3 Days of Bicycling on the Iron Range
July 12-14, 2024 – Friday, Saturday, Sunday
I hope you can join us for 3 days of scenic touring up on the Iron Range. We decided to change it up a bit this year and ride out of the Virginia, Gilbert, Eveleth, Tower, and Ely areas this year.
As some of you may remember, in 2022 we rode new parts of the Mesabi Trail from Gilbert to Giants Ridge and then onto Embarrass and Tower. For this year our Saturday ride will feature parts of the Mesabi Trail all the way from Tower to Ely on the Mesabi Trail. This will mean about a 35-minute drive to the ride start, from Gilbert to Tower via Hwy 135.
Lodging – Camping will be available at Sherwood Forest Campgrounds in Gilbert. Hotels in the area are Super 8 Eveleth, Comfort Inn Mount Iron, Giants Ridge Lodge, AmericInn Virginia to name a few. Please make reservations as soon as possible, especially if you are camping. Online reservations for Sherwood Forest Campgrounds will start on January 15th this year. Reservations can be made online at https://www.camplife.com/campground/sherwood
Mesabi Trail Wheel Pass will be required for all 3 days (2-3 day wheel Pass $10) or a season pass is $20 and it helps support trail maintenance. Wheel passes can also be purchased online at: https://mesabitrail.com/wheel-passes/
You can also purchase trail passes at Sherwood Forest Campgrounds in Gilbert upon arrival for the Friday afternoon ride.
Route Info – A/B Level and B Level Groups
Day 1 Friday July 12 – Depart at 12:45 PM from Sherwood Forest Campgrounds – 45 to 50 miles
Day 2 Saturday July 13 – Depart 9:45 AM from Tower, MN – 60 miles
Day 3 Sunday July 14 – Depart 9:45 am from Sherwood Forest Campgrounds 38 to 50 miles
Meals – Breakfast and lunch on your own. Rest stops will have food and water to refuel along the routes.
Friday Night Dinner following the ride in Eveleth at The Whistling Bird (time TBD)
Saturday Lunch – Grand Ely Lodge for those that are interested (TBD)
Saturday Night – Possible Potluck at the campgrounds or Dinner in Town
Cornhole, Horseshoes, and Bonfire at the campground Friday and Saturday nights
Once the rides are scheduled on the calendar, please register as early as possible so you will be added to the email list with updates and changes as necessary. I hope to have routes finalized and posted the Wednesday prior to the trip.