With a Monday morning start, riders are encouraged to come to Minneapolis/St Paul for the weekend to get prepared, enjoy some relaxation time in a very comfortable city and sample one of the best urban bicycling infrastructures in North America.
On Saturday, there are several easy, leg loosener ride options to choose from. Leaving at 1p is the Tour de Twin Cities 100k Populaire, a tour of the metroplex cycling infrastructure. This will be an easy spin on bike trails and lanes, visiting several notable metro highlights while enjoying one of the best cycling environments in the US. One of St. Paul's premier ice cream parlors will be a popular control. A number of shorter open ride options will also be available, starting from the host hotel. Pick a distance (20-35 miles) and when you want to start. Cue sheets and GPS links will be provided.
On Sunday afternoon two seminars are planned, both relating to PBP topics. The first seminar is a presentation on the History of PBP. We put this together for PBP 2015 for a large group of rando and non-rando people and it was very popular.
The second session is a panel discussion about preparing for and riding PBP in 2019. Each panelist will discuss a particular aspect of planning for and enjoying your PBP experience. This will be very interesting and valuable for first time PBP riders and experienced PBP anciennes as there are some changes from past PBPs, especially for RUSA riders, that you will want to know about. Questions for the panelists are welcomed.
On Sunday evening all riders and support people are invited to convene for the pre-ride buffet dinner with general introductions and a brief pre-ride overview to make the Monday morning start easy.
In addition to these pre-ride activities over the weekend, see the On-Site Services menu item for more information on other things to do near the AmericInn host hotel (e.g. theaters, book stores, restaurants, coffee shops) or connect with one of our ride organizers (Info@CouleeChallenge.com) for more information on other activities in the Twin Cities area, for example, the Mall of America, Minnesota Zoo, downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul, the famous Midtown Greenway bike path through Minneapolis, live theatre, music, etc.