ST. JOSEPH -- Over 1,000 bicyclists from over 150 different cities gathered at the College of St. Benedict to ride in the 33rd Annual Tour of Saints.

What started as a bike race back in 1981, has turned into a casual ride, which consists of an 18, 35, and 50 mile bike ride that stretches over the Lake Wobegon Trail, St. John's University and Cold Spring.

"It's really just about enjoying the day and the scenery," says Tour of Saints Executive Director Michael Doyle. "There is some beautiful scenery along this route in Central Minnesota that a lot of people are not aware about."

Tour of Saints has teamed up with the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota to help put on this event, and as Bicycle Alliance Executive Director Dorian Grilley says the race has become a tradition for people.

"It becomes a tradition for a lot of people," says Grilley. "People just really enjoy spending the weekend day getting out on their bicycles and enjoying the country side."

Some of the stops the bicyclist will see along the way include wildflowers at the Saint John's Arboretum, music at Avon's city park, and the scenery along the Lake Wobegon Trail.

To find out more about the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota and to find more bike ride events visit their website or Facebook page.


Over 1,000 bicyclists ride in Tour of Saints event. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)