320-796-4434 .www.markconley.com/greenlakebmx

Rick’s Schwinn & Sport Center

320 3rd St SW Willmar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-320-235-0202

“Come for a weekend; Stay for a lifetime!”

Spicer Bike & Sport

178 Progress Way Spicer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-320-796-6334

Glacial Ridge Winery

15455 CR 131 Spicer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-320-796-9463 . . . . . . http://glacialridgewinery.com/ Listings continue on page 72

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Glacial Lake State Trail

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St Cloud

Visitors Center. . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-264-2940 . . . . . . . . . . . www.granitecountry.com (See map on pages 64-65 for more details)

Northwest MN

Cuyuna Lakes Area

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Brainerd

Visitors Center. . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-450-2838 . . . . . www.explorebrainerdlakes.com (See map on pages 70-71 for details)

Craig’s Bike Shop

Acceleration Sports & Fitness

Erik’s Bike Shop

Easy Riders Bicycle & Sports

9575 Sucker Creek Rd NW Rice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-320-393-3120 2115 W. Division St. St. Cloud. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320-257-0111

Fitzharris Ski and Bike

105 7th Ave S St Cloud. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-320-251-2844

Revolution Cycle and Ski

160 29th Ave S St Cloud. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-320-251-2453

Rod’s Bike Shop

28 Lincoln Ave SE St Cloud. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-320-259-1964

Scheels

607 Laurel St Brainerd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-218-454-0100 415 Washington St Brainerd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-218-829-5516

Martin’s Sport Shop

25451 Main St Nisswa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-218-963-2341

Trailblazer Bikes

14843 Edgewood Dr N Baxter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-218-829-8542

Walker (Leech Lake Area)

Visitors Center. . . . . . . . . . 1- 800-833-1118 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.leech-lake.com (See map on pages 74-75 for more details)

40 N Waite Ave (CR Mall) Waite Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-320-252-9494

Leech Lake B & B

Visitors Center . . . . . . . . . . . 320-352-5201 . . . . . . . . . . . www.visitsaukcentre.com • Lake Wobegon Trail

Park Rapids

Sauk Centre

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419 Alex Moore St Sauk Centre. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-320-352-5432

Wheelwright Bike Repair

11 1st Ave E Long Prairie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320-732-1053

Northwest MN

11058 Steamboat Loop Walker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-218-547-2231 . . . . . . . . . . . . www.LeechLakeBB.com 1204 Park Ave. S Visitors Center. . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-247-0054 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.parkrapids.com

Northern Cycle

501 1st St E Park Rapids . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-218-732-5971 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.facebook.com/ (See ad on page 77 for more details)

Bemidji

Visitors Center. . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-325-5916 . . . . . . . http://www.littlefallsmn.com/

300 Bemidji Ave N Visitors Center. . . . . . . . . . . 1-877-250-5959 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.visitbemidji.com

124 2nd St NE Little Falls. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-320-639-2453

2422 Ridgeway Ave N.W . . 218-751-2487 . . . . . . . . . https://www.hiexpress.com

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Northern Cycle

117 3rd St NW Bemidji. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-218-751-2453 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.facebook.com (See ad on page 77 for more details)

Roseau

Visitors Center. . . . . . . . . . . 1-218-463-0009 . . . . . . . . . . . . www.city.roseau.mn.us/

Northeast MN

Hinckley

Visitors Center. . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-952-4282 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.hinckleymn.com

T&M Athletics

3001 County Road 43 Willow River. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-292-3045 . . . . . . . . . . . www.tandmathletics.com

Grand Rapids

Visitors Center. . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-355-9740 . . . . . . . . . . www.visitgrandrapids.com (See ad on page 77 for more details)

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Maps • Guides • Features

Itasca Trail Sports

316 NE 4th St Grand Rapids. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-218-326-171

Iron Trail

Visitors Center. . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-777-8497 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.ironrange.org (See map on pages 80-81 for more details)

Bikes on Howard

407 E Howard St Hibbing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-218-262-0899

Mesabi Bike Creation

720 9th St N Virgina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-218-749-6719 . . . . . . . . www.mesabirecreation.com

Northern Lights Rental Shop

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Helpful Bike Tools & Supplies

Keep Your Bike Ready-to-Ride Like any other mechanical device, your bicycle needs routine maintenance to ensure it’s safe to ride when you need it. Here are a few tips to put you on the right track!

