The 20th annual Saint Paul Classic Bike Tour will take place on Sunday, September 7, 2014, and you have one (1) day to save $9 on pre-registration.
More than 6,000 bicyclists come from miles away to enjoy a wonderful ride through Minnesota’s capital city. The attraction for many Classic participants is the ability to ride along Saint Paul’s celebrated Grand Round parkway system with a minimal amount of traffic. Rest stops are spaced evenly throughout the course providing beautiful views, hot coffee, cool beverages, tasty baked goods, organic fruit and live music performed by well-known local musicians. In 2013, riders from 21 states ranging in age from zero to 90 enjoyed this family-friendly event!
2014 will bring you “The Classic Classic” with routes that made the event popular 20 years ago. The 15-mile Summit Avenue loop follows the river toward downtown and turns at the Science Museum to climb Ramsey Hill. The 30-mile Grand Round route is a showcase for the handsome parks and parkways of beautiful Saint Paul. This course follows the river before making a long climb to Indian Mounds Park and then travels on to Lakes Phalen and Como. The 45-mile route combines the 15 and 30-mile loops but ten miles are repeated.
Pre-registration is available online at BikeClassic.org until midnight, September 3. Day of ride registration is welcome and begins at 7:15 a.m. on the campus of the University of St. Thomas near the intersection of Cretin and Grand Avenues. All riders must be on the course by 9:15 and finished by 1:15. And remember your helmet – it’s required!
The cost for adults to participate in the Classic is $39 (through September 3) or $48 on the morning of the event. Youth ages 5-17 ride for $12 and kids under age five ride free. New this year – students ages 18-22 with a school ID may register for just $20. Members of the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota receive a $5 discount.
The Saint Paul Classic Bike Tour is produced by and benefits the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (BikeMN) a nonprofit organization that represents the two million Minnesotans who ride a bike each year. BikeMN is dedicated to providing leadership and a unified voice for bicycle education, advocacy and efforts to make Minnesota more bicycle friendly so that more people will ride bicycles more often. Find more information at BikeMN.org. Proceeds from the Saint Paul Classic Bike Tour fund BikeMN’s education programs. In 2014, BikeMN will reach more than 10,000 kids and adults with safe cycling messages.