Registration is Open!
Dear Cycling Friends,
We have opened registration for the August 17th Tour De Pines Bike Ride. This rather small and very cycling friendly event is hitting its 11th anniversary. Held up at Itasca State Park in warm summer weather and on quiet country roads, this is a wonderful event to repeat or do for the first time.
Proceeds for this event go to our Mississippi Headwaters Hostel located in Itasca State Park.
We have tweaked the Century (100
Expect friendly and welcoming volunteers, good food and beverage, rest stops, sag wagons, and great route signage. Routes are still being finalized and they will be added to our website in early May.
We will be offering in-Park routes of 15 and 25 miles, mid-route options of 50-70 miles and the 100-mile option. Train for the 100 and feel free to change your mind on “route of choice” on ride day.
Our Facebook page will keep you posted all spring & summer on event details. We will open registration early again this year to accommodate the 100-mile riders. Look for a 7:00 am registration start. Lunch is provided after the ride at the Mississippi Headwaters Hostel.
Itasca State Park requires a daily permit for cars and we will have these available for purchase at check-in as well.
Wishing you a great season of cycling.
Director Tour De Pines Bike Ride
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Headquarters for the Tour de Pines is the HI Mississippi Headwaters Hostel. Located in Itasca State Park, just a short distance from the headwaters of the Mississippi River, HI Mississippi Headwaters hostel is a beautifully restored log building. Constructed in 1923 as the park headquarters, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Itasca State Park recently rated one of the nation’s top 50 state parks by National Geographic, features some of Minnesota’s last remaining virgin pine forest.
Enjoy outdoor recreation year-round on over 30 miles of hiking and cross-country ski trails and 17 miles of paved bike trails right from the hostel’s doorstep. Bike and boat rentals and a swimming beach are across the road. The park offers summer naturalist programs and displays on Native American culture and early explorers.