Tip 1: Stay Away from the Hose Every moving part on your bicycle needs lubrication to function properly. A hose forces water in and lubricant out, leaving your bicycle susceptible to corrosion and excess wear. Instead, fill a bucket with warm, soapy water (Dawn dish detergent works well) and use a large sponge or washcloth to clean all the parts of your bicycle. From top to bottom rinse it all off with fresh water, and let the bicycle air dry.

Tip 2: Focusing on the Drivetrain If you have a particularly dirty drivetrain (the gears, chain, and the little pulley wheels on your derailleur) and want to get it sparkling you will need the following: • Degreaser • A stiff bristled brush • Rubber gloves • Protective eyewear

Tip 3: Reapply Lubricant Now that the bicycle is clean, reapply lubricant. The only places that need lube are the chain and possibly cables. Step 1: To lube the chain, prop your bicycle up so you can freely backpedal. While backpedaling, coat the chain evenly with lubricant. Step 2: Once the chain is well lubricated, fold a rag around the chain, backpedal, and remove all the excess lubricant you can (the chain will feel almost dry to the touch). Note: If you feel you need to lube the cables, apply lubricant in small doses, where the cable enters the housing. Cycle the gears, or squeeze the brakes until capillary action transports the lube into the cable housing.

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Northeast MN

Duluth

Visitors Center. . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-438-5884 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.visitduluth.com

Boreal Bicycle Shop

631 E 8th St Duluth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-218-722-9291

Continental Ski & Bike

1305 East 1st St Duluth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-218-728-4466

Duluth Running

1026 E. Superior St Duluth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-218-728-1148

Earth Bike

1619 E 6tah St Duluth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-218-724-3600

Lakeside Video

4511 E Superior St Duluth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-218-525-7363 9.9000 1032 E 4th St Duluth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-218-724-8525

Stewart’s Wheel Goods

1502 East Superior Street Duluth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-218-724-5101

GRAND RAPIDS

www.visitgrandrapids.com/biking Rental • Repair

Sales • Accessories

Enjoy over 150 miles of the beautiful Heartland and Paul Bunyan Trails

Rentals available: Comfort, Road, Childrens bikes and trailers Located on the Heartland Trail Hwy. 34 East, Park Rapids, MN 218-732-5971

Trail Fitters

Located by the Paul Bunyan Trail 117 3rd Street NW, Bemidji, MN 218-751-BIKE (2453)

Fun & Romance!

600 E. Superior St. Duluth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-218-722-6776

Rest & Recreation with all the Amenities of a Resort!

Twin Ports Cyclery

2914 West Third St Duluth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-218-624-4008

Comfort Inn – West

3900 W Superior St. Duluth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-218-628-1464 . . . . . . . . www.comfortinnduluth.com

YOUR HOSTS Gary & Sandra Davis

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Come Clean

Leave Clean

Minnesota has hundreds of miles of state managed trails and many more on other public lands. There is a strong correlation between invasive plants and Minnesota’s trail system and it threatens our way of life. Outdoor enthusiasts can help protect the places we love by reporting what we see and making sure we’re not giving harmful invasive a ride on our gear. Here’s how:

Clean Your Gear Before and After Recreating

Have you ever noticed new weeds popping up along your driveway, or an interesting moth in your house? There’s a good chance they came home with you from somewhere else. To avoid spreading harmful plants, earth worms and forest pests it’s important that you clean your gear before and after heading outdoors, preferably before getting on the road.

Stay on Designated Trails and Roads

Soil disturbance allows invasive plants to gain a foothold in new environments. Then once established, invasive plants can move into native communities where they can outcompete native plants and disrupt wildlife habitat. So do your best to stay on designated trails and roads.

Use Certified or Local Wood

Plant pests can move in firewood. A good example is the emerald ash borer that is killing ash trees across the country. Weed seed can move in hay and other feed. A good example is spotted knapweed that was spread in contaminated hay. Once established knapweed exudes a toxic chemical from its roots that inhibits native plants. We can avoid spreading these pests by using only certified or locally produced firewood and feed.

If You See It, Report It

We need the extra eyes and hears of outdoor enthusiasts to locate and address harmful species. Reporting is easy using the free mobile application created by EDDMapS.org. The application includes lots of information on identification and will upload your data via wifi. Visit the website, find out what occurs in your area, and download the application to your smart or tablet.

Spread the Word, Not the Problem

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COME CLEAN. LEAVE CLEAN.

