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Grand Forks North Dakota Century Ride

posted Sep 12, 2011, 5:42 PM by Ted Bibby   [ updated Sep 13, 2011, 8:55 AM ]
If for some reason, someone was ever interested in riding their bicycle 100 miles within Grand Forks ND and East Grand Forks MN...
My friend and co-geology graduate student Matt Burton-Kelly and I have prepared a route. As with most of our projects, we end up spending way more time and effort than originally intended. It's lucky for both of us to have offices at opposite ends of the hallway. As always our distractions tend to also turn out pretty good. With that said, I'm looking forward to the century this weekend and providing here, the labor of our love. A .kmz file of the route with marked turns and points of caution. I know there are two "E" points, but I like it that way. The distances actually worked out really great. One must complete the large loop 3 times, which puts you right around 93 miles. To get the last 7 miles you simply complete one short Greenway only loop. This just means riding to the South pedestrian bridge turning North and staying on the trail back to the North pedestrian bridge, do not get off the trail on the MN side. This may confuse people who are already delirious from 93 miles of riding and have ventured off the trail 3 times in a row after crossing the bridge to MN to access (via road) a more remote portion of the the East Grand Forks Greenway. The route ends up being actually quite fun with a lot of variation, some gravel roads and poor trail sections, but all in all doable. You may not be able to necessarily race the whole distance since the trail is used by many and can be congested occasionally with families, but then again, this is a ride and it's nice to go a little slower once in a while. I hope you enjoy. Also, if you are interested in printing yourself out a map for use while riding, I have created two 11X17" .pdf's of appropriate resolution. Just send me an email.

Ted Bibby,
Sep 12, 2011, 6:01 PM