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Biking Goals for 2009…

I am so looking forward to spring 2009 and beyond!  I have some new biking goals and if anyone out there is game to join me – let me know.  here is the tentative plan:

ironmanThe Ironman: (April 26, 2009 in Lakeville, MN.):  The Minnesota Ironman Bicycle® Ride, now in its 43rd year, is the longest running century bike ride in Minnesota. With routes of 100, 65 and 30 miles, this single day bike tour has something for every cyclist. Held every year on the last Sunday in April in Lakeville MN, the Minnesota Ironman is the start of the cycling season in the upper midwest.

lakesTour of Lakes: (Saturday June 6) The Tour of Lakes Bicycle Ride is a one day recreational ride for cyclists of all abilities. It is not a race. Experience the beautiful Brainerd Lakes area as you ride past lakes and forests on low traffic rolling to flat terrain. An occasional hill can be found as well.  Our tour promises an abundance of beautiful scenery, fresh air, terrific rest stops and a different route each year.

The ride is held rain or shine. You can choose the short route or challenge yourself with the long route.

The Tour of Lakes Bicycle Ride is a non-profit event hosted by the Paul Bunyan Cyclists Bicycle Club. Any surplus revenues are used to promote safe cycling in our community.

beststrawberrieseverTour of Saints ( Sunday, July 12): Each summer from 200 cities across Minnesota,cyclists gather in St. Joseph to pedal quiet byways, sweat over challenging hills, relish the summer-rich morningand savor fresh treats along the way.  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 a 50-mile option you can choose along the way.  Riders enjoy rest stops with food and drink spaced along the scenic course.

riderimage2Minnesota Aids Trek: (September 12 and 13th) A 1 or 2 day 100% volunteer supported, bicycle trek benefiting people affected by HIV / AIDS, and vaccine research.

We’ll start out bright and early on the morning of Saturday September 12, 2009, from a location to be announced.  Gear transported by trucks.  Snacks and fluids are provided at pit stops, approximately 15 miles apart.  Lunch provided at the third pit stop.
Dinner and overnight camping at the Grand Casino Hinckley Campgrounds; see below for information about hotel alternatives.  We are working on arrangements for a limited number of resort chalets at Grand Casino Hinckley.
Sunday September 13, 2009 we leave Hinckley for Duluth.  Pit stops and lunch provided, also celebratory dinner at Duluth.  Motorcoach transportation leaving Duluth for the Twin Cities at about 5:30 p.m.  Bikes and gear transported back to the Twin Cities.

This is the plan as of this date.  Contact me if you want to do any of these of more details.  I would love to be able to get a few people to do this with.


February 8, 2009 - Posted by | Insane Moments, Just me

1 Comment

  1. I was reading your blogs, I didn’t know you were back doing bike trips. You have done Tour of Saints five times (you posted four), remember WE did it first back in 96 or 97? How could you forget that!!!! My cousin’s wife wants to do Tour of Lakes again this year. What about you? Good thing we didn’t sign up last year, I would of lost out with my broken ankle.
    My cousin’s wife never stays with me for the long haul, and I hate riding by myself. I sorta mentioned that to her last time, but I still loose her on the hills, she has very short muscular legs.

    Comment by Barb Schroeder | March 3, 2009

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