Mesabi Trail

The Tours

Choose From Three Different Tours

The Great River Energy Mesabi Trail Tour has a new look for these days of COVID-19. Changing from one large tour to three small tours, our primary goal is to keep everyone safe & healthy while we all spend time outdoors with family & friends - the Mesabi Trail offers the ultimate in social distancing!

While you pedal (fully supported) along one of Minnesota's premiere paved bicycle trails, you will encounter historic & scenic points of interest, food & music at rest stops, and a finish line celebration...complete with a picnic lunch and more music!

Whichever Tour you choose, you will experience the same outstanding customer service and reliable logistics we have been famous for over the past 15 years.


There will be separate registration periods about a month before each tour, with a limited number of riders accepted for each tour. All are details are subject to change dependent on the status of COVID-19.


Tour #1 - July 31, 2021 - Chisholm

Tour #1 starts & finishes at the Minnesota Discovery Center (MDC)
1005 Discovery Drive, Chisholm MN

We haven't partnered with the Discovery Center since our very 1st tour in 2005, and we're excited to make this great facility part of the tour route again. MDC is a world class museum with amazing exhibits, a trolley ride, mini-golf, and the brand new Red Head Mountain Bike Park!

The ride travels west on the Mesabi Trail heading to:

Route #1 - 12 miles to Leetonia...a total of 24 miles out & back, all on the Mesabi Trail.
Route #2 - 24 miles to Calumet...a total of 52 miles out & back.

Tour #1 - Registration opens June 19, 2021


Tour #2 - August 28, 2021 - Grand Rapids

Tour #2 starts & finishes at the Itasca Country Fairgrounds
1336 Fairgrounds Rd, Grand Rapids  MN

One of our favorite start locations, with some of the prettiest sections of the trail starting at the Fairgrounds. Plus there is a world class campground at the same location.

The ride travels east on the Mesabi Trail to:

Route #1 - 12 miles to Taconite...a total of 24 miles out & back, all on the Mesabi Trail.
Route #2 - 26 miles to Nashwauk...a total of 48 miles out & back on the Trail.

Tour #2 - Registration opens July 19, 2021


Tour #3 - September, 18, 2021 - Virginia

Tour #3 starts & finishes at Olcott Park
910 9th St No, Virginia  MN

Enjoy the beauty of Fall along the Mesabi trail in this September ride. The ride starts at Olcott Park, a gem in the Queen City - boasting a newly renovated historic fountain and botanical garden.

The ride travels west on the Mesabi Trail heading to:

Route #1 - 13 miles to Buhl...a total of 26 miles out & back, all on the Mesabi Trail.
Route #2 - 25 miles to Hibbing...a total of 50 miles out & back on the Trail.

Bonus Route - To add to your adventure - from Olcott Park, travel east on the Mesabi Trail another 2.5 miles to visit the tallest bridge in Minnesota, the view is well worth a few more miles...especially in the fall.

Tour #3 - Registration opens August 16, 2021


Tour Day Schedules - Each Tour will follow the same schedule

We're still fine-tuning...check back for exact times.

  • Saturday Morning - Registration Packet & T-Shirt Pick-Up
  • Saturday Morning - Start Time
  • Saturday Afternoon - Lunch at the Finish Line
  • Saturday Afternoon - Music at the Finish Line


Your Tour Registration Includes:

  • Your choice of two different routes at each tour.
  • Music - music - music!
    Live local entertainers perform at most turn-around points and the finish line.
  • Food - food - and more food.
    Enjoy food & refreshments at all turn-around points, plus a picnic dinner with vegetarian options at the finish line.
  • T-shirt for each participant.
    Each tour will have the same shirt color & design. Choose your size carefully when you register, we will adhere strictly to your order.
  • Three Day Mesabi Trail Wheel Pass
    Use your tour wrist band as your three day pass.






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