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John Brown and Andy Ellis on the Minnesota Ironman Bike Ride April 30, 2017.

A Short Review of the 2017 Minnesota Ironman Bike Ride

by John Brown, HaveFunBiking.com

The morning of Sunday, April 30th started early for me. I hit the road heading to Waconia for my first ever Minnesota Ironman. The temperature was in the high thirties and there was an overcast with a high probability of rain during the day. But, it is Minnesota and the Ironman is a 51 year spring time biking tradition here, right?

The Weather was Still Dry for the Minnesota Ironman Upon Arrival

About a half hour drive from Bloomington, I was in Waconia around 6:30 a.m. I unloaded my bike and was greeted by thousands of riders and several bike shops in front of the Waconia High School. After checking in, the weather was still holding dry at 7 a.m., but where was my riding partner?

Starting the ride early these Minnesota Ironman cyclists made it back in before the rain began.

Starting the ride early, these Minnesota Ironman cyclists made it back in before the rain began.

Once inside the High School, I was met by the Waconia Chamber and several exhibitors including the Waconia Brewing Company. Past the vendors, the registration table was packed with riders excited to embark on the new ride routes in Carver County.

While waiting for my co-worker, Andy, to arrive before finally getting onto the course, I visited with Penn Cycle, Erik’s Bikes, VeloFix, Gateway Cycle and Park Tools.

The Minnesota Ironman Ride

As Andy and I set out on the tan pavement of the route, we were pleasantly surrounded by the pastures and fields of Waconia’s rural area. With excellent road conditions and wide shoulders, the beginning of the ride offered a bike path feel. Our planned route was to head out on the 25 mile course (purple). We would decide after the rest stop if we wanted to tack on the last section of the 100 mile course (orange), to make the whole ride around 40 miles for the day. This flexibility is one of the best parts of riding in Carver County out of Waconia.

Andy has only been riding a bike for a few months, using the Minnesota Ironman as his inspiration. To his credit, he didn’t get an easy ride to conquer this year. Both the amble route and the weather took a left turn. Heading west on County Road 32, we saw its beautiful and quiet charm flanked with tree farms, horses, open fields and the largest goose I have ever seen. The bad news, while on 32, it started to rain.

The largest goose I have ever seen

The largest goose I have ever seen

The Weather Soon Became a Factor

The misty, gentle, northeast wind we started off with became a stinging cold gale once we crossed the Crow River and headed north. The constant headwind and freezing rain combined to make for the most painful type of exfoliation as we approached route 30. Now heading east, riding parallel with the Dakota Rail Trail, the damp wind was cruel. While the Dakota trail was not part of the official Minnesota Ironman course, some took to it due to the stand of trees that would help break the winds that were attacking from the north.

Thank Goodness for the Rest Stop in Mayer

At the end of County Road 30, we hit Mayer and found the Community Center there where the rest stop was located. The volunteers were simply amazing. The food was ample and tasty. Plus, Penn Cycle and Spokes Bike Shop were there to handle any mechanical issues that may arise. Andy and I grabbed a quick snack, warmed up, had the pros at Penn check our bikes and rolled out before the cold set into our bodies. We decided to stick with the standard 25 mile route, concerned that the weather would be getting worse.

Now on route 7, crossing the Crow River again, there seemed to be no end to the beautiful scenery of Carver County. My focus was to get to County Road 10 and enjoy the tailwind as quickly as possible. Any discomfort we felt over the last several miles would soon be rewarded once we turned south on 10. Now the hero, the wind at our backs allowed us to enjoy the gorgeous rolling hills that were breathtaking. Thanks to the tailwind helping us, we flew toward Waconia High School with relative ease. The farms made way for the Wahibo Marsh, home to dozens of beaver dams and countless feathered residents.

Andy Ellis Completing his first Minnesota Ironman Bike Ride in Waconia

Andy Ellis Completing his first Minnesota Ironman Bike Ride in Waconia, MN.

Soon, we spun back into Waconia High School with the wind still at our back. The finish line and Red Bull arch signaled our completion of the 2017 Minnesota Ironman. This also secured our our well deserved bragging rights.

Overall, the only complaints for this ride was the weather, which no one could control. As for the course, support, organization and camaraderie, I give this ride nothing but accolades. I know I will be riding this area throughout the summer. When organizing my 2018 calendar, I will be sure to leave the last week of April open for the next Minnesota Ironman.

Giving back to the trails, paths, roads and events you enjoy is a great way to stockpile some good karma and it’s fun! There are countless ways to give back.

Get Started Giving Back to Your Cycling Community

by John Brown, HaveFunBiking.com

Giving back to the trails, paths, roads and events you enjoy is a great way to stockpile some good karma and it’s fun! There are countless ways to give back. For example, you can volunteer to support rides, clean up a trail system, build a trail, support high school athletes, and get bikes for new riders. Read on for some more details.

