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Happy New Years as you begin 2018, we hope its you best year yet! Start the year off right with a resolution to do more biking like this father/son duo, in the photo at last years Arctic Fever Fat Tire Race, in Excelsior, MN.

Bike Pic Jan 1, father son duo plans for the Arctic Fever Fat Tire Race

Happy New Years as you begin 2018, we hope its you best year yet! Start the year off right with a resolution to do more biking like this father/son duo, in the photo at last years Arctic Fever Fat Tire Race, in Excelsior, MN.

Join us there January 13th, then, see all the other places to explore in 2018 by downloading the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide

Thanks for viewing Today’s 2018 Fat Tire Race Pic

Now rolling into our 11th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue 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 destinations you can have fun at we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy!

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: editor@HaveFunBiking.com. Include a brief caption (for each), of who is in the photo (if you know?) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger, to be considered. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continues to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your next bike adventure – Also, check out the latest  Bike Guide, mobile friendly as we enter into our 9th year of producing print and digital guides.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. Please share all our pic’s with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the next corner with a HFB camera ready to document your next move while you are riding and having fun. Capturing you in one of our next ‘Pic of the Day’ posts.

Have a great day and a memorable new year!

Its CyclecCross season here in Minnesota and this weekend Tonka Cycle & Ski is hosting two days of fun out at LGR CX, October 21 & 22, out at Jackson Meadows, St Marine near the St Croix River, east of the Twin Cities. 

Bike Pic Oct 21, who says you can’t have fun when the ground is wet?

Its CyclecCross season here in Minnesota and this weekend Tonka Cycle & Ski is hosting two days of fun out at LGR CX, October 21 & 22, out at Jackson Meadows, St Marine near the St Croix River, east of the Twin Cities.

What better way to continue your fall fun and your #NextBikeAdventure. View all the fun ideas and bike destinations in the latest Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide. Then plan your next outing with family and friends in one of our HaveFunBiking Destinations.

Thanks for Viewing Our ‘Cyclecross Fun’ Pic of the Day  

We are now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media. As we pedal forward our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun while we highlight 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.

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: editor@HaveFunBiking.com. Include a brief caption (for each) of who is in the photo (if you know) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger to be considered. If we use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continue to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your #NextBikeAdventure – Also, check out the MN Bike Guide, now mobile friendly, as we enter into our 8th year of producing this hand information booklet full of maps.

Remember, bookmark HaveFunBiking.com on your cell phone and find your next adventure at your fingertips! 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 cameo apperance while you are riding and having fun. You could be in one of our next Pic’s of the Day.

Have a great day!

If you never try, you'll never know what you're capable of.

Bike Pic Feb 7, Get Out There and Try Something New, You May Be Surprised

John Barrow once said, “If you never try, you’ll never know what you’re capable of.” This Tuesday we challenge you to get out there and try something new. You never know, you might discover your next passion or something you’re really good at.

Cylecross photo here was taken last summer a at Aquila Park, in St Louis Park, MN.

Planning your #NextBikeAdventure? View the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide and remember to register for the Root River Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour.

Thanks for viewing Today’s Try Something new this Tuesday Bike Pic

Now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue 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 place to have fun we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy.

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: editor@HaveFunBiking.com. Include a brief caption (for each), of who is in the photo (if you know?) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger to be considered. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continues 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.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. Please share all our picks with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the next corner with one of our camera’s ready to document your next move while you are riding and having fun. We may capture you in one of our next Pic of the Day posts.

Have a great day!

Happy New Year! We hope 2017 is the best year yet! Start the year off right with a resolution to do more biking! We have some great events coming up!

Bike Pic Jan 1, We Hope 2017 Is The Best Year Yet For Biking

Happy New Year! We hope 2017 is the best year yet! Start the year off right with a resolution to do more biking! We are excited to be co-sponsoring some awesome events this year like the Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride and then the Root River Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour, to name a few. Photo above was captured last summer at cycle cross meet in Aquila Park, in St Louis Park, MN.

