Located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers, the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul have long been considered among the most beautiful in the nation. The citizens of the Twin Cities give more of their time to charitable causes than any other metro area in the US. Minnesota boasts over 10,000 lakes - Minneapolis has 22 lakes within the city limits and a park system second to none. St. Paul is home to Prairie Home Companion, National Public Radio’s most popular show. Ride beautiful prairie and rolling hills, along rivers and lake shore. Summer in Minnesota is the best time of year and this is Midwest cycling at its best.
The RAAM Minnesota Cycling Challenge offers two distances - 200 and 400-miles. Both routes start/finish at Lake Rebecca Park located 15 miles W of the Twin Cities. Both the 200 and 400-mile racers leave Lake Rebecca Park and head north following the Crow River. Both races are large loops around the Twin Cities.
The 200-mile route crosses the Mississippi River at Champlin and heads east to the St. Croix River. Riders then head south along the west bank of the St. Croix passing through small river towns until they cross back over the Mississippi at Hastings. From here they head west to Jordan, cross the Minnesota River, and turn north toward Lake Waconia and the finish.
The 400-mile riders cross the Mississippi River at Clearwater, continuing north and east passing through Princeton, Cambridge and North Branch before dropping into the St. Croix Valley at Taylors Falls. Riders cross the St. Croix and enter Wisconsin at Osceola. They head south through Somerset, River Falls and Ellsworth, then follow the east bank of the Mississippi, and cross back into Minnesota at Wabasha. From here they head upstream to Lake City, then west across rolling farmland through Red Wing to Cannon Falls. They continue on through New Prague to Jordan where they cross the Minnesota River and follow the same route to the finish as the 200-mile racers.
The RAAM Minnesota Cycling Challenge is the only multi-distance ultra event in the 5-state area. Experience the best cycling the Upper Midwest has to offer - sign up now.
NOTE: There are no additional fees added on when you register
* Randonneuring is racing without a support crew
Early Bird Pricing: Jan. 1 - May 15, 2016
Standard Pricing: May 16 - July 24, 2016
Late Pricing: July 25 - July 31, 2016
* There is no day of registration
* No refunds of entry fees, events will occur rain or shine.
What is included in your entry fee:
All racers will receive detailed route information (printed cue sheets, GPS is available through the website), live results (time splits) and statistics through RaceResult.com, race signage for your support vehicle (race numbers and Caution Bicycles Ahead decal), in addition to an event T-shirt & other swag, a lunch ticket for each racer and 2 additional for crew (more may be purchased at the event). All official finishers will receive a custom medal and official jersey. All official 400-mile finishers will be RAAM Qualified.
What you will need to race:
Functional front and rear lights (+spare batteries), reflective tape appropriately placed on you bicycle(s) (see Endurance Racing Primer). Reflective clothing (vest and anklets, recommended), if you are racing without a support crew. Support vehicles must have amber flashing roof lights & reflective DOT triangle (we will have some available for rent on a first come, first serve basis), operable four-way flashers & turn signals, proper insurance.
*ALL RACERS and/or CREW must attend the race meeting on Friday evening.