68th Annual New Year’s Day I-Cycle Derby
For the 68th consecutive New Year’s Day, no matter
how brutal the weather, bundled-up motorcyclists again will ride in the
I-Cycle Derby on about 50 miles of Twin Cities area roads.
Riders will leave the
starting line beginning at 10:31 a.m. Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, for the morning
portion of the ride. They will return to the starting line to warm up
and lunch, and head out for the afternoon portion of the ride at about
1:30 p.m. Winners will be announced around 3:30 p.m.
the second year, the start and finish of the morning and afternoon
portions of the rally will be at the palatial world headquarters of
Roy’s Repair, a classic, neighborhood “we fix anything” motorcycle
repair shop at 3232 Snelling Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55406.
How it works:
Motorcycle riders know they’ll be on the road for about three hours that day, but don’t know where they are going to go until they reach the starting line. That’s when they receive turn-by-turn directions for the first of six legs they will navigate that day. At the end of each leg, they receive a card for the next leg. The winner is NOT the fastest rider, but the rider who completes each of the six legs closest to the average speed listed for each leg.
Derby entrants can expect to encounter all types
of roads found in the Twin Cities metro area, and can expect to ride in
all types of road and weather conditions found in Minnesota on Jan. 1.
Some years 15 riders show up; some years 30 or more pay their
entry fee for a shot at glory and getting their name engraved on the
traveling derby trophy.
Entry fee in 2016 will be $20. Coffee, cider, lunch and snacks are all free (a tip jar is on the table to help offset expenses).
Hot food, cool drawing prizes, and auction items provided by:
Items to be auctioned off include a $1,400 Wedge
Fairing and a rare, autographed edition of Danny Liska’s “Two Wheels to
Where the profits go:
Proceeds from the rally, including money raised at a drawing held at
Roy’s Repair at the end of the derby, go to Eddie’s Road, a program of
The Eddie James Foundation for Children. Eddie won the I-Cycle Derby
three times and the foundation created in his memory is dedicated to
ending child abuse.
How to sign up:
November 15 on
or you can register
the day of the event beginning at 9:00am.
Kocur, derby chair and previous I-Cycle rider
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