Please read this letter thoroughly prior to arriving in St. Joseph, MN for all ride details including rider check in, luggage requirements, opt-in for text messages, etc. This is your registration confirmation and your official rider information letter.
Safety and Safe Bicycling – The mission of the BAM bike tour is to promote and demonstrate safe bicycling around the state. Our safe cycling practice is a role model to others; on BAM, riders are expected to follow the rules of the road.
- Follow the law and ride as far to the right as is safe and obey all traffic signs and signals.
- Be predictable – Signal your intentions so drivers and other riders know your intentions; ride two abreast only when you are not obstructing traffic.
- Be conspicuous – Wear visible clothing and use lights and reflectors in low light and be sure you can be seen. Communicate your intentions with other riders and drivers.
- Think ahead – Pay attention to other riders and traffic on the road; anticipate their actions.
- Ride ready – make sure both you and your bike are in good working order before the ride.
Rules of the Road – To help ensure the safety of all riders, riders are expected to adhere to the rules of the road in Minnesota. Bicycle safety information and laws can be found on MnDOT’s website. Please watch this seven-minute safety video prior to the ride: NTSHA’s Bicycle Safety Tips for Adults
Daylight – At this time of the year the sun rises about 6:20 AM and sets about 8 PM.
Helmet – You are required to wear a helmet at all times when riding your bicycle on BAM.
Earbuds, Headphones and Cell Phones – You are prohibited from wearing earbuds and headphones while riding on BAM. Please stop your bicycle and pull off the road to use your cell phone.
Your Bicycle – Please make sure your bicycle is in good working order prior to the ride.
Non-Registered Riders and Support Vehicles – Only registered participants are allowed to camp or participate in meals or other activities. No support vehicles are allowed on the route for safety reasons.
Rider Check-In – Rider check-in is at the College of Saint Benedict in the Haehn Center at 37 South College Ave., St. Joseph, MN on Wednesday, August 14, from 4:30-8:30 pm and again on Thursday, August 15, from 6:15-7:00 am. Our Wednesday evening camping location is behind the St. Joseph Government Center, located at 10 Baker St.
Parking – Parking for the duration of the tour is at the College of Saint Benedict in lot 12. Please do not leave valuables in your vehicle and make sure all items are out of sight. Campers may wish to park their car at the campground Wednesday night to facilitate transporting their gear to the luggage truck at the College of St. Benedict Thursday morning.
Rider Packets – At check-in you will receive your rider packet which will contain daily ride sheets (map and cue sheet), wrist band, luggage tags if you are hoteling any of the nights, rider gift, and t-shirt / jersey if you ordered one. Please be sure to bring these items with you on the tour.
Luggage – All bags must be weighed and meet the weight limits below prior to loading. Bags that exceed the limits will not be transported.
Weight Limits and Number of Bags - Campers are allowed TWO SOFT SIDED duffel bags, neither to exceed 35 pounds. Do not pack all your gear into one bag that exceeds the weight limit—you will be asked to repack so that your bag(s) do not exceed 35 pounds. Hotelers are allowed ONE SOFT SIDED duffel bag, not to exceed 35 pounds.
If you are doing a combination of camping and hoteling, you are allowed two bags. See additional information under ‘Hotels’ below.
A scale will be available Wednesday evening at check-in if you would like to pre-weigh your bags to ensure they meet the weight limit.
Please adhere to these weight and quantity limits to ensure the safety of our volunteers and to ensure that all bags fit inside the luggage truck. All belongings must be inside the bags with no tie-ons. Please have your contact information on a label or tag on each of your bags. BAM makes every attempt to keep bags dry but to ensure clothing and sleeping bags stay dry, pack items in plastic bags.
Daily Loading Times – Campers will need to load their luggage onto the luggage truck located at the campsite by 8:00 am each morning. The luggage truck will be available from 6:30-8:00 am each morning for loading. Luggage will be picked up shortly after 8:00 AM at the designated hotels. The luggage truck will be available at 6:15 am on Thursday, Aug 15 in St. Joseph (the first day of the tour). It will be located in Parking Lot 12 at the College of St. Benedict.
Hotels – Luggage will be picked up and delivered to the following hotels:
• St. Joseph: no luggage pickup is available from the hotels. All luggage must be taken directly to the College of St. Benedict (parking lot 12) for weighing and loading. The luggage truck will be available at 6:15 am until 8 am.
• Sauk Centre: AmericInn by Wyndham Sauk Centre
• Spicer: Hampton Inn Spicer Green Lake
• Hutchinson: Cobblestone Hotel & Suites
If you are staying elsewhere, it is your responsibility to transport your luggage to and from the campsite.
Hotel Luggage Tags - For anyone staying at a hotel one or more nights, luggage tags will be included in the rider packet to identify you as a hoteler. Please put your luggage tag on your bag prior to loading in St. Joseph.
Hotel Luggage Pick Up and Drop Off Times – Hotel luggage will be picked up just after 8:00 am each morning and delivered by 1:00 pm each afternoon. Leave your bag in the designated area at your hotel and it will be picked up by the luggage truck each morning. NOTE: you will not be able to leave your bag at the hotel on the first day (in St. Joseph). You will need to bring your bag to parking lot 12 at the College of St. Benedict for weighing and loading.
