You have probably heard of the City of Lakes Loppet before, you know, cross-country skiers all around the city of Minneapolis?
Well did you know that they also have an ice bike race? The racing action takes place on Saturday February 5th starting at high noon. They are geared up for beginner, intermediate, advanced and women’s racing all on the lagoon between Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles.
Ice bike racing is an opportunity for winter commuters, cyclists pining for summer and anyone with a penchant for thrills to have some fun on a cold winter day. Heats of 8-15 riders circle a circuitous track in a criterium format. The top riders from each heat go on to the next round. The final lap determines which riders make it to the finals. The finals of the Ice Loppet will take place right before the Chuck & Don’s Skijoring Loppet – meaning a great opportunity for spectating as well – see both the running of the dogs and the turning of the wheels in a single place.
There is no day-of registration so if you want to race head on over to the registration page today, it gets more expensive every week between now and the deadline, February 2nd. Check out the video from last year’s race.