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A Woodbury Days experience on two wheels

The 15th annual Bike Ride continues to be a draw for individuals and families looking to explore the city’s trails and Washington County scenic routes.

The bike ride event, which is held Saturday, Aug. 24, kicks off with registration at 7 a.m. at Colby Lake Park.

Participants will have three routes to choose from: a 10-mile, a 30- and a 60-mile more challenging route.

The shorter route will explore local trails around Colby , Markgrafs and Powers lakes, while the 30 and 60-mile routes will go through Washington County heading down to Cottage Grove, Afton, up to Stillwater and back down to Lake Elmo  and ending in Woodbury.

About 100 cyclists are expected to participate again this year, though it may depend on the weather, said organizer and Parks and Recreation specialist Reed Smidt.

“The registrations have increased slowly,” he said. “We typically add maybe 20 people every year.”

People are drawn to the event’s 10-mile route because it’s aimed to get cyclists familiar with Woodbury trails, he said. Others want challenging and longer routes to explore Washington County a bit more.

“It’s a community event, it allows cyclists who maybe are not comfortable doing 60 miles on their own,” Smidt said, noting that rest stops with food and drinks and rider support are encouraging as well.

There are a few riders that look forward to the event ever year, including a couple from St. Cloud that drives down for it every August, Smidt said.

Though it’s pretty much the same event every year, some of the routes change slightly depending on road construction. With Woodbury Drive closures this year, the longer courses have changed from last year.

Proceeds from the event go back to support the Woodbury Days event. Registration the day of the bike ride will be $30 for individuals or $25 per person for a group of four. Everyone is given a T-shirt, but those who don’t want the T-shirt pay $20. Children under 5 participate for free.

“Being a large-scale event, completely volunteer organized, it’s helpful to make that event what it is every year,” Smidt said of the bike ride fees going to support Woodbury Days. “To make sure it’s a good festival, it all stays within the community.”

It’s not all about biking though — the bike ride event will include a post-ride barbecue with live music and root beer floats waiting for riders back at Colby Lake.

Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.