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These bike events are a great start to March. You can get some more fat biking in, hone your BMX skills on an indoor track, and more.

Bike Events: Check Out These Cycling Events to Kick Off March

By Andrew Ellis, HaveFunBiking.com

This time of the year, where everyone is getting antsy, spring feels as if it’s just on the horizon. However, Mother Nature isn’t done teasing us with more snow. Luckily, there are still some bike events coming up to scratch that cycling itch while we start planning our #NextBikeAdventure. Over the next few weeks, weather permitting, consider a fat bike rally in Bemidji and several chances for mountain bikers and BMX riders to hone their skills while waiting for warmer weather. Now, get those bikes out and get ready to ride!

Upcoming Bike Events .

Minnesota

BMX Events

Thursday, March 2nd
Rum River BMX Clinic
Industrial Park – Isanti, MN
6:00 PM
Entry: $15 (Pre-registration required)
Isanti, MN
These clinics are designed to help you improve your skills no matter your skill level. Each clinic will go over specific aspects of BMX racing such as going through the gates and jumping. These sessions are also taught by certified coaches, assistant coaches, and trainers.

Friday, March 3rd
Rum River BMX Practice
Industrial Park – Isanti, MN
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Entry: $11.00
Isanti, MN
It’s cold out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t ride. So get yourself ready for those crazy outdoor tracks by getting some good practice on the indoor BMX track at Industrial Park. You’ll be able to meet other riders, and also hone your skills in preparation for warmer weather.

Saturday, March 4th
Local Race
Industrial Park – Isanti, MN
Registration: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Race follows ASAP registration
Entry: $16.00
These races are for every skill level, and perfect for putting those new skills to the test. And if you just want to watch, then you can get into these bike events for free.

Sunday, March 5th
Northland Fire & Ice Series
Industrial Park – Isanti, MN
Registration: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Entry: $16.00
This popular racing series will have two races each month and will culminate with the final event in December 2017. Also remember that everyone is welcome to race in these bike events.

Tuesday, March 7th
Rum River BMX Practice
Industrial Park – Isanti, MN
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Entry: $11.00
It’s March but the weather may not allow you to hit the tracks yet. So get yourself ready by getting in some good practice on the indoor BMX track at Industrial Park. You’ll also be able to meet other riders, and hone your skills in preparation for warmer weather.

Friday, March 10th
Rum River BMX Practice
Industrial Park – Isanti, MN
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Isanti, MN
It’s the weekend! So kick it off right by hitting the BMX tracks at Rum River. Hone those skills in time for the upcoming outdoor season so you can really show off at all those spring and summer bike events.

Saturday, March 11th
Rum River BMX Local Race
Industrial Park – Isanti, MN
Registration: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Race follows ASAP registration
Entry: $16.00
These races are for every skill level, and perfect for putting those new skills to the test. And if you just want to watch, then you can get in for free.

Sunday, March 12th
Sunday Funday Racing Event
Industrial Park – Isanti, MN
Registration: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Entry: $16.00
You may have to go back to work or school tomorrow, but enjoy Sunday afternoon at the tracks! These races are open to all skill levels.

Tuesday, March 14th
Rum River BMX Practice
Industrial Park – Isanti, MN
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Entry: $11.00
Isanti, MN
It’s March and you can almost feel warmer weather coming your way. So get yourself ready for those crazy outdoor tracks by getting some good practice on the indoor BMX tracks. You’ll also be able to meet other riders, and hone your skills.

  • The Rum River BMX Center is just North of the Twin Cities Gateway, for lodging and more things to do when in the area.

Fat Bike Events

Saturday, March 4th – Sunday, March 5th
Northland Fat Bike Rally
Lake Bemidji State Park
Bemidji, MN
If you want to get in on some fat bike action before the snow melts, then this your event. There are two days, but the main rally is on Saturday. There’s a 10K and 28K option for all experience levels, and a brand new kids’ event that will be around 1K. There will also be a group ride on Sunday.

Iowa

Educational Bike Events

Thursday, March 8th
Women with Wrenches: Basic Maintenance
World of Bikes
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Registration: $35
Iowa City, IA
This women-only clinic will cover every part of your bike. You’ll learn how to clean your bike, adjust the seat height, basic day-to-day maintenance, and more. You can also bring along any tools and small bike accessories you have questions about.

