Great River Energy Mesabi TrailMost Fun You can Have on Two Wheels! By Ardy Nurmi-Wilberg, Club Mesabi

“Best bike ride in Minnesota!”  “Best volunteers on the planet!”  Just a couple of quotes from participants  in the Great River Energy Mesabi Trail Tour.  Designed for serious cyclists, casual riders and families – this one day recreational tour is just about the most fun you can have on two wheels!

Mesabi Bike Tour

Photo Courtesy of Birdie Otto.

The Great River Energy Mesabi Trail Tour is great way to experience over 120 miles of world class paved bike trail in NE Minnesota.  Winding through forests, cities and quaint small towns, past lakes, streams and mine pits, the Mesabi Trail currently extends from Grand Rapids to Biwabik, with spurs in Aurora, Tower/Soudan and Ely. Traveling the Trail gives cyclists a unique firsthand look at the beauty, culture and heritage of the region. When completed the Mesabi Trail will stretch over 130 miles from the Mississippi River to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. A true northland treasure, the Mesabi Trail has become a destination for cyclists from around the world.

A world class event for a world class trail, the Great River Energy Mesabi Trail tour boasts four different routes offering a challenge for every cyclist, and every year the tour route changes to showcase a different portion of the Trail and our Mesabi Trail towns.  The 2015 tour will end in Eveleth with start locations in Coleraine (72 miles to the finish), Nashwauk (53 miles), Buhl (25 miles) or Virginia (11 miles).

Great River Energy Mesabi Tour

Photo Courtesy of Seaquest Productions.

Ride for the fun or ride for the challenge. Either way,  come join us on Saturday, August 1st for the 11th annual Great River Energy Mesabi Trail Tour. Tour entry includes your choice of four different cycling routes, transportation for you and your bike, food & music at rest stops along the way,  a picnic dinner and music at the finish, and a tour t-shirt for every rider. The tour is fully supported with course marshals directing your way, bike repair and first aid. To register go to or call 218-749-4331.  The tour is a fund raiser for the Mesabi Trail and Ampers – Diverse radio for Minnesota’s communities.

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