Tag Archives: MN Mountain Bike

Bike Pic June 21, courtesy is part of friendly Mankato scene

Having fun riding his bike in Mankato, a League of American Bicyclist certified friendly city, this young gentleman makes sure the walkers he is approaching have plenty of room as he passes.

MN Bike Guide

Find many more 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!

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!

Bike Pic Dec. 17, mountain bike fun!

Here above in this photo, dad is in the lead with his son following as they maneuver a mountain bike trail near Walker, Minnesota.

Thanks for viewing the Bike Pic of the Day here at HaveFunBiking (HFB). 

Now, rolling into our 10th year as a bicycle media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike, while showcasing unforgettable places to ride. As we search and present more fun photos worth a grin, scroll through the information and stories we have posted to 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 with your bike, be prepared to smile. You never know where our camera’s will be and what we will post next!

Do you have a fun photo of yourself or someone you know that you would like to see us publish? 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 at least 620 pixels wide for us to use them. If we 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 Bike/Hike Guide to find your next adventure. We are proud of the updated – At-a-Glance information and maps we are known for in the HFB Destination section on our website and in the guide. Now, as the Bike/Hike Guide goes into its seventh year of production, we are adding a whole new dimension of bicycle tourism information available for mobile devices where you may see some additional bike pics – maybe of yourself 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!

#FindYourNextAdventure

Bike Pic Oct 19, Fall Lebanon Fun

Photo above shows Marcus Lea out with friends enjoying a colorful day mountain biking in Lebanon Park, in Eagan, MN.

See more here about Lebanon Park mountain biking.

Thanks for viewing the Bike Pic of the Day here at HaveFunBiking, hope you enjoyed the photo?

Now, rolling into our 10th year as a bicycle media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike, while showcasing unforgettable places to ride. As we search and post more fun photos worth a grin, scroll through the information and stories we have posted to help you find your next adventure. Then, if you see us along a paved or mountain bike trail, next to the route you regularly commute, or at an event you plan to attend with your bike, be prepared to smile. You never know where camera will be and what we will posted next!

Do you have a fun photo of yourself or someone you know that you would like to see us publish? 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 at least 620 pixels wide for us to post. If we 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 bike guide to find your next adventure. We are proud of the updated, at-a-glance information, and maps we are known for in the Destination section of our website. Now, as the Bike/Hike Guide goes into its seventh year of production, we are adding a whole new dimension of bicycle tourism information available for mobile device. Plus, beginning September 2015, this year’s e-version of the Guide will move to quarterly editions where you may see some additional bike pics posted.

 Bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure – we may capture you in a pic to post!

Minnesota’s Newest Mountain Bike Trail is Ready to Rock

photos forwarded on from coach Spencer Salm­on

In preparation for the 700 high school students coming to compete on mountain bikes and in dedicated to Dick Schindler, Austin, MN new trail is ready for the challenge. Each year the Minnesota High School Cycling League schedules several statewide NICA-sanctioned races to provide student athletes an arena in which to set and accomplish competitive goals while achieving their personal best. With a new team created last year in Austin, the community came through this summer building a trail system where local residents and visitors could enjoy the sport.

A volunteer putting the finishing touches on a bridge so riders can start breaking in the new trail system in Austin, MN.

A volunteer putting the finishing touches on a bridge so riders can start breaking in the new trail system in Austin, MN.

Now that the trail is complete, a call out has been made to help “ride the trail in,” for the meet in Austin on September 20th. and the Austin Team will be able to practice on their “Home Trail” in preparation for the 2015 schedule listed below:

Race #1 – Sun. Sept. 13 Jail Trail, St. Cloud, MN

Race #2 – Sun. Sept. 20 Trail TBD, Austin, MN

Race #3 – Sun. Oct. 4 Game Haven, Rochester, MN

Race #4 – Sun. Oct. 11 Cuyuna Lakes Trail, Cuyuna Lakes, MN

Race #5 – Sun. Oct. 25 Mt. Kato, Mankato, MN

Mountain bikers checking out the new trail in Austin, MN.

