FAQ

What bike should I ride?

This is a personal decision. The fastest way to cover the course is on a gravel road bike. The gravel is packed clay so smooth enough for skinny road tires but in the past those riders ended up returning to the start wishing for their gravel bikes.
Fat bikes and mountain bikes are allowed however we aim to be back for the SWAG giveaway around 1pm. You may have to adjust your route to time it better.

What is the route like?

Fast and flat generally speaking. The gravel is packed clay so you can roll fast. There is one dip into Marine on St. Croix and a granny-gear climb out of there. There is some asphalt on the course connecting gravel roads.

What kind of tires do you recommend

What kind of tires do you recommend a. A bit wider than a 700x28 with a bit of traction. Too many lugs will just slow you down, unless of course we have some Minnesota weather.

What is included in the registration fee?

Registration includes a post-ride meal and fountain beverage as well as a donation to the MN Lyme Association

Can register the day of?

We are capping the field size to 225 riders. If we have room, you can ride and eat and be entered into the SWAG giveaways.

Can my junior rider participate in the event?

Yes, with a signed waiver from a parent if they are under 18.
Pricing for Juniors is only $10

What is the SWAG giveaway?

NOW Bikes and their brand suppliers donate items to promote the event and gravel cycling in MN. We will be drawing numbers during the ride for all those who register. When you return from the ride, check the table and see if you have won.

Is this a race?

No, for legal & permitting reasons this is not a race.
There will be a clock at the finish line to write your time of day down crossing the finish line which may be shared later on the website just so you can remember how awesome it was.

Are there different categories?

Not really. Too much hassle. Have fun. See #8 above.

Event Parking

#1 Limited spots are available at the Golf Club. Google Maps Link
#2 Street parking on 190 th West of Golf Club. One side only
#3 Public parking available at Transit Center Google Maps Link
#4 Use gravel road, Forest Road to get to 190 th on bike not paved trail

Rules

1. Obey all traffic signs & laws. Do not obstruct traffic, stay to the right most side of the road.

2. Wear a helmet.

3. Register and sign the waiver in order to ride.

4. No public indecency – there are many houses and cars on the route, you never know who is watching.

5. Be aware of horses on the route – do not spook or surprise them

6. Cross intersections with caution – do not trust the riders in front of you

7. Do not litter