Stillwater, Minnesota is known for its beautiful downtown that runs parallel to the St. Croix river. On Father’s Day this year, it brought a large crowd for reasons other than it’s beauty. The Grand Prix North Star Bicycle Festival finished its last of 6 stages in the historic Stillwater streets.
After 5 stages in other cities throughout Minnesota, the cyclists crossed the final finish line here. Men, women, and children had their own races sponsored by multiple companies to showcase their skills, promote their teams, all while having fun with their families. The families we saw came to support the riders from all over the world.
Some teams traveled across seas to compete, such as men and women from Australia. Some riders, like my parents, referred to the weather that day as perfect conditions for riding. It was not too hot due to decent cloud coverage and not too cool to make breathing difficult.
Father’s Day is a day to show appreciation to all fathers who do their part taking care of their friends and family members. My dad’s wish for the day was to watch a local event that brings joy to many families! Sons and daughters joined in the festivities with their dads and cheered on the riders as they flew by at sometimes 30 miles per hour.
For the men’s race that we watched, they made 23 laps that looped the streets around downtown. One lap around was 1.4 miles, which included going up a massive incline. Cowbells rang, hands clapped, and fans jumped for joy as they cheered on the riders. This was a family friendly experience in a great town for all ages. It is highly recommended for the next time it comes to your town.