Giving back by trail building and clean up

Giving back imba

There are thousands of trails throughout the U.S. and they all need help to stay ride-able. Specifically, repairing places where rain water creates ruts and removes soil. As a result, water damages trails even if riders, hikers, and horses aren’t using them. As a result of this damage, user groups meet to do regular trail work to combat the deterioration of local trails and paths. IMBA (The International Mountain Biking Association) has training programs that teach groups how to keep trails in pristine shape. However, If you are looking for something more immediate, track down a local group, pick up a shovel or rake, and help with the next trail day.

If you are looking for a few other great ways of giving back, IMBA has a concise list.

Volunteer to support others

giving back events

There is always a need for volunteers at bicycle events. Because of that need, many events offer exceptional perks to anyone donating their time. Examples are; being able to earn free entrance into the Bike New York ride, getting preferential registration position to enter into Ironman races that quickly fill up, and meeting professional cyclists at Gran Fondo events. Moreover, the largest perk in giving back is helping your fellow riders have a great time.

Volunteer to lead others

Join a local club and host a ride! Use your love of cycling to teach others a great new route, new trail, or where to stop for the world’s best doughnut. If you haven’t ever lead a group ride, learn the basics here.

Get kids into riding

There are amazing people out there who have dedicated limitless hours to getting new riders on bikes. Two groups that come to mind are Free Bikes 4 Kidz and Trips for Kids. Both have placed thousands of bicycles into the hands of underprivileged kids. Additionally, Trips for Kids also offers rides and training for young cyclists. Check out the overview of each below.

Free Bikes 4 Kidz is a non-profit organization geared toward helping all kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood by providing bikes to those most in need. The public donates gently used bikes and thousands of volunteers clean them, refurbish them, and then then give them away to kids in need. To date, over 32,000 bikes have been given away.

Trips for Kids Started out as a California dream with a handful of volunteers. Trips for Kids has grown into a national movement with over 75 independent chapters running the Trail Rides program.

Keep kids riding

The fastest growing sport in high school athletics is mountain biking. The organization spearheading this movement is The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA for short). The NICA Volunteer Program is your opportunity to be a part of the high school cycling movement! NICA is always looking for enthusiastic and dedicated people to help with a variety of tasks necessary to promote its programs. Tasks can include calling or mailing campaigns, research, data upkeep, event preparation and execution, and much more. Some volunteer opportunities can even be completed from home.

Road bikes have been popular in cycling for longer than any other category.

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.

Bike Pic March 28, Give This Bike Pic a Caption for a Chance To Win!

Kids say some of the funniest things. This Tuesday, we want to have a little fun. So in honor of the Minnesota Iron Man Bike Ride approaching, let’s do a “Caption This” contest. Head on over to the Minnesota Iron Man Bike Ride Facebook Page find the post and leave your response. The comment with the most likes will win a FREE registration for this years ride!

View the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide and remember to register for the Root River Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour and all the other fun rides coming up.

Thanks for viewing Today’s Caption This 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!

The Minnesota Iron Man Bike Ride is quickly approaching! With about six weeks left till ride day, we just wanted to remind you to get registered.

Bike Pic March 13, Minnesota Iron Man Bike Ride Is Quickly Approaching Are You Registered

The Minnesota Iron Man Bike Ride is quickly approaching! With about six weeks left till ride day, we just wanted to remind you to get registered today to save. Pricing will change again on March 31st so make sure you get your spot today! We’re excited to be headed to Waconia, MN for this awesome event and want to see all those smiling faces out there completing their 30 Days of Biking!

View the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide and remember to register for the Root River Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour and all the other fun rides coming up.

Thanks for viewing Today’s Get Registered for the MN Iron Man Bike Ride 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!

The Minnesota Ironman is now less then two months away. If you have been reading and following our Ironman preparation articles, then congratulations, you are well on your way to earning those well deserved bragging rights for the 15, 45 05 100-mile route.

The Minnesota Ironman Bike Ride: How to Start Preparing 60 Days Out!

By John Brown, HaveFunBiking.com

The 51st Minnesota Ironman is now only two months away. If you have been reading and following our Ironman preparation articles, then congratulations, you are well on your way to earning those well deserved bragging rights. However, If you are just now starting to get ready, don’t fret, you have plenty of time to get prepared for a great ride through Waconia’s beautiful landscape. Wherever you feel comfortable on the preparedness spectrum, read on for helpful tips to get you ready.

You Need to Believe that You can Complete the Minnesota Ironman

No matter if you ride 15, 45 or a 100-miles, no swimming or running is required and bragging rights are always guaranteed at the end at the Minnesota Ironman.

No matter if you ride 15, 45 or a 100-miles, no swimming or running is required and bragging rights are always guaranteed at the end at the Minnesota Ironman.