Bike Tours

Root River Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour

Also, think about the Root River Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour, in Southeastern Minnesota this summer. Join the fun as the nine Root River Trail Towns host the 2nd Annual Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour over the weekend of July 7-9, 2017. A repeat of last July’s successful inaugural Bicycle Tour, this year’s three-day ride offers a whole new set of routes and scenery. Starting in the Norwegian community of Peterson, participants will pedal through some of the most scenic back-county roads and trails rolling through Minnesota’s Bluff Country.

These bike events should help feed your urge to pedal and help get you ready for the spring and summer. If the winter blues are keeping you down just remember spring is on its way. And soon you’ll be on your way to your #nextbikeadventure.

MnDOT makes 125 county level bicycle maps available

County level bicycle maps are now available in Minnesota. As the second most bicycle friendly state in the United States, according to the League of America Bicyclists, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has recently announced the first of a series of bicycle maps. These are county by county level bicycle maps for the state. In the link below, you’ll find 125 maps with some counties split into more than one sheet. All at this one link location, click on any County Bicycle Map and see trails, road conditions, and more.

Selecting One of the County Level Bicycle Maps

Once you have selected a map, you can print out any of the maps by county (on 8.5×11 or 11×17 paper) to take along to help navigate your bike adventure. Please note, there are no printed versions of these county bike maps available, so you will need to print you own.

Additional Minnesota Maps to Cross Reference

For major metro areas in Minnesota you should also consider referencing local bicycle maps. Local bike maps may have more current local roadway data and trails. Click the following links for these Minnesota cities with bike maps: Albert Lea, Anoka County (TwinCities Gateway) Brainerd, BemidjiCuyuna AreaDuluth, Grand Rapids, Hastings, Hibbing/Virginia, Hutchinson, Lakeville, Little FallsMankatoMinneapolis NorthwestMinneapolis (Hennepin Co.) Park Rapids, Prairie Waters Area (Western MN)Rochester, Root River Trail Towns, StillwaterSt. CloudSt. PaulWalker, Willmar and Winona.

According to MnDOT, “because this is the first effort to show data at the county scale there are some gaps and we will continue to work with the counties to improve the data and layout of these maps with future versions.” They also welcome your comments on how to improve the maps. Submit feedback or changes by emailing [email protected].

Bike Pic July 17, miles of smiles Sunday along the MRT

A ‘Miles of smiles Sunday’ stop without a bit while biking along the Mississippi River Trail (MRT) in between Bemidji and Grand Rapids, MN. This is one of the many selfie opportunities you will find while pedaling along Old Man River.

Above photo was taken on the HaveFunBiking Mississippi River Ride in 2012.

Find many more bike friendly places to explore in the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide.

Thanks for viewing the Bike Pic of the Day here at HaveFunBiking (HFB). 

Now rolling into our 10th year as a bicycle tourism media source, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike, while showcasing unforgettable places to ride. As HFB searches and presents more fun cycling related photos, worth a grin, scroll through the information and stories we have posted that may help you Find Your Next Adventure. Then, while out there if you see us along a paved or mountain bike trail, next to the route you regularly commute on, or at an event you plan to attend, be prepared to smile. You never know where our cameras will be and what we will post next!

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you know that you would like to see us post? If so, please send it our way and we may use it. Send your picture(s) to: [email protected] with a brief caption (of each), including who is in the photo (if you know?) and where it was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 800 pixels wide or larger for us to consider using them. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and an acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As HaveFunBiking continues to encourage more people to ride, please reference our blog and the annual print and quarterly digital Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide to Find Your Next Adventure. We are proud of the updated  At-a-Glance information and maps we are known for at the HFB Destination section on our website and in the guide. Now, as the Guide goes into its seventh year of production, we are adding a whole new dimension of information, now available for mobile devices.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure – we may capture you in one of the next photos we post.

Have a great day!

Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide dedicated to all fathers, next Sunday

Summer Minnesota bike guide is live!

Now available quarterly, the 2016 summer edition of the Minnesota Bike/Hike guide is now digitally available and dedicated to all those fathers, nexy Sunday!

Here is a shot of the e-version of the Summer Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide, now live.

Here is a shot of the e-version of the Summer Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide, now live – enjoy and have fun!.

In our 7th year of printing this handy pocket sized book full of bike travel ideas, HaveFunBiking.com (HFB) has now updated the printed version into a Minnesota e-edition, so check it out. With our new digital platform we are now able to update information on bike travel and tips regularly to help you find your next adventure. Plus, we will be adding additional maps of destinations you may want to explore in the future.

Please take a look at the most recent MN Bike/Hike Guide and bookmark it to your hand held devices for use when on the go. Formatted to fit your mobile phone and note pad the updated e-version offers bike events recently posted and more bike friendly maps, with links, then what is in our print edition. On each map you will find a QR code and link to the HFB Destination landing pages for easy At-A-Glance information when on the go.

