ST. PAUL — The Bicycling Around Minnesota (BAM) Tour is headed to Minnesota’s North Central Region for four days of cycling through some of the state’s most beautiful scenic areas Aug. 24-27.

This relatively small tour — BAM limits the number of riders to approximately 275 bicyclists — will cover 60 to 80 miles each day on this loop route that begins and ends in Walker.

Each night riders will stay in four gracious Minnesota host cities on the following evenings: Aug. 23 in Walker, Aug. 24 in Bemidji, Aug. 25 in Park Rapids, and Aug. 26 in Staples, ending back in Walker Aug. 27.

“Cycling in North Central Minnesota is one of the most popular tours we do,” said BAM Tour Director Mary Derks. “The people in this area of Minnesota are always welcoming and each day has fun and interesting stops along the way including a number of quaint towns, rolling roads and trails, and sites to see from Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox to Itasca State Park and much more.”

The 2017 route includes trunk highways, local streets and bicycle paths and most riders camp and take in local festivities in the host cities. BAM is a fully supported tour with daily maps, volunteers SAGs, and onsite mechanics. Riders have the option of camping under Minnesota stars or staying in hotels.

Bicycling Around Minnesota is a nonprofit organization focused on highlighting Minnesota communities to an ever growing bicycling audience. This annual tour, which began in 2006, promotes Share the Road, fitness, tourism, bicycling as transportation, and the scenic bikeways system of Minnesota.

For more information about the 2017 Bicycling Around Minnesota event, visit www.bambiketour.org. For more information about bicycle safety education, bicycle crash statistics and resource materials, visit http://www.dot.state.mn.us/bike/education/

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