Bike Northwoods Tour Hits Hwy 61

By KBJR News 1

July 11, 2011 Updated Jul 11, 2011 at 10:42 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Nearly 400 bikers are taking part in the Bike Northwoods Tour put on by Bike Wisconsin.

It's a new part of the tour for eight year tour vet Matthew Keranen and it's a hit.

"It was kind of a fun extension, I thought it was pretty enjoyable," said Keranen.

Cyclists with the Bike Northwoods tour start in Iron River Wisconsin.
This year, they're able to make their way up the Northshore to Two Harbors.

"They're loving it. The cyclists are loving it. They love being along and by the lake and they are having a fabulous time and everyone here is so friendly and very opened armed...people are having a great time," said co-director of the Bike Northwoods Tour, Kathy Schramm.

Some of the bikers say they are even feeling safer biking on the Minnesota highway.

"There were a lot of cars that came up on no passing zones - double line and they would pass me until they got the dashed line again which, that is the law and that's great. In Wisconsin that isn't done; they don't care if there is w yellow line of they are going up a hill, they will still pass a bicyclist," said 11 year cyclist Jan Cannon.

So can cyclists plan on biking up 61 in tours to come?

"It's possible. I mean this is one of the best days of biking that our cyclists have had so far and so we love to show case beautiful areas and we're thrilled to be in Minnesota so it's possible," said Schramm.

The tour began this past Saturday and runs until this Friday when cyclists return to Iron River.

Posted by Elayne Crecelius