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Old 02-27-18, 01:40 PM
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St. Paul Classic

Planning out my event season for fun rides. One ride I have always wanted to do was the St. Paul Classic. Any Minnesotans here done it? (or anyone else) Was it a good ride? Its not expensive but I do live 4 hours away so its a weekend deal for me. Not a big deal but want to make sure its a well set up and supported ride before I try it.

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I did it last year. I found it to be a very enjoyable ride. It's a great, relaxing way to see the city without having to deal with traffic or having to deal with navigation. There are 4 stops along the way, and I found there to be almost too much food. (If they have cookies from the "cookie cart". Try them. They were amazing.) They also have live music at a number of the stops. I would highly recommend the ride, and I plan on doing it again this year. If you need any route/food/accommodation recommendations while you are in town, let me know.
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I did it last year. I found it to be a very enjoyable ride. It's a great, relaxing way to see the city without having to deal with traffic or having to deal with navigation. There are 4 stops along the way, and I found there to be almost too much food. (If they have cookies from the "cookie cart". Try them. They were amazing.) They also have live music at a number of the stops. I would highly recommend the ride, and I plan on doing it again this year. If you need any route/food/accommodation recommendations while you are in town, let me know.
Thank you!!

My BIL lives in Eagan so I got it pretty easy with logistics.
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Originally Posted by MNTonka View Post
I did it last year. I found it to be a very enjoyable ride. It's a great, relaxing way to see the city without having to deal with traffic or having to deal with navigation. There are 4 stops along the way, and I found there to be almost too much food. (If they have cookies from the "cookie cart". Try them. They were amazing.) They also have live music at a number of the stops. I would highly recommend the ride, and I plan on doing it again this year. If you need any route/food/accommodation recommendations while you are in town, let me know.
Any insight on hills and the sort during this? I've never biked St. Paul, but love the area and think something like this would be real fun!
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Any insight on hills and the sort during this? I've never biked St. Paul, but love the area and think something like this would be real fun!

i found the route from a few years back on ride with gos. There were a couple of little climbs but nothing that isnít manageable. Looks like a great ride and i am looking forward to it. Only thing I need to decide is clipless like normal or if there is lots of traffic and stop n go riding I might throw a set of flats on. Donít want to but can see where masses of people it could be better.
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There are a few mild hills along the route with only one challenging hill. Ramsey hill. Itís pretty short, but steep. I saw lots of people hike-a-biking it last year. Keep in mind, this is an event created for cyclists of all abilities. Nothing is timed and you are just supposed to have a good time. Once you reach the top of the hill you will be rewarded with a great view of the river valley, and some snacks.

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All of the roads are completely shut down for this event. ( except for the portion along Summit Ave.) there will be very little stopping. Each intersection has a police officer directing traffic.

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i found the route from a few years back on ride with gos. There were a couple of little climbs but nothing that isnít manageable. Looks like a great ride and i am looking forward to it. Only thing I need to decide is clipless like normal or if there is lots of traffic and stop n go riding I might throw a set of flats on. Donít want to but can see where masses of people it could be better.
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There are a few mild hills along the route with only one challenging hill. Ramsey hill. Itís pretty short, but steep. I saw lots of people hike-a-biking it last year. Keep in mind, this is an event created for cyclists of all abilities. Nothing is timed and you are just supposed to have a good time. Once you reach the top of the hill you will be rewarded with a great view of the river valley, and some snacks.

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All of the roads are completely shut down for this event. ( except for the portion along Summit Ave.) there will be very little stopping. Each intersection has a police officer directing traffic.
Thanks for the insights guys! Love the avatar sdmc, and that sounds great! Glad to hear it isn't too crazy. MNTonka - My friend was just telling me about the infamous Ramsey hill. I'll have to go scout it out to see if I should bother

Thanks again, sure i'll be there on my mountain bike putting around!
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Thanks for the insights guys! Love the avatar sdmc, and that sounds great! Glad to hear it isn't too crazy. MNTonka - My friend was just telling me about the infamous Ramsey hill. I'll have to go scout it out to see if I should bother

Thanks again, sure i'll be there on my mountain bike putting around!


this s going to be a great ride. I wish I could pre ride it though. But I am sure itís a great route without traffic will be pretty cool.
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I rode it a couple years ago. It was well-supported. As mentioned, Ramsey is the only hill of consequence, but even as a 200-pounder, it's not a big deal and it's over pretty quickly. Otherwise there was a climb to Mounds Park and up Wheelock, neither a big deal. One thing that I'm curious about is route changes. I've started to avoid riding to/through St Paul because of the road conditions on certain key stretches. Most notably, the East River Road is getting pretty choppy and Wheelock Parkway, between Dale and Rice, is one of the worst stretches of pavement in the metro - when I rode the StP Classic, it went over both of these segments (ERR twice).

Honestly, the StP Classic was fun, but I probably wouldn't do it again. Part of it is that I'm a local guy (I live in Mpls) that rides those same streets dozens of times per year and support on a 60-mile ride isn't a necessity. The vibe is fun and laid-back, though, and for an out-of-towner, the route will probably be interesting, with the Summit Hill mansions and the riverside in downtown being the highlights.
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I rode it a couple years ago. It was well-supported. As mentioned, Ramsey is the only hill of consequence, but even as a 200-pounder, it's not a big deal and it's over pretty quickly. Otherwise there was a climb to Mounds Park and up Wheelock, neither a big deal. One thing that I'm curious about is route changes. I've started to avoid riding to/through St Paul because of the road conditions on certain key stretches. Most notably, the East River Road is getting pretty choppy and Wheelock Parkway, between Dale and Rice, is one of the worst stretches of pavement in the metro - when I rode the StP Classic, it went over both of these segments (ERR twice).

Honestly, the StP Classic was fun, but I probably wouldn't do it again. Part of it is that I'm a local guy (I live in Mpls) that rides those same streets dozens of times per year and support on a 60-mile ride isn't a necessity. The vibe is fun and laid-back, though, and for an out-of-towner, the route will probably be interesting, with the Summit Hill mansions and the riverside in downtown being the highlights.

yep I get what your saying. I look forward to riding it but doubt I would do it more than once. I have done many rides like this and most I wouldnít do twice. Still great to say I did it.
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