From Mankato, over to Stillwater or up to Bemidji, we have highlighted many special landing pages offering you At-A-Glance information when on the go. All offering helpful links while visiting communities you are planning to ride that include: where to eat, where to sleep and other pertinent information that correlates with the maps to help you make your next adventure  fun.

After reviewing the latest edition please share the link of the 2016 MN Bike/Hike Guide with your friends. Give them a chance to find their next bike adventure too. Maybe you will ride together or share your escapades the next time you get together. Either way, the guide opens up many opportunities for bike travel and memories that will last a lifetime!

Bike Pic March 2, see Paul Bunyan at fat bike rallies

Here a young Paul Bunyan impersonator is ready to rock the world on his fat bike, at the Rally this weekend in Bemidji, MN.

Here is more information on Bemidji and a couple other events this weekend in Minnesota:

Northland Fatbike Rally– March 5, 2016
Lake Bemidji State Park
Bemidji, MN 28k, 10k
At-A-Glance Bemidji, where to stay and play throughout the year.

3Way10K Family Event – March 5, 2016 Cancelled
Zorba’s on Gull Lake
At-A-Glance Brainerd/Baxter, where to stay and play throughout the year.

Fatbike Gravity Fest 2016 – March 6, 2016 Cancelled
Mount Kato
At-A-Glance Mankato, where to stay and play throughout the year.

 

#FindYourNextAdventure

Thanks for viewing the Bike Pic of the Day here at HaveFunBiking (HFB). 

Now, rolling into our 10th year as a bicycle tourism media our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike, while showcasing unforgettable places to ride. As HFB searches and presents more fun cycling related photos, worth a grin, scroll through the information and stories we have posted that may help you find your next adventure. Then, while out there if you see us along a paved or mountain bike trail, next to the route you regularly commute on, or at an event you plan to attend, be prepared to smile. You never know where our camera’s will be and what we will post next!

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you know that you would like to see us post? If so, please send it our way and we may use it. Send your picture(s) to: [email protected] with a brief caption (of each), including who is in the photo (if you know?) and where it was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 800 pixels wide or larger for us to consider using them. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and an acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As HaveFunBiking continues to encourage more people to ride, please reference our blog and the annual print and quarterly digital Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide to find your next adventure. We are proud of the updated – At-a-Glance information and maps we are known for at the HFB Destination section on our website and in the guide. Now, as the Guide goes into its seventh year of production, we are adding a whole new dimension of information, now available for mobile devices. 

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure – we may capture you in one of the next photos we post.

Have a great day!

Bike Pic Feb. 27, fat tire events still scheduled

With record high temperatures predicted today, cyclists have a mix bag of reactions. Road and trail riders are breaking out their bikes from winter storage eager to get out. On the other end, for winter bicycle enthusiasts, fat bikers are bumming it a bit. The last of the Frozen Frolic Fat Bike Series was canceled for today. This annual event finale normally takes place out at Three Rivers, Murphey-Hanrehan Park Reserve, in Savage, MN. But don’t despair fat bikers there are a few more opportunities in the upper Midwest to race your fat tired steed this winter:

FatbikeFest XFebruary 28, 2016
Hillside
Elk River, MN

Northland Fatbike Rally– March 5, 2016
Lake Bemidji State Park
Bemidji, MN
28k, 10k
Facebook Event Page

3Way10K Family Event – March 5, 2016
Zorba’s on Gull Lake
Gull Lake, MN
10 km

Fatbike Gravity Fest 2016 – March 6, 2016
Mount Kato
Mankato, MN

Fat Forest Fourteen – March 12, 2016
Forest History Center
Grand Rapids, MN

Giants Ridge Fatbike Enduro – March 19, 2016
Giant Ridge
Biwabik, MN

For you road and trail riders do an ABC check and enjoy the day. Now that you have your bicycle out, this is the perfect time to take it into your favorite bike shop for a tune-up so you are ready for the next warm weather snap.

#FindYourNextAdventure

Thanks for viewing the Bike Pic of the Day here at HaveFunBiking (HFB). 

Now, rolling into our 10th year as a bicycle tourism media our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike, while showcasing unforgettable places to ride. As HFB searches and presents more fun cycling related photos, worth a grin, scroll through the information and stories we have posted that may help you find your next adventure. Then, while out there if you see us along a paved or mountain bike trail, next to the route you regularly commute on, or at an event you plan to attend, be prepared to smile. You never know where our camera’s will be and what we will post next!

