Minnesota Biking Event 2013: Winter Sweat Spots

My family and me riding at the Colorado Tour de Cure!

Looking for a great cycling event in Minnesota for 2013? Preparing for an organized bike ride in the Minneapolis or St. Paul area? Check out some local winter “SweatSpots” that Janeece Oatman, Twin Cities Tour de Cure Director plans on going to get in training mode.

” With MN Winter in full swing, I have a hard time making myself exercise. I just hate being outside in thisarctic air. But through partnerships with local Tour de Cure sponsors and supporters, I’ve had the chance to make a lot of new motivating friends at local “Sweat Spots.” Here are some of my current favs that are keeping me going this winter:

1. CycleQuest Studio in Eden PrairieHands down one of the best places for spinning in the metro. Friendly attentive staff, great playlists, and awesome spin bikes with RPM, Watt, and Calorie Outputs keep me busy enough so I’m not a clockwatcher. And the spin instructors are inspiring and down to earth. Appropriate for any level of fitness, they even have locker rooms and showers so you can come before or after work, or over your lunch break. Your first class is always free, so you’ve got to check it out! Chances are I’ll see you there!

2. Erik’s Bike Shop – my fav is the Burnsville location. I’ve really enjoyed snowboarding as a winter hobby these past few years, and at Erik’s I can get all my bike and board needs met in one trip. They are currently running a special winter sale with great prices on winter apparel and gear. And that makes me really excited, not just for great winter deals, but also for SPRING and BIKES! Erik’s is our Premiere Bike Shop Sponsor for the 2013 Twin Cities Tour de Cure, and if you check out their stores, you’ll see why.

3. Life Time FitnessI’m a Savage club visitor, but you’ll find these all over. Don’t be turned off by the “big box” outer appearance. Think of it as your own personal fitness palace. Most classes are included with membership, so this is another great place to get your spin on. There are also a lot of other unique classes like yoga, pilates, aquatics, and more. My husband and I love the pool, hot tub, eucalyptus steam rooms, and of course, the Life café (which is the only place I’ve found MacroBar, my new favorite energy bar). And look for more from Life Time as they have chosen the ADA as the official charity partner of the upcoming Cycle Palooza events – THANKS Life Time!

4. Tonka Cycle & Ski call me biased, but I love shopping local and small, and this is my absolute fav non-chain local bike shop. The staff are SOOOO friendly and accommodating, and they have great prices, all at an awesome cyclist’s location. They have helped me out with numerous special orders and they carry a lot of great cycling brands I love like Marin, Salsa, and Surly. They have winter gear too: I just recently picked up a great pair of ski goggles from them, which I was really excited about because they were OTG (over the glasses) style and still amazingly colorful and mirrored. Do you know how rare it is for OTG goggles to be cool looking and affordable? RARE. Just like this awesome local bike shop. Go have a look.

So there you have it, if you are looking for some place to get in shape, get your butt kicked, or find some gear to keep your fitness journey motivated, I hope you will check out these amazing places. Whether you are looking to support local one site businesses like CycleQuest or Tonka, or you need the convenience of multi-locations like Erik’s or Life Time, these Tour de Cure partners will make you feel like part of the family. Keep a lookout for me and make sure you tell them Janeece from Tour de Cure sent you!”

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