The current route for the Apple Valley 600k has an overnight stop in Winona. We will be evaluating this from a Covid/overall safety perspective in 2021, well before the ride. If there are still notable concerns, the route will be modified to form a loop, returning to Apple Valley after the first day then proceeding on a second, shorter loop for the second day. This simplifies the support logistics and could mitigate concerns. More information of this decision and the revised route will be publicized well before the ride.
The ultimate AV Classic brevet, this route covers a wide swath across south eastern Minnesota, using sections from several other brevets as well as a few new segments. Overall elevation gain is a modest 13k feet.
The ride starts with a mellow cruise down to Faribault then east through Zumbrota, Mazeppa and on to Plainview. After Plainview the route goes south through St. Charles down to Rushford. After riding the Root River trail to Houston, the toughest climb on the ride begins soon after with the infamous Happel Hill on the way to La Crescent followed by the pretty Apple Blossom Drive climb up to the ridges again before dropping back down to Winona and the overnight stop at the Super 8.
A room, shower and dinner will help you relax with 232 miles in the bank. Grab a good rest and some breakfast then head out on an easier day, through Plainview, Hay Creek, Red Wing and Cannon Falls.
The control leg distances for this ride are longer than we typically have done, to prepare riders for PBP and to cut down the number of controls you have to stop at, saving you some time.