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Northeast MN

Mountain Villas

9525 W Skyline Pkwy Duluth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-218-624-5784 . . . . . . . spiritmt.com/mountain-villas

Silver Bay

Visitors Center. . . . . . . . . . . 1-218-226-4870 . . . www.heartofthenorthshore.com/ (See map on pages 88-89 for more details)

Lutsen/Tofte

Bike MN

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . jo@bikemn.org BikeMN teaches kids and adults to ride bikes safely in Minnesota. They have an expanding number of League of American Cyclist Instructors (LCI’s) throughout the State working to make a difference in the MN communities. Join BikeMN’s LCI Team, see page 7. Current LCI list is on page 87.

Visitors Center. . . . . . . . . . . 1-888-616-6784 . . . . . . www.americasnorthcoast.org/

Lutsen Mountains Shop

Lutsen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-218-663-7281

Visit Cook County

Visitors Center. . . . . . . . . . . 1-888-616-6784 . . . . . . . . . . www.visitcookcounty.com

Superior North Outdoor Center

13 S. Broadway Ave Grand Marais. . . . . . . . . . . . . 218-387-2186

State of Minnesota Resources

Explore Minnesota Tourism

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Minnesota Complete Streets

Minnesota Cycling Federation

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Minnesota Dept. of Health

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MN High School Cycling League

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Minnesota Mountain Bike (MORC)

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Parks & Trail Council of MN

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Bicycling in Minneapolis

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Bike Edina

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What Bike Is Right for Me?

Like everything else in the world today, there are no shortages of choices when it comes to bikes. So how do you figure out what is right for you? Step one, determine where you want to ride. Typical choices are on the road, path/trail, and off road with many subdivisions of each. Step two, how frequently do you plan on riding? Bicycle costs range from around $300 up into the tens of thousands. The most basic models use less durable materials like plastics in the shifting components and mild steel rather than stronger alloys. As the prices increase, stronger metals replace less durable materials, lending to a bicycle that will hold up better to frequent use. Step three, why are you riding? Fun and fitness, speed and adrenaline, or competition all put different strains on a bicycle. Be sure to match your riding style with the bike you get. Now it’s time for some research. What kind of bike do you need? There are three main categories of bicycles, but each one has its own subcategories as well. For those, it’s best to visit your local bike shop. Mountain Bikes Mountain Bikes are designed for off road use. They sport the largest tires of any category and are equipped with suspension designed to keep the rider in control on rough trails. Mountain Bikes have low gearing so riders can pedal up steep grades of loose ground. A lot of riders enjoy the stability and position of a Mountain Bike for Path/Trail riding as well as true off road riding. Road Bicycles Designed with speed and efficiency in mind, Road Bikes are best suited on roads due to the small tire size. These bicycles are the lightest of the three categories. Some Road Bikes are equipped with flat handlebars, but most come with a drop bar. Many riders love the speed and lightweight of these bicycles. Path/Trail Bikes Path/Trail bikes are the largest volume of bicycles sold. These bicycles use an upright handlebar and a more comfortable seating position. The tires range from something narrow (like a Road Bike) to as wide as a Mountain Bike. Some are also fitted with suspension designed for comfort rather than control. While not as quick as a Road Bike, these bikes offer great efficiency on longer bike tours.

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TC Metro Resources

MN Bike Clubs & Race Teams

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Metro Transit

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Active Sports Club

Rochester. . . . . . . . . . . . www.rasc-mn.org

Midtown Greenways Coalition

Alexandria Bike & Ski Club

bikeandfitnessco.com/events.htm

Three Rivers’ Parks

Balance Cycling

Minneapolis . http://balancecycling.com

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Transit for Livable Communities (TLC)

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Bemidji Bike Club

Bemidji contact@thebikeguybemidji.com

Birchwood Bike Racing Team

Neighboring State Bike Advocates

Minneapolis. . birchwoodbiketeam.com

Boreal Bike Club

Bike Federation of Wisconsin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.bfw.org

Bloomington. . . . . www.borealbike.com

Buffalo Bike Club

Bloomington Bicycle Alliance

Buffalo. . . . . . . . . . . . BuffaloBike Club.org

Facebook. .https://www.facebook.com/ BloomingtonBicycleAlliance/

Cannon Valley Velo Club

Northfield. . . . . . . . sites.google.com/site/ cannonvalleyveloclub/

Richfield Bike Advocates

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.www.saintpaulbicyclecoalition.org/

Central Minnesota Bike Club

St. Paul Bicycle Coalition

Bowlus . . . . . . . http://cmnbikeclub.com/

Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew Crosby . . . . . http://cuyunalakesmtb.com

