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Itasca to host bike tour

Bike through Minnesota's oldest state park on the Tour De Pines Bike Tour Bike Tour of Itasca State Park, presented by the Mississippi Headwaters Hostel Park Rapids.

Hostelling International, operators of the Mississippi Headwaters Hostel in Itasca State Park, invite bicyclists and friends to join them for the first annual Tour De Pines Bike Tour. The Tour De Pines is a new, single-day bike tour in Northern Minnesota, in and around Itasca State Park.

Routes of 25 and 50 miles are being offered. Rest stops with food, beverage, mechanic and sag support are included. A barbecue dinner with live entertainment and a commemorative ride T-shirt will be included with ride registration.

The Tour De Pines is Saturday, Aug. 22, at Itasca State Park. The routes are open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Registration includes one T-shirt and 1 barbecue meal ticket.

Tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for youth (17 and under). Extra barbecue tickets are $15 each.

Registration and ride information are at or call 651-251-1495.