On August 18th, the Paddlefish Days Committee had the unique and wonderful opportunity to be a part of B.A.M. (Biking Across Minnesota). This amazing group of people started on their bike ride in Mankato. Madison Lake was chosen to be one of the "stops" along the way. The bikers were amazing and very appreciative!! One cyclist estimated that it took approximately one hour to get from their starting point (in Mankato) to North Shore Park, and he shared "it was well worth it". The next three days of their adventure, will feature the scenic Minnesota River Valley and southern lakes region of Minnesota. They average about 65 miles per day. They will finish today in New Prague, camp over-night and continue on their journey.
BAM organizers estimate they will not be back in this area for another 4 to 5 years. But they thought Madison Lake was a great stop along their journey.
We invite you to take a look through the pictures. They are available in the "photos" section of the website.
The Paddlefish Days Committee provided bagels, bananas, apples, water and gatorade.
** We have to admit - they were a very apppreciative bunch. We heard many, many "thank you's" and "wow's". North Shore Park is spectacular in itself - and we/they just added to it! We consider it an honor and privilege to be part of this fabulous event. We are thankful to have been asked to host this wonderful group of people.
To find out more about BAM, please read below and/or visit their website: bambiketour.org.
This is an annual 4-day bicycling tour featuring the best of Minnesota. BAM is a nonprofit organization whose focus is highlighting Minnesota communities to an ever growing bicycling audience. The goals of the ride are: to promote 'Share the Road', fitness, tourism and bicycling as a transportation mode, as well as, to promote the Scenic Bikeways System of Minnesota.
Developed in 2006, the inaugural ride had 30 participants, riding from Park Rapids to Walker to Longville before returning to Park Rapids.
In 2007, BAM returned to north central Minnesota with 90 riders. The host cities were Park Rapids, Bemidji, Walker and Wadena.
The 2008 route took 120 riders from Prairies Edge Casino in Granite Falls to Benson to Ortonville to Montevideo and back to Granite Falls.
In 2009, BAM met its target of 200 bicyclists enjoying the southeast corner of the state. The ride started and ended in Rochester, with overnight stays in Lanesboro, Winona and Wabasha.
2010 BAM had 200+ riders that toured northeastern Minnesota. Starting in Cloquet, the ride went to Two Harbors, Virginia, Eveleth and back to Cloquet.
2011 Bicycling Around Minnesota selected sourthern Minnesota to tour with overnights in Mankato, New Prague, New Ulm and Sleepy Eye, then back to Mankato. They reached their goal of increasing the number of riders to 275.