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Pedaling across Southwest Minnesota

By: Sheila Crowley, staff writer

June 25, 2014

Tom Gray, Manitowc, Wisconsin, Alexis Arseneavy, Pine River, and Bob Lincoln, Chaska, MN, ride director were all a part of Tour of Minnesota ride traveling through Southwest Minnesota last week. 
 MURRAY COUNTY NEWS / Sheila Crowley
MURRAY COUNTY NEWS / Sheila Crowley
Tom Gray, Manitowc, Wisconsin, Alexis Arseneavy, Pine River, and Bob Lincoln, Chaska, MN, ride director were all a part of Tour of Minnesota ride traveling through Southwest Minnesota last week.
Despite the weather challenges this year stated Gray, Bob Lincoln worked hard to create continuity and provide a nice experience.
Over 100 bicyclists rolled into town on Wednesday afternoon. The group was part of the Tour of Minnesota (formerly the Klobuchar ride). Jim Klobuchar, an adventure/travel writer for the Star Tribune, has led 39 bicycle tours around the beautiful state of Minnesota from 1974-2013 as the Klobuchar Ride. This year, Bob Lincoln took over the reins of the ride and titled it the Tour of Minnesota. His parents were actually a part of the very first ride Klobuchar did. He began riding at 14 years of age - the second or third year after it was started. Each year a route in Minnesota is chosen for the bicycle group to ride for approximately seven days. This year, Southwest Minnesota was their route of choice. The 325 mile trek took them from Jackson, Worthington, Luverne, Pipestone, Slayton, and Windom before concluding and returning to Jackson. “It wasn’t always smooth sailing,” commented Lincoln. “It’s been a very adventurous week.” His goal over the next 20 years is to travel through all the counties in Minnesota - 87 in all. “We’ve been to six this week,” said Lincoln. To read the rest of this article - pick up a copy of the Murray County News or you can read it on line - subscriptions to The Murray County News are available online. Click on the free demo and it will give you instructions on how to subscribe for the online edition.


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