Camping – Camping locations are as follows:
• St. Joseph: Behind the St. Joseph Government Center, located at 10 Baker St.
• Sauk Centre: Sinclair Lewis Park
• Spicer: Prairie Meadows Learning Center / Pre-School
• Hutchinson: Hutchinson Recreation Center. We are camping at the Aquatic Center so you may want to bring your swimsuit!
Meals and Rest Stops – Three meals/day will be provided on BAM (breakfast, lunch and dinner), beginning with breakfast on Thursday, Aug 15 and ending with lunch on Sunday, Aug 18, except for dinner on Saturday evening, Aug 17. The times for these meals will be noted on the daily route sheets. Here’s the menu.
Dinner is not provided Wednesday evening, Aug 14. A representative from St. Joseph will be on hand at check-in to assist you with finding restaurants and other local attractions in the area.
Breakfast Thursday morning will be at the College of St. Benedict – Gorecki Dining Center in St. Joseph from 6:30 – 7:30 am.
As mentioned above, dinner on Saturday evening will be on your own. 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 Hutchinson for their final evening meal in lieu of a group meal.
Supported rest stops are not provided on this ride. However, there are opportunities every 20-30 miles to stop in small towns to rest and purchase a snack from convenience stores, ice cream and coffee shops, etc.
Coffee – Pork Belly Ventures will be providing fresh coffee at the campsite each morning for all riders.
Daily Ride Briefings – Daily ride briefings will be held at dinner each evening for the following day’s ride. On day one (Thursday), the ride briefing will be held at 7:15 am at the breakfast location in St. Joseph, along with a brief welcome and ride orientation. Riders may depart after the ride orientation.
Texting Communications Opt-In – BAM will be utilizing a texting platform to communicate important updates during the tour. To opt-in, please text BAM2019 to 555888
Facebook Communications – If you would like to receive updates, connect with other riders prior to the ride to arrange carpools or ask other questions, please use our Facebook page.
Daily Mileages – Daily mileages are as follows:
- Day 1 (St. Joseph – Sauk Centre): 59 miles
- Day 2 (Sauk Centre – Spicer): 66 miles
- Day 3 (Spicer – Hutchinson): 57, 80 and 100 miles
- Day 4 (Hutchinson – St. Joseph): 68 miles
Mileages are subject to change following finalization of the route.
Maps – Daily route maps and cue sheets will be included in your rider packet. Consider using a map holder attached to your handle bar to aid in viewing the map. Ride with GPS (RWGPS) files will also be available shortly before the tour. An email will be sent out when the files are available for download.
Route Markings – The route will be marked with directional arrows on the pavement. There will be 3 arrows per turn: 1 before the turn, 1 at the turn, and 1 after the turn (confirmation arrow).
SAG Service – Three Support Assistant Group (SAG) vehicles, marked with BAM signs, will be roaming the route from 7:30 am – 3:00 pm or until the last rider completes the course, whichever comes first, each day. SAG support will be available until 4 pm on day 3, which includes a century route. They will provide assistance to riders for injuries or mechanical problems that cannot be repaired on the road. SAG support will not be available as a transport mechanism for tired riders.
Mechanical Support – Freewheel Bike will provide mechanical support along the route. The mechanic will not charge for service, but please consider leaving a tip in the tip jar. They will also sell parts, tires and tubes.
Activities Throughout the Tour – This year’s tour will have several local points of interest/activities, so please plan to enjoy the local entertainment. On days with activities along the route, you may want to bring comfortable shoes along for walking around.
Showers During the Ride – Showers will be provided by Pork Belly Ventures. They will provide a fresh towel daily free of charge, so no need to pack a towel. This service will begin Thursday evening in Sauk Centre and conclude Sunday morning in Hutchinson.
Showers Before and After the Ride – Showers will be available in St. Joseph at the College of Saint Benedict (Haehn Campus – Pool Locker Rooms) prior to the ride (Wednesday, Aug 14 from 4-8 pm and Thursday morning) and again when we return to St. Joseph on Sunday, Aug 18 from 12-5 pm. Please bring a towel.
Weather – Temps in this area can be chilly in the mornings and evenings so you may want to bring arm and knee warmers along with other cool weather clothing. See below for additional items to bring.
Suggested Packing List – On Your Bike
• insurance card
• credit/card ATM/money
• spare tube
• frame pump
• riding gloves
• bike shoes
• sun glasses
• 2 water bottles
• lip balm w/sun block & sun screen
• basic tools
• basic first aid supplies
• bike bag
• bike lock
• lights if you plan to ride after dark
In Your Luggage
• sleeping bag/pad*
• rain gear
• flash light*
• insect repellent*
• ear plugs*
• towel *
• extra plastic baggies and bags
• riding clothes
• ground cover*
• bike cover*
• street clothes and shoes
• warm weather bike and street clothes
* (only if camping)
We look forward to seeing you in St. Joseph!