by Jan Laser
BOWLUS, MN- The newly formed Central Minnesota Bicycle Club is off to a great start and is looking for bicycle enthusiasts of any nature to join them in their efforts to create a premier cycling organization in central Minnesota.
They are a diverse group of individuals with interests ranging from casual trail rides to multi-day self supported tours on roads, all for the camaraderie and health benefits biking has to offer. Jan Lasar, the club’s interim president, says he started to make contact with bikers he knew from riding the Soo-Line Trail after realizing there was a need for organizing cyclists in his area. “Central Minnesota is a hotspot for bicycling.” he explains. “I felt there needed to be an organization to represent them all and give them a forum to socialize and support each other.” With Morrison County’s recent dismal health ranking, the time seems right to start such a club.
The group had their first meeting in January and is in the process of setting up a website and facebook account to help fan interest among bike lovers. Members are also planning on attending events such as the Caramel Roll Ride and the Tour of Saints in order to gather more support from fellow cyclists.
”We all agree it should be a fun, relaxed organization where everyone is welcome and can find friends to ride with.” relates Lasar. With the addition of new members the club aims to eventually become more formally organized, but for now everyone is anxiously awaiting the official arrival of bike season.
The Central Minnesota Bicycle Club meets on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Bowlus Community Center, First Avenue, Bowlus, Minnesota. For more information you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.