Join Us for the 2014 Tour De Pines
5th Annual Bike Tour of Itasca State Park | Saturday, August 16, 2014
Join us for the 6th annual Tour De Pines bike ride in (and around) Itasca State Park. Gorgeous, quiet routes, beautiful summer weather, and good food make this bike tour an instant classic. This is a relaxed bike tour for all cycling abilities. Families with kids enjoy it as much as the Century riding crowd. Itasca State Park and the surrounding area is worth the trip! Add to that awesome volunteers and ride organizers with years of experience from running the MIBR. Join us for a memorable summer weekend of fun.
- Ride date: Saturday, August 16, 2014
- Routes for all abilities: 25 | 50 | 75 miles on beautiful, quiet roads in/around Itasca.
- Ride starts/ends @ Mississippi Headwaters Hostel in the heart of Itasca State Park
- Ride organized by members of the Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride committee
- Benefits the Mississippi Headwaters Hostel and HI-USA
- Prices: Pre-ride: $40 adult; $20 youth 17 & under | Day-of Ride: $50 adult; $20 youth
- Rider Check-in: 7:30am-9:30am
- Ride Times: 7:30am-5pm
- BBQ Served: Noon-5pm
The routes are gorgeous and the roads are quiet! All routes start/finish at the Mississippi Headwaters Hostel in the heart of Itasca Park. Routes begin by following Wilderness Drive – a gorgeous, winding road through old growth pines around the perimeter of Itasca Park.
The 25 mile route (map) loops back through the park after following the Wilderness Drive, returning to the hostel on a paved bike trail along the shoreline of Lake Itasca. It is a gorgeous ride. Take your time. Bring a camera.
The 50 mile route (map) heads East outside of the park and North into scenic country and then loops back to Itasca via the Great River Road following the Mississippi River.
The 75 mile route (map) is an addition to the 50 mile route – taking off from the second rest stop, circling around another lake and returning to the same rest stop – then rejoining the 50 mile route back to the park. This route has been improved and updated from last year.
Pre-Ride Registration (deadline August 12): $40 Adults / $20 Youth (17 & under)
Ride-Day Registration: $50 Adults / $20 Youth (17 & under). We welcome ride-day registration so please come join us!
> Online Registration coming soon @ www.GetMeRegistered.com/TourDePines
> Mail-in registration form can be downloaded here. Follow instructions on form.
> Registration fee includes BBQ meal for riders.
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Directions For TDP Weekend
Where is the Ride Start?
The bike ride starts and ends at the Mississippi Headwaters Hostel, located in the heart of Itasca State Park, across from the public boat landing on Lake Itasca.
Itasca State Park is 20 miles North of Park Rapids on Hwy 71. NOTE: you need a state park permit to enter the park, which you can purchase at the Visitor Center. Daily or annual permits available. The fee supports our great state parks.
The hostel is 3.5 miles North of the Main Park Visitor Center along Main Park Drive. From the Visitor Center drive North on the Main Park Drive along Lake Itasca to reach the hostel – which is across the road from the public boat landing.
GPS Coordinates For The Hostel: 47.234790, -95.196370
What about Camping?
The official campground of the TDP is Camp Itasca. (Web site www.campitasca.com) They are located at the North entrance to Itasca State Park. Right on Hwy 200, about 1 mile from ride registration. They have a beautiful Pine Tree Grove that works perfectly for tent campers.$10 per night per tent. Showers and facilities close by. You do not need to pre-register just mention you are with the Tour De Pines and they will show you where to set up. Please pay when you arrive. This offer is good for both Friday and Saturday night. RV or trailer campers? Contact Camp Itasca directly to see what is available.
Parking & Registration on the Morning of the Ride
Rider Check-in & Registration
Registration will take place on the Main Park Drive on the lawn across from the Lake Itasca Public Landing at the entrance to the hostel driveway. Our tent and tables will be clearly visible from the Main Park Drive.
All riders must check in at registration. We will have you pick up your wrist band and route maps and a t-shirt (if you purchased one in advance), pump up your tires and receive any last minute mechanical help, fill your water bottles, meet other riders and enjoy a breakfast of fruit and breads and coffee.
PARKING During the Tour De Pines
Very near our registration area is the Park Maintenance Garage. This is where the DNR has asked us to park for the day. Please follow the signs from the registration area. Volunteers will direct you to parking in the morning if you drive to registration – or you are welcome to bike if you are lodging or camping nearby
Ride Day Schedule
- 7:30am–9:30am: Ride Registration open – All riders must register and begin riding their chosen route anytime between these hours.
- 7:30 am–5:00 pm: Bike Routes are officially open and supported during these hours. All riders must finish their routes by 5:00pm.
