Gran Portage Bike Tour

Minneapolis Cider Co.

Save the Date!
October 5, 2024

We’re thrilled to announce the second-annual Minneapolis Cider Gran Portage, an enchanting Twin Cities bike ride that will benefit Friends of the Boundary Waters, coming this fall, October 5, 2024.

The Gran Portage is a non-competitive ride starting at the Minneapolis Cider Co. taproom in Northeast Minneapolis. This year the race is raising funds to support Friends of the Boundary Waters. The tour is named after the Italian “Gran Fondo” or “Big Ride” and the French “Portage”, a canoeist’s nod to the lands linking the ride’s waterways including the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers, and the famous lakes of Minneapolis.

Not only will you have a fantastic time, but your participation will also make a meaningful difference. 100% of the net proceeds from this event will be donated directly to Friends of the Boundary Waters, to safeguard our cherished wilderness.

Become a Sponsor

We’re looking for 2024 ride sponsors! Help us underwrite this event and support our cycling and outdoor audiences! We could use more help funding this ride, or will accept donations of support, snacks and swag!

Volunteers

We’re looking for riders to test ride the course, and help with course set-up the day of the ride.

Signature Sponsors


What You Need to Know

Where: 

The race starts and ends at The Haralson Room, the event space at Minneapolis Cider Co. 701 SE 9th St. Minneapolis, MN  55414

When:  
Saturday, October 5, 2024

Online registration:
Early Bird Registration is now open! Day-of registration will be available at sign-in. If you have yet to sign a waiver, you will be required to do that before you’re able to ride. 

Give yourself plenty of time to get to the sign-in desk, get your route uploaded to your gps device, fill your tires and water bottles, and greet your fellow riders! We will be doing a formal start from the parking lot but there will be no lead out. Once you leave the parking lot you are on your own. 

Expo:

We’ll host a gear expo and live music in the Haralson Room after the ride! We will have food and drinks, games, and you will be able to make purchases on site. This is open to the public so make sure to bring family and friends to chill out after and enjoy a cold beverage. Each registrant will receive a free cider or drink for after the ride. 

Navigation and Support:

We will be sending out the final route GPX files to riders before the event (Links available above). We will also have cue sheets available with Points of Interest we encourage you to get familiar with. 

We will have several resupply stops along the Gran & Demi routes, where you will be able to fill up water bottles and grab a snack. No resupply stops are provided on the Minne route.

There will be signage along the routes. These are to help with navigating intersections, turns, etc. These aren’t intended to replace navigation for the entire route, so make sure to have a GPS device or pick up a cue sheet before you head out. 

Safety:

We will have a SAG support number to call if you have mechanical or other issues while out on the route. If you get injured or have an emergency of any kind, call 911. 

Much of this route follows bike paths along roadways. The roadways are recommended for faster riders in most cases to avoid pedestrians. While the majority of the Gran route is well designed for bikers, you will be passing through downtown St. Paul before you head back to Minneapolis. Be sure to use caution, slow down and always obey traffic laws when at these intersections. 

Looking forward to a great Ride!

2024 Routes

Here’s an overview of the exciting rides we have planned. We’ll be posting specific routes nearer to ride time.

10 Miles (3,000 Rods)

Minne Portage Family Ride

Enjoy a relaxing 3,000 rod (10 miles) ride along the Mississippi River. Perfect for families or casual riders.

Map of Minne Portage with rough route depiction on an old style cycling map.
Gran Portage Bike Tour
35 Miles (12,000 Rods)

Demi Portage

Ride the Demi Portage, a solid 35 miles (12,000 rods) up the Mississippi River, through northern St. Paul parks and lakes to Minneapolis Cider Co.

Gran Portage Bike Tour
60 Miles (16,000 Rods)

Gran Portage

Ride the Gran Portage, 19,000 rod (60 miles) around the lakes of Minneapolis, across the river into St. Paul and then back along the river to Minneapolis Cider Co.

Gran Portage Bike Tour