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St. Croix Valley Tour de Taste Bicycle Tour: Cycling, Fall Colors, and Culinary Delights!

The St. Croix Tour de Taste Bike Tour will start from the Scenic Overlook, where you will enjoy a spectacular view of the river!

As previously mentioned on CyclovaXC.com, we will be putting on a great bike tour event - one that will be a true treat for cyclists of all stripes - from recreational riders to racers.  In fact, this event will likely attract folks who aren't even cyclists!

Welcome to the St. Croix Valley Tour de Taste - a meld of fall colors of the St. Croix River Valley, cycling the best roads and trails the Midwest has to offer, and the best food and drink of the region.

Come for the Tour de Taste, and stay for the day at St. Croix Autumn Fest!  Autumn Fest is a fun Fall Festival celebrating the beauty, creativity, and diversity of the St. Croix Valley.  At Autumn Fest, you'll enjoy a wide variety of events including:  Tour de Taste, 5K running race, great food, family activities, music, arts, kids games, and sustainable solutions in action.

In addition to the Tour de Taste and Autumn Fest, October 1 is also the GRAND OPENING of the new Cyclova XC store in St. Croix Falls - which you won't want to miss!

In addition to a great day and event, we will be giving out customized Park Tool Bottle Openers to the first 50 registered entrants - so be sure to send your entry form and payment in!  Entry forms and full event info can be found HERE.  Following the event at 2:30PM, Tour de Taste participants are welcome to come to Cyclova XC's new store for great door prizes. 

For those who seek a detailed narrative and photos of this course, read on:  The course for the event will begin at the Scenic Overlook, going north along the beautiful St. Croix River for on the River Road for 7 miles.  It is on the River Road where the "Tasting Station #1 will be featuring Coffee and a baked treat from the Lucky Cup Coffee Shop - the premier coffee shop in the St. Croix River Valley.  The tour will then climb up and out of the river valley on Otter Slide Road, toward the famous Chateau St. Croix Winery.  From there, the tour will head east toward the Gandy Dancer State Bike Trail.  Riders will then begin heading south on the beautiful Gandy Dancer trail - a hard packed limestone trail appropriate for any bike (including road racing bikes).  On the south side of Centuria, riders will find Tasting Station #2, featuring the delights (coffee and pastries) of Cafe Wren.  From Tasting Station #2, riders will enjoy the gentle down slope of the Gandy Dancer Trail toward St. Croix Falls.  At approximately mile 22, riders will turn west on to Fairgrounds Road enjoying the twists and turns of the gradual descent toward downtown St Croix Falls.  As a fitting closure to a spectacular tour, riders will descend the spectacular Louisana Street to downtown St. Croix Falls where participants will enjoy the delights of the final Tasting Station (#3) at the Indian Creek Winery.

Riders will head north from the Scenic Overlook on the beautiful trail heading toward the National Scenic Riverway Headquarters.
Miles 2-16 will feature amazing backroads with fantastic views, fall colors, and very little traffic.
From miles 16 - 22, riders will enjoy the beautiful Gandy Dancer State Bike Trail!

After descending back into the St. Croix Valley and St. Croix Falls, Tour de Taste riders will enjoy complimentary taste portions of select wines and snacks at the Indian Creek Winery & Grill - to be followed by door prizes back across the street in the new Cyclova XC store!

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