Update 9/9/11 -
I have offered to step up to "organizer" since Jennifer is unable to make it. I have never done this ride so I asked Jennifer for her thoughts on where to meet. Please feel free to post comments for suggestions. My plan is to meet at the address below and be ready to leave at 7:00am from the school/meeting place to get to the registration tent before the ride starts. My cell is[masked]-5645. Give me a call and let me know your status. We can arrange to meet up at the tent too. Looks like everyone is doing the 39 miles so should be a great ride!!!
Please note - I plan on stopping wherever I am on the ride at 9:00am for a moment of silence to honor the victims of 9/11 if you would care to join me...
Also posting Tamsie's cell - [masked] or Jim's - [masked]
in case you can't get ahold of me!
This is a suggestion from Jennifer concerning where to park and possible meet:
I actually met my friends at the school on the St. Clair Ave ---2021 St. Clair Ave Saint Paul, MN 55101. There are tennis courts and a baseball field there. It is six blocks from St. Thomas. I would recommend riding north on Prior Ave to Summit to get to St. Thomas. Cleveland and Cretin are not very bike friendly.
Discover mostly traffic-free glee on Minnesota's biggest bike tour! The 17th annual Saint Paul Classic Bke Tour will take place on Sunday, September 11, 2011.
The Classic is a showcase for the handsome parks and parkways of beautiful Saint Paul, Minnesota. Hallmarks of the Classic include mostly traffic-free bicycling, ride support, great tunes, organic fruit, fresh coffee, bountiful baked goods and of course watermelon at the end! Our rest stops are the best in the business!
More than 6000 riders come from miles away to enjoy lovely autumn weather, great food, fabulous entertainment and of course a wonderful ride through beautiful Saint Paul and lovely Lilydale Regional Park. The ride starts on the University of St. Thomas campus. Choose a route from 15 to 45 miles (more details below). Register today at link above.
Looks like there are multiple LOOP OPTIONS:
- The 15-mile Summit Avenue route leaves St. Thomas and follows the river past Crosby Farm toward downtown, turns at the Science Museum, and heads up the steep incline of Ramsey Hill (most riders walk up this short hill and enjoy the rest stop at the top) before heading back along Summit Avenue to St. Thomas. NOTE: Summit Avenue is open to traffic. There is no parking on the north side of Summit so cyclists will ride in an extra wide lane. Saint Paul Classic participants MUST obey all traffic sign.
- The 24-mile option with Lilydale Loop will go past the Science Museum about a quarter mile and turn left. Riders will climb the bluff, cross the Wabasha Bridge and bike through lovely Lilydale Regional Park. Take a break at the Pickerel Lake rest stop before climbing the bluff again and crossing the river, returning to the main route on Shepard Road.
- The 30-mile Grand Round route follows the river before making a long climb up to a magnificent panorama at the Indian Mounds Park rest stop. From here, the mostly level route (just two additional climbs) follows Saint Paul's pleasing parkways to Lake Phalen and Como Lake (enjoy the lakeside rest stop!) before returning to St. Thomas. NOTE: Stay to the right. Roads are generally closed only in the direction you are bicycling. There may be oncoming traffic. Stay to the right of the cones on Como Avenue.
- The 39-mile option with Lilydale Loop will go past the Science Museum about a quarter mile and turn left. Riders will climb the bluff, cross the Wabasha Bridge and bike through lovely Lilydale Regional Park. Take a break at the Pickerel Lake rest stop before climbing the bluff again and crossing the river, returning to the main route on Shepard Road.
- The 45-mile route combines the 30-mile Grand Round route and the 15-mile Summit Avenue route. Do the Summit Avenue Loop first. Riders must reach the Science Museum at mile 19 by 10:45 a.m. to continue on the Saint Paul Grand Round.
The Classic has the best rest stops in the business. Beautiful views, great live music, and refreshments to match. Enjoy delicious baked goods - cookies, bagels, muffins, lemon bars, and rolls - from local bakeries.
7:30 a.m. The Ride Begins
Register by July 23 for $28.
Register by September 4 for $38.
Day of ride $46. Kids $12 anytime.
Members of the Bicycle Alliance of MN receive a $5 discount.
Register for the Saint Paul Classic and the Mankato River Ramble
at the same time and receive a $5 discount.
:) Hope to see you all out there!!!
When you RSVP please indicate your desired route!