Dear Cycling Friends,

We have opened registration for the August 18th Tour De Pines Bike Ride.  This rather small and very cycling friendly event is hitting its 10th 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.

Organizers are from the Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride and the proceeds for this event go to our Mississippi Headwaters Hostel located in Itasca State Park.

New for 2018 we have added a Century (100 mile) Ride.  Partly to celebrate the 10th anniversary and also to replace a nice long ride from the missing Ironman of 2018.

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 July.

We will be offering in-Park routes of 15 and 25 miles,  a mid-route 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 website will keep you posted all summer on event details.  We will open registration earlier this year to accommodate the 100-mile riders.  Look for a  6:30 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 that morning as well.

Snow is still lingering with this late Spring start but you know the cycling season is just weeks ahead.  Please consider joining us for the 2018 Tour De Pines.  With the Minnesota Ironman missing from our workload we will be anxious to host this wonderful summer ride.

Wishing you a great season of cycling.

Warm Wishes,

Jon Ridge
Director Tour De Pines Bike Ride

Sara Parthun
Manager Mississippi Headwaters Hostel
Hostelling International USA

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HI Mississippi Headwaters Hostel

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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. – See more at our website


Enjoy the Rest Stops at the Emmaville Store and Summerhill Farms.  Bicycle service available at Itasca Sports.

Emmaville Store

Emmaville Inn

Itasca Sports

Itasca Sports

Summerhill Farms

Summerhill Farm