Friday, June 10, 2011

Ribbon Cutting and a Ride

This morning I attended the "ribbon cutting" for the new Cuyuna Lakes Ride Center. Because of threatening weather, the ceremony was moved into the Hallett Community Center in Crosby, MN.

A host of officials spoke during the ceremony, from the former Congressman (Jim Oberstar), State Legislator, Commissioner of Minnesota DNR and staff, local politial leaders, local Chamber of Commerce, Mike Van Abel (Executive Director of IMBA) to others in the mountain bike community. Cuyuna Lakes is a Bronze level IMBA Ride Center. There are 22 miles of singletrack in Cuyuna Lakes.

Other than Cuyuna Lakes Ride Center, I cannot find much information about the IMBA Ride Center program. In 2008, I first heard about the concept during Black Hills Fat Tire Festival. Now, Cuyuna Lakes is open and it appears the Oakridge Oregon Ride Center is threatened.

A local food vendor was offering box lunches for $6.00. Looked like a good amount of food, but I wanted some hot lunch. Stopped at Coaches' in Deerwood (very close to my motel). Good food.

Now, to get out to ride. To feel more comfortable, I decided to head out on the Cuyuna Lakes State Trail. This is a paved trail that connects Crosby, Ironton, and Riverton, MN. Today's photo is of the Cuyuna Lakes State Trail.

The Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival actually gets underway in the morning.

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