Scandia welcomes Ironman

Bikers cruise along TH-97 during Sunday's Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride. (Photo by Mary Bailey)

Bikers cruise along TH-97 during Sunday’s Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride. (Photo by Mary Bailey)

 

For the first time, this year the Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride came to east Washington County. Almost 3,000 bikers came through Scandia before noon on Sunday as part of the 52-mile loop from and to Stillwater.

Jonah Nielsen adjusts a derailleur at the REI tent. Nielsen fixed bikes steadily, starting at about 7 a.m. REI was one of 42 event sponsors. (Photo by Mary Bailey)

Jonah Nielsen adjusts a derailleur at the REI tent. Nielsen fixed bikes steadily, starting at about 7 a.m. REI was one of 42 event sponsors. (Photo by Mary Bailey)

Ride Director Jon Ridge said 4,699 riders registered this year, and about 3,500 did the Scandia loop.

“The riders loved the stop and the refreshing connection with this warm community,” he said. After ascending the hill on TH-97, bikers rode past Lilleskogen Park, Elim Church and Cemetery, and Gammelgarden Museum before turning into the community center parking lot for a rest stop, where the Scandia Lions were busy serving food, even though they had hosted a chicken dinner to benefit the fire department the day before.

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