The 13th Annual Gitchi-Gami Trail Association (GGTA) North Shore Bike Ride will take place on Saturday, August 17, 2013. The recreational bike ride will once again begin and end in beautiful Gooseberry Falls State Park, located between Two Harbors and Silver Bay, on scenic US Hwy 61.
NEW THIS YEAR: In addition to the 28-mile and 55-mile options, there will be a 37-mile option that will give bikers a chance to ride on the new 3-mile section of the Gitchi-Gami State Trail (GGST) between Silver Bay and Beaver Bay.
The 28-mile ride option is entirely on the GGST, from Gooseberry through historic Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, continuing to the rest stop in the town of Beaver Bay and returning on the trail. Because it is an “out-and-back” ride, bikers can turn around at any point to return to the starting point.
The 55-mile option follows the GGST to Beaver Bay and adds a loop north on Co Rd 4 and the Lax Lake Road to Hwy 1, to a rest stop near Hwy 61, returning to Beaver Bay along Hwy 61 and Co Rd 4, and back to Gooseberry on the trail.
The new 37-mile option follows also follows Co Rd 4 north of Beaver Bay, but follows Hwy 5 and Forest Rd 11/Penn Blvd to the new GGST trailhead in Silver Bay, then returns to Beaver Bay on the new trail. This route also incorporates less than a mile of gravel road from the new trail terminus to Hwy 61 just east of the Beaver Bay trailhead.
The ride begins at 9:00 a.m. Parking for the ride is in a lot inside Gooseberry Falls State Park. Vehicles will need an annual state park vehicle sticker or a daily vehicle pass (a daily pass will be provided by the GGTA). The daily permit is also good for other state parks on this day only.
Snacks and refreshments will be provided at rest stops and post-ride. Mechanical, emergency and sag support will be provided. All adult riders will receive a t-shirt, and younger riders will receive a water bottle.
All riders must sign waivers and must wear helmets. Registration postmarked on or before August 1 is $30 and $35 thereafter. Registration for a child under 15 years old is $5 with a paid adult.
Registration is open now for the ride. Register online through secure PayPal payment, or register by mail with the mail-in registration form. Click on the links on this page to register.
Questions? Contact Bill Blank at firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-663-7126.