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On the 25th day of 30 Days of Biking, dress accordingly as rain is in the forecast, again later today!

Bike Pic April 01, a soggy day for the kickoff of 30 Days of Biking

It’s no April fools, 30 Days of Biking begins this Wednesday on a soggy note, but using a bike to run errands could make your life more carbon-free. Maybe its time to start planning that #NextBikeAdventure. Have you registered for 30-days of biking yet, it’s free?

Thanks for Viewing Today’s 30 Days of Biking Pic

We are now rolling into our 15th year as a bike tourism media. Our goal is to encourage more people to bike and have fun while highlighting all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more places to have fun, we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. Enjoy the information and stories we have posted as you scroll through.

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As we continue to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your next bike adventure – Also, check out the MN Bike Guide, now mobile friendly, as we enter into our 8th year of producing the guide.

Bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure! Please share our pics with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the corner with one of our cameras ready to document your next move while you are riding and having fun. You could be in one of our next Pic of the Day posts.

Have a great day!

The snow is gone, replaced by rain showers that brings spring flowers and many bike events.

May Bike Events Are Here to Help You See All Those Flowers

by Andrew Ellis, HaveFunBiking.com

The wait is over! The snow is gone, replaced by rain showers that brings spring flowers and many bike events. Find your favorite trails and countless opportunities to take a ride here. Below are plenty of bike events to start your riding season out right.

Recreational Bike Events

May 6
Fulton Gran Fondo
Fulton NE MPLS Production Brewery
Minneapolis, MN
Start the spring off in the Twin Cities the right way with a nice bike ride followed by by an all ages after party with beer and live music. You have the option of choosing between the 45-50 mile ride and the 100-mile option. There’s also a party goes from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm and is free to get in. Registration is the same price for both options and you can purchase an official jersey for $85.

May 6
Run/Walk/Ride Around Woman
St. Edward’s Catholic Church & Downtown
Longville, MN
A ride portion has been added to this annual event. It follows the same course around Woman Lake in Chippewa National Forest. But unlike the run and walk portions the ride is not timed so it’s a great opportunity to enjoy a Saturday outside. First Saturday in May from 7:30 – 2:00 pm.

May 6
Cinco Du Mayo
Square Lake Park
Stillwater, MN
This event is a mixture of running and biking. The Stillwater event has a short and long course option. The race starts at 8:45 am and is followed by an after party with tacos.

May 7
Tour de Red Wing
Minnesota State College Southeast Technical
Red Wing, MN
Come ride the beautiful bluffs and valleys around Red Wing and help efforts to eradicate Polio. There are also four biking distances to choose from: 10, 16, 37, or 43 miles. There’s a flexible start from 7:00 am – 8:30 am. This year also features The Family Five Bike Ride available to all ages, and starts at 9:30 am.

May 13
Bike MS: Twin Cities Ride
Summit Brewing Company
St. Paul, MN
Help raise awareness and fight for the end of Multiple Sclorsis (MS). You can register as a team or individual. It’s $45 to register and you must raise a minimum of $50. The ride begins and ends at Summit Brewing Company and features a choice of five different urban routes:12, 22, 40, or 50 miles.

May 20
ALS Bike Trek
Big Marine Park Reserve
St Croix, MN
Annual ALS Bike Trek MN at Big Marine Park Reserve in St. Croix. Its goal is to raise awareness of ALS and work towards an effective cure. Registration and other info is online.

May 21
Chocolate City Ride
Burlington, WI
This event starts at 6:00 am at Burlington High School and offers three different course options: 23 miles, 40 miles, and 62 miles. There’s also an additional 10-mile Family Ride for $30 and up to six family members can enter. All pre-registered riders will receive one ticket to the Chocolate City Festival on Memorial Day weekend.

May 26
Burlington Road Race
Port of Burlington Building
Mediapolis, IA
There are three different options to choose from 104-mile, 52-mile, and 23-miles. Each race is catered to different skill levels. There are cash prizes for the 52- and 104-mile rides, and medals for the 23-mile ride.

