Thursday, September 29, 2011

Milltown Cycles Fall Gravel Tour

Plans have been finalized for three fall gravel tours this year.  They will be 45-50 miles in length, self supported, group rides.  Bring water and food for yourself, know your ability level, and bring adequate maps or GPS type devices.  We will mark the courses well, and maps and cues can be printed off using links below.  We will not provide maps or cues at the start.  You can ride the routes as fast or slow as you like.  It should be a good time for riders of any skill level.

The basis for these rides is centered around the idea of having fall cycling events that are not races.  Good roads, good routes, good people.  It's as simple as that.  All you have to do is show up, ride your bike, and have a great time!

Each of these rides will show riders unique areas of southern MN riding and terrain.  They are all moderate distances, long enough that you'll know you went for a ride but not long enough to kill you.  The rides will all start at 12 noon and they are all on Sundays.  This should give anyone in the metro and south metro area time to go to church, sleep in or whatever and still make the start time easily.

The Haymaker.

The first ride is call the Haymaker.  It will be on Sunday, October 9th, and will start at noon in Red Wing.  We will meet at the Mississipi National Golf Course off of Highway 63.   Parking will either be in the lot if they are okay with it, or along the road leading to the course parking lot.  We'll be there early and will be conspicuous. The link to the course map and profile is below.  We will not have course maps available, you'll want to print your own in whatever format you'd like.    This will be the method for all three rides.

The Rawland Route.

The second route is on the traditional course of the Rawland Fall Tour.  This ride will be held on Sunday, October 23rd.  This is the route we've done in years past.  It is a glorious tour of Sogn Valley.  There are great views, hills to die for, and a bunch of classic churches. Again, this is a self supported ride, and will be marked on course as to the route. Bring maps and cues from the link below if you'd like them.  We will have obvious markers out on the course for directions.  We will meet and start from the town of Dennison MN.  It is a tiny town.  Find a place to park, (not at the gas station,) and look for a bunch of folks in lycra.

The Henderson Holler.

The third ride in the series is the Henderson Holler.  This ride will take place on Sunday, November 6th.  It starts in Le Sueur MN and strolls north through Henderson.  This will be a premarked, self supported group ride.  We will have obvious markers out on the course for directions.  Starting point for this ride will be in Le Sueur near the river, and will determined shortly.  We will be updating info here and on our Facebook Events Page.

We hope you can join us for one, two, or three of these rides.  They promise to be really great days on the bike. We'll see you there.


jim C said...

Great to see you guys continuing (and even expanding) the Fall classics. Will miss the hot meal at the half - but means that we will arrive at the finish beverage stand sooner.

Ben said...

I have to admit, pasta was cool. Just not enough people to staff these this way this year. Possibly next year though. Each of these rides has a good bar/burger joint close to the start finish that I'm sure will provide a good after ride stop.

"The Fall Classics," I like it!

Anonymous said...

Looks like fun. Maybe anonymous will donate some grub.

David Garrett said...

Ben, your blog/shop/rides make me want to relocate to Faribault!

david strachan said...

Woop woop

Anonymous said...

Ben, I posted these rides to the CVVC Events calendar ( I love that Rawland Route :)
Sue W.

Ben said...

Thanks Sue! I look forward to seeing you soon. All of these should be great!

david strachan said...

Sunday's rawland forecast is favorable!