The Major Taylor Bicycling Club of Minnesota is celebrating 20 years in 2019! Who would have thought that three Black women biking the Twin Cities-to-Chicago AIDS Ride and four Black men helping them train would have turned into a bike club that has made an impact in both the Twin Cities biking and African-American communities! 

We invite you to join us for a 20th Anniversary weekend of fun May 31 - June 2 in Minneapolis! Check out what we have in store:

Thursday, May 30 (for those who want to come to town early)
What: Thursday Night Races at the Velodrome - Check out the Twin Cities’ best track cyclists race around the track just like legendary cyclist Major Taylor himself did back in the day! We’ll cheer on our own club’s track star while enjoying a warm summer evening.
Where: National Sports Center Velodrome, 1700 105th Ave NE, Blaine MN 55449
When: 7 pm
Cost: $5/person (payable at the velodrome entrance)
Notes: Snacks are available for purchase and we suggest bringing mosquito repellent. You’ll want to drive since it is in the northern suburbs with no bike lane or trail (approximately 16 miles from downtown Minneapolis).

Friday, May 31
What: Track Cycling - Try out a single speed track bike on the classic wooden track!
Where: National Sports Center Velodrome, 1700 105th Ave NE, Blaine MN 55449
When: 12 - 2 pm
Cost: Included in registration fee
Notes: Bring your helmet and your own bike pedals (if you don’t have a pedal wrench to remove your pedals, bring your bike and the velodrome staff can help you). You’ll want to drive since it is in the northern suburbs with no bike lane or trail (approximately 16 miles from downtown Minneapolis).

What: Bike Ride - Come explore Minneapolis’ renowned bike infrastructure on a leisurely ride and then we’ll visit the new Minnesota African American Gallery & Museum!
Where: Freewheel Midtown Bike Center, 2834 10th Avenue South, Minneapolis MN 55407
When: 5 pm
Cost: Included in registration fee
Notes: Approximately 15 miles, helmets are required.

Saturday, June 1
What: Bike Ride - Stretch those legs out and join us for a 65+ mile ride! (Dependent on the number of attendees, we may offer a second shorter ride.)
Where: Freewheel Midtown Bike Center, 2834 10th Avenue South, Minneapolis MN 55407
When: 9 am
Cost: Included in registration fee
Notes: We’ll have a few pit stops to rest but bring whatever you need for self-care such as snacks and water, helmets are required.

What: BBQ Social - After a long day of riding, join us at the home of our famed Midtown Greenway founder for some killer good BBQ, music and fun!
Where: 2836 18th Avenue South, Minneapolis MN 55407
When: 5 - 10 pm
Cost: Included in registration fee
Notes: Come hungry and ready for a good time! You can either drive or bike to the location.

Sunday, June 2
What: Morning Bike Ride (for those who are sticking around)
Where: Freewheel Midtown Bike Center, 2834 10th Avenue South, Minneapolis MN 55407
When: 9 am
Cost: Included in registration fee
Notes: Approximately 20 miles, helmets are required. A few pit stops along the way to enjoy the Twin Cities.

All of this for $35 (unless otherwise noted) - Click HERE to register!!! Registration closes May 24.


Never been to the Twin Cities before? Here’s a short list of accommodations, attractions and food/drink to check out during your stay.

STAY
Downtown Minneapolis

  • Aloft Minneapolis

  • Embassy Suites by Hilton

  • Radisson Blu Minneapolis

  • Radisson RED Minneapolis

  • W Minneapolis - Foshay Tower

  • Hilton

  • Canopy by Hilton Minneapolis Mill District

  • AC Hotel by Marriott Minneapolis Downtown

  • Marriott City Center Minneapolis

  • Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Minneapolis

  • The Hotel Minneapolis, Autograph Collection

  • Hyatt Place Minneapolis/Downtown

  • Loews Minneapolis Hotel

  • Crowne Plaza Minneapolis

  • Westin Minneapolis

North Loop (Minneapolis)

  • Hewing Hotel

South Minneapolis

  • Sheraton Minneapolis Midtown Hotel (on the Midtown Greenway bike trail)

  • Moxy – Uptown

Mall of America/Airport Area

  • AC Hotel by Marriott Bloomington

  • JW Marriott

  • Radisson Blu Mall of America

  • Fairfield Inn & Suites

  • Best Western Plus Bloomington

  • Minneapolis Airport Marriott


EAT/DRINK

  • Eat Street (Nicollet Avenue in South Minneapolis): Different kinds of ethnic cuisine all on one street from 18th to 28th Streets