May 27
Snake Alley Criterium
Snake Alley
Burlington, IA
This race takes place on a 15-block course. There are also different start times for its several categories, and takes place entirely on city streets. Register online at USA Cycling.

May 28
Leinenkugel’s Chippewa
Irvine Park
Chippewa Falls, WI
The ride takes place the Sunday before Memorial Day. There are options of 35-, 50-, 100-mile courses. Each one starts and ends at Irvine Park. Registration is from 7:00 am – 10:00 am and the ride follows immediately. The entry fee is $35 for individuals and the Family Ride is $80. More information is available online.

Bike Race Events

May 19
Alexander 380
Spring Valley Community Center
Spring Valley, MN
This gravel race attracts riders from all over the country. The race starts at 5:00 am.

May 20
Royal 162
Spring Valley Community Center
Spring Valley, MN
Part of Wilderfest, this ride takes participants through the scenic farmland of Southeastern Minnesota. The race starts at 7:00 am.

May 20
Almanzo 100
Spring Valley Community Center
Spring Valley, MN
Part of Wilderfest, this bike race takes riders through the rolling farmland of Southeastern Minnesota. It starts at 9:00 am in downtown Spring Valley.

May 21
Hope Lutheran Church
Hastings, MN
This ride is to support female, transgender, and gender non-conforming riders so priority will be given to them. Entry is also free and there are 10-, 20-, or 30-mile options. Registration is at 8:00 am – 9:00 am at Hope Lutheran Church. The 30-mile starts at 9:00 am, the 20-mile starts at 9:15 am, and the 10-mile starts at 9:30 am.

May 27
Le Grand Du Nord
Grand Marais
Grand Marais, MN
This event that starts in Grand Marais has a 50-mile and 100-mile course. Riders will climb through beautiful scenery which includes a great view of the US/Canadian border. An after party also follows the ride of Voyageur Brewing Company. Entry fee is $70 and registration ends on May 26th.

Mountain Biking

May 6
Southern Kettles Classic
Emma Carlin Trail Head
Eagle, WI
This bike event is part of the Wisconsin Endurance Mountain Bike Series.

May 7
St. Croix Valley Woolly
Woolly Trail Network
St Croix Falls, WI
Spend Saturday afternoon in St. Croix Falls for a free ride on the Woolly Trails and around town. You even have a chance to win cash and prizes. Registration is now open.


All Month Long
Various Locations
USA BMX has plenty of indoor and outdoor parks throughout the country. There are numerous opportunities throughout the month to participate in clinics, practice your skills, and even enter in races. Spectators can watch most of the races for free.

Multi-Sport Events

May 6
Chain of Lakes Triathlon
Alexandria Discovery Middle School
Alexandria, MN
This bike event starts at 9:00 am and is another great way to start off the season. It starts with a swim at Alexandria Discovery Middle School, and is followed by a 13-mile bike ride with three miles on the Central Lakes Bike Trail. It finishes with a run through a residential area.

May 13
Oakdale Spring Classic Duathlon
Lake Elmo Park Reserve
Lake Elmo, MN
This multi-sport event takes place at Lake Elmo Park Reserve and attracts athletes from all over. It’s a 3-mile run, 14-mile bike, and 2.5-mile run. The event is limited to 500 participants and registration through May 13 is $60 for individuals and $75 for a team. Same-day registration is $70 and $85, respectively.

May 20
Root River Triathlon
Root River Trailhead Park
Houston, MN
This is a non-swimming triathlon in Southeast Minnesota’s Root River Valley in Bluff Country. Participants canoe or kayak six and a half miles down river from Houston to Mound Prairie, and then bike back to Houston. The race ends with a three mile run. An awards ceremony follows and you can register online.

May 20
White Deer Triathlon
Boulder Junction Community Center
Boulder Junction, Wi
This event features a canoe/kayak/stand-up paddleboard course on Boulder Lake, a 22-kilometer bike ride on the area’s rustic roads, and a six kilometer run along scenic country roads onto a beautiful forest trail. Register online.

