The Great River Energy Mesabi Trail Tour has a whole new look to keep everyone safe in 2021. By splitting the event over three different weekends, they have created the ultimate in safe social distancing. Helping to make sure everyone has a memorable time. This year’s tour #1 is July 31st, Tour #2 is August 28th, and Tour #3 is September 18th. Regardless of the three Mesabi Tour dates you choose, you will experience the same outstanding customer service and reliable logistics they have been famous for over the past 15 years.
While you pedal (fully supported) along one of Minnesota’s premiere paved bicycle trails, you will encounter historic & scenic points of interest, food & music at rest stops, and a finish line celebration complete with a picnic lunch and more music!
Cost of riding the Mesabi Trail Tour in 2021
The cost of riding this year’s event (cost per weekend ride) is $45 for riders 17 years and older. The ride is still free for kids 16 and under, with a parent or guardian riding along.
Noticeable changes to the 2021 Mesabi Trail Tour
If you have ridden the Mesabi Trail Tour before, here are the changes you will see for 2021:
- Instead of one big tour in August – choose from three smaller tours throughout the biking season.
- Instead of one long linear route – each tour will travel out & back on the Mesabi Trail from the same location – you will encounter TWO-WAY bicycle traffic.
- Instead of four linear routes – choose from two routes of about 25 & 50 miles, out & back on the Trail.
- The number of participants will be limited to 200 per tour each weekend instead of accepting an unlimited number of riders in the past.
- Instead of opening registration in January – registration will open six weeks before each tour, running for about four weeks or until limits are reached.
The scenery is stunning along the Mesabi Trail.
The view is stunning as you cross over the Rouchleau Mine Pit. Open to both walkers and bikers in the summer, and snowmobilers can enjoy crossing here in the winter. The contrast between the aqua blue water and the red cliffs below is breathtaking. The bridge spans across an abandoned mine pit that was named after Louis Rouchleau. It is now filled with water that is 450 feet at its deepest point. With many natural springs feeding this three miles long, by five miles wide open pit, it is the main water supply for the City of Virginia.
More information to plan your visit to the Mesabi Trail
For more information and lodging options, visit the Iron Range Tourism Bureau: https://ironrange.org/motel
Be sure to add to your summer biking itinerary a visit to the Mesabi Trail. This paved trail system currently offers over a hundred miles to explore. The trail will reach 155 miles when complete, connecting Grand Rapids, at the Mississippi River Trail to Ely, next to the Boundary Waters. To learn more, go to: http://www.mesabitrail.com/.