The North Star Bicycle Festival visits North Mankato again in 2018. North Mankato is the sports hub of Southern Minnesota with many regional and national sporting events. This year we team up with Artsplash to add our own splash of color to an already-great community event!
The center of activity for the North Mankato stage of the North Star Grand Prix will be at the intersection of Lookout Drive and Lee Blvd. The Start/Finish line, the Expo, and Artplash will be located near this intersection. The riders will complete multiple laps of a 20.5 mile rural circuit which uses beautiful Nicollet County roads and returns to North Mankato up the extra challenging Valerie Lane hill. Spectators will have the chance to walk from the Expo to the top of Valerie Lane to watch the Queen and King of the Hill competitions.
When riders complete their long rural circuits they will switch to a 5.5 mile that still makes go up Valerie Lane with even greater frequency. This challenging climb is certain to dictate the outcome of the race.