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With the gorgeous change of seasons the October bike events we have listed will keep you pedaling through crisp autumn scenery, here in the upper Midwest.

Top October Bike Events in the Upper Midwest for Fun

Itching to take out your bike again for more biking fun this fall? With the gorgeous change of seasons, the October bike events we have listed here will keep you pedaling through the crisp autumn scenery, in the upper Midwest.

October Bike Events Include:

Open Streets Minneapolis – October 1st

Community Bike/Walk Event

Cedar Riverside/West Bank/Dinkytown, Minneapolis, MN


Heck of the North Gravel – October 1st

Gravel Road Race

Two Harbors, MN


Cirque du SoGay VIII – October 1st

Bicycle Scavenger Hunt

Minneapolis, MN


Champlin Blue Line Memorial Bike Ride | Facebook Event Page – October 1st

6 & 20 miles ride Recreational

Andrews Park, Champlin, MN


Nicollet Bike Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day – October 1st

Kiwanis Park Mountain Bike Trailhead – Mountain Bike Ride

Mankato, MN


Wild Ride Mountain Bike FestivalFacebook Event Page – October 1st

Lebanon Hills Mountain Bike Trailhead – Mountain Bike Ride

Eagan, MN


Apple Affair Tour – October 1st

Recreational Ride

Galesville, WI


MN High School Cycling League-Race #3 – October 2nd

Mountain Bike (Youth)

Gamehaven Rochester, MN


No Name Alleycat Race – October 2nd

Recreational Bike Race

Minneapolis, MN


Revocross | Online Registration – October 2nd

Cycle Cross

Clearwater, MN


Specialized Bicycle Demo with Erik’s Bike Shop  – October 2nd

Mountain Biking

Lebanon Hills Mountain Bike Trails Eagan, MN


Woolly Day 2016 – October 2nd

Mountain Biking

Woolly Bike Club St. Croix Falls, WI


Wednesday Night CX-Race #6 | CX-MN Facebook Page – October 5th

Cycle Cross

Aquila Park – All City/Fulton, St. Louis Park, MN


Lake Ahquabi State Park – October 5th

Mountain Bike Racing

Park State Park, Indianola, IA


Free Bikes 4 Kidz Bike Donation Day | Facebook Event Page – October 8th

Bike Donations

Twin Cities Metro Area Allina Clinics/Hospitals and various other locations in Twin Cities, MN


F-Octoberfest Gravel Grinder – October 8th

Gravel Road Race 25 & 50 miles

F-Town Brewing Company Faribault, MN


North Central Collegiate Cycling Conference Championships – October 8th

Mountain Biking

Spirit Mountain Duluth, MN


Oktobershred – October 8th


Cottage Grove Bike Park Cottage Grove, MN


Salsa Oremageddon | Online Registration – October 8th

Mountain Biking – 50, 25, 12 Miles

Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails Crosby/Ironton, MN


Save the River Bottoms Fall Celebration – October 8th

Mountain Biking

Lilydale Trailhead Bloomington, MN


Donkey Cross@Baker Orchard – October 8th

U.S.A. Cycling – Cycle Cross

Centuria, WI


Thunder Down Under | Website – October 8th

WEMS Championship – Mountain Biking

Merrill, WI


MN High School Cycling League-Race #4 – October 9th

Mountain Bike (Youth)

Spirit Mountain Duluth, MN


The Filthy 50 | Facebook Page – October 9th

52 Mile Gravel Road Race   

Stewartville, MN


Mankato River Ramble | Online Registration – October 9th

12, 26, 42, & 50 Mile Recreational Ride

Land of Memories Park Mankato, MN


Cuyuna 5-0 – October 10th

Mountain Biking

Crosby, MN


Wednesday Night CX-Race #7 | CX-MN Facebook Page – October 12th

Cycle Cross

Aquila Park – Tonka Cycle in St. Louis Park, MN


Nocturnal Mountain Bike Races | Facebook Event Page – October 12th

Mountain Biking

Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve


Will to Ben Bike Tour – October 8th-14th

Multi-Day Ride

Sparta, WI


BELCH and Brew Ride | Online Registration – October 15th

Recreational Bike & Brew Tour

Blue Door Pub Minneapolis, MN


Farmstead Fall Fest – October 15th


Farmstead Bike Shop Minneapolis, MN


More October Bike Events:

Dirt Bag | Facebook Page – October 16th

30, 60, & 80 Miles of Gravel Road

Clearwater, MN


Green Acres Premium Cyclocross | Facebook Event Page – October 15th-16th

Cycle Cross

Lake Elmo, MN


MN High School Cycling League-Race #5 – October 16th

Mountain Bike (Youth)

White Tail Ridge River Falls, WI


Let’s Joyride Together: October Edition – October 17th

Recreational Ride

Boom Island Park Minneapolis, MN


Nocturnal Mountain Bike Races | Facebook Event Page – October 19th

Mountain Biking

Elm Creek Singletrack Trail Champlin, MN


Black’s Grove River Crossing Mountain Bike RaceFacebook Event Page – October 22nd

Mountain Biking

Black’s Grove Park Wadena, MN


Velo CXFacebook Event Page – October 22nd-23rd

Cycle Cross

National Sports Center  Blaine, MN


Traffic Skills 101 Minneapolis – October 28th-29th

Bicycle Education

U of M Twin Cities Campus Minneapolis, MN


MN High School Cycling League-State Championship – October 29th-30th

Mountain Biking (Youth)

Mount Kato Mankato, MN


2016 MORC Gala | Facebook Event Page | Tickets (On sale October 1) – October 29th

Bicycle Festival

Surly Brewing Company Minneapolis, MN


Angry Cross | Online Registration – October 30th

Carver Lake Mountain Bike Trailhead Woodbury, MN


Tommy CX – October 31st

Minnesota Cycling Federation – Cycle Cross

Mendota Heights, MN

There are so many October bike events and more events this fall to come that you shouldn’t put away your bike quiet yet! Watch for more events in the Fall digital version of the Minnesota Bike/Hike Guidecoming out this coming Monday

Please let us know if we missed any events you are planning or would like to attend – just submit them into the HFB Events Calendar – it’s free!

