The St. Paul Classic!

Description swiped from their site (and linked below):

Discover traffic-free glee on Minnesota's biggest bike tour! The 18th annual Saint Paul Classic Bike Tour will take place on Sunday, September 9, 2012. More than 6,000 riders come from miles away to enjoy a wonderful ride through Saint Paul, Minnesota.

The Classic is a showcase for the handsome parks and parkways of beautiful Saint Paul. Hallmarks of the Classic include mostly traffic-free bicycling, ride support, great live music, organic fruit, fresh coffee, bountiful baked goods and of course watermelon at the end! Our rest stops are the best in the business! The ride starts on the University of St. Thomas campus. Choose a route from 15 to 41 miles.

New in 2012 is an exciting new "Big River Loop" that is sure to please. You'll zoom over the Wabasha Bridge, cruise through the vibrant Latino District del Sol and before you know it, be biking along a levee overlooking the Mighty Mississippi! This new 13-mile route is part of the 41-mile Grand Round Tour. Find route maps on the Course Information page.

Please see link for Registration and other info:

A quick description of the available routes:

  • The 15-mile Summit Avenue route leaves St. Thomas and follows the river past Hidden Falls and Crosby Farm Park toward downtown. This ten-mile stretch is level to gently downhill. At the Science Museum, riders take a left on Eagle Parkway and start the climb up to Summit Avenue. You'll pass the historic West Seventh business district with the Saint Paul Cathedral looming above you on the blufftop. Soon you will start 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.
  • The 30-mile Grand Round is traffic free in the direction of travel. This route follows the Summit Avenue route to the Science Museum. Riders continue straight ahead onto Warner Road enjoying lovely panoramic views of the Mississippi River. As you start to climb away from the river you may wish to stop and observe the active eagle's nest at Fish Hatchery Road. The long but not too steep climb continues to Indian Mounds Park where a thrilling downhill run takes you to a magnificent scenic overlook and 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.
  • The 41-mile route combines the 30-mile Grand Round and the NEW 13-mile Big River Loop. This new route will cross the Wabasha Bridge, cruise through the Latino District del Sol, and continue south along the west side side of the Mississippi. The three-mile levee trail glides along directly above the river and is a memorable highlight of this new loop. The return trip will take riders over the river and then north on Point Douglas Road toward Indian Mounds Park. (By following the Big River Loop, riders will miss two miles of the Grand Round for a total of 41 miles. Please see the map on the Course Information page).
  • The 45-mile route combines the 30-mile Saint Paul Grand Round route and the 15-mile Summit Avenue Loop. This is the longest combined route but ten miles are repeated. Do the Summit Avenue Loop first. Repeat the first ten miles of the Summit Avenue Loop and then continue on to Warner Road to complete the Grand Round. Riders must reach the Science Museum at mile 19 by 10:45 a.m. to continue on the Grand Round.

I would prefer to NOT repeat 10 miles (the 45 mile route), so I'm planning on riding the 41 mile "Grand Round & Big River Loop" route. However, that doesn't mean people can't branch-out on their own, if they so choose. Just let me know ahead of time so I'm not taken unawares at your sudden absence, ok? Also, please indicate/update your ride/loop preference in your RSVP.

Lastly, we met-up at Snuffy's last year after the ride, and due to the "positive reviews" it received, why mess with tradition, right?

This is a great ride, and I hope to see many of you out there!

(Edited/added 9/4/12: If you're running late, we lose track of each other, etc,, my cell number is:[masked])




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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great Fun ride and Snuffy's made it a perfect day!

    September 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful day for a great ride - Jim, you are the best and this group was great to ride with!

    September 9, 2012

  • mark

    Great day! Thanks to Jim K for doing the extra work to keep the group together.

    September 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here are the stats, started a little late on the watch. Great ride!

    September 9, 2012

  • mark

    I am up for the 41 mile loop, but will have to register that morning. Sorry I am not up on the St. Paul scene, but where is Snuffy's?

    September 7, 2012

    • Jim K.

      Mark, Snuffy's is (roughly) on the corner of Cleveland and St. Clair, about a half-block from where I've suggested meeting/parking.

      September 8, 2012

  • Renae O

    There is a school on St Clair and Cleveland that works well for parking. Entrance is on St Clair. Snuffy's is around the corner on Cleveland. There won't be any parking close to the start so allow extra time to bike there.

    September 8, 2012

  • Adam

    Damn I got to work that day. I got the following week end off if any one wants to go for a ride.

    September 6, 2012

  • Jay B.

    Are we leaving the parking lot at 7:00 or meeting then? I possibly will bike there.

    September 4, 2012

    • Jim K.

      Jay, the ride doesn't start until 7:30, so the 7:00 AM time is a "rough guesstimated meet" time (makes a lot of sense, huh?). We’ll probably hit the road around 7:15 or so....

      September 4, 2012

  • Kathy

    I would really like to participate but don't want to ride alone the entire ride. Is there anyone who will be doing the 41 mile route but at a slower pace? On flats i can pretty much go between 12-17 mph. I get slow on the hills. I haven't registered yet. I doesn't bother me to pay a late fee.

    September 2, 2012

  • Jim K.

    St. Paul Classic details updated!

    July 31, 2012

  • JR

    Was my favorite ride last year! But will be out of town

    July 28, 2012

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