There’s a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, at LuLu Beans in Willmar that may interest some of the area’s hardcore bicyclists.
It’s a planning session for Pedal for Project Impact 2015.
The ride is a fundraiser for Project Impact, a program at Safe Avenues, the Willmar shelter house. It provides a variety of services for children who have experienced domestic violence.
Cyclists participating in the ride raise money and awareness for the project.
It begins in about 50 days.
The third annual ride from Willmar to Bemidji and back is a week long and begins Monday, June 8.
A week is a long time and a lot of people don’t have that kind of time to commit.
But the riders will have a support vehicle and might be able to at least help an interested rider get to and from different points on the ride’s route if they want to join PPI for a few days.
If that’s not possible, cyclists can join the ride for as long as they want as the PPI riders leave Willmar at about 8 a.m. June 8 from the trailhead at the Willmar Civic Center.
Riders will take the Glacial Lakes State Trail on their way to Long Prairie, the first day’s destination.
Area cyclists are also invited to join the PPI peloton as the group returns Sunday, June 14.
They’ll head from Long Prairie on Tuesday to Park Rapids.
Bemidji will be the next day’s goal and riders will be spending the day riding on the Heartland and Paul Bunyan trails.
While there will be a day off in Bemidji, most participants spend at least part of the day riding in the area.
After the day off, riders will head back down the Paul Bunyan Trail to Pequot Lakes.
They’ll continue on the trail as far as Brainerd on day six of the ride as they head to Albany.
On Sunday, PPI cyclists will ride back to Willmar.
Cyclists can meet the group Sunday morning by riding the Glacial Lakes Trail to any point between Willmar and Paynesville.