Jesse James Bike Tour
Start checking your bike gears and pumping your tires because the 36th annual Jesse James Bike Tour is set to take place on Saturday, September 9. The tour, organized and operated by the Northfield Rotary Club, welcomes all ages and skill levels to participate. The event will take place during the Northfield community’s annual Defeat of Jesse James Days celebration. Registration is now open for the bike tour, and ride fees are reduced if riders register by August 19. Participants younger than 18 can register for free with a paid adult, courtesy of Northfield McDonald’s.
Participants have a choice of five routes varying in difficulty and distance (100, 60, 45, 30 and 10 miles), all of which will take riders through local, scenic areas including the lakes region of Rice County, the southern Minnesota towns of Northfield, Faribault, Kenyon and Wanamingo, and the rolling hills of Sogn Valley and Big Woods State Park. Starting times will vary, but all routes will feature refreshment and aid stations. The bike tour will not be canceled due to rain, so riders are advised to bring proper rainwear, if necessary.
Those interested in the bike tour can register ahead of time online at jessejamesbiketour.org/register. A mailable registration form is also available for download on the website. Same-day registration is available and will take place at Northfield Middle School (2200 Division Street South) the morning of the event. Proceeds from the tour will benefit local organizations that continue to better the Northfield community.
Participants are invited to an event hosted by Imminent Brewing (519 Division Street, Suite 2) after the bike tour. A shuttle will take riders between Northfield Middle School and Imminent, and riders will be given a token for a free pint of beer. The event is set to feature live music, an outdoor gathering space and food trucks.
“We are always happy to see the community come together for this family-friendly event,” said Michelle Lasswell, president of Northfield Rotary Club. “Riders are able to meet new people and experience the scenic beauty of the region at a time when there is a lot of excitement, festivities and celebration of our community.”
Last year’s Jesse James Bike Tour raised more than $20,000 for community projects. Visit jessejamesbiketour.org to learn more, view route and tour information and see photos from previous tours.