The 1998 Minnesota Ironman Bike Ride will pass through the beautiful back roads of Wright County on Sunday, April 26. This will be the 32nd annual running of the largest bicycle century ride in Minnesota.
Over 4,000 bicyclists will participate. Riders will start at Buffalo Middle School, leaving at times they choose between 6:30 and 10 a.m. They will proceed in a route towards Monticello along County Roads 113, 15, and 37, and then split to either 117 or 118, 119 and 75 before heading west.
Riders will return to Buffalo via Maple Lake and Howard Lake on County Roads 39, 8, 106, 37, 7, 105 and 6; returning to Buffalo via 7, 107, 8, 9 and 35. Refreshment stops will be in Howard Lake, Maple Lake, and Monticello.
This year there is also a 30 mile route that takes a separate direction south to Waverly via 108 and 9 and back via county roads 8, 124 and 35. The Buffalo Lions Club operates a food concession at the school in Buffalo for the riders.
The ride is sponsored by The Minnesota Council of Hostelling International (Minnesota AYH). HI-AYH actively promotes recreational bicycle touring. HI-AYH also assists other nonprofit organizations with bicycle events. A special effort is made by the Minnesota AYH Ironman to promote rider safety during this event, and driver consideration for the bicyclists on the road on this day is encouraged.
Many measures have been taken to ensure safety on the roads. Riders listen to a safety talk before the ride. Sheriff deputies will work at high traffic intersections. Members of the Minnesota Wings, a motorcycle touring club, will constantly ride the route with CB radios to provide a presence for the riders to obey traffic laws.
Trained AYH leaders will be on the route as ride marshals providing emergency roadside assistance and encouraging safe bike riding behavior. Sag wagons with trailers, buses and bike repair vehicles are also provided for riders who have trouble along the routes.
For more inforrnation, call Mike Carlson, Ironman Community Relations Coordinator, 218-387-2257; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org