ST. CLOUD -- More than two dozen bike riders tried to beat the heat this (Saturday) morning for the Grand Fondo.

The first annual 50 and 80 mile course took off at 8:00 a.m. at Lake George. The riders are going from Rockville to Avon, back to Rockville and ending back at the lake. Event coordinator Jamie Mortland says Scheels is already planning for next year's race.

“I think just being the first year it was an awesome test. Some great riders showed up, they were really excited to leave," says Mortland.

32 riders came out to the race and celebrated after with a grill out.

If you and your family are interested in taking part next year early registration is $25 and $35 for late.

Rebecca David, WJON

The race attracted first timers and experienced riders, Becky Przybilla of Pierz says she got a bike for Mother's Day and her friends encouraged her to try the Grand Fondo.

"I've never done anything like this before but it was well managed, everyone was nice and the rest stops were really wonderful," says Przybilla.

Long time rider Brian Rasmussen says it was a bit of a struggle for him.

"The wind was coming right at us that was rough and the sun was really beating down, that was probably the worse stretch for me," says Rasmussen.

All the proceeds for today's (Saturday) race will go to benefit the Wounded Warriors Guide Service.

--Reporter Rebecca David contributed to this story--