Free Bikes 4 Kidz Will Receive Grant To Further Program

Stephanie Dickrell, St. Cloud (Minn.) Times

For many kids, that first bike is the first taste of freedom. For lower-income kids, where transportation may be an everyday issue, that bike can mean so much more.

In the Twin Cities, Free Bikes 4 Kidz collects donated bikes, cleans and repairs them, and gives them to families who otherwise couldn’t afford one.

Spritzing the tires in preparation for Make A Difference Day. (Photo: Terry Esau)

Spritzing the tires in preparation for Make A Difference Day. (Photo: Terry Esau)

Several years ago, self-described “bikeaholic” and organization founder Terry Esau heard about a family in need. He asked fellow enthusiasts if they had bikes they weren’t using anymore. He quickly found there’s an unused or outgrown bike in just about every garage.

The organization gave away 300 bikes its first year in 2008. Last year, organizers handed out 5,000. In total, they’ve given away more than 25,000 bikes.

On last October’s Make A Difference Day, the group decided to do something a little different. “One of my visions is to try to get more students involved in the process of giving bikes,” Esau says.

Volunteers working on the Free Bikes 4 Kidz project in Minneapolis on Make A Difference Day. (Photo: Terry Esau)

Volunteers working on the Free Bikes 4 Kidz project in Minneapolis on Make A Difference Day. (Photo: Terry Esau)

Working with Burroughs Elementary School in Minneapolis, Free Bikes 4 Kidz put kids in charge of a bike donation event, organizer Maureen Vischer says. More than 30 children accepted and cleaned the bikes and handed out receipts for tax purposes.

“It’s a really wonderful way to pull this more into a grass-roots opportunity, and kids get an opportunity to provide a benefit to community,” she says.

The schoolchildren collected 150 bikes within three hours on Make A Difference Day, and organizers hope to expand the event to more schools this year. The group works with about 100 non-profits, community organizations, schools and faith-based organizations to distribute the bikes in early December.

One partner organization is the Early Head Start Program in Ramsey County, which delivers bikes to families who are mainly refugees from East Africa and southeast Asia.

“It’s adorable to see them get their bikes,” says Molly Hey, a Head Start home visitor. “It’s a great family experience to bike together.”

The only problem with the bike delivery is that it happens in winter.

“We have a lot of pictures of families in the winter with their bikes,” she says, “with 2 feet of snow.”

here in the Northeast Minneapolis warehouse , over 5,000 bikes were collected, cleaned and/or repaired for the 2014 program. (Photo: Terry Esau)

Here in a Northeast Minneapolis warehouse , over 5,000 bikes were collected, cleaned and/or repaired for the 2014 program. (Photo: Terry Esau)

 About Make A Difference Day

Make A Difference Day, the nation’s largest annual day of volunteering, is a USA TODAY initiative, backed by Gannett Co. in collaboration with Points of Light and supported by Newman’s Own.

Visit makeadifferenceday.com for more information.

Follow @mdday on Twitter. Like the event at facebook.com/makeadifferenceday.

The next Make A Difference Day is Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015.

Local Bike Shops and Greg LeMond Sling Wrenches this Tuesday

free-emondmed-300x200Twin City bike shops and race teams sling wrenches with Greg LeMond this coming Tuesday, November 11th, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. If you have time come to Free Bikes 4 Kidz (FB4K’s) charity event for an evening of fun while volunteering to clean or wrench on some of the thousands of bikes donated, come check out the action.


Battling for the coveted trophy, that has been passed around the last couple years; the award is made from bicycle parts

Cheer on 3-time Tour de France champion, Greg LeMond, who is coming out of retirement for one more race on a 20″ Barbie bike –showing his blinding speed, jam-packed sprints and tassels. Throughout the evening Greg will challenge wrench-slinger-shootout bike mechanics and techies from United Healthcare Pro Cycling, Tonka Cycle & Ski, Freewheel Bike, Maple Grove Cycling and Penn Cycle. So get there early, help clean or repair some bikes for a while and watch the fun!

Enjoy food available from the taco truck, while sipping some local craft brews as you help, visit and watch the wrenching competition. For those that enter the evening’s raffle, you will have a chance to win three great prizes: a new Fat Tire Bike or your choice of any one of the 5,000 bikes in the FB4K’s warehouse.

If you can’t attend this Event, please donate here at: https://fb4k.com/donate/financial-donation/

Free Bikes 4 Kidz is a passionate group of cyclists who love giving as much as riding. It’s their goal to help every child feel the joys and freedom of riding his or her first bike. Through our bike philanthropy method, we aim to help our communities grow stronger and closer through the power of cycling. On October 11th, with help from Allina Health, they collected 5,000 bikes and have until December 5th to clean and refurbish all of them. To date, 1,500 are completed which means that there are approximately 3,500 to complete in a little over three weeks!


Help to make sure each kid has a bike before Christmas

Warehouse location is at:  5736 Main St. NE, Minneapolis, 55432 (right off of University Ave. and 694)

Warehouse/volunteer hours: M-Th 9-9, Fri/Sat 9-6 and Sun 12-6. Shifts are scheduled in 3-hour blocks but they can be flexible to accommodate schedules.  Registration at: www.fb4k.org/volunteer. Please note- once you enter your information, you’ll be brought to the calendar screen where you can see available volunteer slots for each shifts.