23 Top Bike Rides in 2022

Mar 3, 2022Events

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Hastings/Prescott Bike Tour

Hastings, MN and Prescott, WI

May 7, 2022

Get outdoors this spring and enjoy two river towns at the confluence of the Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers. Take a ride on the Point Douglas Trail between Hastings on the Minnesota side and its neighbor across the river, Prescott, WI. website

The annual Tour de Water explores the roads and trails in beautiful Winona, Minnesota

Tour de Water

Winona, MN

May 21, 2022

A scenic “urban” tour of Winona’s parks and trails with visits to Goodview Lake, Prairie Island Park and Latsch Island. Distance: 5, 10, 15, 20 miles. website

Two people on bicycles ride along a road on a river on a sunny day
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Tour de Pepin

Lake City, MN

June 4, 2022
Tour de Pepin is one of the Midwest’s most unique cycling tours where riders have several options ride through the captivating terrain and historic towns around Lake Pepin. Distances: 32, 40, 50, 72, 100 miles. website

Lake Wobegon Trail

Caramel Roll Ride

Albany, MN

June 11, 2022

Choose from three options: East to Avon, Collegeville and Saint Joseph, west to Freeport, and of course, north to Holdingford and the covered bridge, then on the Soo Line Trail to Bowlus and Blanchard Dam on the Mighty Mississippi River. As always the best Caramel Rolls you can find anywhere will be available at all the rest stops along the way! website

Between Rose Creek and Austin, the shooting Star State Trail passes through southern Minnesota farm country

Shooting Star Trail Ride

Austin , MN

June 11, 2022

Take a ride through Minnesota’s prairies on this southern Minnesota family favorite. All routes are fully supported with rest stops and SAG support and are either a combination of trail and hard surface county roads or trail only. Distances: 20, 40, 62 miles. website

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The Tour of the Mississippi River Valley (TOMRV)

Bettendorf, IA

June 11-12, 2022

TOMRV is a Midwest tradition now in its 45th year. Enthusiasts from across the country enjoy a ride on scenic paved roads, through Midwest farmland, and along the Mississippi River on this fully-supported celebration of cycling. Distances: 45-60 or the full 100 miles. website

The trail crosses the Mississippi River at Blanchard Dam on the Soo LIne Trail

Dam2Dam Ride

Little Falls, MN

June 18, 2022

Follow the Great River Road through Charles A. Lindbergh State Park to historic Blanchard Dam and enjoy miles of Mississippi riverfront and quiet back roads with two rest stops. Distances: 20, 40 miles. website

Lake Wobegon Trail Lady Slippers

Lady Slipper Ride

Avon, MN

June 18, 2022

See the Minnesota State Flower, the Pink and White Showy Lady’s Slipper in full bloom. This is a short ride to see the beautiful Lady’s Slipper orchids growing along the Lake Wobegon Trail. It’s a free ride, but donations will be accepted. website

The Spring Bike Fling bike ride offers several routes from Walker, MN with visits to two breweries
Spring Bike Fling photo

The Spring Bike Fling

Walker, MN

June 25, 2022

Take a ride on the Paul Bunyan Trail from Walker to Hackensack and experience the beauty of the Chippewa National Forest in Paul Bunyan’s back yard. Included in the registration are a t-shirt and a bag full of awesome swag. website

Enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of rural Scott County, Minnesota on this family-oriented ride hosted by the Great Scott Cycling Club.

Great Scott Bike Ride

Prior Lake, MN

July 4, 2022

Enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of rural Scott County, Minnesota on this family-oriented ride hosted by the Great Scott Cycling Club.  SAG, rest stops and lunch are provided. Distances: 10, 25, 50 miles. website

A man rides his bike at the inaugural Bluenose Gopher 50 Gravel Race

Bluenose Gopher 50

Granite Falls, MN

July 16, 2022

Minnesota’s newest gravel ride explores the challenging ups and downs of the Minnesota River Valley in search of the route of a long-forgotten 1890s bike race. Breathtaking views, billion year old granite and quiet back roads steeped in history are the backdrop for a unique ride that starts and ends at Bluenose Gopher Public House. website

The open road calls on the Tour de Bun in Montgomery, MN

Tour de Bun Bicycle Classic

Montgomery, MN

July 23, 2022

Ride your bike in the heart of Minnesota Czech Country in scenic Le Sueur County. Each route will have refreshment stops at various points and will provide scenic rural countryside on paved, lightly traveled roads. After the tour, riders will have plenty of time to participate in all the Kolacky Days weekend festivities. website

The back of the cycling jersey of a male rider displays a sign indicating he's participating in the Tour de Save in memory of loved ones
Tour de SAVE photo

