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Track cycling in Minnesota could come to an end in 2019 without the support of an new cycling complex. The NSC Velodrome in Blaine, will be demolished after the 2019 racing season. The MN Cycling Center is working to build a new indoor facility to replace this important cycling facility.

Plans for a new cycling complex, with the demise of the NSC Velodrome

from Jason Lardy

Track cycling in Minnesota could come to an end in 2019 without the support of the cycling community. The National Sport Center (NSC) Velodrome in Blaine, is one of only 26 cycle tracks in the United States. It will be demolished after the 2019 racing season. That will end one of the most storied eras in Minnesota cycling history. The MN Cycling Center is working to a new indoor cycling complex to replace this important cycling venue. Can you please help by contacting your legislature?

The future track cycling complex in Minnesota

MN Cycling Center proposed site plan in Northeast Minneapolis.

The proposed site plan for a new MN Cycling Center in Northeast Minneapolis. See larger version in link below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next generation of Minnesota’s sports leadership has developed a vision for a multi-purpose community bicycle facility. A non-profit organization the MN Cycling Center is working to build this important cycling venue. A place where training and racing can be provided year round. One thing that that all cyclists can help with immediately, is writing their legislators and asking for their support in this upcoming legislative session.

30 years of Minnesota track cycling history 

Track cycling in Minnesota could come to an end in 2019 without the support of an new cycling center. The NSC Velodrome in Blaine, will be demolished after the 2019 racing season. The MN Cycling Center is working to build a new indoor facility to replace this important cycling venue.

Track cycling in MN could come to an end without you contacting your legislature.

The NSC Velodrome has hosted hundreds of events. Attracting thousands of racers from around the world and teaching them to ride a track bike.  It has produced Olympic medalists and dozens of elite national and world champions. Some like multiple Olympic Silver Medalist Kelly Catlin, of Arden Hills, who learned to ride the track here.  She notes, “It is an incredibly rare asset to have a velodrome, much less a international-standard track. It makes Minneapolis one of only a handful of cities in North America that can host international caliber events, it would be a despicable waste to lose such a treasure.”

The Future needs the MN Cycling Center

The new center will provide a home for cycling-based STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)  in MN

The new center will provide a home for cycling-based STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)  in MN

With several Minnesota sports leaders working together the center shows promise. This cycling complex will be a place that can provide off-season training and racing opportunities for cyclists of all ages and ability levels. It can also host concerts and other community events, along with retail in Northeast Minneapolis. But most importantly the cycling facility will provide a home for cycling-based STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)  education for youth from around the region.

An education center for youth around the region. 

The MN Cycling Center also creates an education center for youth around the region.

The group is currently providing this STEM programming at individual Minneapolis Public School locations.

City, state and cycling community support is needed

The MN Cycling Center plans to build a $30-40 million facility.  The group has secured needed support from the City of Minneapolis and Mayor Frey’s office.  They have introduced two bills at the Minnesota State Legislature – HF 2700 and SF 2980 – requesting state funding to continue the state’s long history of track cycling.

BMX will be another feature of the new MN Cycling Center.

BMX facilities could be another feature of the new MN Cycling Center.

Cyclists can help by writing their legislators and asking for their support for the needed legislation.  Please use the MN Cycling Center automated form here to contact your legislator(s).

Thanks for your help!

 

A great destination for the whole family riding the trails and bike friendly roads in the Twin Cities Gateway.

Endless Bike Adventures In An Area Full of Parks and Trails In The Twin Cities Gateway

by Andrew Ellis, HaveFunBiking.com

Take a deep breath as you grip your handlebars and prepare for your next Twin Cities Getaway Adventure. You will feel as if you’re deep in the country. As this north metro community area borders the Mississippi River Trail it can be your personal playground when visiting. While in the area you can: stop and fish; play a round of disc golf; go birding; travel through a chain of lakes by bike or canoe; or explore one of the many parks. You can even satisfy your inner sports fan by visiting the National Sports Center, with a velodrome track.

