Bike Walk May

May is National Bike Month, promoted by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try. Each May, GMBWA promotes a series of events to encourage the community to get outside and enjoy the spring weather.

River Valley 100

River Valley 100 Initially, two paved routes of 100 miles and 100 kilometers were mapped to enjoy the many trails and bike routes in the Mankato area. Over the years, the bike ride has evolved to include a 100 kilometer gravel ride, which has become the most popular segment. on the the last Sunday in August. And, it’s still free!

The River Valley 100 began as an unsupported, free bike ride in 2013 and celebrates Mankato’s Minnesota river valley and its scenic gravel and paved roads. The free event is held on the last Sunday of August and offers several self-guided and non-supported routes, including the most popular 100k Courtland Gravel Loop, which takes cyclists northwest of Mankato along the river valley to Courtland, Minnesota, before heading south and east back to Mankato. Currently, the ride begins and ends at Locale Brewery in downtown Mankato. Cyclists of all ages and abilities are encouraged to join us.

River Ramble

Mankato may be Minnesota’s best-kept bicycling secret – just 77 miles from the Twin Cities! The ride is held on a Sunday during the first half of October.

Discover some of Minnesota’s most delightful bicycling. The Mankato River Ramble celebrates the best bike routes, baked goods, and live music to be found in Southern Minnesota. Beyond rivers and lakes, waterfalls, and award-winning pies; the city now sports one of the largest artworks in the state — a ten-story-tall silo mural by Guido van Helten that honors Native Americans who have lived here for untold generations.

Proceeds from the ride support BikeMN and GMBWA. GMBWA uses proceeds to fund pedestrian and cycling-related projects throughout the Greater Mankato Area.