Take a bike ride this summer – West Central Tribune

Cycling is an inexpensive way to get together and exercise at the same time. With trails available throughout west-central Minnesota and several cycling events scheduled for June through August, you can take a ride around your neighborhood, join a group, or raise money for a cause.

ALBANY – Caramel Roll Ride, 8 a.m., 400 Railroad Ave, Albany, $25. This “early summer” ride has seven possible destinations: Freeport, 12-mile loop; Avon, 12 mile loop; Saint-Joseph, 32-mile loop; Holdingford, 20 mile loop; Bowlus, 34 mile loop; Blanchard Dam, 40-mile loop; and Highway 10, 46 mile loop. Caramel rolls will be available at designated rest areas along the way. More information can be found at


NEW LONDON – Sibley State Park Trail Dedication & Bike Ride, 10 a.m., Sibley State Park, free. Riders are invited to meet at the beach parking lot at Sibley State Park for a trail dedication and a six-mile ride on the new trail. Information on


WHITE BEAR LAKE – Sota Wheel Race, 8 a.m., $79. The second Sota Wheel Race is a 14-day, 1,200-mile cobblestone bikepacking challenge that circles central Minnesota. The race begins and ends at White Bear Lake and traverses four regional segments across the state. For more information and a full route map, visit


AVON – Lady Slipper Nature Ride, 8 am, Wobegon Lake Trailhead, 453637 Co. Rd. 9, Avon, free. This casual ride along the Wobegon Lake Trail is for bikers to see Minnesota’s state flower, the showy pink and white flower Lady Slipper Moccasin between Milestones 93 and 94 west of Avon ( 8 mile loop). To register,


GRANITE FALLS – Bluenose Gopher 50, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bluenose Gopher Public House, 681 Prentice St. The second annual Bluenose Gopher 50 is a 50-mile loop from downtown Granite Falls along the river valley Minnesota National Scenic Byway. Registration is available online for free or opens 7 hours before the race. For more information on the race, registration and campsites, visit


St. JOSEPH — Tour of Saints, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., College of St. Benedict, 37 South College Ave., St. Joseph, $32. The Tour des Saints begins and ends at Saint-Benoît College in Saint-Joseph. Check-in opens at 6:30 a.m. and riders can start their rides until 8:30 a.m. Three loops are available: 18 miles, 35 miles or 50 miles. More information can be found at


ST. JOSEPH — Rail Trails 100, 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lake Wobegon Visitor Center, 570 College Ave., St. Joseph, $60. The Central Lakes Trail Association and the Lake Wobegon Trails Association have partnered to provide a 100 mile hiking experience. The ride is limited to 50 runners and includes shuttle rides to the Fergus Falls trailhead, rest areas, and a gift for the runner. To register, visit


SAUK CENTER – Caramel Apple Ride, 8 a.m., 202 10th St So, Sauk Center, $25. There are three possible destinations for this ride: West Union, 15-mile loop; Osakis, 27 mile loop; and Melrose, 17 mile loop. Treats, including caramel apples, will be available at designated rest areas along each route. To register, visit


PIPESTONE – RideMN1, seven days and nights of biking and camping through Minnesota, Lange’s Cafe, 110 8th Ave SE, Pipestone, $575. RideMN1 will provide 21 meals and seven nights of tent camping with showers for each rider. The route will follow paved trails through Pipestone, Russell, Granite Falls, New London, St. Cloud, Isle and Sandstone to end in Superior, Wisconsin. More information can be found at


WILLMAR — Mayor’s Bike Ride, 5-8 p.m., Goat Ridge Brewery, 17 Central Ave. W, New London, free. The communities of Willmar, Spicer and New London come together for a community bike ride. Each group will meet in New London for a picnic. More information is available online at


GARY, SD — The day through Minnesota begins in Gary, South Dakota, and ends in Hager City, Wisconsin. The DAMn Challenge encourages riders to bike 240 miles of Minnesota gravel roads in a single day. Although there is no mass start date for 2022, riders are encouraged to take the challenge and report their results. More information and self-reported results can be found at


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