We’re Heading to Minnesota’s Iron Range August 9-12!
Hoyt Lakes – Chisholm – Grand Rapids – Hibbing – Hoyt Lakes
BAM 2018 will be a loop tour beginning and ending in Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota. Host communities along the way include Chisholm, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing. Minnesota’s Iron Range offers incredible scenery, unique mining history, and much to explore. Each day cyclists will ride 60 to 70 miles on paved roadways as well as the undulating Mesabi Trail.
Wednesday, August 8. Registration sign-in begins late Wednesday afternoon. Arrive early to enjoy what Hoyt Lakes and the surrounding area have to offer. Explore many paved hiking and biking trails, fish, canoe or kayak on Whitewater or Colby Lake, go swimming at Birch Cove Beach or take in a round of golf at the Municipal Golf Course or Giants Ridge. Two Must Do’s while in the Iron Range area include 1) the Soudan Underground Mine State Park near Tower where you can travel 1/2-mile underground in an elevator and board an ore car for a guided tour of the former mine or take a trip into the high energy physics lab, and 2) the International Wolf Center in Ely.
Thursday, August 9. Day 1. Hoyt Lakes to Chisholm. Our first day of cycling will head to Chisholm, where we will be camping on the grounds of the Minnesota Museum of Mining, which has preserved the history of the iron mining industry in Minnesota. Chisholm is home to the Minnesota Discovery Center, where you can board a trolley for a guided tour of a former mining location as well as visit the St. Louis County Fair, which will be in full swing while we’re there.
Friday, August 10. Day 2. Chisholm to Grand Rapids. We’re off to see the wizard! Our second day takes us to Grand Rapids, primarily via scenic country roadways. There’s much to do and see in Grand Rapids. Riders can visit the Judy Garland Museum, visit the Itasca County Historical Society, or see some of the many other local attractions available.
Saturday, August 11. Day 3. Grand Rapids to Hibbing. From Grand Rapids riders will head to Blackberry for the 34th Annual Threshing and Antique Farm Show, where you can see old-time threshing equipment in action, wheat being threshed, an old schoolhouse, animals and more. Then it is onto Hibbing via a combination of roads and trails. Once in Hibbing consider taking a mining tour, see the Grey Hound Bus Museum, tour the historic Hibbing High School, find Bob Dylan’s childhood house, or visit the Hibbing Historical Society Museum. Part of BAM’s mission is to bring tourism to the host cities on the route and this year we invite riders to explore the many food options in Hibbing for their final evening meal in lieu of a group meal.
Sunday, August 12. Day 4. Hibbing to Hoyt Lakes. BAM’s final day heads east back to Hoyt Lakes via the Mesabi Trail and
county roads. Capture the stunning view as you cross the Rouchleau Pit and aqua blue waters on the state’s tallest bridge. The Hoyt Lakes Hockey Arena will be open for riders who want to shower (please bring your own towel).
NEW on BAM 2018! Pork Belly Ventures will provide showers at the campsite Thursday thru Sunday morning with an ample number of private stalls, hot water and free towel service!
Pork Belly Ventures is also offering an optional Tent Setup Service. For $250 per tent, they will provide a tent, air mattress, chair, as well as all set up and take down and delivery of bags to and from the luggage truck. One tent accommodates two riders; if two riders want to share a tent, only one rider needs to sign up for the service.
Pork Belly Ventures will provide plenty of mobile phone chargers at the campsite along with fresh Dunkin’ Donuts coffee at the campsite for all riders each morning.
2018 BAM Merchandise
In addition to the BAM bicycle jersey, we are introducing the option to purchase a moisture-wicking T-shirt sporting the BAM logo on the front. See more about 2018 merchandise here. You will have the option to purchase either or both at the time of registration. The final jersey design will be shared in the coming weeks and all registered riders will be given a second opportunity to order a jersey. All merchandise sales are final. No merchandise is available for sale during the tour.