Cycle Mesabi

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Current Minnesota LCI’s (League of American Cyclist, Instructors) Alex Salazar Allison Osberg Amber Dallman Ana Begej Andrew Magill Betsy Christensen Bob Hamann Brad Little Brent Johnson CJ Lindor Cameron Dean Carl Soldner Carl Voss Charles Quigg Dan Breva Danny McCullough David Sanderson De Wayne Combs Diane Pittman Donna Palivec Dorian Grilley Ed Lehr Elizabeth Gary Emily Wade Emma Pachuta Erik Johnson

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PREPARING FOR A A triathlon is a race that includes swimming, biking and running. Training for a triathlon needs to include conditioning in all three areas, however training sessions for a triathlete are not exactly like those done by swimmers, cyclists or runners individually. Swim Those who are new to competitive swimming should take lessons to develop a smooth, efficient stroke. With efficiency will come speed. Triathletes also must also get comfortable swimming in open water–so that means choppy water, without underwater markers for navigation. Practice swimming in open water as often as possible and practice staying on course. “Sighting” the course buoys is necessary to stay on track and preventing swimming farther than you need. Always swim safely and that means with a buddy. Bike This is the longest leg of the race so time in the saddle is very important. To improve cycling skills you will want to be comfortable on you seat in an efficient, aerodynamic position. It is highly recommended to get a professional bike fitting. On your bike practice pushing a moderate gear and hold a cadence of about 90 revolutions per minute (rpm). This will save your running legs! Run This is the most common discipline for injury, so always listen to your body and focus on the quality, not quantity, when it comes to your training runs. Hill running will help build running speed and prevent injuries. Make sure, if you are not already conditioned to run the distance, train for the distance before introducing speed training into your program. Bricks “Bricks” are workouts that practice transitions between two of the disciplines. Bike-to-run bricks are especially important because your legs can feel as though they’ve turned to concrete blocks when you get off your bike and try to run. Schedule at least one bike-to-run brick each week while training. This will help you get your body used to making the transition. Recovery Allow your body enough recovery time before each event. Training will make you slow, tired and more prone to injury without a recovery period. Have one day of complete rest per week to give your body a chance to recover. Every three to four weeks, cut your overall training intensity and volume in half. This “Recovery week” gives your mind and body a chance to rest and absorb all of the hard training you’ve done over the past month.

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MN Bike Clubs

Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores West Duluth. . . . . . . . . . www.coggs.com/ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-715-398-0588

Duluth Road Cycle Club

Duluth. . . . . . . . . .www.duluthracing.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-218-1724-8525

Erik’s Bike Club

Ride Tuesday Nights at 6 p.m. Twin Cities. . . . www.eriksbikeshop.com

Fairmont Bike Club

Fairmont. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-507-238-1094

Access to over 60 miles of paved bike trails, shopping, fine dining, unique overnight accommodations and camping facilities and more!

Faribault Flyers

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Flat City Cycle Club

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Gitchee Gami Trail Association

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GrandStay Cycling Team

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GSHotelsCycling Great Plains Bike Club

Fargo/Moorhead. . gpcycling.org/joomla/

Heartland Bike Club

Park Rapids . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-218-652-3936, Ride Tue. & Thur. Northern Cycle Shop

Hiawatha Bicycling Club (HBC)

Twin Cities. . . . . www.Hiawathabike.org (See ad on page 99 for more details)

Itasca Tour Club

Park Rapids . . . . . www.itascasports.com

Itascatur Club

Park Rapids . . . . . . . . . . www.itascatur.org

Lakes Area Cycle Club

Perham. . . www.lakesareabikeclub.com

Lake Superior Cycle Club

Duluth. . . . . . . . Tone@duluthracing.com

Major Taylor Bicycling Club

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Mid-Minnesota Cycling Club

Nordic Ski Club of Central MN

Midwest Sport Council

Northfield Bike Club

St. Cloud..midmncyclingclub.blogspot.com www.midwestfun.org

Midwest Women’s Cycling

Minneapolis Bicycle Racing Club Minnesota Cycling Team -Twin Cities

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Minnesota Junior Cycling

TC based . www.minnesotarandonneurs.org

Minnesota Junior Cycle www.mnjrc.com/

Minnesota Wheelman

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National Sports Center-Velo Club Blaine. . http://velodrome.nscsports.org (See ad on page 25- map on page 12-13)

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.www.peacecoffeeracing.com/index.

