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MN riders any comments on the twin city area(8 posts)

MN riders any comments on the twin city areaabicirider
Jul 22, 2003 10:08 AM
I know its cold cold in winter, may have a oportunity to move to the white bear lake area just wondering if you can give me any thought good or bad on road riding, road and crit race, just overall view on cycling community in a whole any feedback would greatly be appreciated.
Thank you in advance
Be Safe Out On The Roads!!!!!!!
Ray Still
Mooresville, NC
re: MN riders any comments on the twin city areafiltersweep
Jul 22, 2003 11:24 AM
I think there is quite an active community. Most road racing occurs nearby in rural WI. There is some crit racing of the office park variety. There is a velodrome in Blaine. Short time trials every other week. All the bases are covered.

Riding is great- the only negative is the winter... but that is what health clubs are for. There are actually some hills around Mississippi River bluffs. I don't bike out in WBL that much- other than a metric I did over the fourth that started in Shoreview and wound through WBL. There are enough relatively rural roads in WBL to make things interesting.

You are from NC? You will HATE the winters!
Ray, it's a good place to ride, come join us.Scot_Gore
Jul 22, 2003 12:14 PM
Here's some links for you to shop and form your own opinion.

Chain Gang - State DOT's bicycle initiative
http://www.metrocommuterservices.org/chaingang.htm

MN Bicycle & Ped Alliance - These group is mostly foucuses on the St. Paul side of town (which White Bear is a suburb of)
http://www.bikeped.org/

Minnesota Coalition of Bicyclists - Regional Bicycle Advocacy Group
http://www.mnbike.org/

Citizen Advisory Panel to State for Bike Issues
http://www.mnsbac.org/

Minn Cyclist - regional event publication (including races)
http://www.minnesotacyclist.com/

Minnesota Bike Laws
http://www.winternet.com/~rtandems/mcb/bikelaw.htm

Midwest Events - Regional Tri race focus
http://www.midwestevents.com/

St Paul based Race group, there are plenty others as well
http://www.spbrc.org/

TCBC - Largest Rec. Ride Club - check out the organized ride schedule at least a ride a day (even in winter)
http://www.mtn.org/tcbc/

Hmmmmm....White Bear Lake, with a bicycle industry background.....Where O where could you be thinking to PARK yourself.

Good luck
Scot
Scot forget one important linkbnlkid
Jul 22, 2003 12:20 PM
Riding in Minnesota is great even though it only lasts 6-8 months. WBL is a great place to have a home base as you are riding distance from all the good rural areas and hills. You would be just 10 miles or so from the now famous 22% climb feature in the Nature Valley Stillwater Crit the last 2 years. Here is a link to the racing events this year to give you an idea what the season looks like.

http://www.mcf.net
Oh yeah...good one, thanks (nm)Scot_Gore
Jul 22, 2003 12:31 PM
Here's another link for races/ridesMel Erickson
Jul 22, 2003 2:28 PM
http://www.silentsports.net/calendar.html
Thanks guys for taking time to respond.........abicirider
Jul 22, 2003 3:14 PM
Thanks everybody for taking time to respond, I like that Scot about where am I going to Park no not park, But I may "HED" to white bear lake lol I have known steve and annie for about 20 years will see don't know if it is reality or not yet.
Thanks again for the responses.
Be Safe Out On The Roads!!!!!!!!!
Ray Still
Mooresville, NC
re: MN riders any comments on the twin city areaaliensporebomb
Jul 23, 2003 9:55 AM
One thought is that we've had uncharacteristically mild
winters the past few years.

Last season my last ride was ten days before christmas.

The first ride of the new year was 1/1 and it was in the
mid to upper thirties.

There are a lot of resources of cyclists around here,
commuting, recreational, racing, mountain biking and
other...amazing.