News #2 Winter/Spring Events


Minnesota Randonneurs Early Season Events and Planning


While winter is just settling in there are a number of early season opportunities in the planning stages that you may be interested in.  Here are the highlights to keep you motivated on your winter training plans, commutes and Zwift/Peleton rides.


You will notice a new dropdown on the Schedule website page to highlight some Other Cool Rides that list a number of fun longer distance gravel and other adventure events that a number of our riders have enjoyed in past years.  We are working with these ride organizers to help publicize their events and they are promoting Minnesota Randonneurs as a great place for training rides and to enjoy the long distance riding esprit.  We have been given a number of ride discount codes for some of these events. 




Note that with the new RUSA insurance rules, you need to be a current RUSA member to ride ( Becoming a Minnesota Randonneur member (www, will give you free rides for the season.  Non-Mn Rando members will pay $11/ride to cover the additional RUSA insurance requirement.




You do not need to join RUSA or Mn Randos to stay on this email list.  If you are no longer interested in information from Minnesota Randonneurs, please respond to this email and ask to be removed from our email list.  


Cheers, get out and ride!


Rob Welsh


President, Minnesota Randonneurs


Regional Brevet Administrator






Randonneur Events




Sat Winter 100k and 200k rides are scheduled from January-March.  We ride when road conditions are reasonable and will reschedule if appropriate.


Sat February 8th - FAT Tire 100k Populaire – Tour the Twin Cities on trails and paths that, depending on the weather and snowfall, we hope will be a great fun challenge on your fat bike. 


Sun March 8th International Women’s DayChanged to Indoor Session at Fix Studio.


Join us in celebrating International Women's Day with a group discussion focused on inspiring women to tackle longer distances.  Admission is free, no membership requirements, more details on the website.


April 11th Rochester 100k Populaire


April 18th Escape to Wisconsin 119k Populaire


April 25th Rochester Wykoff 200k Brevet


May 2nd City Slickers 200k Brevet


May 29th  Fleche Team Ride


 Other Cool Rides


January 2nd Registration for the Heck series of events on the North Shore opened.


May 23rd Le Grand du Nord


July 17th Heck Epic


Sept 26th Heck of the North




January 12th – Registration for the DAMn ride opens at 8:00a. The DAMn ride is a 240 mile gravel adventure across the state of Minnesota, leaving Gary, SD on Saturday, August 15. The ride organizer is offering $20 discounts to the first 10 Minnesota Randonneurs that sign up – see the ride details page on the website for details