Join us for a great gravel experience through SE Minnesota, from Zumbrota to Weaver and back, with many winding gravel gems along the way. The route is reasonably challenging, with 7k' of climbing. Most roads are class B gravel so wider tires are good.
From Zumbrota the route travels through Mazeppa to the first control in Plainview, then down the hill into Elba before heading east over to the Mississippi, using an interesting old bridge/trail to get to Weaver. A relaxing cruise along the Whitewater River then a good up to get back to Plainview again, at a different c-store with a Subway nearby. From here, the route spend some miles exploring the Zumbro River valley before a well deserved ice cream stop in Zumbro Falls. From there the route winds through Mazeppa again on the way back to the Kwik Trip in Zumbrota.
Expect lots of shorter hills, a couple or three longer climbs and long stretches with no traffic and opportunities to enjoy the marshs, coulees and hills of this driftless part of Minnesota.
There is no cost for the ride, Minnesota Randonneur membership is waived for this event (to hopefully get you interested in joining us for other rides). Riders are responsible for for their own food/snacks along the way. A lot of the route is on remote gravel roads and there is no formal support so plan accordingly, but ride leaders will do their best to get stranded riders to a safe place. The GPS link was updated and the cue sheet was added on 9/18