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Jesse James Bike Tour

  • Northfield, Minnesota 55057 (map)

The tour is an event of the Rotary Club of Northfield and an official event of Defeat of Jesse James Days, one of Minnesota’s largest community celebrations. Held the weekend after Labor Day each year, Defeat of Jesse James Days commemorates the failed bank robbery of 1876 that led to the ultimate downfall of the James-Younger gang. The raid is re-enacted several times throughout the weekend.

This fun ride leads you through scenic southeastern Minnesota. Enjoy the great outdoors and meet new people on one of five routes, each featuring aid stations and refreshments. All proceeds from the ride benefit community projects, including the Mill Towns Trail and Northfield’s Safe Routes to School program.

Routes for the 2018 Rotary Club of Northfield event are anticipated to very similar and will be determined closer to the event. The routes will be well-marked during the tour.

10 miles Townsfolk – 10 miles:
A great route to introduce the family to the Jesse James Bike Tour! Kids under 18 accompanied by an adult ride this route FREE courtesy of the Northfield McDonald’s.
Starting time: 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

30 miles Posse – 30 miles:
Some challenging hills and gorgeous views, passes by Carleton College’s wind generator and Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park. Great ride!
Starting time: 7:00 – 10:00 a.m.

45 miles Outlaw – 45 miles:
This route combines the first half of the 60-mile route with the second half of the 30-mile route. Unforgettable biking!
Starting time: 7:00 – 9:00 a.m.

60 miles Desperado – 60 miles:
Traverse some of the most beautiful country in southern Minnesota, including the Sogn Valley—a hidden gem, the Faribault lakes area and rolling rural hills. Great tests! Exhilarating rides!
Starting times: 7:00 – 8:30 a.m.

100 miles Getaway – 100 miles:
For the most adventurous bikers who want to become one with the Sogn Valley—a hidden gem, the gorgeous Canon Lake, and the rolling hills of Kenyon. Test your endurance! Are you up for the challenge?
Starting time: 7:00 – 8:00 a.m.

Earlier Event: August 17
Round Barn Tour
Later Event: January 26
RCC Winter Gathering