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Date:  January 27, 2020

Subject:  Tour De Pines 2020 has been CANCELLED

With a heavy heart, today I’m announcing that the Tour De Pines Bike Ride within Itasca State Park will not be returning.  I had the pleasure of being its director for 11 wonderful years.  Every ride was a joy for me, our volunteers and the thousands of riders who joined us for the past decade.

On November 1, 2019, the Mississippi Headwaters Hostel closed its doors.  27 years was a great run for this gem of a hostel, but competition from well-run resorts, Airbnb, Vrbo’s and other accommodations gradually slowed the hostel‘s business.  As a non-profit, Hostelling International USA could not afford to continue operations.

Without the hostel facility and its staff, I have come to the conclusion we don’t have the infrastructure to continue offering the ride.  Dozens of riders have contacted me in the past 5 months asking for the 2020 date.  I apologize for keeping you in the dark as I unsuccessfully sought other options.

Now to say THANKS —

Sara, our hostel manager:  Over 11 years, you fed over 3,000 riders great meals after each ride.  Bravo to you and your family!

Ride Volunteers:  You gave a summer weekend every year to help pull off a great event for riders from near and far.  Always friendly, warm and hard-working – you are the BEST!

Riders:  I’m grateful to each of you for riding.  One family rode for 10 years straight, many others nearly that long.  I hope you all had a great time. Keep up your biking!  What a wonderful way to stay healthy and have a blast with friends and family.

Judi, my wife…you were there every year putting up with my many moods.  Working hard and stepping in anywhere needed.  I’m blessed…and I love you.

Pedals Up…I hope to see you down the road

Jon Ridge
Former Director
Tour De Pines Bike Tour

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