July 8th, 2018
St Joseph, MN

It’s not a race; TAKE A HEAVENLY LITTLE RIDE From cities across Minnesota and neighboring states each year 1000 or more cyclists gather in St. Joseph to wend their way along quiet byways and rolling hills savor treats at rest stops and relish the verdant summer morning. Join (or rejoin) the tradition! Tour of Saints is truly a Minnesota bicycling tradition with 38 years under its belt. Choose from three routes with 18, 35 mile and 50-mile options you can choose along the way, each taking a leg on the Wobegone Trail. Stop and smell the flowers along the Saint John’s Arboretum, a reserve sporting 4800 plants and flowers that has been managed by Benedictine monks for 150 years. And with sinfully scrumptious pastries and bushels of fresh strawberries at rest stops spaced along the way this event is not to be missed! Reunite with friends and family at the finish in cool comfort at the College of Saint Benedict where you can slurp on watermelon and sip lemonade. Showers are available (bring a towel).

TCBC Participants: As with any Outreach ride TCBC members get mileage credit by signing in for a ride but are not covered by TCBC insurance.

TCBC leader Barb Chacko will be present at the registration pavilion Sunday morning until 7:00am with a TCBC Ride Sheet and will leave the ride sheet at the start for those coming in late, so do sign in for mileage. If you miss signing in, you could text me your name and mileage at Barb’s cell: 612-483-2482. And if you’ll be in the area that Saturday, check the TCBC ride calendar. I may add a Saturday Wobegon-area ride with a possible dinner in the evening. If you’re interested, text or call me at 612-483-2482.

RIDE Details: (from the website: https://tourofsaints.com. ) Disclaimer: The Tour of Saints is a fundraiser for the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota. All fees are non-refundable. Registration transfers are not available. Ride apparel is also available for purchase.

Registration: Online registration is $36 (+ an online service fee) by June 30 and then $40 afterward and on the day of the ride. BikeMN members get a $5 discount on pre-registration. Child discounts available. Interestingly it appears that there is no service fee if you send in the paper registration also found on the website! Check-in runs from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. After checking in you may begin riding any time between 6:30 and 8:30. Rest stops and finish are geared to this schedule so please plan to start no later than 8:30 a.m. The tour starts and ends at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph Minnesota. Tele. 866-723-0340. Registration and Waiver available on line or by mail-in form.

Accommodations/Contacts for the Tour: Riders must register themselves and make arrangements for their accommodations. St. Ben lodging info is on the Tour of Saints website. There is also additional area lodging and camping in the Lake Wobegon Trail area: http://lakewobegontrail.com/hotels-motels-camping

Contacts: www.tourofsaints.com for online registration waiver and lodging information.

Michael Doyle Tour/Event Director; (320) 266-7579; info@tourofsaints.com

Barb Chacko Bpchacko@icloud.com 612-483-2482