Riders take part in the Bicycling Around Minnesota, which will be coming through the Austin and LeRoy on this year's tour. Photo provided by BAM Marketing Coordinator Kathy Horton
Riders take part in last year's Bicycling Around Minnesota ride, which will be coming through Austin and LeRoy on this year's tour. Photo provided by BAM Marketing Coordinator Kathy Horton

275 bicyclists make their way through Austin, LeRoy this summer

Published 8:45pm Saturday, March 22, 2014

About 275 bicyclists will converge on Mower County this summer.

Bicycling Around Minnesota (BAM) announced it’s route for its Aug. 14-17 ride, and the tour will stop in LeRoy on the Aug. 15 and Austin on Aug. 16.

Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Nancy Schnable said the bikers will arrive in Austin between 1 and 3 p.m. on Aug. 16. Many will stay overnight at the Mower County Fairgrounds, while others will stay at local hotels.

In Austin, the riders will visit the Mower County Historical Society, the Spam Museum, the Austin Municipal Pool, Rydjor Bike Shop and other local spots.

“It’s very exciting to have the opportunity to kind of showcase Austin to a wide-variety of people,” Schnable said, adding that last year’s riders weren’t limited to Minnesota; they hailed from 19 states and Canada.

The ride kicks off in Preston Aug. 14 with the cyclists taking a 69-mile route from Preston to Peterson. On Aug. 15, they’ll take a 73-mile route to LeRoy, where they’re slated to spend the night and visit Lake Louise State Park, the Artesian Well bottled water company and other spots. On Aug. 16, the riders will travel a 65-mile route from LeRoy to Austin.

The group will leave early the morning of Aug. 17 to take a 65-mile route back to Preston.

Entertainment will be provided at the fairgrounds for the riders, and area service groups will serve dinner and breakfast, according to Schnable.

BAM registration is already full with 275 riders. Along with the BAM crew, about 300 people will be making the trek.

Schnable said the ride will be similar to when The Ride Across Minnesota (TRAM) stopped in Austin in 2011, but at a smaller scale. While TRAM brought about 850 bikers to Austin, Schnable said BAM is still a great way to introduce people to the community.

“We’re going to be showcasing the community to these bikers, so that when the ride’s over they can bring their families back to Austin,” she said.

For more visit www.bambiketour.org

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