Magnificent Minnesota Gravel Route

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Brownsville, Minnesota
Date Published:
June 29, 2021
Gravel Ratio:
65% G / 35% P
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This route is brought to you by Abigail Snyder, a pro mountain bike racer and gravel enthusiast from Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Photo Credits: Abigail Snyder


This route highlights gorgeous gravel, rolling green hills and small towns of Minnesota!

Don'r skip the stop at the cute little town of Caledonia when you are about 65% through the route! We really loved and recommend the Wired Rooster Coffee Shoppe.


When we rode, it was extremely hot and there is no water on the route before reaching Caledonia. We probably should have brought a little more hydration with us, so we were very grateful to reach the Wired Rooster. (Bring enough water and use these Skratch packets to get you through the first 25 hot miles, especially if you are biking in the Summer!)

Do this ride if you want to experience some of the best of Minnesota gravel and want a lovely coffee stop towards the end.

Other Notes:

We found easy parking on the main street of Brownsville. You can also park at the Wildcat Landing and Campground which is located just south of Brownsville, MN on the banks of the Mississippi River.

No public restrooms along the route. One more reason to stop at the coffee shop!

The Wired Rooster Coffee Shoppe has Panini sandwiches and ice cream in addition to coffee, espresso and tea. Craft beer and wine too.

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Route Contributor

Guest: Abigail Snyder

Abigail Snyder currently, lives in Fort Wayne, IN, but she's moving to Roanoke, VA shortly. She races mountain bikes (and gravel bikes, occasionally) for Team Neighborlink, Ronin Velosport, and the 2021 Eliel Factory Team. She is also a 6th grade English teacher at Maple Creek Middle School in Fort Wayne, Indiana in addition to working part-time as an Assistant Sales Manager and Marketing Content Creator at Summit City Bicycles & Fitness.

"Competing as a pro athlete while maintaining a full-time career as a middle school teacher requires a tremendous amount of dedication, passion, and focus. My unique position as an athlete and a teacher allows me to connect with a broad audience, sharing lessons between the trail and the classroom. Each school year, I enjoy the chance to engage my middle school students in exercises that teach the principles of having a growth mindset, while sharing with them my own failures and lessons in developing a growth mindset as a mountain biker."

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