May 21
Gear West Duathlon
Orono High School
Orono, MN
This event starts at Orono High School and is mostly off-road. It starts with a 4.5k run, followed by a 20k bike ride, and finished with another 4.5 k run. The race starts at 8:00 am, and you can register online.

May 26
Apple Kid’s Duathlon
Sartell Middle School
Sartell, MN
Kids can enjoy their own race on Friday, May 26th. There are two course options, and each one is designed for specific age groups. Helmet are required.

May 27
Apple Duathlon
Sartell Middle School
Sartell, MN
This event attracts athletes from all over the country. It’s a 5k run, 33k bike ride, and 5k run that starts at Sartell Middle School. The race will start in different waves beginning at 8:30 am.

Bike Sales Events

May 13
Rick Anderson’s 9th Annual Bike Sale
Superior Service Center
Apple Valley, MN
All proceeds from this sale go to the Kids ‘n Kinship youth mentoring program. Bike prices range from $25 to $300 with models available for all ages and skill levels. Those who buy a bike will receive a Famous Dave’s Wings coupon, and can also enter in to win one of two $25 gift certificates for Famous Dave’s BBQ Restaurant in Apple Valley. More info is online. Sale goes from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Remember, all these events are just a warm-up. There are also plenty of events going on as the riding season shift into full gear. Until then, enjoy your first bike adventures of the season.

Minnesota’s top ten bike rides to start your summer of fun

With so many bike rides to choose from here are some of Minnesota’s best recreational and touring rides to check out for fun in April, May, June and July, of 2016.

Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride – Sunday, April 24th

Celebrating its 50th year as Minnesota biking tradition this organized recreational  ride tours the scenic St. Croix River Valley, near Stillwater and is a great way to get out and experience riding with others – Plus, bragging rights are guaranteed for the rest of the summer.

See more at: MN Ironman Bike Ride

Riders on the 49th Annual Minnesota Ironman Bike Ride.

Riders on the 49th Annual Minnesota Ironman Bike Ride.

Bike MS: Twin Cities Ride – Saturday, May 7th

Bike MS: Twin Cities Ride presented by The Toro Company is a must-do for any Twin Cities cyclist. A charity ride more than 1,000 riders choose their own challenge — biking 12, 22, 40 or 50 miles through St. Paul and Minneapolis for one cause: a world free of MS.

See more at:  Bike MS: Twin Cities Ride

ALS Bike Trek – Saturday, April 21

The ALS Bike Trek Minnesota is a charity ride created by ALS TDI to raise awareness of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gehrig Disease) and funding toward an effective treatment. The seventh annual ALS Trek enjoys the scenery along the St Croix River Valley.

See more at: Als Bike Trek

Twin Cities Tour de Cure – Saturday, June 4th

Each year the Twin Cities Tour de Cure celebrate everyone who lives with type 1 and type 2 diabetes as their heroes on the day of this annual event. If you, a family member or friend have diabetes, join the American Diabetes Association members as they tour the bicycle routes, starting at Minnehaha Falls, in Minneapolis.

See more at: Tour de Cure

These Twin City Tour d' Cure bike participate pause at the end of last years ride for a photo opp. by Coppersmith Photographers

These Twin City Tour d’ Cure bike participate pause at the end of last years ride for a photo opp. by Coppersmith Photographers

Tour of Minnesota – June 17-24th

The Tour of Minnesota, formerly known as the Jaunt with Jim Klobuchar ride, is a multi-day bike tour exploring  communities throughout the state. In its 42nd year, this year’s tour trip will visit Brainerd, Walker, Park Rapids, Itasca State Park, Bemidji and Pine River in Northern Minnesota.

See more at: Tour of Minnesota

HBC Tour D‘Amico – Monday, July 4th

Celebrate the day riding the Tour D’Amico, a ride that tours the west suburbs of the Twin Cities. Choose from three routes, a 29, 45, or 62.2 miles option that includes hydration breaks along the way and a D’Amico & Sons Italian buffet lunch at the end, in Golden Valley.

