There was a bike race that took place here for several years, but the recreational side of the sport is what gets the attention of those responsible for promoting tourism. And the Mankato River Ramble brought more than 1,500 bikers to Mankato from around the region — bikers who were more likely to spend a few dollars while they’re here.
“It’s really starting to brew,” Thill said. “In 2011 is when we started to see a lot happen.”
In addition to the River Ramble, the annual Bike Across Minnesota event made a stop in Mankato. And now this Bike Summit has come to town, state officials say, at the request of Mankato area boosters.
Edman said that when the state announced it was doing another bike summit, they heard loudly from Mankato that it wanted to host the event.