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Rim Riders St. Michael . . . 763-479-8900 Rochester Active Sports Club

Twin Cities. . . . . . . . . . . .www.mnjrc.com/

TC based. . . . . . www.thewheelmen.org/

Ride & Glide Ski and Bike Club

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Minnesota Wheelman

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Ramsey Cycling Club

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Penn Cycle Rides

Minnesota Human Powered Assoc.

Minnesota Triathlon Club

. . . . . . . . www.northfieldbikeclub.org

Peace Coffee Racing Forest Lake

Minnesota HS Cycling League

Minnesota Randonneurs

Paul Bunyan Cyclists

Twin Cities . . . . www.flandersbros.com/ . . mncyclingteam.org/MCT/Welcome

. . . www.nordicskiclubcentralmn.org

North Star Ski Touring Club

Twin Cities. . www.mwcmr.blogspot.com/

Rochester.rasc.multisportsystems.com/

Rosemount Cycling Club

Rosemount.www.rosemountcycling.com/

Rum River Cycling Club Milaca . . . . rumrivercycling.com/ Sierra Club – MN North Star Chapter

. . . . . . www.minnesota.sierraclub.org

Silver Cycling Lakeville, MN

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.silvercycling.org

(See map on pages 30-31 for more details)

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IMBA developed the “Rules of the Trail” to promote responsible and courteous conduct on shared-use trails. Keep in mind that conventions for yielding and passing may vary in different locations, or with traffic conditions. 1. Ride Open Trails: Respect trail and road closures — ask a land manager for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail. Do not trespass on private land. Obtain permits or other authorization as required. Be aware that bicycles are not permitted in areas protected as state or federal Wilderness.

2. Leave No Trace: Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don't cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in. 3. Control Your Bicycle: Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations, and ride within your limits.

4. Yield Appropriately: Do your utmost to let your

fellow trail users know you're coming — a friendly greeting or bell ring are good methods. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Bicyclists should yield to other non-motorized trail users, unless the trail is clearly signed for bike-only travel. Bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way or downhill-only traffic. In general, strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one.

5. Never Scare Animals: Animals are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses, use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife are serious offenses.

6. Plan Ahead: Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding and prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient: keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear. Search here for a www.IMBA.com Club to join and have fun!

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MN Bike Clubs

MN Bike Clubs

Sitzmark Ski & Social

Velo-Duluth Cycle Club

Sports Hut Bicycle Racing Team

Venture Expeditions Burnsville

Duluth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-218-624-4008

Twin Cities. . . . . . . www.sitzmarkmn.org Twin Cities . . . . spor tshut raceclub.com

St. Ben/St. John Cycling Club

. . . . . . . . www.ventureexpeditions.org

Wabasha Bicycling Club

Collegeville www.clubs.csbsju.edu/cyclingclub/

Wabasha. . www.wabashabicycleclub.com

Winona Area Mountain Bikers

St. Olaf Cycling Club

Winona. . . . . . . . . . . . greg@advcycle.com (See map on pages 46-47 for more details)

Northfield. . . . . . . . . . . . . www.stolaf.edu/

St. Paul Bicycle Racing Team

St Paul based. . . . . . . . . . . . www.spbrc.org

Superior Cycling Club

Grand Marais. . www.superiorcycling.org

Traverski Ski & Sports Club

Rochester. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-507-421-9984 www.groups.yahoo.com/group/traverski Twin Cities Bicycle Club (TCBC) Twin Cities. . . . . . . . . .www.BikeTCBC.org

Twin Cities Tandem Club

Twin Cities . . . . . . . . www.tc-tandems.org

Twin Cities Spokes

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.facebook.com/

Twin Cities Unicycle Club

Your News Source for Events and Fun Destinations. Subscribe to our Free Monthly E-Magazine

Twin Cities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.tcuc.org

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Twin Cities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.umct.org

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Minnesota High School Cycling League

League Core Principles • Inclusive-no bench warmers every finish counts • Equality-no try outs: everyone rides • Strong body-lifelong fitness and health • Strong minds-NICA student-athletes are students first • Strong character-work hard, play fair, respect others in the community

What Makes Us Different • We fill a niche for students whose needs were not met in traditional sports and get kids outside. • We welcome and support diversity in disability, ethnicity, gender andorientations, and skill level. • We promote health & fitness in teens & their families, and improve focus and academia in our riders.

Join our Team Today! www.minnesotamtb.org

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