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Spring is Almost Here and So Are April’s Bike Events

by Andrew Ellis, HaveFunBiking.com

The temperature is starting to rise as we hopefully had our last snow falls for the season. As spring arrives on Monday, soon You’ll start to see more grass and you won’t have to dress like an Eskimo to go outside. April is only 15-days away and that means its time to get your bike ready the spring bicycling season. Start April off with the 30-days of biking pledge.

Bike Events for April

Minnesota

Saturday, April 1st
Begings “30 Days of Biking
World Wide
Gold Medal Park, Minneapolis
Pledge to Bike

30 Days of Biking is a pledge to ride your bike everyday for 30 days in April. Also, there is no minimum distance requirement so you can even ride your bike around the basement for a little bit. Just have fun, or be as serious as you want. And if you miss a day, it’s okay, just keep riding. Also, Remember to share your adventures online, and include the hashtag #30daysofbiking.

BMX

Saturday, April 1st
Saturday Racing Action
Registration: 2: 00 PM – 3:00 PM
Rum River BMX
Industrial Park
Isanti, MN

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. Fee is $16.

Sunday, April 2nd
Sunday Funday Racing
Registration: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Rum River BMX
Industrial Park
Isanti, MN

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. Fee is $16.

Tuesday, April 4th
Rum River BMX Practice
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Industrial Park
Isanti, MN

It’s April and it’s getting closer to where it’s time to hit those outdoor tracks. 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. Fee is $11.

Thursday, April 6th
Rum River BMX Clinic
Industrial Park
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, April 7th
Rum River BMX Practice
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Industrial Park
Isanti, MN

It’s April and it’s getting closer to where it’s time to hit those outdoor tracks. 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. Fee is $11.

Saturday, April 8th
Saturday Racing Action
Registration: 2: 00 PM – 3:00 PM
Rum River BMX
Industrial Park
Isanti, MN

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. Fee is $16.

Sunday, April 9th
Northland Fire & Ice Series
Registration: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Rum River BMX
Industrial Park
Isanti, MN

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. Fee is $16.

Tuesday, April 11th
Rum River BMX Practice
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Industrial Park
Isanti, MN

It’s April and it’s getting closer to where it’s time to hit those outdoor tracks. 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. Fee is $11.

Thursday, April 13th
Rum River BMX Clinic
Industrial Park
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, April 14th
Rum River BMX Practice
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Industrial Park
Isanti, MN

It’s April and it’s getting closer to where it’s time to hit those outdoor tracks. 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. Fee is $11.

Saturday, April 15th
Saturday Racing Action
Registration: 2: 00 PM – 3:00 PM
Rum River BMX
Industrial Park
Isanti, MN

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. Fee is $16.

Tuesday, April 18th
Rum River BMX Practice
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Industrial Park
Isanti, MN

It’s April and it’s getting closer to where it’s time to hit those outdoor tracks. 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. Fee is $11.

Friday, April 21st
Rum River BMX Practice
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Industrial Park
Isanti, MN

It’s April and it’s getting closer to where it’s time to hit those outdoor tracks. 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. Fee is $11.

Saturday, April 22nd
Saturday Racing Action
Registration: 2: 00 PM – 3:00 PM
Rum River BMX
Industrial Park
Isanti, MN

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. Fee is $16.

Sunday, April 23rd
Sunday Funday Racing
Registration: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Rum River BMX
Industrial Park
Isanti, MN

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. Fee is $16.

Tuesday, April 25th
Rum River BMX Practice
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Industrial Park
Isanti, MN

It’s April and it’s getting closer to where it’s time to hit those outdoor tracks. 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. Fee is $11.

Thursday, April 27th
Rum River BMX Clinic
Industrial Park
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, April 28th
Rum River BMX Practice
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Industrial Park
Isanti, MN

It’s April and it’s getting closer to where it’s time to hit those outdoor tracks. 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. Fee is $11.

Saturday, April 29th
Saturday Racing Action
Registration: 2: 00 PM – 3:00 PM
Rum River BMX
Industrial Park
Isanti, MN

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. Fee is $16.

Sunday, April 30th
Sunday Funday Racing
Rum River BMX
Industrial Park
Isanti, MN

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. Fee is $16.

Other Bike Events

Saturday, April 29th
Falls Duathlon
Hanna’s Bend Park
Cannon Falls, MN
Duathlon

The race is a 2-mile run, 14-mile bike, and 3-mile run. It goes all around Cannon River giving you some nice scenery to look at as you put your body to the test.

Sunday, April 30th
51st  MN Ironman Bicycle Ride
6:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Waconia High School
Waconia, MN
Recreational

This is the perfect way to start the spring season. There are three different length choices available to fit your preference so you can enjoy the ride as much as possible. There is no mass start for the ride. And you can start as soon as you register and get your wristband and official map. Register now for #braggingrightsguaranteed.

Sunday, April 30th
MN State-Mankato Sprint Triathlon
9:00 AM
Minnesota State University
Mankato, MN
Triathlon

It’s time to put all that training to the test with a 300-yard swim, 14-mile bike ride, and limit-testing 5k to the finish line. It’s $25 per person to register and you can also register as a team of 2-3 for $60.

