2016 I-Cycle Derby

2013 I-Cycle Derby

1 Alex King & Monica Zabinski
2 Don Quistorff
3 Adam Wirtzfeld
4 Connie Gabrick
5 Tom Schneider

Leg 1 Leg 2 Leg 3 Leg 4 Leg 5 Leg 6 "Perfect" Leg Times


68th Annual New Year’s Day I-Cycle Derby
January 1, 2016


For the 68th 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 10:31 a.m. Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, for the morning portion of the ride. They will return to the starting line to warm up and 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 second 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 for each leg.

Derby entrants can expect to encounter all types of roads found in the Twin Cities metro area, and can expect to ride in all types of road and weather conditions found in Minnesota on Jan. 1.

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 in 2016 will be $20. Coffee, cider, lunch and snacks are all free (a tip jar is on the table to help offset expenses).

Hot food, cool drawing prizes, and auction items provided by:

Diamonds Coffee Shoppe Du Nord Craft Spirits
Saints Food Service Konawerks Hair Shop
Wedge Fairing New French Bakery
Aerostich LD Comfort
Western Power Sports & Fly Racing Snap On Tools
Minneapolis Storage Minnehaha Liquor Store
Motorbooks International  

Items to be auctioned off include a $1,400 Wedge Fairing and a rare, autographed edition of Danny Liska’s “Two Wheels to Adventure.”

In addition to gift certificates from Aerostich and local businesses, there will be drawings for riding gear (including heated clothing), motorcycle books, Ancra tie-downs, haircuts and other great stuff.

Where the profits go:

Proceeds from the rally, including money raised at a drawing held at Roy’s Repair at the end of the derby, go to Eddie’s Road, a program of The Eddie James Foundation for Children. Eddie won the I-Cycle Derby three times and the foundation created in his memory is dedicated to ending child abuse.

How to sign up:

Pre-register beginning November 15 on Ride Master, or you can register the day of the event beginning at 9:00am.


Kevin Kocur, derby chair and previous I-Cycle rider
612-695-9000 and twofastdogs@aol.com

Lewis Lakey, host (owner of Roy’s Repair), promotion and previous and current I-Cycle rider
612-721-8868 and general@roysrepair.com

Lisa Erbes, president of TeamStrange and chair of The Eddie James Foundation
678-772-8945 and lisa@eddiesroad.org

Jim Winterer, route planner and previous I-Cycle rider
651-308-8686 and jcwinterer@stthomas.edu

More information:

KARE 11 television story about the 2015 I-Cycle Derby

WCCO 4 story about the 2015 I-Cycle Derby

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

An on-board video of riders in the 2011 derby

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