Across State Bicycle Tours — Minnesota, Mississippi

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Habitat 500 bike ride is a fund-raiser for the Habitat for Humanity Minnesota. The Habitat 500-mile ride  celebrates its 23nd year in 2015. Check the website for details when they available. Dates: July 10-16, 2016.

Headwaters to Hills — The route follows the Mississippi River Trail; the 470-mile route includes parts of Paul Bunyan and Heartland trails. It also comprises U.S. Bicycle Route 45. Presented by Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota. Dates: July 10-17, 2016

MS 150 Bike Tours — Three different bike rides to raise funds for the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National MS Society. Check the website for: Twin Cities Bike Ride, May 7, 2016; C.H. Robinson MS 150 Ride, June 10, 2016; TRAM Ride, July 20, 2016.

Red Ribbon Ride — is a 300-mile bicycle tour fund-raiser for Minnesota AIDS service organizations; celebrating its 11th year in 2013. Starts at Mall of America in Bloomington, Belle Plaine, Mankato and Waconia with a closing ceremony at the state capitol is St. Paul. Dates: July 21-24, 2016.

Bicycling Around Minnesota visits the southern lakes region of the state. Host cities are announced when registration opens on Jan. 27, 2015. Register early — limited to 275 riders. Dates: August


At least three private companies offer bicycle tours, all of which include at least some riding on the Natchez Trace. Check out Classic Adventures, Woman Tours, Black Bear Adventures.

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