Tour of Saints

Sunday July 9th
College of St. Benedict, 37 South College Avenue St. Joseph, MN 56374
Routes are 18, 35 and 50 miles
Check-in runs from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

TAKE A HEAVENLY LITTLE RIDE

“It’s not a race. It’s a heavenly little ride. From cities across Minnesota and neighboring states, each year 1,000 or more cyclists gather in St. Joseph to wend their way along quiet byways and rolling hills, savor treats at rest stops and relish the verdant summer morning. Join the tradition. Make this the year you ride the Tour!”

Tour of Saints is truly a Minnesota bicycling tradition with 37 years under its belt. Choose from three routes, 35 miles, with 18 and 50-mile options you can choose along the way, each taking a leg on the Wobegon Trail. Stop and smell the flowers at the Saint John’s Arboreteum, a reserve sporting 4,800 plants and flowers that has been managed by Benedictine monks for 150 years. And with sinfully scrumptious pastries and bushels of fresh strawberries at rest stops spaced along the way, this event is not to be missed! Reunite with friends and family at the finish in cool comfort at the College of Saint Benedict, where you can slurp on watermelon and sip lemonade. Showers are available (bring a towel).

TCBC Participants

As with any Outreach ride, TCBC members get mileage credit by signing in for a ride but are not covered by TCBC insurance.

TCBC leader Barb Chacko will be present at the registration pavilion Sunday morning until 8:00am with a TCBC Ride Sheet, so do sign in for mileage. If you miss me, you could text me with your name, member number, and mileage. Barb’s cell: 612-483-2482. And if you’ll be in the area that Saturday, July 8th , check the TCBC ride calendar. I may add a Saturday Wobegon-area ride, with a possible dinner in the evening. If you’re interested, text or call me at 612-483-2482.

RIDE Details (from the website: https://tourofsaints.com. )

Disclaimer: The Tour of Saints is a fundraiser for the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota. All fees are non-refundable. Registration transfers are not available. Ride apparel is also available for purchase.

Registration

Online registration is $32 (+ an online service fee) before June 1, $36 from June 1-30 and then $40 afterward and on the day of the ride. BikeMN members get a $5 discount on pre-registration. Interestingly, it appears that there is no service fee if you send in the paper registration also found on the website!

Check-in runs from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
After checking in, you may begin riding any time between 6:30 and 8:30. Rest stops and finish are geared to this schedule, so please plan to start no later than 8:30 a.m. The tour starts and ends at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota.

Accommodations/Contacts for the Tour

Riders must register themselves and make arrangements for their accommodations.
Contacts: www.tourofsaints.com for online registration, waiver and lodging information. Lodging is available at the College of St. Benedict. Tele. 866-723-0340. Registration and Waiver available on line or by mail-in form.

Michael Doyle, Tour/Event Director; (320) 266-7579;

There is also additional area lodging and camping in the Lake Wobegon Trail area:
http://lakewobegontrail.com/hotels-motels-camping