Tour de SAVE

Northfield, MN

July 30, 2022

Join SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) and local area cycling clubs for the annual Tour de SAVE. The ride supports SAVE’s mission to prevent suicide through public awareness and education, and to reduce the stigma of brain illnesses that affects more than 23 million Americans. Distances: 7, 25, 50-mile road routes and a 30-mile gravel route. website

Two men wearing bike jerseys ride racing bicycles on a paved road in the summer
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Dairyland Dare

Dodgeville, WI

August 6, 2022

Set in southwest Wisconsin, the land untouched by glacial flattening during the last ice age, the Dairyland Dare offers some of the most extreme hills in the Midwest. The area is characterized by steep, forested ridges, and deeply carved river valleys. Distances: 50, 100, 150 or 200 km (31, 62, 93 or 124 miles) website

Small town charm in Ashby on the Central Lakes State Trail

Rail Trails 100

Fergus Falls, MN

August 6, 2022

The Central Lakes and Lake Wobegon Trails offer some of the best trail riding in the state of Minnesota and this is your chance to conquer both of them in one day! You’ll board a luxury coach bus in Saint Joseph early in the morning and you and your bike get shuttled to the start in Fergus Falls. All you have to do is enjoy the 100-mile ride back. Registration is limited to 50 riders. website

Spectacular views of Lake Superior on the annual Gitchi Gami Ride

Gitchi-Gami Trail Ride

Gooseberry Falls State Park

August 20, 2022

Enjoy a supported, recreational ride on the Gitchi-Gami State Trail along Lake Superior’s scenic North Shore. You’ll get up close and personal with some superior views, be serenaded by waterfalls, wind through multiple state parks and don’t forget: Snacks, t-shirts and sag support are provided! Ride lengths: 8, 28, 34 and 55 miles. website

The Minnesota Discovery Center Building

Great River Energy Mesabi Trail Tour

Chisholm, MN

August 20, 2022

While you pedal fully supported along one of Minnesota’s premiere paved bicycle trails you will encounter historic and scenic points of interest, enjoy food and music at rest stops, and a finish line celebration complete with lunch and more music. Choose from from four routes starting and ending at the Minnesota Discovery Center. website

A group of racing cyclists rides peloton style on a road next to a lake
Ride Across Wisconsin photo

Ride Across Wisconsin (RAW)

La Crosse, WI to Milwaukee, WI

August 20-21

This year’s ride will take you down the historic Elroy-Sparta Trail, across the Wisconsin River on a ferry, make a stop at Trek HQ and throw a huge party at the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. Choose a one-day or two-day option to cover the 235 miles on this fully supported ride. website

Fall colors on the Lake Wobegon Trail

Caramel Apple Ride

Sauk Centre, MN

September 10, 2022

Enjoy the fall colors and great apple refreshments at all the rest stops including caramel apples and other treats from local vendors. Spend the day riding the great Lake Wobegon Trail Country. website

The annual RideMN1 bike tour crosses Minnesota to take their message of cancer awareness to the public.
RideMN1 photo

RideMN1

Pipestone, MN

September 10-17, 2022

RideMN1 holds an annual bicycle ride across Minnesota to raise awareness and raise funds for cancer research.  This year they visit Pipestone, Granite Falls, New London, St. Cloud, Sandstone and Superior, WI. There’s optional pre-ride camping and a dinner the day before. website

Two women ride bikes on a trail

Taste of the Trail

September 10, 2022
Lanesboro, Whalan, Peterson, MN

September 17, 2022
Fountain, Preston, Harmony, MN

September 24, 2022
Houston, Rushford Area, MN

Three consecutive weekends each feature a different selection of towns. Each community will give you a taste of their town with different activities, food and music. Enjoy what is special about each town while you pedal your way through the beauty of Bluff County along the Root River. website

Bike riders climb up a hill at the annual Ride the Ridges Bike Tour in Winona, MN

Ride the Ridges

Winona, MN

September 17, 2022

Ride the Ridges will take riders through some of the most scenic areas in southeastern Minnesota, from lush valleys along streams to bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River. Four routes, ranging from short to a century. Each route has hills and valleys and spectacular views. All routes have well-stocked rest stops featuring local delicacies. Rider amenities include a long-sleeve t-shirt, meal coupon, free showers, and SAG support. Distances: 18, 42, 62, 106 miles. website

Long-Distance bikepackers at Crow Wing State Park on the Paul Bunyan Trail

Park2Park Ride

Little Falls, MN

September 24, 2022

Get to know the future route of the Camp Ripley/Veterans State Trail and explore Little Falls. When complete, this unique trail will connect The Soo Line bike trail with Crow Wing State Park and join together the Central Lakes, Lake Wobegon, Soo Line, Paul Bunyan, Heartland and Mi-Gi-Zi Trails! Leave Charles A. Lindbergh State Park and choose from several options. website

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