We would like to encourage you to send us  a special pictures that you would like to have featured in one of our Pics of the Days! Please send them to steph@havefunbiking.com or post it to Social Media and use the hashtag, #nextbikeadventure!

Then, see all the other places to explore in 2017 by downloading the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide

Thanks for viewing Today’s Best Year Yet Bike Pic Wishes

Now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue 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 place to have fun we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy.

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: editor@HaveFunBiking.com. Include a brief caption (for each), of who is in the photo (if you know?) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger to be considered. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continues 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.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. Please share all our picks with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the next corner with one of our camera’s ready to document your next move while you are riding and having fun. We may capture you in one of our next Pic of the Day posts.

Have a great day!

Bike Pic Dec 11, Miles of Sunday Smiles as She Takes the Lead

Miles of Sunday Smiles as she takes the lead on her cross bike. Each Wednesday Night throughout the summer, CX Races are hosted by area bike shops at Aquila Park, in St. Louis Park, MN.

As you patiently wait for the weather to turn to winter fun, many upper Midwest bike riders are now changing their gear over to winter activities, including fat biking, ice fishing, skiing, snowshoeing and other cold weather sports. See all the places to explore, throughout the year, in the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide

Thanks for viewing Today’s Miles of Sunday Smile Cross Bike Pic

Now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue 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 place to have fun we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy.

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: editor@HaveFunBiking.com. Include a brief caption (for each), of who is in the photo (if you know?) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger to be considered. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continues 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.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. Please share all our picks with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the next corner with one of our camera’s ready to document your next move while you are riding and having fun. We may capture you in one of our next Pic of the Day posts.

Have a great day!

Cycle Cross fun jumping over the hurdles in St Louis Park, MN.

Bike Pic Oct 14, Cycle Cross Fun Jumping Over the Hurdles

Cycle Cross fun jumping over the hurdles in St. Louis Park’s Aquila Park. There is still more action coming up, this weekend, October 15th & 16th. Check out the Green Acres Premium Cyclocross in Lake Elmo, MN. Also see their Facebook Event Page.

With the leaves turning and perfect weather biking we hope you get out on your bike and enjoy a fall riding possibilities in Minnesota. See many more bike friendly places to explore in the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide

Thanks for viewing the Cycle Cross Fun Pic of the Day. 

Now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun. While showcasing all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more place to have fun we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy.

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: editor@HaveFunBiking.com. Include a brief caption (for each), of who is in the photo (if you know?) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger to be considered. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continues 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.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. And don’t forget to smile, while you are riding and having fun. We may capture you in one of our next photos that we post daily.

Have a great day!

She is getting ready for Minnesota's cycle cross season with one last Thursday night mountain bike events at Buck Hill, near Lakeville, MN.

Bike Pic Sept 13, Getting Ready for Minnesota’s Cycle Cross Season

She is getting ready for Minnesota’s cycle cross season at one of the last Thursday night mountain bike events at Buck Hill, near Lakeville, MN. The next MN Cycle Cross Race is  at Aquila Park, St. Louis Park, MN.

 

See many more bike friendly places to explore to have your own mountain bike high experience in the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide

See many more bike friendly places to explore, in the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide

Thanks for viewing the Minnesota’s cycle cross season Bike Pic. 

Now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun. While showcasing all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more place to have fun we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy.

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: editor@HaveFunBiking.com. Include a brief caption (for each), of who is in the photo (if you know?) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger to be considered. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continues 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.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. And don’t forget to smile, while you are riding and having fun. We may capture you in one of our next photos that we post daily.

Have a great day!

Bike Pic April 9, fun racing opportunities in Minnesota

These guys prove that riding a bike on a cyclecross course can be fun. Learn more about the different aspects of racing at the Minnesota Cycling Federation.

See more friendly places to ride and 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 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: editor@HaveFunBiking.com 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!

Fun cycling event begins Thanksgiving weekend

By Daniel Mollenkamp, staff writer, LeMars Daily Sentinel

Cyclists from across the Midwest will come to Le Mars, Iowa to pedal a grueling course during the Frosty Cross event, November 28, 29 & 30, 2015. This weekend event is a division of “Cyclocross,” a type of bicycle racing sanctioned by USA Cycling”, said Kevin Richards, owner of Bike Central, which is hosting this fifth annual event.

