Tag Archives: St Cloud MN

Here in this bike pic, digging through our summer archives, we captured this fun photo of riders on the Rock-n-Roll the Lakes last summer in Albert Lea. See more fun photos on their Facebook page.

Benefiting the Bike Alliance, two rides creates a Minnesota doubleheader

by Russ Lowthian, HaveFunBiking.com

If you haven’t finalized plans for your #NextBikeAdventure consider a Minnesota doubleheader with the Rock n’ Roll the Lakes this Saturday and Tour of Saints, on Sunday. Both day-of bike bicycle touring events benefit the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota and offer several route options to fit your style of riding.

A Minnesota doubleheader of rides

This Bike Pic Thursday, digging through the archives, we caught these riders enjoying the Rock around the Lakes, in Albert Lea, MN, coming July 13th. 

Fun riding Rock N’ Roll the Lakes, in Albert Lea, MN, coming July 13th.

This Saturday, July 13th, Rock N’ Roll the Lakes in southern Minnesota takes place

A strong hours drive south on Interstate 35W from the Twin Cities, after passing the I-90 crossroad pull into Albert Lea and prepare for a day or weekend of outdoor fun. Known as ‘The Land Between the Lakes’ the city is also the hometown of the rock-n-roll icon, Eddie Cochran and Marian Ross (Remember Mrs. C from Happy Days?).

Today's bike pic, we look at the fun everyone is having now that summer is here. In this photo we captured the these two biker chicks riding 'Rock N' Roll the Lakes' in Albert Lea this last Saturday.

Two biker chicks enjoying ‘Rock N’ Roll the Lakes’ in Albert Lea last year.

With a fitting name for this annual ride, Albert Lea knows how to rock! Riders can choose from the 10, 30 or 50-miles SAG-supported routes. All three courses hug picturesque lake shores and offer a variety of beautiful southern Minnesota scenery.  Click here for more information and to register. Make it a weekend, check out these lodging opportunities in the area.

On Sunday, July 14th is the Tour of Saints in Central Minnesota

Rest stops with sinfully delicious food makes riders smile throughout the tour.

It’s not a race, it’s a heavenly little ride touring the saintly communities on the west side of St. Cloud, MN. At this time each summer more than 1,000 touring cyclists meander along quiet roads with rolling green landscape, from one saintly city to the next. A celebration of bicycling that will benefit BikeMN, the Tour of Saints bicycle ride starts and ends in St. Joseph.

Enjoy 18, 35, or 50-mile options. All three routes begin at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph and are designed to offer the most scenic and pleasant routes. Riders enjoy food and drink at rest stops on each course. Read more about the Tour and routes here. Make it a weekend reserve a room in St Cloud here.

The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (BikeMN)

See how these two rides this weekend, the Saint Paul Bicycle Classic in September and the Mankato River Ramble in October benefit BikeMN.

Here is today's bike pic on this beautiful Saturday. Now that summer is here get ready for your #nextbikeadventure and make some memories.

Bike Pic June 23, summer memories are being made on the bike trail

Here is today’s bike pic on this beautiful Saturday. Now that summer is here get ready for your #nextbikeadventure and make some memories.

What better way to start your riding season fun then to plan your next adventure. View all the great ideas and bike destinations in the latest Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide. Then plan your next outing with family and friends in one of the HaveFunBiking Destinations.

Thanks for Viewing Our ‘Bike Pic’ of the Day  

Now rolling into our 11th 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 destinations you can have fun at 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 latest  Bike Guide, mobile friendly as we enter into our 9th year of producing print and digital guides.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. Please share all our pic’s with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the next corner with a HFB camera ready to document your next move while you are riding and having fun. Capturing you in one of our next ‘Pic of the Day’ posts.

Have a great week!

Fond memories riding into the Monday morning sun, along the Mississippi River Trail

Bike Pic March 19, riding into the Monday morning sun

Here in today’s bike pic, these bold north biker chicks are having fun riding into the Monday morning sun, along the Mississippi River Trail, near St Cloud Minnesota.

What better way to continue your riding season fun and to plan your #NextBikeAdventure for 2018, then a ride in the Monday Morning sun. View all the great ideas and bike destinations in the latest Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide. Then plan your next outing with family and friends in one of the HaveFunBiking Destinations.

Thanks for Viewing Our ‘Monday Morning Sun’ Bike Pic of the Day  

Now rolling into our 11th 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 destinations you can have fun at 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 latest  Bike Guide, mobile friendly as we enter into our 9th year of producing print and digital guides.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. Please share all our pic’s with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the next corner with a HFB camera ready to document your next move while you are riding and having fun. Capturing you in one of our next ‘Pic of the Day’ posts.

