Minnesota’s favorite fall ride returns on Sunday, October 10, 2021. The 11th annual Mankato River Ramble features fall colors on three scenic routes; from a 12-mile, mostly trail tour to Minneopa Falls, to a 44-mile countryside ride out to Lake Crystal. Our most popular tour – the 26-mile Pie Run – takes cyclists to Rapidan Dam and a delectable spread of 150 home-baked pies. All three rides feature the resplendent Red Jacket Trail.
The Ramble features the best bicycling routes, refreshments (from bagels to barbecued pork skewers), and live music (at the start and at all four rest stops) to be found in southern Minnesota. Besides waterfalls and river views, riders can enjoy the new ten-story-tall silo mural by Guido van Helten that celebrates and honors Native Americans. Some 1,800 cyclists from throughout the region are expected at this community-wide celebration.
The ride is a benefit for the Greater Mankato Bike & Walk Advocates and the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota. The Ramble has generated over $100,000 to fund local bicycle safety programs, purchased bicycles for girls through the YWCA and has helped build recreational mountain bike trails. It’s worth noting that the ride is free for youth (accompanied by an adult) ages one to 17!