Save the Date for These 2023 Bike Rides

Nov 10, 2022Biking

Road, trail, gravel, you name it. Take a look at our list of 2023 bike rides and mark your calendars!

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

Hastings/Prescott Bike Tour

Hastings, MN and Prescott, WI

May 6, 2023

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

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

Lake Alice 100

Fergus Falls, MN

May 13, 2023

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

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

Tour de Pepin

Lake City, MN

June 3, 2023

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. website

Lake Wobegon Trail

Caramel Roll Ride

Albany, MN

June 10, 2023

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

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

Summer Trail Treck

Custer, SD

June 13-15, 2023

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

Bike the fascinating scenery of North Dakota and discover the second to none hospitality of the Peace Garden State on the Bike the Border Bike Tour

Bike the Border

Kenmare, ND

June 16-18, 2023

Bike the fascinating scenery of North Dakota and discover the second to none hospitality of the Peace Garden State. Sign up for one, two or the full three days of riding between North Dakota and Canada. website

Lake Wobegon Trail Lady Slippers

Lady Slipper Ride

Avon, MN

June 17, 2023

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 17, 2023

Join the Bike Bemidji organization in a day of fun and ride around Lake Bemidji. There’ll be lots of family-friendly activities! website

Minnesota's Ironman Ride is a decades-old bike riding tradition and offers a variety of routes.
MN Ironman photo

Minnesota Iron Man Bike Ride

Shakopee, MN

June 17, 2023

The Minnesota Ironman Bike Ride features routes for every cyclist. With multiple routes to choose from, there’s a ride for any level. Proceeds benefit Free Bikes 4 Kidz, a non-profit providing refurbished bicycles to children in need. website

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

Shooting Star Trail Ride

LeRoy, MN

June 17, 2023

Take a ride through Minnesota’s prairies on this southern Minnesota family favorite. All routes are fully supported with rest stops. 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

Central MN

June 17-24, 2023

The  annual Tour of Minnesota, formerly the Klobuchar Bike Ride, will visit central Minnesota this year. Daily trip length will vary, but riders will travel a total of about 350 miles with a rest day. 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 24, 2023

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

Freedhem 76

Freedhem, MN

July 1, 2023

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

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

Tour of Saints

St. Joseph, MN

July 9, 2023

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

Bluenose Gopher 50

Granite Falls, MN

July 15, 2023

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
A man rides his bike at the inaugural Bluenose Gopher 50 Gravel Race
Scenic Shore 150 photo

Scenic Shore 150 Bike Tour

Mequon, WI

July 22-23, 2023

The Scenic Shore 150 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

A man and a woman ride a tandem bike through green fields in the summer
Bike MS photo

Bike MS: Ride Across Minnesota 2023

Ottertail, MN

July 24-28, 2023

The 5-day experience you know and love is back! Start in Ottertail, MN, and cycle to Fergus Falls, Wadena, and Long Prairie before returning to Ottertail. Cycle through these beautiful cities and join a community of riders dedicated to changing the world for people with MS one pedal stroke at a time. website

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

Tour de Bun Bicycle Classic

Montgomery, MN

July 29, 2023

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 29, 2023

Join SAVE and local area cycling clubs for the annual Tour de SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) The ride supports SAVE’s mission to prevent suicide. website

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

CaNDak 

Hazen, ND

August 5-12, 2023

This ride carries on the tradition of the CANDISK ride of North Dakota with daily routes ranging from 35 to 70 miles and a century option through North Dakota’s unforgettable scenery. website

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

Dairyland Dare

Dodgeville, WI

August 5, 2023

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. website

Biker on a paved trail

Great River Energy Mesabi Trail Tour

Tower, MN

August 5, 2023

In 2023 the ride will explore the newest Mesabi Trail segment between Tower and Ely, MN. This scenic segment was completed late in 2022 and is as close as you can get to biking in the Boundary Waters. website

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

Tour de Tonka

Minnetonka, MN

August 5, 2023

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

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

Rock-n-Roll the Lakes

Albert Lea, MN

August 12, 2023

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!  website

Bridge the Valley Bike Rally
August 13, 2023
Stillwater, MN

Pedal Prior
August 26, 2023
Prior Lake, MN

Northfield Rotary Defeat of Jesse James Bike Tour
September 9, 2023
Dundas, MN

The Red Ribbon Ride is a fully supported, 2 day, 150-mile bike ride through the wilderness of Minnesota

Red Ribbon Ride

Willow River, MN

August 18-20, 2023

The Red Ribbon Ride is a fully supported, 2 day, 150-mile bike ride through the wilderness of Minnesota to raise funds for HIV/AIDS service organizations. Whether you are first time rider, experienced veteran, or have a connection to the cause, the Red Ribbon Ride is for you. website

Spectacular views of Lake Superior on the annual Gitchi Gami Ride

Gitchi-Gami Trail Ride

Gooseberry Falls State Park

August 19, 2023

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

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

Ride Across Wisconsin (RAW)

La Croose, WI to Milwaukee, WI

August 19-20, 2023

In 2023, Ride Across Wisconsin offers both a mixed-surface (crushed limestone, road, & paved trail) and all paved (road & paved trail) option. Riders should decide the length of their desired route prior to registering, but you will have the flexibility of choosing what surface you would like to ride on until the day of the big ride. website

Fall colors on the Lake Wobegon Trail

Caramel Apple Ride

Sauk Centre, MN

September 9, 2023

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 Saint Paul Classic is a long-standing tradition in Minnesota's biking community
Jerry Hass photo

Saint Paul Classic Bike Tour

Saint Paul, MN

September 10, 2023

The Saint Paul Classic is back touring the Grand Rounds. The ride will be held on bike trails and lanes only, there’ll be no road closures at all. Attendance is limited to 2,500. Mileages: 15, 31. website

Biker on a paved trail

2023 Tomassoni Tour-Cycle for ALS

Tower, MN

September 14-16, 2023

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.  In the inaugural year, rider limits are 25 for the full your and 50 for the half tour. website

The communities of Willmar, Spicer and New London are coming together for the Mayor's Bike Ride.
Gregory Harp photo

Mayor’s Bike Ride

Wilmar, Spicer, New London, MN

September 15, 2023

The communities of Willmar, Spicer and New London are coming together for a bike ride. Led by their respective mayors, riders will take on the Glacial Lakes Trail and  gather for a picnic after the ride. 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 15-17, 2023

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

A man and woman ride a tandem bike on a paved trail in the fall

Root River Valley Autumn Trail

Root River and Harmony-Preston Valley Trails, MN

September 15-16 and 22-23, 2023

All 10 communities along the two trails will feature different activities, markets and music on two weekends. Enjoy what is special about each town while you pedal your way through the beauty of Bluff County. website
The annual Mora Bike Tour explores quiet and scenic country roads around Mora, MN
Kirsten Faurie photo

Mora Bike Tour

Mora, MN

September 16, 2023

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 16, 2023

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

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

Wheelin’ To Wall

Wall, SD

September 23 & 24, 2023

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

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 30, 2023

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

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

Mankato River Ramble

Mankato, MN

October 8, 2023

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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