Stop along the trail in the Twin Cities Gateway for a some fishing.

Stop along the trail in the Twin Cities Gateway if wetting a line and catching some fish are a part of  your agenda.

The Twin Cities Gateway is made up of nine different bike-friendly communities: Anoka, Blaine, Coon Rapids, Fridley, Ham Lake, Lino Lakes, Mounds View, New Brighton, and Shoreview. All unique in their own way they all offering relaxed small town-type atmospheres with plenty to do, perfect for anyone looking to get away and only minutes from the big city.

Bike-Friendly Twin Cities Gateway

The Twin Cities Gateway is just a short drive, or an easy commute by bike from Minneapolis or St Paul. Another major feature is the Mississippi River Trail  (MRT) following the rivers edge in three of the nine Getaway communities: Anoka; Coon Rapids; and Fridley. Plus the other six Gateway Cities have bike friendly roads and trails that lead to the MRT.

After riding the trails and bike friendly roads in the Twin Cities Gateway enjoying a cold beverage with friends is a great way to seal the ride.

After riding the trails and bike friendly roads here enjoy a cold beverage with friends is a great way to seal the ride.

 Mississippi River Trail 

The trail starts at the headwaters at Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota and passes through the Twin Citities Gateway before flowing to the mouth of the river in Venice, Louisiana. While riding along the river you’ll pass many opportunities for site-seeing, so make sure you camera is fully charged. i

Other Off-Road Trails and Parks

You can take the Rum River Regional Trail down to where it meets the MRT, maybe stopping in historic downtown Anoka along the way? There is also the scenic trails in Bunker Hills Regional Park offering heavily wooded and prairie flower landscapes. Or, take the thrilling Coon Creek Regional Trail that connects to the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park and the MRT.

Stop along the trail in the Twin Cities Gateway for a round of disc golf.

Stop along the trail, in several of the parks in the Twin Cities Gateway for a round of disc golf.

For a more extensive rides you can also explore the trails along the Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park Reserve. Or, take the Rice Creek West Regional Trail back to the Mississippi River. This trail passes through Long Lake Park which has several trails that take you by the park’s namesake and Rush Lake. Another option are the trails in the Vadnais-Snail Lakes Regional Park which is filled to the brim and full of beautiful scenery and its easy to switch from one trail to the next.

National Sports Center

If you’re tired of riding all the trails and want more of a challenge, then check out the velodrome at the National Sports Center, in Blaine. The wooden track is open to the public every Thursday for single speed fun. The season begins in late spring and through the summer. Check out their website for more details.

For More Info Check Out Our At-A-Glance Look Of The Twin Cities Gateway

Now that you are considering an adventure to the Twin Cities Gateway, also check out our HaveFunBiking  At-A-Glance TC Gateway Article. Here you will find more details on where to stay, play, and explore this nine city area. Great for planning and to link to your your hand-held devise, for guaranteed fun.

A great September bicycle event is watching the MN High School Cycling Leaguge having fun at Mount Kato.

Top September Bicycle Events in the Upper Midwest

As the days get shorter and we prepare to flip our calendars into the Fall season, here are several September Bicycle Events in the upper Midwest that you may want to consider:

Thursday Night Lights Track Series – September 1st

Track Racing

NSC Velodrome, Blaine, MN

 

La Crosse Area Bicycle Festival – September 2nd through the 5th

In-town Recreational Ride, Scenic Touring, Mountain Biking, & BMX

Cameron Park, La Crosse, WI

 

Grind-Giants Ridge Iron N Dirt – September 3rd

Gravel Riding

Giants Ridge, Biwabik, MN

 

Laddies Loppet  – September 3rd and 4th

Minnesota Mountain Bike Series

Maplelag Resort, Callaway, MN

 

No Name Alleycat Race  – September 4th

Un-official Street Racing

Minneapolis, MN

 

Wednesday Night CX-Race #2 – September 7th

Cycle Cross Racing

Aquila Park, St. Louis Park, MN

 

