Jesse James Bike Tour


The Jesse James Bike Tour is a family-friendly ride that features five scenic routes which travel through the lakes region of Rice County, the southern Minnesota towns of Northfield, Faribault, Kenyon and Wanamingo, and the beautiful rolling hills of Sogn Valley and Big Woods State Park.

The Rotary Club of Northfield organizes and operates the Jesse James Bike Tour as a fundraiser. Proceeds from the ride are earmarked as a donation to community projects, including the Mill Towns State Trail and Northfield’s Safe Routes to School program.

2019 Tour Information

22-webDate: Saturday, September 7, 2019

Location: Northfield Middle School (2200 Division St. South, Northfield, MN — see map)

Routes: See the maps and descriptions.

Start Times: Start times will vary by route.


Registration: Online registration and mail-in registration will be available. Same-day registration is available at Northfield Middle School, but it will be faster to pre-register.

Safety: All traffic regulations must be obeyed. Participants are required to wear properly fitted and certified helmets. Anyone without a helmet will forfeit their registration fee and the right to participate.


Sag Wagons: Sag wagon and maintenance support services will be provided until 5 p.m.

Amenities: Participants can stop at sheltered rest stops along the routes. Shower facilities will be available at the conclusion of the ride.

Massage Therapists: Massage therapists will be on site from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to massage away those strenuous miles.


Rain or Shine: The Jesse James Bike Tour will be held Saturday, September 7, rain or shine. Sorry, no refunds.

McDonald’s in Northfield Supports Young Riders: A gift from McDonald’s in Northfield will allow registered riders under 18 years of age accompanied by an adult to ride for free! Thank you to McDonald’s for encouraging young riders of the Jesse James Bike Tour.

Post-ride Meal: Upon returning from their ride, all riders will receive fruit, treats, a meal and water.

2019 After Pedal Party: Participants are invited to a post-ride event hosted at Imminent Brewing and Tanzenwald Brewing Company. All riders will be given a token for a free pint of beer, root beer or other nonalcoholic beverage, which can be redeemed at either location. Celebrate your ride at the After Pedal Party!

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Our Gold Star sponsors:

McDonald'sNeuger Communications Group

Community Resource BankRebound Enterprises