71st Annual New Year’s Day I-Cycle Derby
For the 71st consecutive New Year’s Day, no
matter how brutal the weather, bundled-up motorcyclists will again ride
in the I-Cycle Derby on about 50 miles of Twin Cities area roads.
Riders will leave the starting line beginning at
10:30 AM Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, for the morning portion of the ride. They
will return to the starting line to warm up and have lunch, and head out
for the afternoon portion of the ride at about 1:30 PM. Winners will be
announced around 3:30 PM.
For 2019, the start and finish of both the
morning and afternoon portions of the derby will be at Diamond's
Coffee Shoppe, located at 1618 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413. The
derby will take off from the parking lot behind the coffee shop, which
can be accessed from either Central Avenue or 18th Avenue NE.
How it works:
Motorcycle riders know they’ll be on the road for about three hours that day, but they won’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 on the route card for each leg.
Average speeds for the six legs often range from 16 miles per hour to 26 miles per hour.
As always, the 2019 I-Cycle Derby will be "scooter friendly"; the urban and suburban routes will avoid highways and freeways.
How many riders:
2017 was a record year for the I-Cycle Derby
with 50 riders! In 2018, the temperature at the start of the first leg
was -10F, yet there were a dozen hardy riders lined up and ready to go.
The weather can be a factor, but we hope you will come on out to watch
and cheer, or enter and ride. Maybe your name will wind up on the
prestigious traveling trophy.
Entry fee is $20. Coffee and snacks will be provided by Diamond's.
Where the profits go:
Proceeds from the rally will be donated to The Bridge For Youth, a Minneapolis-based non-profit program that provides safe shelter for runaway and homeless youth.
How to sign up:
Easy! Sign-up starts at 9AM at Diamond's, on the
day of the event.
Lisa Erbes, president of TeamStrange
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