Enjoying a D' Amico and Son's Italian picnic after the ride.

Enjoying a D’ Amico and Son’s Italian picnic after the bike ride.

See more at: Tour D’ Amico

TCBC Watermelon Ride – July 4th

On the east side of the Twin Cities celebrate the day riding the Watermelon Ride, with a 15, 25, or 52 mile tour option. Starting in Battle Creek Park, snacks will be provided  at rest stops along the way and a picnic lunch will be served at Snail Lake Park, in St. Paul.

See more at: TCBC Watermelon Ride

Root River Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour – July 8-10th

On this three-day tour see why many call this area “God’s Country” the hidden jewel of Minnesota’s Southeast region. Starting in Whalan explore the valleys and bluff of the area while visiting all the Root River Trail Towns: Lanesboro, Fountain, Preston, Harmony, Houston, Rushford and Peterson before returning back to Whalan.

See more at: Root River Bluff & Valley Bike Ride

Here a family of cyclists enjoy exploring the scenic roads, by bike, that circle and cross the Root River Trail, in Southeast Minnesota's Bluff Country.

Here a family of cyclists enjoy exploring the scenic roads, that circle and cross the Root River Trail, in Bluff Country.

Bike MS: TRAM – July 20-24th

Bike MS: TRAM Ride 2016 (The Ride Across Minnesota) is Minnesota’s greatest cycling vacation. Nearly 1,000 riders will travel through the picturesque scenery and rich history of central Minnesota, starting in St. Joseph with overnight stops in Sauk Centre, Fergus Falls, Wadena and Little Falls. There is a 3-day route option also.

See more at: Bike MS: TRAM

Riders enjoy getting together each year on the M.S TRAM

Riders enjoy getting together each year on the M.S TRAM

Red Ribbon Ride – July 21-24th

Red Ribbon Ride is a fully supported 4 day ride, starting at the Mall of America, to raise vital funds for HIV/AIDS services, treatment, prevention and awareness, benefiting service for: African American AIDS Task Force, Clare Housing, Hope House of St. Croix Valley, MN AIDS Project, One Heartland, Park House, Rural AIDS Action Network and The Aliveness Project.

See more at: Red Ribbon Ride

Here a bike rider on a Red Ribbon Bike Ride, in the Twin Cities, is flanked by angels on cycles.

Here a bike rider on a Red Ribbon Bike Ride, in the Twin Cities, is flanked by angels on cycles.

See more events and friendly places to ride in the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide.

A Beautiful Day and 300 Riders Made The ALS Bike Trek A Success

Rita Wilczek                                                                                                                                                                                             This year’s ALS Bike Trek MN was held on May 17, a beautiful day to bike in Marine on St. Croix along the Minnesota/Wisconsin border.

ALS-1There were over 300 bicyclists and nearly $121,000 was raised for research to cure ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  Riders, donors, sponsors, organizers all contributed to the success of this year’s Trek.

ALS-6Why do so many support the mission to cure ALS when there are so many other good causes?
Likely they have a parent, brother, sister, friend or co-worker who has or had ALS.  Life expectancy for someone diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks the motor neurons, is only 2-5 years.  So bicyclists ride the Trek in honor of, or in memory of their relative or friend.

ALS-8And they ride because they can.  It seems a cliche to say, “they ride because they can”, but for anyone who has had an injury that prevented them from biking temporarily, imagine giving up biking forever.  People diagnosed with ALS will lose their ability to walk, use their hands, eat, swallow and eventually breathe.

ALS-2The picture to the right is an ALS Walk we did with my brother, Mark in 2006.  He was diagnosed in 2005 at the age of 52 and lost his battle 3/11/2007 at the age of 54.  Many lives are cut short by ALS and we hope to change that by supporting the efforts of ALS TDI (Therapy Development Institute).  Your help is appreciated.

Plan to participate in the ALS Bike Trek MN, next year on May 16, 2015 and ride because you can!