Below are some questions that come up each year. What are the dates for the 2024 TOM? Saturday, June 15-Saturday, June 22, 2024. Participants will arrive late afternoon on Saturday, June 15 to pick up their registration packet, set up their tents (or check in to their hotel), and attend a welcome/info meeting. The first day of actual riding is Sunday, June 16.
What is the cost to register? $499 (includes 10+ meals, daily snacks at rest stops, a commemorative shirt, route maps, showers, and campsites, to name a few things.)
Where will the route go in 202? Start and end in Cannon Falls, MN, with additional overnights in New Prague, Waconia, Stillwater, and Hastings.
Is the route a "loop" or a "point to point"? The entire route is traditionally a loop route, meaning it finishes in the same place it starts from.
How many miles do people typically ride each day? Our goal is to keep daily mileage between 50-60 miles, when possible. Several of the days will offer shorter options. Our final day of riding will only be around 30 miles.
Do you offer any discounts? Yes, for anyone bringing youth (ages 22 and under) use the promo code YOUTH for 40% off their registration. For anyone themselves under 40, use the promo code UNDER40 for 20% off of your individual registration. NOTE: Please do not abuse this offer. THANKS!
I may have a partial scheduling conflict. Can I come late/leave early? Yes, but you will need to arrange your own transportation depending on where we are on the route. Our staff will be focusing on helping those still on the scheduled route. Note: registration fees are NOT pro-rated if for whatever reason you need to modify dates.
When does registration open? Typically, registration opens at noon Central time on February 1 each year and is capped at 200 riders. We have reached our capacity within just a few days of registration opening the last 7 bike tours.
What is the refund/transfer policy? Any requests for a refund need to be done in writing via a time stamped email no later than midnight May 1, 2024. Cancellations made by May 1, 2024 will be refunded the paid registration fee minus $100. Cancellations made after May 1, 2024 will not be refunded at all. We understand that people are signing up months in advance and that things happen, but realize we still have contractual obligations to honor and pay for in advance. Transfers are allowed but only pending OUR approval, as we need to ensure proper waivers are signed, information gathered, etc. to fulfill our legal and liability risk requirements. Please consider taking out personal "trip insurance."
Do you allow us to bring our own support vehicles? No, at this time, our insurance provider only allows staff vehicles. We provide SAG vehicles for transporting gear and people experiencing medical/mechanical issues.
Do you allow non-riders to join? No, similar to the support vehicle question, we do not offer options for non-riders at this time. NOTE: Non-riders are welcomed and encouraged to volunteer for us in the form of an official SAG vehicle driver or at rest stops. See our Help Wanted tab for more information and to apply.
Are E-bikes allowed? Yes, pedal assist e-bikes (types 1 and 3) are allowed. We simply ask that you be responsible for maintaining a proper daily charge, and for getting from one destination to the other on your own. Our support vehicles are for mechanical and health issues, NOT because one's bike is out of power. We will have a charging station in camp, but most people prefer to find a nearby wall outlet (when available) for faster charging. NOTE: There is a $25 (for the week) to use our designated heavier duty generator for e-bike charging, payable upon check in. What are the overnight accommodations? We offer (3) options for where to sleep at night
pitch your own tent in our group campsite (no charge)
Note: some riders do more than one option, like going to a hotel on our off day How experienced/fit of a cyclist do I need to be to participate in the Tour of MN? Many people that participate in bike tours, like TOM, are just recreational cyclists. However, as with many things in life, practice riding ahead of the event will make for a much better experience. Most days on the TOM, mileage is very reasonable and doable. We would suggest you get to a point, before the actual bike tour, where you are riding 3 times a week (for 4-6 weeks) with some longer rides of 20-40 miles at a time. It also helps to stop by your local bike shop to get your bike tuned up and fitted to your body mechanics. What happens if I get hurt, sick, etc. and can't finish the rest of the tour? That does sometimes happen, and if so, the rider will need to make arrangements on their own to get back to their vehicle, Please don't expect our support drivers to transport you back to your vehicle, although we can definitely help explore other means of transportation.
Will there be a way to plug in CPAP machines overnight? This year, (based on numerous requests from riders) our plan is to have an area where those with CPAP machines can pitch their tent and plug into a power strip we provide. We will run one of our extension cords into either an outdoor outlet or one of our smaller generators through the night. You will need to bring a short (10-25 ft.) extension cord of your own to plug into our power strip from your tent. This is our first year trying this, so please be patient and understanding as we explore this new endeavor.