Have a great week!

Here in today's bike pic, this bold north biker chick is having fun riding into the Monday morning sun, along the Mississippi River Trail, near St Cloud Minnesota.

Bike Pic March 12, riding into the Monday morning sun

Here in today’s bike pic, this bold north biker chick is having fun riding into the Monday morning sun, along the Mississippi River Trail, near St Cloud Minnesota.

What better way to continue your riding season fun and to plan your #NextBikeAdventure for 2018, then a ride in the Monday Morning sun. View all the great ideas and bike destinations in the latest Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide. Then plan your next outing with family and friends in one of the HaveFunBiking Destinations.

Thanks for Viewing Our ‘Monday Morning Sun’ Bike Pic of the Day  

Now rolling into our 11th 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 destinations you can have fun at 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 latest  Bike Guide, mobile friendly as we enter into our 9th year of producing print and digital guides.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. Please share all our pic’s with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the next corner with a HFB camera ready to document your next move while you are riding and having fun. Capturing you in one of our next ‘Pic of the Day’ posts.

Have a great week!

We caught this cyclist as she was riding the Mississippi River Trail in St Cloud, MN.

Bike Pic Aug 9, stylin’ along the Mississippi River Trail

Another fun day to ride the Minnesota section of the Mississippi River Trail. Here in this photo a cyclist is stylin’ as she rides along the MRT and Great River Road in St. Cloud.

Get into the zone and plan your next bike outing with family and friends at one of Minnesota’s HaveFunBiking Destinations. View all the fun ideas and bike destinations in the latest Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide.

Thanks for Viewing Our ‘Mississippi River Trail’ Pic of the Day!  

We are now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media. As we pedal forward our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun while we highlight all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more places to have fun, we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. Enjoy the information and stories we have posted as you scroll through.

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 use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continue to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your #NextBikeAdventure – Also, check out the MN Bike Guide, now mobile friendly, as we enter into our 8th year of producing this hand information booklet full of maps.

Remember, bookmark HaveFunBiking.com on your cell phone and find your next adventure at your fingertips! Please share our pics with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the corner with one of our cameras ready to document your next cameo apperance while you are riding and having fun. You could be in one of our next Pic’s of the Day.

Have a great day!

Students compete on the Jail Trail, Near St Cloud MN, on a Minnesota High School Bicycle League, a part of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association.

Staff Added to Get More Kids on Bikes at Interscholastic Cycling Assoc.

by Austin McInerny, nationalmtb.org

The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) adds staff to get more kids on bikes. Two new staff positions were filled to help meet exponential growth demands and expand core services and programs of the NICA.

Interscholastic Cycling Association Plans to Get #morekidsonbikes

Austin McInerny, NICA President, reports: “NICA’s rapid growth across America is creating an unprecedented explosion in youth cycling. We continue to have significant growth of over 40% year after year. Currently, NICA operates in 18 states serving nearly 12,000 student-athletes and 4,500 licensed coaches. We have made incredible strides towards of providing all teens across America the opportunity to grow strong body, mind, and character through participation in school-based cycling clubs.”

To meet the demand of such expansive growth, NICA, plans to expand and broaden it development and partnership areas for better funding. This will help to build a sustainable mix of revenues from a diverse pool of funders and donors. Investment in development staff will ensure the continuation of innovative youth mountain bike programs; the ability to continue to scale through supporting new leagues; and creates long-term sustainability for the organization.

NICA is thrilled to add the following development professionals to their team:

Kristine Urrutia joins Interscholastic Cycling Association as V.P. Development and Partnerships

Kristine is an entrepreneurial professional with nearly 20 years of experience in global, community and foundation development. She has held executive positions at Teachers2Teachers-Global, MiracleFeet, Charley Girl Designs and the University of Wisconsin School Of Business. In addition to her new role at NICA National, she is involved with NICA as a parent and as a member of the North Carolina Interscholastic Cycling League volunteer management team. Kristine has the following to say about joining the NICA team, “I have personally experienced the power of the NICA effect from seeing the pride of the first time student-athlete participant, to the sportsmanship of the competitive racer, to the powerful impact NICA has on families and communities. To be a part of this growing effort is a particular honor for me because it encompasses so much that I care about including youth development for all student-athletes, supporting healthy outdoor lifestyles, fostering an appreciation for the environment and building strong supportive communities. It doesn’t get much better than raising funds to get #morekidsonbikes!” At the heart of all Kristine’s efforts is a relentless drive to lead, seek, design, or create ways for people to collaborate with purpose. Kristine can be reached at kristine@nationalmtb.org