Mountain bikers checking out the new trail in Austin, MN.

“It was a great accomplishment,once the land was approved for development, to build such a trail in a little over one month”, according to Austin’s coach Spencer Salm­on. “Volunteers and community response has been nothing short of amazing. It is indeed a tribute to our friend Dick Schindler”.

“Some of the resi­dents want­ed to build trails 10 years ago, ”but it nev­er got the city’s sup­port”, Salm­on said. “This year, once it be­came known kids were going to be com­pet­ing, a plan was quick­ly put to­gether and four miles of new moun­tain bike track were built on land owned by Riverland Community College”.

Some of the other volunteers checking out the new trail in Austin, MN.

Some of the other volunteers checking out the new trail in Austin, MN.

Dick Schindler, a retired Mayo Clinic Doctor and local resident was a big advocates for building the trail in Austin, however, he passed away earlier this year on one of the trail sections he wanted to see developed.

If you are interested in visiting Austin, MN, In addition to new mountain bike trail system, checkout their new artwork center, many wonderful restaurants, the Spam Museum soon to be open in the downtown area, or even the theater and the Rydor Bicycle Museum.

See their website here for more information on the new trail and visiting Austin, MN.

Bike Pic – Aug. 29, Fun in the Woods

Fun in the Woods, here a young cyclist enjoys the flora and fauna while meandering through the wooded trails on her mountain bike in Lebanon Hills Park, Eagan, MN.

Thanks for viewing the Bike Pic of the Day here at HaveFunBiking, hope you enjoy the photo?

Now, rolling into our 10th year as a bicycle media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike, while showcasing unforgettable places to ride. As we search and post more fun photos worth a grin, scroll through the information and stories we have posted to help you find your next adventure. Then, if you see us along a paved or mountain bike trail, next to the route you regularly commute, or at an event you plan to attend with your bike, be prepared to smile. You never know where camera will be and what we will posted next!

Do you have a fun photo of yourself or someone you know that you would like to see us publish? 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 at least 620 pixels wide for us to post. If we 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 bike guide to find your next adventure. We are proud of the updated, at-a-glance information, and maps we are known for in the Destination section of our website. Now, as the Bike/Hike Guide goes into its seventh year of production, we are adding a whole new dimension of bicycle tourism information available for mobile device. Plus, beginning September 2015, this year’s e-version of the Guide will move to quarterly editions where you may see some additional bike pics posted.

 Bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure – we may capture you in a pic to post!

Twin Cities Receives Off-Road Ride Center Designation

Twin Cities off­road trail systems receive Bronze Level Ride Center designation from International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). The IMBA Ride Center™ designation represents the Association’s Model Trail recognition for large ­scale mountain bike facilities that offer something for every rider of every ability.

All ages and abilities are finding the trails and parks here in the Twin Cities fun.

All ages and abilities are finding the trails and parks here in the Twin Cities fun.

Since 1994 the Minnesota Off­-Road Cyclists (MORC), a IMBA Chapter,  has worked  diligently on it’s mission of ‘Gaining and Maintaining Trails’ in the Twin Cities  metro area.

Today MORC’s wide network of 100+ recurrent volunteers help to maintain over 85 miles of singletrack within 11 parks and is the organization  behind the acclaimed Cottage Grove Bike Park. During the Winter months, there  are over 50 miles of groomed singletrack trails to explore and enjoy in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Area.

With 11 parks in the Twin Cities Area with off-road trails there are many options for adventure.

With 11 parks in the Twin Cities Area with off-road trails there are many options for adventure.

Consistently ranked America’s top cycling destination, the Twin Cities with over 80 miles of  off­street bike paths and 40 miles of bike lanes, has more than 40 breweries, 20 museums and over 50 live entertainment venues to set the stage for a premier riding and vacation destination. Combine these  details with the IMBA Ride Center designation for off­road trails and you’ll soon  see why this area is top in the nation!