Slow Roll Saint Paul-Frogtown – September 8th

Recreational Ride

Victoria Theater Arts Initiative, St. Paul, MN

 

Thursday Night Lights Track Series – September 8th

Track Racing

NSC Velodrome, Blaine, MN

 

Fall Community Bike Ride  – September 9th

Recreational Ride

Robbins Island Park, Willmar, MN

 

Gravel Conspiracy  – September 9th through the 11th

Gravel Bike Tour

Silver Bay, MN

 

Trail in a Day- Paul Bunyan Trail Relay – September 10th

Recreational Trail Ride

Bemidji and Brainerd, MN

 

Tour de Apple Valley – September 10th 

Recreational Bike Ride

Apple Valley, MN

 

Root River ‘Taste of the Trail’ – September 10th

Recreational Ride Sampling the Trail Towns

Lanesboro, Peterson & Whalan, MN

 

Back Forty – September 10th

Gravel Road Ride

Denmark TWP, Hastings, MN

 

Bike For Justice: Bike-a-Thon – September 10th

Cycles For Change – Recreational Ride

St. Paul, MN

 

Gitchee Gumee Traverse – September 10th

Mountain Bike Event

Duluth, MN

 

Inspiration 100 – September 10th

Gravel Road Race

Garfield Elementary School, Garfield, MN

 

Jesse James Bike Tour – September 10th

Recreational Ride

Northfield, MN

 

Open Streets Minneapolis: Broadway Ave. W. – September 10th

Community Bike/Walk Event

Minneapolis, MN

 

Square Lake Triathlon  – September 10th and 11th

Bike, Swim and Run

Stillwater, MN

 

Giant and Liv Bicycle Demo – September 11th

Mountain and Road Bike demos

Elm Creek Singletrack Trail, Champlin, MN

 

MN High School Cycling League-Race #1 – September 11th

Student League Mountain Bike Races

Austin Trail, Austin, MN

 

St. Paul Classic Bike Tour – September 11th

Recreational Ride

University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

 

Adapted Mountain Bike Open House-Fall – September 13th

Adaptive Cycles Demos

Elm Creek Singletrack Trail, Champlin, MN

 

Wednesday Night CX-Race #2 – September 14th

Cycle Cross Racing

Aquila Park, St. Louis Park,MN

 

Fix-a-Flat Clinic at SHIFT MN Health – September 17th

Bike Repair Workshop

Powderhorn Park Recreation Center, Minneapolis, MN

 

Root River ‘Taste of the Trail’ – September 17th

Recreational Ride Sampling the Trailtowns

Fountain, Preston & Harmony

 

Mora Bike Tour – September 17th

Bicycle Road Race

Vasaloppet Nordic Center, Mora, MN

 

Northern Kettles Fall Epic – September 17th

Mountain Biking Event

New Fane, WI

 

Purple Rain Stride – September 17th

Recreational Ride

Elm Creek, in Maple Grove, MN

 

Pedal the Park – September 17th

Recreational Ride

Lakeville, MN

 

Park Tool Fall Classic Duathlon – September 17th

Run, bike, Run

Lake Elmo Park Reserve, Lake Elmo, MN

 

MN High School Cycling League-Race #2  – September 18th

Student League Mountain Bike Races

Jail Trail,  St. Cloud, MN

 

Minneapolis Bike Tour – September 18th

Recreational Ride

Boom Island Park, Minneapolis, MN

 

Open Streets Minneapolis: Nicollet Ave. – September 18th

Community Bike/Walk Event

Minneapolis, MN

 

Open Streets Penn Fest – September 18th

Community Bike/Walk Event

Richfield, MN

 

Tour of Fillmore – September 18th

Gravel Road Race

Lanesboro, MN

 

Autum Trek Ride – September 18th

Recreational Ride

River Falls, WI

 

Let’s Joyride Together: September Edition – September 19th

Recreational ride

Matthews Park,  Minneapolis, MN

 

Wednesday Night CX-Race #4 – September 21st

Cycle Cross Racing

Aquila Park, St. Louis Park, MN

 