Thousands of riders test their meddle every spring in the Minnesota Ironman. The first (and, for some, the greatest) challenge is committing your mind to complete an Ironman. The easiest way to get your mind on board is to register. Countless peripheral excuses to not complete go away once you register. Even if the weather is poor or you feel less than 100% that morning, as a registered rider, the chances of you going out are a lot higher. Once registered, Make a plan to get ready. The plan should include getting your body, your equipment, and the details of the event day ready.

Get Your Body Ready

Minnesota Ironman

Ride, Ride, Ride, wherever you can!

As the weather here in the Twin Cities is breaking, we are beginning to see signs of a spring thaw. Periodic warmer days give you the opportunity to check out the local trails or riding routes in your immediate area. If they are clear, take advantage of every nice day and get out to ride. In addition to sporadic rides as the weather permits, sign up for a spin class once a week, or go to a trainer class.

The Minnesota Ironman team realizes that undertaking an event of this difficulty can require help. For that help, they have partnered with Coach Bob McEnaney at Total Cycling Performance. Bob is available for individual coaching services and also runs bi-weekly indoor trainer rides (Monday & Thursday) at Penn Cycle’s Woodbury location. He publishes weekly workouts on Wednesdays that are a great way to stay motivated.

If riding is not in the forecast for you right now, try to focus some time on fitness. Getting your heartbeat up for an hour or two a week will pay deep dividends once the spring weather rolls in for good.

Get Your Equipment Ready

Minnesota Ironman

Knock the cobwebs and dust off!

If you haven’t done it yet, pull your bike out of mothballs. Lube the chain , put air in the tires, and take a ride. Taking a ride will give you a good idea of how far out of adjustment your bike may be. If the weather is poor, going for a ride will also give you the chance to test if your riding gear is comfortable in poor weather.

Cold weather gear like jackets, shoes, and tights are in ample supply at your local shop now, but if you wait until just before the Ironman, pickings may be slim. Also, waiting until the last minute to have your bike serviced might not be possible based on your shop’s schedule.

If your bike needs to be serviced, that’s a great time to think about making sure your bike fits you properly. A good bike fit will lower the chance of repetitive motion injuries, and make you more comfortable and efficient. You can have a friend help you check the basics or have your shop take a professional look. Both Eric’s and Penn Cycle are Ironman sponsors and certified bike fitters.

Start Planning for the Day of The Minnesota Ironman

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Riding as a group is fun!

At 60 days out you should feel comfortable encouraging family and friends to do the ride with you. Counter potential poor weather with good vibes by riding with a group who all ride at a similar speed. If your friends and family don’t want to ride, encourage them to come out and cheer you on at a set destination on the course. Your own personal cheer squad can be all the motivation you need to conquer those last 5 miles. After the ride you can all meet for dinner (giving you a chance to test out those newly earned bragging rights).

Speaking of food, 60 days out is the perfect time to see how your body handles different foods while exercising. Start testing foods like sports gels, power bars, and sports drinks to see how your body reacts as you ride. Knowing what your body prefers ahead of time will ensure you can maintain your energy the day of the event by eating foods your body is used to.

60 days is all that currently stands between you and your bragging rights. Be proactive and start to prepare for the 2017 Minnesota Ironman now.

It's Tuesday again and we are giving you a challenge. Get out there and do something you would never do! You never know until you try.

Bike Pic Feb 21, Get Out There And Try Something New and Challenging

It’s Tuesday again and we are giving you a challenge. So get out there and do something you would never do! You never know until you try.

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 Challenge 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!

Will you be smiling for us when we see you at this years MN Iron Man Bike Ride?

Bike Pic Feb 4, You’ll Be Smiling After You Register For The MN Iron Man Bike Ride

Will you be smiling for the HaveFunBiking camera at this years this year’s Minnesota Iron Man Bike Ride? If so you could be featured in a future ‘Miles of Smiles’ Saturday post! We hope you will be joining us on April 30th, 2017 out in Waconia, MN for the big event! Register today to save money that can be spent at one of the many amazing businesses in Waconia, such as the Waconia Brewing Company!

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 Smiling After Registration 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!

In case you live under a rock and missed yesterday's post, Minnesota Iron Man Bike Ride Registration is now OPEN! Register today to save!

Bike Pic Feb 02, Register Early To Save Money For The MN Ironman Bike Ride

In case you live under a rock and missed yesterday’s post, Minnesota Ironman Bike Ride Registration is now OPEN! Join us April 30, 2017 in Waconia, MN for this years Minnesota Iron Man Bike Ride! Register today to save!

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 Register Early To Save Money 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!

Hip Hip Hooray! Minnesota Iron Man Bike Ride Registration Opens Today!

Bike Pic Feb 01, Hip Hip Hooray, Ironman Registration Is Open Today

Hip Hip Hooray! Minnesota Ironman Bike Ride Registration Opens Today! Are you ready for biking season to officially begin? Join us April 30, 2017 in Waconia, MN for this years  Minnesota Iron Man Bike Ride! Register today!

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 Minnesota Ironman Registration 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!