Riders will depart out of Eagan from the Blue Cross Blue Shield campus. The route will take riders south and east through Rosemount, Farmington, and Hampton (25-mile finish with breakfast). It will then connect with the beautiful Cannon Valley Trail out of Cannon Falls and head due east. The trail ends near Welch Village (50-mile finish with lunch/100 & 180-mile lunch) where the route will veer south and west passing through the small communities of Vasa, Belle Creek, Dennison, and Nerstrand, MN. Riders will continue west until they reach Cannon City. This is where the route changes and heads north into Northfield and St. Olaf College (100-mile finish & 180-mile overnight). On Sunday, the 180-mile Riders will begin riding back in the direction of the Twin Cities. Safe to say the route will appeal to cyclists of all abilities!
To view a map of the route click here. Please keep in mind, the route is not finalized and subject to change.
All rides will begin at “first light” on Saturday of Chainbreaker weekend. 25, 50, and 100-mile Riders will complete their routes on Saturday. 180-mile Riders will stay overnight on Saturday at St. Olaf College in Northfield and continue the second portion of their ride on Sunday.
We encourage you to register for a route that you are physically comfortable riding. The key with this one is to finish with a smile! As a rule of thumb, most anyone can ride 25 miles with some training. 50-mile Riders should get in a ride or two each week during the warmer months. 100 and 180-mile routes require a commitment to endurance training.
Up to but not later than 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, you are able to change your route distance and the corresponding minimum fundraising commitment. After 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, you are not permitted to decrease your route and minimum fundraising commitment below the amount that you are committed to raise as of 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Route/commitment changes can be made on-line as additional site resources are introduced.
Just about any bike will get you 25 or 50-miles. If you are riding 100 or 180-miles you may think about investing in a road bike!
ERIK’S Bike Shop is providing a deal on bikes and gear for Chainbreaker Riders by providing a 10% rebate* on the purchase of any bike over $600 and 10% off* instant savings of cycling apparel and gear. Offer ends August 13, 2017. Click here for more information!
*Excludes discounted bikes, apparel, and gear.
We will provide training tips for each of the routes on our website this spring. To get started check out some basic cycling training tips here!
There will be a rest stop every 12 to 20 miles for water, food, mechanical and medical attention. Support vehicles will also patrol the route to provide assistance, if necessary.
Once the routes are determined, we will offer a general description of each ride experience. Please keep in mind that riders of all levels will be participating. There is a ride for everyone.
Yes, Chainbreaker Riders are asked to strictly adhere to Rules of the Road. A safe ride is paramount to the Chainbreaker experience. We will post an overview of Rules of the Road in upcoming website updates.
Yes, you must be at least 14 years of age to ride in Chainbreaker. Riders who are 14 and 15 years old may register to ride the 25 and 50-mile routes only. Riders who are 16 years and older may register for any of the routes. Parents or guardians will be required to execute the Rider agreement and waiver on behalf of the minor Rider.
Yes, tandems are encouraged but each Rider on the tandem bicycle must register separately and each Rider must meet his/her own individual fundraising commitment for the route that is chosen. Under no circumstances may the fundraising commitment be divided among the Riders on the tandem bicycle.
No, under no circumstances may you ride with an infant or child attached to your bicycle or any other riding apparatus at any time during Chainbreaker.
No. Your registration as a Rider in Chainbreaker is never transferable, even if you do not or cannot ride in Chainbreaker for any reason whatsoever, including any illness or injury that may limit or preclude your participation. You are not permitted to grant another person the right to ride in Chainbreaker in your place under any circumstances.