Fall Community Bike Ride – September 23rd

Recreational Ride

Glacial Lakes State Trail, Willmar, MN

 

No Hater Rolling Dance Super Bike Mega Party 2016 – September 24th

Bike Event

Under Hennepin Ave. Bridge, West Bank, Minneapolis, MN

 

Root River ‘Taste of the Trail’ – September 24th

Recreational Ride Sampling the Trail Towns

Houston, Rushford & Rushford Village

 

Big Woods Classic – September 24th

Minnesota Mountain Bike Series

Lake Rebecca Park, Rockford, MN

 

24/7 Central Lakes Cycle Duathlon – September 24th

Bike, Run, Bike

Fergus Falls, MN

 

Headwaters 100 – September 24th

Recreational ride

Century School, Park Rapids, MN

 

Tour de Hugo – September 24th

Recreational Ride

Hugo City, Hugo, MN

 

3rd Annual Autumn Gravel Grovel – September 25th

Gravel Road Tour

Miesville, MN

 

Lifetime Gran Fondo – September 25th

Gravel Road Race

Waconia Brewing Company, Waconia, MN

 

Wednesday Night CX-Race #5 – September 28th

Cycle Cross Racing

Aquila Park, St. Louis Park, MN

Wild Ride Mountain Bike Fest – October 1st

Mountain Biking demos and Fun!

Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Eagan, MN

Wow, with so many events still scheduled we hope your bicycle is ready for some more action. Watch for more events in the Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide that is currently being updated for this Fall and early Winter. 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!

Twin Cities Gateway: Exploring Sports

A Bike Ride that Will Tease the Inner Psyche of Any Sports Fan

Devin Ulman, HaveFunBiking.com

With miles of bike routes and trails in the Twin Cities Gateway, the area offers sports fans many phenomenal sights and sports facilities to venture to while biking here. Many will find one complex a place worth visiting. The National Sports Center (NSC) is located in Blaine, MN and is the world’s largest amateur sport facility. Home to numerous national and international teams, the center welcomes all varieties of sports and spectators. Containing more than fifty athletic fields and a super ice rink, this sports center is a must see. Additionally, it is also home to the NSC Velodrome – for bicycle track racing. So, if you are a sports fan and biking down the Mississippi River Trail, this is one destination you won’t want to bypass. 

The soccer stadium here is a sports fan haven

For any sports fan the 50-plus athletic fields and soccer stadium sets the stage for world class tournaments.

For any sports fan the 50-plus athletic fields and soccer stadium sets the stage for world-class tournaments.

The NSC Soccer Stadium is the most intimate sporting site in the state with each seat offering  a spectacular view and excitement as the game goes on. Home to the Minnesota United FC, soccer games include U.S. Women’s National Team matches and tournaments with the English Premier League. The stadium also hosts adult and youth matches that are fun to watch.

Catch a game and cool off 

For any sports fan the Schwan Super Rink is the largest ice arena of its kind in the world.

For any sports fan, the Schwan Super Rink is the largest ice arena of its kind in the world.

On a hot summer day, when looking for a fun location to cool off, bike on over to the Schwan Super Rink. As the largest ice arena of its kind in the world, the super rink contains eight sheets of ice under the same roof. Four are capable of hosting NHL games and four are Olympic-sized sheets that host the USA International Hockey Cup. Perfect for fans of hockey, speed skating, figure skating, or broom ball. Numerous major events can be viewed in this unique facility.

Velodrome racing has been called the “NASCAR on Two Wheels”

 

NSC Velodrome racing is a perfect place for cyclists to gain an amazing experience or enjoy viewing the action during their own bicycling expedition. The only outdoor wood-plank velodrome in the United States, this exclusive track hosts numerous events for professionals and amateurs. Including Olympic and International Grand Prix events, there are also community rides and training lessons. So, for those who want to develop their biking skill and get a unique experience, check it out. If you are passionate about cycling, or just bike for recreation, then the Velodrome is a premier destination for entertainment.