Date & Time

Sunday, September 16, 2018

8 am: Brief Opening Ceremony
8:05 am: Shortly after Opening Ceremony, a controlled start will begin
8:45 am: All riders must be on the route

Address

Boom Island Park
724 Sibley St. NE 
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Registration Fees

Adult
$30: April 1 through September 9
$50: day of

Youth (Ages 6-17)
$20: all year

About

2018 bike tour logo

The 12th annual Minneapolis Bike Tour starts and ends at beautiful Boom Island and features multiple fully supported routes that take riders through the spectacular park and byway system of Minneapolis at their own pace, traffic free!

Proceeds from the Minneapolis Bike Tour will benefit bike safety and education events for Minneapolis youth as well as bike trail improvement projects throughout the system.

Registration

Thanks to our 2018 Sponsors!

      


Everyone participating in the Bike Tour must register, pay the registration fee and complete the required event waiver.

Registration is required for every rider over the age of five, regardless of the number of bikes used. There is no registration fee for participants ages five and under (based on child's age on the day of the ride).

Bike Tour registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Partial proceeds benefit bike safety and education events for youth.

How to Register

There are three easy ways to register for the Minneapolis Bike Tour:

  1. Register Online starting March 19, 2018
  2. Register in person at the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Headquarters
    Business Hours: 8 am-4:30 pm, Monday-Friday
    Address: 2117 West River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55411
  3. Register in person at Utepils or Boom Island Park at the times listed below under Event Weekend Registration.

Souvenir Shirts and After Party

Shirts will no longer be given away with registration. Participants will have the option to purchase either a Tech Shirt ($10) or Jersey ($50). Women’s cuts will be available in both shirts and jerseys. Make sure to click on the Merchandise tab when going through registration.

**Jersey's purchased after August 8th, will be mailed to participants 6-8 weeks after the event.**

Bike Tags

Each participant receives a bike tag that must be displayed on the front handlebars at all times during the Tour. Your bike tag also ensures you receive refreshments and mechanical support at water stops.

Event Weekend Registration and Bike Tag Pick-Up

Check-in times and locations:

Thursday, September 13
3-7 pm

Utepils Brewing Co.
225 Thomas Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55405

Saturday, September 15
9 am-12 pm

Boom Island
724 Sibley St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Sunday, September 16
6:30-8:30 am

Boom Island
724 Sibley St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Event Information

Thanks to our 2018 Sponsors!

      


Route Information

Estimated Route times (including time for rest stops)
  • 16-mile route times (short route): 8 am–TBD
  • 32 mile route times (long route): 8 am–TBD

The route closes at 2:30 pm and re-opens to traffic. Anyone still on the route at 2:30 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.

Rest Stop Hours
Short Route

Rest Stop 1: 8:15 am-TBD
Rest Stop 2: 8:15 am-TBD

Long Route

Rest Stop 1: 8:15 am-TBD
Rest Stop 2: 8:15 am-TBD
Rest Stop 3: 8:30 am-TBD

Important Reminders

  • The ride officially begins at after a brief opening ceremony at 8 am; all riders must be on course by 8:45 am. We strongly encourage advanced/experienced riders to begin their ride at 8 am. Casual riders and families are encouraged wait to begin their ride until after 8:15 am.
  • The Minneapolis Bike Tour is not a race, riders will not be timed and no awards will be given.
  • Each participant is required to wear a helmet throughout the duration of the ride.
  • Each participant must display the Bike Tour bike tag on their bike.
  • For safety reasons, the use of headphones and cell phones on the route is prohibited.
  • Please bring a water bottle.
  • Please prepare for the weather.
  • For the duration of the ride, slower riders should STAY TO THE RIGHT to avoid congestion for all.
  • Please bring an ID (for safety purposes on the route) and cash with you for food and/or merchandise at the post-ride party.
  • Please bring only what you need and can carry for the ride, as there will be no place to store your personal items during the ride.
  • Please check your tire pressure, brakes, chain and wheels prior to arriving at the event. Mechanics will be available at each water stop.

Post-Ride After Party

Stick around after the ride to enjoy LIVE music, one FREE beer, available to participants 21+ (must show valid ID), food trucks, exhibitor booths, and Bike Tour merchandise for sale! (Cash ONLY for merchandise and beer)

The Post-Ride Party is open from 10 am-3 pm, with last call for beer at 2:30 pm. All ages are welcome into the beer garden including family members and spectators. Participants who would like a drink must show their ID and wear a wristband.

Get Involved

Thanks to our 2018 Sponsors!

      


The best way to get involved with the Minneapolis Bike Tour is to spread the word and ride with your friends and family. Follow @Mpls_Bike_Tour on Twitter or Like Minneapolis Bike Tour on Facebook to stay updated on all the latest news.

Volunteer Information

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Minneapolis Bike Tour. Please contact Aaron Briner at 612-230-6497 or abriner@minneapolisparks.org for more information.

Vendor Information

Thank you for your interest in becoming a vendor at the Minneapolis Bike Tour. Please complete the appropriate application when they are posted.

If you have any questions about becoming a vendor or the completing the application, please contact Aaron Briner at 612-230-6497 or abriner@minneapolisparks.org

Contact Information

Thank you for your interest in getting involved with the Minneapolis Bike Tour.  If you have any questions, please contact the appropriate person below:

General Questions, Registration & Volunteering

Aaron Briner
abriner@minneapolisparks.org
612-230-6497

Bike Tour Sponsorship

Aaron Briner
abriner@minneapolisparks.org
612-230-6497

Media Requests

Dawn Sommers
dsommers@minneapolisparks.org
612-230-6407

Sponsor Information

Become a Minneapolis Bike Tour Sponsor today!  Get involved with the most beautiful urban Bike Tour in Minneapolis that takes riders through the award winning Minneapolis Park System.  The Bike Tour offers opportunities for everyone to get involved and support this popular community event.  Choose from cash and in-kind sponsorships at a variety of levels to match your marketing goals and budget.  

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities take a look at our 2018 sponsorship packet [PDF].

Parking

Thanks to our 2018 Sponsors!

      


Transportation and Parking

Parking Information

Free parking for Minneapolis Bike Tour participants will be available at the four parking lots listed below:

1100 Sibley St NE
1100 Marshall St NE
385 9th Ave NE
800 Marshall St NE

There is also free street parking in the surrounding neighborhood streets.

Parking is not permitted on the Bike Tour route. Please find parking in the residential areas around the route and be courteous of private residences.

Alternate Transportation

We encourage car-pooling, biking to the start, or using Metro Transit, as parking will be limited.