Grand Rapids 2017 - 3 Days of Bicycling Adventures
July 7-9 2017 – Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Grand Rapids is back again this year. I hope you can join us for 3 days of scenic touring up on the Range. You don’t want to miss this great weekend of riding and socializing with all of your biking buddies. This year’s routes will feature Gilbert-Eveleth, Biwabik, Giants Ridge, Grand Rapids and Deer River. We will start this year’s ride on Friday again this year from Eveleth. For those coming up Friday morning the best route to Eveleth will be Interstate 35 North to Hwy 33 (the Cloquet cutoff), to 53 North to 37 East into Gilbert. If you are coming over from Grand Rapids it will be about an hour drive 60 miles.
Unfortunately one of the most scenic parts of the trail between Virginia and Eveleth is still shut down this year to make way for the new HWY 53 bridge and mining roads which will include a new paved trail which will boast the highest bicycle bridge around as it will span across the Rochleau mine pit with spectacular views. That segment will be closed until the later this summer. We will definitely have to check this out when it’s completed.
Mesabi Trail Wheel Pass Required (2-3 day Wheel Pass $5.00) you can obtain at trail heads or local merchants. Season Pass is $15 and it helps support trail maintenance. You can purchase on line as well at: http://shop.mesabitrail.com/home.php
There are a few options for lodging in town: http://www.visitgrandrapids.com/lodging/hotels/. Some notable hotels are the Country Inn, Super 8, AmericInn, & Timberlodge. There is also camping at the Pokegama Dam Campgrounds. I would recommend making reservations as soon as possible.
Friday’s Route Starting from the Mesabi Trail Head in Gilbert – Parking Details to follow
Saturday and Sunday Rides will depart from:
Ogle’s Market Place Foods
503 NW 4th Street (aka Hwy 2)
Grand Rapids, MN 55744 (Overflow Parking Lot north of the supermarket across 5th Street)
Route Info – All Rides A/B Level – Ride Leader promoting a Social Touring pace of 15-16 mph avg. Average will be slower on Mesabi Trail. B Riders are encouraged to attend as well.
Day 1 Friday July 7 – Depart at 12:45 PM from the Mesabi Trail Head in Gilbert at Sherwood Forest Campgrounds. We will head south on the trail towards the Sparta connection then head east and north on Ely Lake Trail, the Heritage and Vermillion Trails before making our way north up to Giants Ridge. We will take our rest stop at Giants Ridge Lodge and then venture further north east to where the trail ends. We will back track about 5 miles on the Mesabi Trail and take the scenic Voyager’s Trail back out. (43 and 48 mile options) Friday Night group dinner immediately following the ride in Eveleth or Virginia – Location TBD – Be sure to have a change of clothes along.
Day 2 Saturday July 8 – Depart 9:30 AM from Ogle’s Supermarket - We will head north out of Grand Rapids on gentle scenic rolling terrain that will pass by many lakes and wooded forest. The route will eventually take us southwest into Deer River for the Wild Rice Festival. After we enjoy the festival for our lunch break we will head west then south on parts of the Mississippi River National Bike Route as we make our way back into Cohasset and Grand Rapids. (50 and 65 mile options)
Day 3 Sunday July 9 – Depart 9:30 AM from Ogle’s Supermarket – We will do the scenic Pokegama Lake Route this year. (46 and 56 mile options)
Routes are subject to change depending on Road and Trail Construction. Note we will only be on the Mesabi Trail Friday. I also have other mileage options available for those that may want to ride less miles or do more of the trail out of Grand Rapids on Sunday. I can also modify maps for anyone wanting to do less miles.
Saturday night 6:00 PM Pot Luck at the Cabin – More details to follow.
Ride Leader would like an RSVP by July 1st for those attending this out of town event via email to or please call at 612-247-4835. Once I have your RSVP you will be added to an email distribution list for all of the trip details and more information on the Friday night dinner and Saturday night pot luck.