Must-Do Bike Rides in 2024

Nov 7, 2023Biking, Events

Road, trail, gravel, you name it. Take a look at our list of 2024 bike rides and mark your calendars!

A group of four rides bicycles through a wooded area on a paved trail in the spring

Birds and Bison Bike Tour

Hastings, MN 

May 4, 2024

Get outdoors this spring and enjoy spectacular river views along the Mississippi River Greenway Trail, birds from Carpenter Nature Center, and a bison Interpretive stop at Spring Lake Park on this free, family-friendly ride. website

A group of male cyclists ride on a paved road in the spring
Bike MN photo

Lake Alice 100

Fergus Falls, MN

May 11, 2024

No, you don’t have to ride 100 miles, but if you do, 87 laps will get you there. It’s always held the Saturday before Mother’s Day and always free. website

A group of cyclists wearing bike helmets rides on a paved street on a sunny day
Tour de Tulips photo

Orange City Tulip Festival Tour de Tulips

Orange City, Iowa

May 18, 2024

This supported ride is only part of the fun of Orange City’s Dutch heritage celebration. Off the bike, take part in the festivities for an unforgettable experience. website

The logo for the Med City Meander Bike Tour over a background of the Rochester, MN skyline.

Med City Meander

Rochester, MN

May 25, 2024

Join the team behind BikeMN’s Chapter, We Bike Rochester, to celebrate the great trail network that meanders around Minnesota’s third largest city on this inaugural ride. 

A man rides his bike on a trail departing from a trailhead

Luverne Loop Tour

Luverne, MN

May 30, 2024

Enjoy a leisurely loop around Luverne and stick around for the weekend to celebrate Luverne’s annual Buffalo Days with car show, parade, craft show and many other family-friendly activities. website

a group of people with bicycles lines up at the starting gates of a bike event in a green space near a river
Tour de Cure photo

2024 Minnesota Tour de Cure

Minneapolis, MN

June 1, 2024

Tour de Cure is a premier cycling event for all ages and abilities. All routes will be fully supported with bike mechanics, volunteer route marshals, rest stops with food and water, cheering volunteers and more. website

Two people on bicycles ride along a road on a river on a sunny day

Tour de Pepin

Lake City, MN

June 1, 2024

Tour de Pepin is one of the Midwest’s most unique cycling tours where riders have several options to ride through the captivating terrain and historic towns around Lake Pepin. website

A historic printed drawing portrait of Zebulon Pike
North Wind Picture Archives image

Zeb Pike-Ride to the River

Holdingford, MN

June 1, 2024

Follow in the footsteps of explorer Zebulon Pike, who set out to discover the source of the Mississippi River. This family-friendly 20-mile roundtrip will take you down the Lake Wobegon and Soo Line Trails to the impressive trestle-bridge crossing at the world’s most famous waterway. website

Lake Wobegon Trail

Caramel Roll Ride

Albany, MN

June 8, 2024

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. website

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

Dam2Dam Ride

Little Falls, MN

June 15, 2024

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 For more information call Dave Sperstadt at Touright Bike Shop in Little Falls : (320) 639-2453

Lake Wobegon Trail Lady Slippers

Lady Slipper Ride

Avon, MN

June 15, 2024

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 Paul Bunyan Trail crosses the young Mississippi River as it exits Lake Bemidji

Loop the Lake Ride

Bemidji, MN

June 15, 2024

Take a bike cruise around Lake Bemidji with the whole family and experience the first city on the Mississippi from the seat of your bike. There’ll be lots of family-friendly activities. website

The Tour of Minnesota is an annual five-day ride through Minnesota's best biking areas
Tour of Minnesota photo

The Tour of Minnesota

Cannon Falls, MN

June 15-22, 2024

The Tour of Minnesota will visit the Cannon Falls area in its 50th anniversary year. Daily trip length will vary, but riders will travel a total of about 350 miles with a rest day.  website

A man rides a bicycle across wooden bridge on a trail through forested mountains
South Dakota Fish, Game and Parks photo