Nic Sims Joins Interscholastic Cycling Association as Development Manager

After being introduced to cycling by his father the fun and games began and the rest is history. After a 23 year career at Specialized, he moved on to Alpinestars to work in the motorsports industry. In 2013, he returned to the cycling industry to work for SCOTT Sports. Nic states, “I have had the distinct pleasure of turning hobbies into jobs. I have worked with some great companies that I can say have all made a difference in their sports and now with NICA the trend continues. I was involved with NICA’s Utah League while working with SCOTT and seeing first hand how NICA affects the lives of kids and gets them outside enjoying the sport of cycling is amazing. I now have the chance to use my connections, to help take NICA to the next level. NICA is an organization that our industry needs to support and I’m excited to help get the industry involved, however they can.” Nic can be reached at nic@nationalmtb.org

About The National Interscholastic Cycling Association

Students compete on the Jail Trail, Near St Cloud MN, on a Minnesota High School Bicycle League, a part of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association.

A Minnesota High School Bicycle League competition is a part of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association.

Founded in 2009 as a 501(c)3 non-profit, the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) develops interscholastic mountain biking programs for student-athletes and coaches across the United States. NICA provides leadership, services and governance for local leagues to produce quality mountain bike events, and supports every student-athlete in the development of strong body, strong mind and strong character through their efforts on the bike. As of 2017, NICA has 19 state and regional leagues, and 4,000 coaches who are working with over 12,000 student­-athletes from over 700 high schools in the USA.

National Interscholastic Cycling Association Sponsors

NICA exists by virtue of generous sponsors, donors and partners, including our Lead sponsor Trek Bicycles; Platinum level sponsors SRAM and Shimano; Gold level sponsors Bicycling, Clif Bar & Company, Giro, Podiumwear, Specialized Bicycles and Quality Bicycle Products; and major sponsors CamelBak, Yakima, Maxxis, REI Co-Op, GU Energy Labs, Athletic Event Supply, Feedback Sports, and People for Bikes.

Bike Pic May 27, Checking Out The Jail Trail Course For the Upcoming Season

Here Gary Solquist  a race official for the Minnesota High School Cycling League checks out the Jail Trail course, near St. Cloud MN, riding his fatty.

Also, view the new spring Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide.

Thanks for Viewing the Jail Trail Pic of the Day 

We are now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media. As we pedal forward our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun while we highlight all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more places to have fun, we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. Enjoy the information and stories we have posted as you scroll through.

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 use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continue to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your #NextBikeAdventure – Also, check out the MN Bike Guide, now mobile friendly, as we enter into our 8th year of producing this hand information booklet full of maps.

Remember, bookmark HaveFunBiking.com on your cell phone and find your next adventure at your fingertips! Please share our pics with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the corner with one of our cameras ready to document your next cameo apperance while you are riding and having fun. You could be in one of our next Pic’s of the Day.

Have a great day!

Bike Pic Feb 22, Wacky Weather Wednesday, Jokes On Us To What’s Ahead

We’re back at it again with our Wacky Wednesday posts. This time we are calling it Wacky Weather Wednesday! We all could use a quick laugh today as we enjoy another above normal day of temperatures in the 50’s. I seams Mother Nature is playing a nice joke on us. Here in this fun pic  Liz Walton from MnDOT was having fun trying to ride with an otter. This took place in a park along the Mississippi River Trail, between Monticello and St. Cloud, MN, a couple years ago.

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 Wacky Weather Wednesday 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!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”- Albert Einstein. Motivational Monday is upon us again.

Bike Pic Jan 2, To Keep Your Balance a Moving Quote From Einstein

Keeping your balance on the first Monday of the New Year! With that said here is a quote you should remember throughout the year. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”- Albert Einstein.

Here in this photo Minnesota High School Cycling League Director, Gary Sjoquist is out on the trail in a official capacity at a high school meet on the the Jail Trail, near St. Cloud, MN, this last Fall.

See more places to explore in the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide and remember to register for the Root River Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour.

Thanks for viewing Today’s Keep Your Balance and Stay Moving 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!

Having fun yesterday on Minnesota's Jail Trail, at the 2016 Minnesota High School Cycling League race series.

Bike Pic Sept 19, Minnesota High School Cycling League Race Fun

Having fun yesterday on Minnesota’s Jail Trail at the 2016 Minnesota High School Cycling League race series on the east side of St. Cloud. With 52 high schools teams currently around the State, the next race in the series will be October 2nd at Gamehaven, in Rochester, MN.

See many more event bike friendly places to explore in the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide

Thanks for viewing Minnesota High School Cycling League Pic of the Day 

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 showcasing 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. And don’t forget to smile, while you are riding and having fun. We may capture you in one of our next photos that we post daily.

Have a great day!