2017 I-Cycle Derby

2013 I-Cycle Derby

1 Victor Wanchena
2 Alex King & Monica Zabinski
3 Connie Gabrick
4 Rich Reid
5 Matt Schurman

Leg 1 Leg 2 Leg 3 Leg 4 Leg 5 Leg 6


69th Annual New Year’s Day I-Cycle Derby
January 1, 2017


For the 69th consecutive New Year’s Day, no matter how brutal the weather, bundled-up motorcyclists again will ride in the I-Cycle Derby on about 50 miles of Twin Cities area roads.

The I-Cycle Derby is one of the longest-running, consecutively held motorcycle events in the United States. The derby was launched in 1949 by the Gopher State Motorcycle Club, which turned it over to the Travelers Motorcycle Club in the mid-1960s. TeamStrange Airheads has organized the event since 2012.


Riders will leave the starting line beginning at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, for the morning portion of the ride. They will return to the starting line to warm up and have lunch, and head out for the afternoon portion of the ride at about 1:30 p.m. Winners will be announced around 3:30 p.m.


For the third consecutive year, the start and finish of the morning and afternoon portions of the rally will be at the palatial world headquarters of Roy’s Repair, a classic, neighborhood “we fix anything” motorcycle repair shop at 3232 Snelling Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55406.

How it works:

Motorcycle riders know they’ll be on the road for about three hours that day, but don’t know where they are going to go until they reach the starting line. That’s when they receive turn-by-turn directions for the first of six legs they will navigate that day. At the end of each leg, they receive a card for the next leg. The winner is NOT the fastest rider, but the rider who completes each of the six legs closest to the average speed listed on the route card for each leg.

How many riders:

Some years 15 riders show up; some years 30 or more pay their entry fee for a shot at glory and getting their name engraved on the traveling derby trophy.

How much does it cost:

Entry fee is $20. Coffee, cider, lunch and snacks are doniated by local businesses.

Where the profits go:

Proceeds from the rally, including money raised at a drawing and silent auction, will be donated to The Bridge For Youth, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit program that provides safe shelter for runaway and homeless youth.

How to sign up:

Easy! Sign-up starts at 9AM at Roy's, on the day of the event.


Lewis Lakey, host and owner of Roy’s Repair
612-721-8868 and general@roysrepair.com

Lisa Erbes, president of TeamStrange
678-772-8945 and lerbes@gmail.com

Jim Winterer, route planner
651-308-8686 and jcwinterer@stthomas.edu

More information:

Some history of the I-Cycle Derby from a 2012 post

Local news story for the 2016 derby


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