Once you are on the Ride your transportation, meals, snacks and hydration are all taken care of. There is a lot to think about in your preparations to be ready for the Ride, what to bring, how to pack, and transportation to and from. Some of the information below will be updated as we get closer to the event so please check back frequently. For our Out of State Participants there is information for you located at the bottom of the page. 

Packing for the Ride

Here is a packing guide to help you determine what to bring on the Ride.

Your Luggage:
You are allowed one large bag with wheels or one large plastic container (rubber maid) weighing a max of 60lbs. All of your camping gear, sleeping gear, clothing and belongs must fit into this one bag/container. You may want to consider bringing a plastic container for everything because the weather can be unpredictable and this will help keep your belongs dry if it rains. We recommend a drop bottom duffel bag with wheels or plastic container

What to Pack:

travel-planner-suitcase-1061.pngOur Packing Guide is designed to help you with all you need for the event and more. This is list is broken down into mandatory, recommended and optional. You do not need to bring everything on this list, just the items you will use. 

Riders you will be riding your bike most of the day so you will primarily be wearing your cycling clothing. For more information about what cycling gear you will need please visit the Gear section on the website, contact us if you have questions and ask fellow veteran riders what they recommend.

Crew you will working hard and getting dirty so plan on bringing clothing that is appropriate. We will provide you with one Crew shirt and most teams dress in costumes to create a fun event. For Crew you will not need to bring the cycling gear with you for this event. Please bring shorts, shirts, socks, underwear for 4 days that you can get dirty in and follow the rest of the Packing Guide for other items you may want.  

Camping & Sleeping Gear: 
travel-planner-tent-1061.pngYou will need to supply your tent, sleeping bag and camping bed for the Ride. You can either camp outside under the stars or stay in the gymnasiums at the schools we will be staying at. 

Your tent should be no bigger than 10ft X 9ft and will need to be packed with your gear.  

Sleeping Bags & other
You can bring a sleeping bag, sheet, pillow and if you prefer blankets. These will have to fit into your gear bag. Your sleeping bag rating is up to you. It is July in Minnesota so it doesn't need to be rated for below 30°.

Camping Beds
You can either bring a camping pad, air mattress or camping cot with you. You will want to be comfortable because your sleep is important on an event like this. Camping pads and cots can be found at most sporting goods or camping stores and it is recommended to lie down on them to find which one is the best for you. If you choose to bring an air mattress please make sure you can blow it up on the event and plan on bringing extra batteries.

On Route Hotels

The Ride provides a shuttle to and from specific hotels in Lake City, Rochester and Northfield. If you choose to stay in a hotel you are responsible for your own lodging. If you miss the provided shuttle you are responsible with finding your way to and from Camp. 

Book your hotels as soon as possible to guarentee your spot at one of the hotels on the shuttle route. Hotels on the shuttle route are as follows: 

Lake City


  • Hok Si La
    Cabins available: $65.93 for first 2 adults.  $10 for each additional adult up to 6 people per cabin
    2500 US-61
    Lake City, MN 55041

  • AmericInn
    (651) 345-5611
    1615 N Lakeshore Dr, Lake City, MN 55041


  • Sunset Motel 
    (651) 345-5331
    1515 N. Lakeshore Dr.Lake City, MN 55041
  • Willows on the River
    (651) 345-9900
    100 Central Point Rd, Lake City, MN 55041



  • Econo Lodge 
    (507) 282-9905
    1850 S Broadway, Rochester, MN 55904
  • Hampton Inn - $110 rate
    (507) 287-9050
    1755 S Broadway, Rochester, MN 55904



  • America's Best
    (507) 663-0371
    1420 Riverview Dr, Northfield, MN 55057
  • AmericInn
    (507) 645-7761
    1320 Bollenbacher Dr, Northfield, MN 55057



travel-planner-car-1061.pngYou are responsible for getting yourself to and from the event. The Light Rail is a great option for getting too and from the event depending on where you are located. You can also arrange for a ride with friends, family or even take an Uber.  Be sure they have room for your gear, a bike rack to transport your bike or a vehicle large enough for your bike to fit inside. We highly encourage you inviting friends and family to Opening and Closing Ceremonies so they can cheer you on. Please visit the Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony sections on the website for more information about times and details for those events. 


Out of State Participants

We are excited you will be joining us here in Minnesota for the Ride. Here is more information regarding bike transportation, hotels and getting to and from the event. 

Bike Transportation
You are responsible for transporting your bicycle to and from the event. There are different ways you can travel and transport your bicycle. You will need to take into consideration assembly and disassembly of your bicycle for all bike boxes. 

Bike Boxes
You will need a bike box to transport your bike on a plane, train, bus, or if you choose to ship your bike. Bike boxes vary in style and cost and it's your choice what kind of investment you would like to make. There are hard shell cases, soft shell cases and card board options for you to select from. Please research options and contact the office if you have questions. 

Bike Shipping
Shipping your bike can be very convent however you will have to allow time away from your bike while it is being shipped. FedEx and both do bike shipping. Please check with each company regarding pricing, timing and packaging specifications. Be sure to let them know when your bike needs to arrive so they can tell you what date you will need to ship your bike on. 

Please check back for details on bike shipping. We will update this section with logistics details. If you have questions or concerns please contact us.

Bike Assembly/Disassembly
Please check back for details on bicycle assembly before and after the event. We will update this section with logistics details. If you have questions or concerns please contact us.  

The Ride leaves from the Mall of America and ends at the State Capital in St. Paul. Both are located with easy access to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. There are many hotels located near the airport which is closest to the Mall of America. Be sure to say you are with the Red Ribbon Ride to get the discounted rate.  

You will need to arrive a day early for Check In for our Out of State Participants.

Radisson Hotel Bloomington - $139.00 + tax

1700 East American Blvd, Bloomington, MN 55425

You are responsible for your transportation to Check In, Opening Ceremony and from Closing Ceremony. We highly recommend using the Light Rail, Uber, Lyft or other taxi services for your transportation. Please be sure to get a vehicle large enough for you, your gear and your bike.  To use the Light Rail please make sure you are on the route or select hotel options near a Light Rail Station. Stations are located at the airport, Mall of America and St. Capital.