“Group cycling tours are a wonderful way to explore Minnesota and experience a new area,” says Scott Cabalka of St. Paul, a participant in past biking events. “Bike rides give you a way to get acquainted with new places at a basic level, via the sights, sounds and smells of the land, or through the eyes of the local communities.”
Organized bike rides are a great way to experience miles of beautiful fall Minnesota scenery and great cycling camaraderie. Typically, the rides feature traffic-controlled cycling, and many offer live entertainment, food stops and support along the way for those who may need a hand. Many tours cater to a range of ages and abilities by offering routes of varying lengths and difficulty. Some events support a charitable cause.
This fall, cyclists from Minnesota and beyond will enjoy grand group rides including the Mankato River Ramble on Oct. 6 with its great 12-, 26- and 42-mile rides along the Blue Earth River during peak fall foliage.
Another popular event is the Ride for the Cure on Oct. 5 (Cold Spring).
In addition to organized bike tours, for those who just want to casually meet up and ride, there are several organized groups and bike clubs across the state. More information can be found at http://www.pedalmn.com/