Montevideo Loop

Montevideo, Minnesota

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The steep wooded valleys and bluffs make this an interesting oasis amid thousands of acres of farm fields. Besides the usual crops of corn and soybeans, observant riders may notice a leafy plant that resembles a romaine type of lettuce. The plant you're seeing is the sugar beet, and Minnesota is the number one producer in the nation. Although the Red River Valley produces most of the sugar beets in the state, farmers from Montevideo east toward Willmar grow and process a significant amount of this crop. Although this loop isn't all that unique and doesn't offer spectacular scenery, it's a pleasant jaunt for cyclists who don't want to ride far but do want a taste of quiet rural riding. Families can stay on the path to the end, turn around, and return to the start for an easy 10-mile out-and-back trip, or ride a couple of miles out-and-back for even a shorter trip.
Short Bike Rides in Minnesota

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Short Bike Rides in Minnesota

by Mark Weinberger (The Globe Pequot Press)

The steep wooded valleys and bluffs make this an interesting oasis amid thousands of acres of farm fields. Besides the usual crops of corn and soybeans, observant riders may notice a leafy plant that resembles a romaine type of lettuce. The plant you're seeing is the sugar beet, and Minnesota is the number one producer in the nation.

Although the Red River Valley produces most of the sugar beets in the state, farmers from Montevideo east toward Willmar grow and process a significant amount of this crop. Although this loop isn't all that unique and doesn't offer spectacular scenery, it's a pleasant jaunt for cyclists who don't want to ride far but do want a taste of quiet rural riding. Families can stay on the path to the end, turn around, and return to the start for an easy 10-mile out-and-back trip, or ride a couple of miles out-and-back for even a shorter trip.

©  Mark Weinberger/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Montevideo
Distance: 12.7
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Riding Time: 1 to 1.5 hours
Season: Best spring to fall
Driving Directions: Directions to Montevideo Loop

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