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Bike Shop Group Rides

Nicollet Bike & Ski Shop


MONDAYS – (May – September)
Mountain Bike Mondays: The ride will be held at Kiwanis or Mount Kato trails depending on trail conditions. Ride is weather permitting. Give them a call if the weather is questionable. Starting at 6 pm in May.

TUESDAYS – (April – September)
A Ride: For experienced road riders. Pace is an all out effort and does not wait for dropped riders. 40-60 miles. 21+ mph. Leaves at 5:30 pm sharp.
B+ Road Rides:  Advanced to intermediate paced ride. For riders looking to get a solid effort in and work together to rotate smoothly in an echelon. 30-50 miles. 15-18 mph average. Leaves the shop at 5:35 pm.
B- Road Rides:  Intermediate paced ride. 20-40 miles. 14-16 mph average. Leaves the shop at 5:35 pm.
C Road Ride: Fitness or road bikes recommended. 15-30 miles. Ride is a mix of paved trails and country roads. 12-15 mph average. Leaves the shop at 5:30 pm.

Saturdays (April- September)
Gravel Road Ride: Join us to explore the beautiful back roads of our River Valley. Gravel or Cyclocross bikes recommended. 25-40 miles. A and B and C paces. Leaves the shop at 7 am sharp.

Saturdays at the Hub: First Saturday of the month. Dates: May 1st, June 5th, July ?, August 7th, September 4th, and October 2nd: Group Rides leaving from Nicollet Bike and Ski side parking lot at 8 am. Paved or gravel routes to choose from ranging from 25-45 miles. Rides will finish up at the Hub Food Park around 10 am for breakfast/brunch and socializing.


Fat Bike/Mountain Bike Ride: Ride will leave the shop at 5:30. Lights required. Ride will be a mix of single track, ATV trail, and pavement. Once we have snow on the ground this ride will switch to Fat Bikes only.

Gravel Rides: Ride leaves the shop at 5:30 pm. Lights required.  Gravel Rides are usually held in the fall and spring. Stop in or call the shop for more details on dates and times.

All Week Long

YMCA Spin Classes: Check out the Nicollet Bike Spin room at the Mankato YMCA.  For a class schedule go to

Scheels (contact Lori Benike)

Thursdays at 6 pm. (May – August 30):

  • A Ride-up to 40 miles.
  • Beginner Road Ride. 20-30 miles. No drop ride.
  • Leisure/Family Ride. 10-15 miles.

Thursdays at 5:30 pm. (September):

  • A Ride-up to 40 miles.
  • Beginner Road Ride. 20-30 miles. No drop ride.
  • Leisure/Family Ride. 10-15 miles.

Other Rides

Northridge Ride
Located at the corner of Northridge and Lookout Drive, North Mankatomap
Contact: Kevin Ballard – 


  • A Road Ride – Leaves at 5:30 pm sharp. Intense pace for experienced road riders. 40-60 miles. 21+mph.
  • B Road Ride – Leaves at 5:30 pm sharp with the A Ride. Once out of town the group breaks off to a more moderate pace ride. 30-40 miles. 17-20 mph. This is a “no drop” ride.

IOM Time Trials
Located six miles south of Mankato in Rapidan Township at the intersection of County Roads 9 & 33 – map
Contact: Mike Busch – ; 507-351-0781 or Calendar
Registration: 6:15 to 6:45 pm.   First rider starts: 7 pm.
Course: 10K (6.2 miles) clock-wise loop.
Events are free, riders start at 30 second intervals beginning at 7 p.m.Categories: Any ability, any age, on any bicycle. Time trialing is an ideal introduction to competitive cycling. It’s just you and your bike against a stopwatch.

Mountain Biking Trail Maintenance and Riding Days
Kiwanis Recreation Area
Trail Maps


  • 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month – Trail maintenance. No experience needed!
  • 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month – Riding the trails. All ability levels and ages are welcome. Begins in May and is weather dependent.

Visit for more information.

Bike Clubs

Mankato Area Mountain Bikers (MAMBA)
Meet others who like mountain biking.

Greater Mankato Bike and Walk Advocates
Facebook page
Holds Bike Week events in May, Mankato River Ramble on in October and occasional social rides.

Mankato Area BMX
Check web site for schedule of races and practices.