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you know that you would like to see us post? If so, please send it our way and we may use it. Send your picture(s) to: [email protected] with a brief caption (of each), including who is in the photo (if you know?) and where it was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 800 pixels wide or larger for us to consider using them. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and an acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As HaveFunBiking continues to encourage more people to ride, please reference our blog and the annual print and quarterly digital Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide to find your next adventure. We are proud of the updated – At-a-Glance information and maps we are known for at the HFB Destination section on our website and in the guide. Now, as the Guide goes into its seventh year of production, we are adding a whole new dimension of information, now available for mobile devices. 

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure – we may capture you in one of the next photos we post.

Have a great day!

Bemidji Loop the Lake Festival Kicks-off Nice Ride

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(Above, Sarah Wilson, Scott Jorgensen, Graham Jorgensen (in trailer) and Finn Jorgensen (in red helmet) take off from the starting gate Saturday for the first Loop the Lake Festival, a 17-mile ride around Lake Bemidji. (Malachi Petersen | Bemidji Pioneer)

Mur Gilman, chairwoman of the Bemidji Loop the Lake Festival committee in Bemidji, said the ride exceeded expectations with 357 cyclists registering for the event. Gilman said organizers had only established a goal of 250 riders, so they were happy to see so many people turn out for the inaugural ride.

“I think it’s going good — the weather helped out a little bit,” she said.

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(Above,  Mike Guyette, the president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield MN, helps Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht cut a ceremonial ribbon Sunday for the grand opening of Nice Ride. (Malachi Petersen | Bemidji Pioneer)

Gin Forseman, of Bemidji participated in the ride and said she was surprised at the turnout.  It’s great. I didn’t think there would be that many the first time, it’s good; good turnout,” she said.

The event was sponsored by more than 40 local organizations and businesses and was staffed by 50 volunteers. The riders included solo cyclists, duos, and households of three to six Bemidji Pioneer readers. About one third of the participants were from outside the Bemidji area.

The 17-mile route started at the Sanford Center at 8 a.m. with a rolling start. Bikers proceeded to cycle down Lakeshore Trail through downtown Bemidji. Rest stops at Ruttger’s Lodge and Lake Bemidji State Park were provided for a “rolling taste of Bemidji,” which included food, drink and live music. Cyclists finished the ride by looping back to the Sanford Center via the Paul Bunyan State Trail.

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(Above, Melinda Neville, manager of Nice Ride Bemidji, stands in front of a rack of Nice Ride bikes at the Diamond Point rental location. Bikes will be available at three locations starting Sunday with a fourth location opening in Bemidji State Park in July. Malachi Petersen | Bemidji Pioneer)

Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht, who also took part in the ride, praised the festival for its ability to rally people in the community to do something active.

“This is a great sort of festival and event to rally everyone who might think about biking or doesn’t bike regularly, or bikes all the time to get them out and to brush off their bikes and get them going,” Albrecht said. “It’s a way to get people out and make it easy for them. We always say that if you make the healthy choice; the easy choice people will take it.”

David Olson, a cyclist who stopped off in Lake Bemidji State Park for a short rest, said he and his sisters were riding the loop as part of a New Year’s resolution to live a healthier lifestyle.

“I think it’s great. I can’t believe how many people are out here doing this, this is fantastic” Olson said. “This is what the community needs to do; get more people engaged in fitness.”

The Loop the Lake Festival was part of a weekend Mayor Albrecht proclaimed as “Bicycle Days in Bemidji.” As part of Bicycle Days, the bike sharing and rental program Nice Ride Bemidji was hosted in an opening celebration ceremony at the Paul and Babe the Blue Ox statue at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, at the Visitors Center.

Bemidji_loopthelake -2c_nice(Above, left to right: Tony Desnick, the director of Greater Minnesota Strategies for Nice Ride, poses for a picture Sunday with Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht, Blue Cross and Blue Shield president and CEO Mike Guyette, and Executive director of Nice Ride Bill Dossett at the grand opening ceremony for Nice Ride Bemidji. (Malachi Petersen | Bemidji Pioneer)

Local civic leaders, including from the city and Bemidji State University, along with representatives from Nice Ride Minnesota and Blue Cross Blue Shield, held the grand opening Sunday for Nice Ride Bemidji, a bike-sharing program that is the first of its kind for a smaller city in outstate Minnesota. See more on Nice Ride Bemidji here

For visiting and biking in and around the first city along the Mississippi River, see HaveFunBiking’s At-A-Glance Bemidji article.