Mickelson Summer Trail Treck

Custer, SD

June 21-23, 2024

Enjoy the beauty of the heart of the Black Hills as you travel through the scenic valleys, old railroad tunnels and historic mining towns on the 119-mile Mickelson Trail. Registration includes trail pass, shuttle, refreshments and meals. website

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

The Spring Bike Fling

Walker, MN

June 22, 2024

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. Your ride options are plentiful. website

A group several dozen men and women in cycling clothes pose for a picture on a green field near sunset.
Great Scott Bike Club photo

Great Scott Bike Ride

Prior Lake, MN

July 4, 2024

Enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of rural Scott County, Minnesota on this ride hosted by the Great Scott Cycling Club.  Route choices are 25  and 50 miles.  SAG and rest stops are provided along with lunch after the ride. website

A group of cyclists gathers in front of an old gas station before a ride
Donald Griggs photo

Freedhem 76

Freedhem, MN

July 6, 2024

The Freedhem 76 is a race/ride on north central Minnesota’s finest gravel, minimum maintenance roads and trails to celebrate Independence Day.  There’s lots of gravel, lots of lakes, and scenery galore. website

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

Bluenose Gopher

Granite Falls, MN

July 13, 2024

This 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. website

The Tour of Saints is not a race, but a heavenly little ride
Jerry Hass photo

Tour of Saints

St. Joseph, MN

July 21, 2024

It’s not a race. It’s a heavenly little ride. From cities across Minnesota and neighboring states, each year cyclists gather in St. Joseph to wind their way along quiet byways and rolling hills. Distances: 18, 35, 50 miles. website

A man rides his bike at the inaugural Bluenose Gopher 50 Gravel Race
Scenic Shore Bike Tour photo

Scenic Shore Bike Tour

Mequon, WI

July 27-28, 2024

The Scenic Shore Bike Tour is a two-day, 150-mile, fully supported cycling event that is open to riders of all ages and abilities. The beautiful shoreline of Lake Michigan is the picturesque setting for a weekend of biking with 1,500 cycling enthusiasts. website

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

Tour de Bun Bicycle Classic

Montgomery, MN

July 27, 2024

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

A group of bicyclists is gathered in front of an American flag

CaNDak-Back To Our Roots

Garrison, ND

August 3-10, 2024

with daily routes ranging from 35 to 70 miles and a century option. This multi-day tour through North Dakota travels across terrain varying from flat fields to steep hills. In 2024, they go back to the town where the tradition started. website

The annual Tour de Tonka brings thousands of cycling enthusiasts to Minnetonka, MN.

Tour de Tonka

Minnetonka, MN

August 3, 2024

Tour de Tonka is a scenic bike ride that travels through the Lake Minnetonka area and its surrounding communities. With so many different route options, there’s a ride for everyone. website

Biker on a paved trail

Great River Energy Mesabi Trail Tour

Buhl, MN

August 10, 2024

While you pedal fully supported along one of Minnesota’s premiere paved bicycle trails you’ll encounter historic and scenic points of interest and enjoy food and music at rest stops. website

Cruise around the beautiful lakes of Albert Lea, Minnesota. on the annuial Rock'n'Roll the Lakes Bike Ride
Bike MN photo

Rock-n-Roll the Lakes

Albert Lea, MN

August 10, 2024

Albert Lea knows how to rock! Riders can choose from one of three different routes of  “rolling” fun. All three courses hug picturesque lake shores and offer a variety of beautiful southern Minnesota scenery. website

The Rivers, Lakes and Fields series of bike rides comprises the Bridge the Valley Bike Rally, Pedal Prior and the Northfield Rotary Bike Tour in Minnesota

Rivers, Lakes & Fields

This is a series of three Rotary-sponsored bike rides, Ride them all to be entered in a prize drawing! 