  • North Loop/Warehouse District off downtown (trendy area): Spoon and Stable, 112 Eatery, Bar La Grasa, The Bachelor Farmer, Marvel Bar, Smack Shack, Red Cow, Borough/Parlour, Freehouse, Red Rabbit, Edwards Dessert Kitchen

  • Northeast Minneapolis: Eat your way around the globe along Central Avenue: Sen Yai Sen Lak (Thai), Holy Land (Middle Eastern), Maya Cuisine (Mexican) and Chimborazo (Ecuadoran) and Brasa (Southern style). Psycho Suzi’s can’t be beat for the best patio and tiki drinks.

  • Distilleries (Tattersall, Norsemen, Wander North, Du Nord Distillery (Black-owned)) and breweries (Dangerous Man, Bauhaus Brew Labs, Surly, 612 Brewery, Sociable Cider Werks, Fulton Brewing Taproom, Indeed, Utepils)

  • South Minneapolis: Hola Arepa, Tiny Diner, Revival, Patisserie 46, Nighthawks, Funky Grits (Black-owned), Midtown Global Market

  • University of Minnesota: West Bank - Surly Brewery; East Bank - Afro Deli

  • Downtown Minneapolis: Barrio, Union, Seven, Hen House, Hell’s Kitchen, Eastside, McCormick and Schmidt’s, Manny’s Steakhouse

  • Co-Ops: Wedge, Wedge Table (Eat Street), Seward, Seward Friendship, Seward Creamery


DO

  • Museums: Minneapolis Institute of Art, Walker Art Center, & Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Mill City Museum, Minnesota History Center, Science Museum of Minnesota

  • Theater: Guthrie, State, Pantages, Orpheum, New Century, Southern, Mixed Blood

  • Music: First Avenue, Cedar Cultural Center, Dakota Jazz Club, Bunkers, Fine Line Music Cafe, Armory

  • Parks (Loring Park, Minnehaha Park with waterfalls, Mill City Ruins Park, Gold Medal Park) and lakes (Chain of Lakes - Lake Bde Maka Ska, Lake Harriet, Lake Nokomis)

  • Mall of America: nation’s largest enclosed mall with stores, aquarium and amusement park

  • Sports: The Twin Cities is home to the Minnesota Vikings (NFL), Minnesota Twins (MLB), Minnesota Wild (NHL), Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA), 4-time World Champion Minnesota Lynx (WNBA), St. Paul Saints (minor league baseball), Minnesota United FC (soccer), University of Minnesota Golden Gophers


 ALL THINGS PRINCE

  • First Avenue (http://first-avenue.com)

  • Paisley Park (https://www.officialpaisleypark.com)

  • “Purple Rain” house (3420 Snelling Avenue, Minneapolis) - used in the exterior shots for the movie

  • Mural in Uptown Minneapolis (2546 Hennepin Avenue South behind the Sencha Tea building)

  • Mural in Uptown Minneapolis (1715 West Lake Street on the side of the Cal Surf building)

  • Mural in Chanhassen (570 Market Street on the side of the Chanhassen Cinema)

  • Mural in St. Paul (966 West 7th Street on the Best Pawn building)

  • Phillips Eye Institute (2215 Park Avenue South, Minneapolis) - formerly Mt. Sinai Hospital where Prince was born

  • Sabathani Community Center (3737 3rd Avenue South, Minneapolis) - former site of Bryant Junior High where Prince attended

  • Minneapolis Central High School (3416 4th Avenue South, Minneapolis) - former site where Prince attended high school

  • IDS Center (80 South 8th Street, Minneapolis) - Scenes from “Purple Rain” were filmed on the skyway level of the glass-enclosed Crystal Court in the center of downtown Minneapolis

  • Schmitt Music Mural (10th Street South & Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis) - Prince was photographed standing in front of this iconic mural in downtown Minneapolis at the very beginning of his career aka the “Afro photo”, the mural remains intact


GETTING AROUND

  • Light rail – Metro Transit (from the MSP airport to both downtown Minneapolis & St. Paul)

  • Bus – Metro Transit

  • Uber/Lyft


Getting excited yet?! Then make sure you register HERE for $35 by May 24!