Iowa

Races

Saturday, April 1st
Gents Race 7.0
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Nite Hawk Bar and Grill
Slater, IA
Race

This 5-member team racing event is described as time trial meets alley-cat meets Cannonball Run. The race will cover at least 65 miles of roads surrounding Slater, IA.

Sunday, April 9th
Iowa Spring Classic Hills/Iowa City
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Old Tap Hills
Iowa Hills, IA

In its 8th year, this ride has two groups for both men women. There’s the beginner races and the advanced races for both mountain biking and road biking. There are also prizes for the first three places of each group. Registration is $20 both before the race and on the day of.

Sunday, April 9th
Single and Loving It!
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Polk County River Place
Des Moines, IA
Mountain Biking

Grab your single speed bike and head over to the Central Iowa Sing Speed Championships. The race lasts an hour which will result in one male and one female winner. Afterparty to follow. Those without single speeds bikes can ride as well. Those bikes will be adjusted accordingly. Cost is a $15 donation to the Young Women’s Resource Center.

Other Bike Events

Saturday, April 1st
6th Annual Q7 Tweed Ride
9:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Iowa City BrewLab

Come on out for a nice leisurely ride through Iowa City. The ride is roughly 10 miles long and there will also be several stops along the way with a nice after party starting at 7 pm. Registration is $20 on the same day and is also available throughout the route. The first 25 registrants will receive a Q7 jersey, and the first 90 will receive an armband.

Saturday, April 1st
15th Annual April Fools Ride!
11:30 AM – 11:55 PM
The Getaway Bar and Grill
LaPorte City, IA
Party Ride

It’s the first time this ride has actually happened on April 1st. There’s no registration or cover charge to join. But get up to the Getaway Bar and Grill wearing blaze orange, the ride’s official color, and get ready for the 24-mile roundtrip ride to Phat’s and Grub in Brandon, IA. There’s the option of taking the scenic Cedar Valley Trail or a low traffic highway route.

Saturday, April 8th
Full Moon High Trestle Bridge Ride
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Slater Trail Head or Madrid Trail Head
Slater or Madrid, IA

Get the experience of riding under a full moon. This ride is scheduled every time the there is a full moon in the lunar schedule. And remember to be prepared for riding in the dark.

Saturday, April 8th
Mr. Pork Chop’s Thaw Ride
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
North Kossuth Gold Club
Bancroft, IA

This is the 5th year of the ride and great way to test your fitness in time for the spring season. You should also be prepared for all kinds of weather. There’s a choice of the 27 mile ride and a 38 mile ride. Registration is $15 for just the ride and $25 for the ride and supper. All registrations are final and non-refundable. Click here for mail-in registration form.

Friday, April 14th
20th Annual Lizard King Annual Good Friday Ride
11:00 AM – 5:15 PM
Prime Time
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Party Ride

It’s 20th anniversary of the 20 mile ride around the 4 Quadrants of Cedar Rapids. The ride starts at Prime Time and then takes the bike trail downtown, and then across the river. The ride will also stop at a few to-be-determined bars before ending back at Prime Time.

Saturday, April 15th
Mayor’s Annual Ride and Run for Trails
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Richard A. Clark Municipal Service Center
Des Moines, IA
Trail Ride

The approximately 23 mile route will be led by Mayor T. M. Franklin County. There will also be a post-ride meal and entertainment as well as a drawing for a Momentum brand bike. Click here for registration info.

Saturday, April 15th
4th Annual Obro
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Cellar Peanut Pub
Oskaloosa, IA
Party Ride

This ride is less than 15 miles and takes you on the trail around Oskaloosa, and there will be a few stops along the way. $20 registration includes one raffle ticket, and $25 membership includes registration, a t-shirt, koozie, and 10 raffle tickets.

Sunday, April 16th
Rock Road Renegades
9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Coopers Place Main St
Ryan, IA
Gravel Ride

This ride is mostly on gravel and has a 35- and 70-mile option. Also, the 70-mile ride starts at 10:00 AM and the 35-mile ride starts at 11:00 AM. There’s a $20 cash entry fee.

Saturday, April 22nd
Sag & Shandy Ride 2017
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
The Sag Wagon
Cedar Rapids, IA
Trail Ride

Come ride in support of the Willis Dady Foundation. The ride starts and ends at The Sag Wagon, with stops along the way. The cost is $10 for each rider with all proceeds going to the foundation. There is even chance to win a trip to Chippewa Falls.

Sunday, April 23rd
Bike Lehn 2017
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Sag Wagon Deli & Brew
Cedar Rapids, IA
Trail Ride

Ride 35 miles roundtrip in support of the Dan Lehn Scholarship Fund at Coe College. It starts at The Sag Wagon South in Cedar Rapids and also travels to Sag Wagon North in Centerpoint before heading back on the Cedar Valley Nature Trail. Register before April 13th to get a t-shirt.

Education

Wednesday, April 5th
Women with Wrenches: Basic Maintenance
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
World of Bikes
Iowa City, IA
Education

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. Registration is $35.

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.

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.

Bike Pic June 5, making riding fun, easy and safe

After seven years, it is time for bike riders in Minnesota to put their feet up and reflect on all the accomplishment the Bicycle Alliance has made in making the state a easy, fun and safe place to ride a bike.

See all the bike 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 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!

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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!