- Noon–5:00pm BBQ Dinner will be served at the Mississippi Headwaters Hostel. Come anytime between these hours for a delicious meal–free with your registration!
We have multiple rest stops on each route:
- 25 mile route: Rest stops located at 8, 12 and 19 miles
- 50 mile route: Rest stops located at 8, 12 and 33 miles
- 75 mile route: Rest stops located at 8, 12, 33, 50, 60 miles
None of the routes are exceptionally hilly, but they roll enough to keep it interesting. All of the routes follow quiet, beautiful roads. However, cyclists will be sharing the road with automobiles. Please pay attention.
Cyclists should make sure they (and everyone in the group) are comfortable riding the entire distance of their chosen route. However, there will be sag wagons driving the routes and frequenting rest stops as well.
All rest stops will have restrooms and food/drink and mechanic support. We will provide water, Gatorade, fruit, granola bars and other selected treats. A tire pump, basic bike tools and a first aid kit will be at all the rest stops as well.
Look for and follow the bright yellow Minnesota Ironman Bike Ride signs along your chosen route. We are recycling these signs from our April ride. Please ask the volunteers at the rest stops if you have any questions about the routes. Please refer to your route maps for mileage, more directions and other information. If you are lost or need help, call the hostel – which is the ride hotline: (218) 266-3415. NOTE: cell coverage is spotty – especially within the park.
The Tour De Pines is not a bike race. It’s a bike tour. You can ride at your own pace. Itasca State Park is full of wonderful, scenic opportunities (that’s why we’re biking there!) Please take your time and enjoy your ride. The maps offer options for short hikes within the park. Make sure to pause at the beautiful Headwaters. Check out the Visitor Centers if you wish. Or note the things you would like to see and come back later in the afternoon once you have finished your bike ride.
Safety & Ride Support
Helmets are mandatory for all riders on the Tour De Pines. Please obey all traffic laws while biking. Practice safe cycling: stop at all Stop signs; ride no more than 2 abreast; watch for vehicles and pedestrians; call out “on your left” when passing riders. We want our ride to continue to have an excellent reputation for courteous cyclists. Most importantly, relax and enjoy the ride.
Ride Support: Sag Wagons / Bike Mechanics / Medical
We will have official sag wagons that can carry bikes and riders as needed back to the ride rinish. Generally you will find these vehicles at rest stops, but you may see them on the routes as well. In addition, sag wagons will be able to cover first aid as well as bicycle mechanical problems.
We have official ride mechanics from Itasca Sports Rental at the Ride Start and at the 12 mile rest stops. Please see a mechanic if you need any bike help. They are there to help you.
We will have Medical Personnel on the route as well as Ride Ambassadors (visible in the bright yellow vests) who can answer any questions, and help with any needs you may have.
Support Phone and Contacts
Cell phone coverage is poor within the Park. It improves on the routes outside the Park. The hostel land line will serve as our support phone: (218) 266-3415. If you need to contact us, try your cell phone, flag down the support van or notify someone at a rest stop. Contact us if you need route, mechanical or sag support. Due to the poor cell coverage, please also communicate to other riders who may relay your needs to us via a rest stop.
In case of any emergency, please call 911 immediately. Local emergency response has been notified of our ride.
What About The FOOD? Post Ride BBQ Meal!
Please join us for a BBQ meal at the hostel after you finish your route on the Tour De Pines. This is included in the price of your registration. The meal will be served from Noon until 6pm. There is no need to rush. Take your time on the route. There will be plenty of food.
The Menu: Classic BBQ – it should follow closely to this…
- Veggie Brats
- Potato Salad
- Cole Slaw
- Baked Beans
- Tortilla Chips + Salsa
Stick around for a campfire afterwards or head back to your cabins, campsites or homes to relax.
Who Are These Awesome Volunteers?
The volunteers for the Tour De Pines (identified by their yellow “Ride Ambassador” vests or their nametags) are friends and family and loyal supporters of HI-USA bike ride events. They are hand picked for their gregarious, helpful natures and their particular knowledge of cycling events. We strive to have the best volunteers in the business. We believe that socializing, support and fun are what turn a good bike ride into a GREAT bike ride. They are here to help you – please don’t hesitate to ask any of our volunteers for help.
Thank You For Riding With Us!
We are honored that you are sharing your precious summer weekend with us by riding the Tour De Pines. Your registration supports the Mississippi Headwaters Hostel. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, dedicated to promoting travel and cultural exchange. Thank you for supporting our organization.
We hope you consider returning to Itasca Park to stay with us at the Mississippi Headwaters Hostel. We look forward to meeting you on Saturday the 17th!
TDP Staff & Volunteers
Jon Ridge, VP Central Region, HI-USA
Sara Parthun, Hostel Manager