BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (WCCO) — Some aren’t so much ringing in the New Year as they are wheeling in the New Year. Instead of running a race outside, they’re riding their motorcycles in a fun event.
The I-Cycle Derby is now in its 64th year. Derby participants make their way through Bloomington on New Year’s Day.
WCCO-TV photojournalist and one of our resident Harley riders Brad Kopp took a trip out to Bloomington to talk with some of the participants.
When asked why they ride in the derby, cyclists Steve Grewenow and Mark Koch said they did because most everyone else sleeps in on New Year’s Day, and also “It’s either that or jumping in the lake,” referring to the ALARC Ice Plunge at Lake Minnetonka.
Grewenow and Koch said, despite this year’s frigid temperatures, they couldn’t wait to participate in this year’s ride.
“This is one of my favorite things to do all year.”
Some of the motorcycles have special studded tires to prevent slipping in the ice and snow, but the roads were in pretty good condition this year.