Saint Paul Classic

Update 9/9/11 -

Hi All,

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...

Renae

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.

 

 https://www.bikeclassic.org/

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!

 

 

 

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  • Lori

    Nice day for a biking tour of St Paul! 39 miles to the malt shop...

    September 14, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for orgamizing Renae. The ride was fun but Snuffy's was 'da bomb'

    September 13, 2011

  • tamsie

    Nice ride, well organized. Great weather!

    September 11, 2011

  • Derk S.

    Excellent, didn't get to meet others but didn't really plan to, hope to do so soon. Did all three loops for 54 miles. I love this event.

    September 11, 2011

  • Kirk G

    Fun group, scenic route, excellent weather! What more could you ask for? Oh yeah, Snuffy's after the ride.

    September 11, 2011

  • Jim K.

    Wonderful ride! Nice weather, scenic route, nice facilities, and fun people! Definitely a "must do" again for next year!

    September 11, 2011

  • JR

    What a beautiful day and amazing to ride on the streets in safety. Will definitely do it again next year

    September 11, 2011

  • Jennifer

    Yes Renae- thank you for stepping up! Have fun today! I wish I could be there!

    September 11, 2011

  • tamsie

    Thanks Renae for stepping up to organize us. See you guys bright and early tomorrow at the school parking lot. I believe it's Groveland Park Elementary. Looks like we'll have a spectacular day!

    September 10, 2011

  • Kathy

    Seeing as I am still dealing with my broken hand, I volunteered to help out at the pre-registration table from 6:30 - 9:30 a.m. Stop by and say hello. I'm the one in the cast splint with the BRIGHT pink tape.

    September 9, 2011

  • Jennifer

    I was just telling Renae... Two years ago we met 6 blocks away and all rode over together. I think she will send out something soon. I would suggest earlier. Getting there did pose issues - even parking offsite.

    September 8, 2011

  • tamsie

    Seems it might be easiest to just meet near the registration table before the start. I vote for meeting early 7:00 or 7:15.

    September 8, 2011

  • Jennifer

    Ride your bike to the Saint Paul Classic! The ride starts @ the St. Thomas campus just west of Grand Ave/Cretin Ave. Parking at the event: Street parking will be available in the surrounding neighborhood. Allow 10 minutes to bike to the starting point. DO NOT park on the north side of Summit Avenue. Your vehicle WILL be tagged and towed. Carpoolers with two or more bikes (not on the top of your car) may park in the the parking ramp at Grand and Cretin. First come, first served.

    September 8, 2011

  • Jennifer

    okay that sounds great. I paid 26.I will send you my email confirmation. You can use that to show you have paid. On-site registration will begin at 7:15 a.m. on Sunday, September 11 at the University of St. Thomas - Saint Paul Campus - near the corners of Cretin and Grand Avenues. The ride begins at 7:30.

    September 8, 2011

  • Renae O

    Hey Jennifer, I'll take ur spot and split the cost with you. I dont mind being the organizer but I've never done one before so I will need specifics from you or anyone that knows what's going one.

    September 8, 2011

  • Jennifer

    Greetings all! I sent out an email, but I am not sure it when through. Unfortunately I work this weekend and will not be able to attend.... although I did already pay.... someone want to ride for me??? :) anyway, it will be busy so I recommend meeting early if you want to ride together, also exchanging phone numbers is good. :) let me know if I can help facilitate.

    September 8, 2011

  • Jim K.

    7:30, 7:45....but where should we meet? I've never done this ride and don't know where to go. Do we want to meet somewhere off-site (easier parking) and ride in? If so, where? I don't know the area well enough to make suggestions.

    September 8, 2011

  • Kirk G

    The official start at 7:30 is pretty cool, though, with the sound of everyone clicking in together.

    September 6, 2011

  • Kirk G

    I've done the classic many times. In my experience the earlier the better before the ride gets clogged. 7:45 should be ok as a departure time if everyone (including same day registrants) is grouped up and ready to go then.

    September 6, 2011

  • Jennifer

    :) yep but I'm dyslexic. Hopefully I did it correct on the site :)

    July 17, 2011

  • JR

    shouldn't it be TCSC? ;)

    July 17, 2011

  • Jennifer

    I'm listed under Team TSCS :)

    July 17, 2011

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