Winter Biking in Minnesota

By Friend of Pedal MN

These days there's no such thing as a "biking season" in Minnesota. Just because the snow is falling doesn't mean it's time to put your bike away until spring. In Minnesota, many paved trails and mountain biking areas welcome riders year-round.

Whether you're downhill fat biking at Spirit Mountain in Duluth, commuting on the Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis, or taking a leisurely weekend ride on the Douglas State Trail, one thing is certain: the perfect winter biking adventure is out there, and it's waiting for you in Minnesota.

Multi-Region
Fat Biking

Fat bikes are making their way around Minnesota! If you haven’t seen them yet, they are probably not far from your local parks, trails, or bike shops. Loosely defined as bikes with tires 3.8" or larger, fat bikes are giving a whole new meaning to the term "winter biking," especially in Minnesota.

 

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Winter Bike Events

Minnesota is a winter biking wonderland. We don't hang up our bikes for the season, we ride them. Want to push yourself to the limit on an ultra-endurance fat bike race? We've got 'em. Or what about a social city ride, or a rigorous winter road race? Yep, we've got those too. However you like to ride, you're sure to find a winter bike event worth traveling to in Minnesota.

 

Northeast
Winter Bike Events

There's nothing like the adrenaline rush of lift-served downhill mountain biking – and in Minnesota, you can shred down Spirit Mountain on your fat bike all year round. Head to Duluth for an unforgettable winter biking experience found OnlyinMN.

 

Central
Winter Bike Events

17 miles northeast of Brainerd, Cuyuna boasts some of the best mountain biking in the Midwest. During the winter, the trail system features 18 miles of mechanically groomed trails for fat biking fun for beginners and experienced riders alike.

 

Northwest
Event Spotlight

The best way to survive a long, chilly Minnesota winter? Spend it outside on a fat bike. The Northland Fat Bike Rally is free to attend and takes place in Bemidji on March 4. Beginners and experts welcome, hot chocolate encouraged.

 

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Road Biking

Getting outside to embrace winter is a point of pride in Minnesota. And although there are countless ways to enjoy the season, winter road biking is a special kind of wonderful. Thanks to innovations in equipment and clothing, it's easier than ever to gear up and head out for a ride - no matter the conditions. The weather outside is frightful? No, the weather outside is calling.

 

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Clothing and Equipment, Fat Biking, City Biking

Just because the snow is falling doesn't mean it's time to put your bike away until spring. In Minnesota, many paved trails and mountain biking areas welcome riders year-round. Here's what you need to know to keep riding all winter long.

 

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Fat Biking, City Biking, Ice-Lashes

Blizzards. Polar Vortex. Countless days below zero. Say what you will about winter in Minnesota, but for people biking it's an undeniably beautiful season. Just like hill intervals, winter biking can be challenging, but there's nothing like a view from the top. Here are a few of our favorite winter biking photos from previous winters.