Bridge the Valley Bike Rally  website
August 11, 2024
Stillwater, MN

Pedal Prior  website
August 24, 2024
Prior Lake, MN

Northfield Rotary Bike Tour  website
September 7, 2024
Dundas, MN

Spectacular views of Lake Superior on the annual Gitchi Gami Ride

Gitchi-Gami North Shore Ride

Gooseberry Falls State Park

August 17, 2024

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

Fall colors on the Lake Wobegon Trail

Caramel Apple Ride

Sauk Centre, MN

September 7, 2024

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


Oslo, MN

September 7-14, 2024

RideMN1 holds an annual bicycle ride across Minnesota to raise awareness about cancer.  This time they visit Oslo, Warren, Grygla, Red Lake, Effie, Cook, Ely and Silver Bay. There’s optional pre-ride camping and a dinner the day before. website

The logo of the Border Bike Ride over a graphic background of green hills, blue skies and white clouds

Border Bike Ride

Riceville, IA

September 14, 2024

Ride across state lines and visit your neighbors on the other side. This family-friendly event has route options for everyone on Iowa’s Wapsi Great Line Trail, Minnesota’s Shooting Star Trail, or both. website

A group of people with bikes and biking clothing poses in front of Unmapped Brewing Co.

Loons Challenge Ride

Minneapolis, MN

September 15, 2024

Join the fight against type one diabetes as you push your limits and ride up to 100 miles through the scenic Twin Cities landscape. Follow them on social media @jdrfminnesota for more details TBD. For now, save the date and email for more information.

The logo for the Twin Cities Bike Tour over a background of the Minneapolis skyline.

Twin Cities Bike Tour

Minneapolis, MN

September 15, 2024

Be a part of this inaugural cycling event, destined to be a celebration of the trails and communities that fuel thriving bicycling culture. website

Biker on a paved trail

Tomassoni Tour

Tower, MN

September 19-21, 2024

This is a new fundraising event that will further help in the fight against ALS. Cyclists will be able to choose between two different ride lengths on the beautiful Mesabi Trail.   website

Two men and two women ride together on a gravel surfaced bike trail in the summer
South Dakota Fish, Game and Parks photo

Mickelson Trail Trek

Custer, SD

September 20-22, 2024

Enjoy the fall beauty of the Black Hills as you travel through the scenic valleys, old railroad tunnels and historic mining towns on the 119-mile Mickelson Trail.  Registration includes trail pass, shuttle, refreshments and meals. website

The annual Mora Bike Tour explores quiet and scenic country roads around Mora, MN
Kirsten Faurie photo

Mora Bike Tour

Mora, MN

September 21, 2024

The annual Mora Bike Tour starts and finishes at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center and offers two routes on rural country roads. Rest stops keep riders hydrated and a mobile repair van lends assistance if needed. website

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

Ride the Ridges

Winona, MN

September 21, 2024

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 have hills and valleys and spectacular views.  website

On the Rosewood Gramble in Thief River Falls, MN you'll ride the former beach ridges of Glacial Lake Agassiz, minimum maintenance roads, a bit of trail, sand, grass and maybe some mud

Rosewood Gramble

Thief River Falls, MN

September 28, 2024

Join Bike Thief River Falls on this ramble on gravel (Gramble) and see rural Pennington and Marshall Counties. You’ll ride the former beach ridges of Glacial Lake Agassiz, minimum maintenance roads, a bit of trail, sand, grass and maybe some mud. website

A woman bikes on a paved road through rock formations at Badlands National Park
Mama Law photo

Wheelin’ To Wall

Wall, SD

September 28 & 29, 2024

Experience the magic of Badlands National Park and its striking rock formations on this two-day cycling celebration. Road and gravel routes are available.  website

The Mankato River Ramble explores the roads and trails around Mankato, MN in the fall
Jerry Hass photo

Mankato River Ramble

Mankato, MN

October 6, 2024

Riders can choose from three routes featuring great rest stops, ride support, delicious food and beverages, live music and much more. All routes pass through beautiful Sibley Park where the Blue Earth River joins the Minnesota River. In October, harvest is in full swing, which is always a highlight for riders as they cruise past the many fields in this beautiful part of the state. Distances: 12, 26, 42 miles. website

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