Cyclists from across the Midwest will come to Le Mars for the 5th Frosty Cross event, hosted by Bike Central Cyclists from age 7 to 70 have participated in past Frosty Cross events. This year's course will be in the Le Mars Municipal Park, SD (Photo contributed)

Cyclists from across the Midwest will come to Le Mars for the 5th Annual Frosty Cross event, hosted by Bike Central Cyclists, with riders from age 7 to 70 participating in the Frosty Cross events. This year’s course will be in the Le Mars Municipal Park, SD (Photo contributed).

“The sport of cyclocross was started in Belgium in the 1900’s as a way for professional cyclists to maintain physical conditioning in the offseason. With events usually running through the fall to early winter, about September to January”, he said.

“Most cyclocross racers get used to riding in inclement weather,” he added.

“The races are similar to steeplechase”, Richards said. “Steeplechase is a form of racing in which obstacles are a very important part of the course. The cycling is off-road. There are obstacles that make the cyclists either get off their bike and carry it around or jump their bikes over the barrier”.

“It’s a closed circuit course, where you do a certain number of laps depending on the time frame of the laps,” he added.

For example, one of the races is an hour long. So, competitors would get as many laps into an hour as they could.

“It’s a very entertaining, actually very grueling for the riders, but it’s a real fan friendly type of cycling,” Richards said. “ You can walk the course”.

This is the fifth year Frost Cross will be sponsored in this area. The shelter house at the pits in Le Mars Municipal Park will serve as the main area for the weekend long event. Plus, a lot of the teams will bring a tent or a canopy and Richards believes this is a good way to extend the cycling season. “You can cycle all year long. This is one way to put it out there,” Richards said.

Richards recommends people attend the event even if they do not know anyone participating, and will not participate themselves. “It’s fun,” he said.

“It’s fan-friendly,” Richards reemphasized. “You can talk to the riders as they go by. You can give them encouragement. A part of cyclocross too is sometimes they expect to be heckled by the fans.”

However, the fun is the participation, Richards said. “I’m not good at it, but it’s fun to ride.”

Last year about 125 people participated. This year, Richards said, Frosty Cross is expecting many more.

“I think we’re going to see a lot more competitors out from central Iowa and eastern Iowa, and I know we have some commitments already from Minneapolis and Wisconsin,” he explained.

“This is the only cyclocross event on the weekend after Thanksgiving, within a nine-state area,” he continued.

On Friday, there will be a fun ride open to non-competitors. There will be some trial runs and some type of a race, which will be relatively non-competitive, Richards said.

Last year, names were drawn from a hat and teams cycled a relay. The simple junior cycle development team is going to serve chili that night, he said.

On Saturday, the series of races start at 10 a.m. The races will be split into categories based upon competitor’s abilities. There will be about seven races.

Participants ages range in age from nine or so years old to above 70.

On Sunday, the series of races start at 9 a.m. and there will be another seven races.

Since the event is sanctioned by USA Cycling, it is split into divisions based on age.

For example, there is a masters division, for those at least forty-years-old. Richards said, “last year several 70-year-old men participated. Also there is a junior division scheduled for the younger riders. Also a collegiate division is set where racers Minnesota, North and South Dakota will compete.

Former Frosty Cross events have even drawn world champions and cyclists from Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Missouri.

This year’s event has drawn over 30 sponsors, and is partially funded by Le Mars Convention Bureau’s Hotel/Motel Sales Tax Funds, according to information provided by Bike Central.

Each year, money collected from the Hotel/Motel Tax Fund is allocated to promote tourism in Le Mars. You can find more information on Frosty Cross here.

(Photo contributed) Frosty Cross routes have many obstacles for cyclists, including challenges like the one pictured above.

(Photo contributed) This weekend cyclists from across the midwest will come to Le Mars for the fifth Frosty Cross event, hosted by Bike Central. Cyclists from age seven to seventy have participated in past Frosty Cross events. This year’s course will be in the Le Mars Municipal Park