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RIDE INTO THE WEEKEND AT NORTH STAR BICYCLE FESTIVAL

Looking for an exciting outdoor event to attend this weekend? Check out the North Star Bicycle Festival taking place across central Minnesota.

By Lauren DeLapa

Looking for an exciting outdoor event to take the family to this weekend or maybe a midweek escape from the office? Check out the North Star Bicycle Festival taking place across central Minnesota. With multiple bicycle races, a bike and fitness expo, children’s activities and live music, there is something for everyone to enjoy at this festival.

Today marks day two of the event, which runs through Sunday. Starting at 3 p.m., bike buffs and festival fans can attend the Cannon Falls Road Race located 35 miles south of the Twin Cities. The expo opens at 4:30, with live music from Dave Carpenter & Friends and the Kids Fun Race at 5.

Interested in more information? Here’s a full festival schedule:

Thursday, June 15

Cannon Falls Road Race

3 p.m. – Women Start: 65 miles

3:45 p.m. – Men Start: 91 miles

4:30 p.m. – Expo Opens

5 p.m. – Music by Dave Carpenter & Friends

5 p.m. Park Dental/Shimano Kids Fun Race

9 p.m. – Expo Closes

Friday, June 16

Uptown Minneapolis Criterium

4 p.m. – Expo opens

4 p.m. – Bridgewater Bank Bike Bash

4:30 p.m. – Loppet Trail Kids Skills Park

6:15 p.m. – Women’s Pro/Elite Race

7:10 p.m.  – Greg LeMond CEO Ride for Kids

7:25 p.m. – Park Dental/Shimano Kids Fun Race

7:50 p.m. – Men’s Pro/Elite Race

8:55 p.m. – Racing Ends

9 p.m. – Expo Closes

Saturday, June 17

North Mankato Road Race

10 a.m. –  Art Splash Art Fair North Mankato

10:30 a.m. – Expo Opens

11 a.m. – Women’s Pro/Elite Race (61 miles)

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Music by The Porch Lights

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Music by DW3

2 p.m.  – Men’s Pro/Elite race begins (81 miles)

2:15 p.m. – Park Dental/Shimano Kids Fun Race

5:30 p.m. – Expo closes

Sunday, June 18

Stillwater Criterium

10:30 a.m. – Amateur Races Begin

10:30 a.m. – Expo Opens

11:45 a.m. – Women’s Pro/Elite Race: 14 Laps

1 p.m. – Park Dental/Shimano Kids Fun Race

1:30 p.m. – Men’s Pro/Elite Race: 23 Laps

4 p.m. – Expo Closes

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