Our Ride History
The Minnesota Ironman® Bicycle Ride (MIBR), established in 1967, is the longest running century bike ride in Minnesota. Well over 100,000 cyclists have rode the MIBR over the years. It is considered the Season Opener cycling event for the upper Midwest. It has been held every year on the last Sunday in April. In 2016 we are riding on the traditional last Sunday in April: April 24, 2016.
Over the years the ride has grown and changed. We moved the ride location, as ridership grew, from Minneapolis to Buffalo to Lakeville, MN. In 2013 the ride was moved to the Scenic St. Croix River Valley in Washington County.
Any event with a 50 year history needs to inspire itself to greater challenges and rewards for its riders. We are continually trying to improve every aspect of the ride, from registration systems, to food to merchandise to ride location and rest stops.
The MIBR has been managed since ’67 by Hostelling International USA, a 501 (C)(3) non-profit charitable organization devoted to promoting healthy recreation, international travel and cultural exchange. The Minnesota Council was established in 1955 by a core of cyclists and travelers. In 2012, all councils incorporated into the national organization, Hostelling International USA to become one single organization. You can find out more about our organization at our web site: www.hiusa.org – and book a room at a hostel while you are there!
In case you are wondering, the MIBR is not a triathlon. It’s not a race of any sort. It’s a recreational bike ride for cyclists of all skill levels and ambitions. Pure and simple. We pre-date the Ironman Triathlon, and have a licensing agreement with them to continue using our original name: The Minnesota Ironman® Bicycle Ride.
The marks Ironman and Ironwoman are used with the permission of the World Triathlon Corporation. However, the Minnesota Ironman® Bicycle Ride is not sponsored by or in any way affiliated with the World Triathlon Corporation.
Hostelling International USA (HI-USA)
HI-USA is proud to operate the Mississippi Headwaters Hostel in Itasca State Park, MN. It’s a beautifully restored and modernized log lodge in the heart of Itasca – only minutes from the Mississippi Headwaters. It’s a remote and beautiful hostel, perfect for groups, family reunions, and people who want a home base while exploring Minnesota’s oldest state park.
Hostelling In The U.S.A.
But log lodges are not the only kinds of hostels in the USA. You can stay in a beautiful, modern building in downtown Chicago or Seattle. You can stay in a lighthouse just south of San Francisco. You can in an incredible brownstone on the upper westside in New York City. There are 60 hostels across the U.S. and the variety of accommodations is astounding. Some are funky, some are cozy, some are big city – yet they all have a number of things in common: cleanliness, safety, friendly staff, and common spaces for interacting with fellow travelers from all over the world.
Hostelling Around The World
Hostelling International USA (HI-USA) is part of a world wide hostelling network called the International Youth Hostel Federation, with over 4,000 hostels in 90 countries. By a measure of overnights, we are the 3rd largest accommodations provider on the planet. Hostels are for everyone, of all ages. Hostels are for people who want an accommodations experience, not just a clean room with a TV. Hostels exist so that people can get to know one another.
The International Youth Hostel Federation, founded in Germany in 1908 as an international not-for-profit charitable organization, has a mission to provide shared accommodation ”in which there will be no distinctions of race, nationality, colour, religion, sex, class or political opinions, in order to promote intercultural youth exchange as an effective means for young people to learn from each other, while achieving a better understanding of culture both at home and abroad.”
Become a part of the hostelling movement today. People just like you are doing it. They are saving money; they are meeting good folks from around the world; and they are having a good time.