No, the Minneapolis Bike Tour is just that - a bike tour. It is not a race and no awards will be given. We want everyone, from novice to experienced riders, to enjoy the beautiful course. For the safety and security of all involved, we ask that all participants please keep this in mind during the event. If you are more of a leisure rider, or are riding with children we encourage you to start a bit later, and let the speedy types start first.
Yes. Our goal is to make the Bike Tour safe and fun for everyone. Four water stops along the 36-mile course will provide a chance to rest and rehydrate along the way, and will offer mechanical and medical support. A fifth water stop will provide mechanics and a rest area, but will have no food or medical support. One water stop along the 14-mile course will provide mechanical and medical support and a chance to rest and rehydrate. Medical support will be readily available to get to the site of a medical situation, should one occur.
Yes, the course will be closed to motorized traffic; however, there will be some points at which the course will intersect with traffic. At a majority of these places, police and course marshals will monitor and assist riders safely across the road. All riders must obey rules of the road.
Segments of the route will re-open to motorized traffic when each water stop closes as noted on the route map, with the entire course re-opened to motorized traffic at 2 p.m. Bike Patrols will follow the last riders, and will also have a SAG vehicle behind them. Staff at all water stops will do their best to keep participants informed of the time and distance remaining. Anyone still on the route at 2 p.m. may move off the parkway and complete their ride on the paved trails, or they may choose to have a SAG vehicle transport them and their bikes back to the finish.
For safety purposes, rollerblades, skateboards, headphones, cell phone use and pets will not be allowed on the course. If you need to use your cell phone, we ask that you stop riding and temporarily move off the course.
During the event, participants should notify the nearest staff about any concerns (always call 911 in the event of an emergency). Participants may also send feedback about the Bike Tour by email email@example.com or by mail:
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Bike Tour Comments 2117 West River Road Minneapolis, MN 55411
If you purchased a T-shirt when you pre-registered, you will be able to pick it up before the ride when you check in on September 13 or 14. A limited number of shirts may be available for purchase upon check-in.
Maybe. The only way to guarantee that you will receive a T-shirt is to pre-pay for your T-shirt upon registration by Wednesday, September 11. A limited number of T-shirts may be available for purchase at Bike Tour check-in on September 13 and 14.
Water and snacks will be provided along the route and at the finish. Stick around for the Post-Ride Party from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. New Belgium Beer available to participants 21+ (must show ID). Local vendors will also have food available for purchase.
No. We welcome and encourage participants of all ages to participate in the Minneapolis Bike Tour. However, all participants ages 13 years of age or younger (on the day of the ride) must be accompanied on the entire ride by a registered adult participant. All participants 17 and younger are required to have a participation consent form signed by a parent or guardian.
While there is no charge for riders 5 and younger, everyone participating in the Bike Tour must register and complete the required event waiver. This is for the safety and security of all participants.
Yes. The registration fee must be paid for each participant over age five, regardless of the number of bikes used. Everyone participating in the Bike Tour must register and complete the required event waiver.
No. Your registration fee is not tax-deductible as the fee covers your entrance into the event.
You are welcome to make a donation directly to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please work with your tax professional to determine any deductions for which you are eligible.