You can find out more about MORC and the Twin City ride opportunities at: http://www.morcmtb.org

MN High School Cycle League Expands

“Season four, for the MN League is shaping up to be an exciting year,” said Josh Kleve, MN League Director. “Existing teams are expanding, new communities are coming on board and our middle school program is growing steadily. Last year at our first race, we had just over 100 middle school kids registered to race. This year, as of July 12, we are already at 100 registered Middle School racers.”

Hillside race stirs up a little dust between school teams. photo from MN High School Cycling League.

Hillside race stirs up a little dust between school teams. photo from MN High School Cycling League.

Before Minnesota schools let out for the summer, many new and existing teams held team information meetings to recruit new riders. If you missed a meeting, don’t worry, teams will continue to recruit riders over the summer, even though the pre-summer meetings were very well attended. Or contact the MN League and let them know of your interest.

Click here for teams in Minnesota to date.

The MN League operates on five principles: to be equal, inclusive and to build a strong body, mind and character through cycling. The all-are-welcome philosophy combined with the opportunity for an individual to make an impact supports why the MN league has quickly grown.

Let’s get #MOREKIDSONBIKES.

“Be sure to follow the MN League on Facebook or Twitter for updates.

MN High School Bike Race Schedule Changes

from the MN High School League, Single Track Times

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Girls out at Elm Creek for a summer practice

With Summer winding down, and less than five days until the first race of the Minnesota High School League’s 2014 Mountain Bike Race schedule, it has been moved.

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Boy’s division competing at Jail Trail, in St Cloud

Due to construction at Salem Hills Elementary School, parking would not be available for the over 400 estimated racers and their families. So dust off those cowbells – race season in Minnesota will begin at  Buck Hill, in Burnsville!

Take a look at the lineup for this year. MN League List of Teams

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Hutchinson’s girls team ready to race

Not only do we have new teams, but new communities as part of our league. To name a few: Mankato, Highland Park, Bemidji, Faribault, Mendota Heights and even Hudson, WI…since they are just over the border…

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Girl’s starting lineup on the jail Trail in St Cloud

As time draws closer to the start of the season, teams are scrambling to get training rides in and to get their riders registered to race!

Remember, first race is Sun. Sept. 7, now at Buck Hill. We look forward to seeing all the new faces and the familiar faces back for another season of fun…and mountain bike racing.

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Eager riders jockeying for first position

2014 MN League Race Schedule

Please add these dates to your calendar today!
▪ Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014 – Race #1 – Buck Hill, Burnsville, MN – NEW LOCATION
▪ Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 – Race #2 – Jail Trail, St. Cloud, MN
▪ Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014 – Race #3 – Game Haven, Rochester, MN
▪ Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014 – Race #4 – Mt. Kato, Mankato, MN – NEW LOCATION
▪ Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 – Race #5 – State Championships: Whitetail Ridge, WI
▪ Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 – Season Awards Banquet

* Please Note: Race #4: Duluth moved to Mt. Kato 
 Due to unprecedented MN league growth, the league has decided to move the Duluth race to Mt. Kato, in Mankato, Minn. During their latest course check last week, it was apparent with the increase in ridership, the slated venue in Duluth did not meet the league’s needs.

The League states, “the number one goal is to provide a safe venue and race course. The MN league is working with various groups in Duluth, including the Duluth team, to help develop a venue for future seasons. The Minnesota High School Cycling League is a state wide organization and we are committed to holding races from border-to-border.
Mt. Kato will replace Duluth on the calendar. We will be using the standard course (not the varsity lap) from last season at Mt. Kato.”

See more Race Details and Deadlines for the Sept. 7 race at the minnesotamtb.org website.

“Be sure to follow the MN League on Facebook or Twitter for updates.

aaaWant to Learn More Before the Races Begin?

Silver Sponsor, Minnesota AAA has selected the MN High School Cycling League to join them at the Minnesota State Fair on Sat. Aug. 23, 2014 at “Prep 45 Day”, presented by KSTC-TV, Channel 45 to celebrate high school sports in Minnesota. Check the Leagues website for more info.