BRASL Bike Ride

BRASL takes riders around Big Spirit Lake on July 6

Going strong since 1993, the Bike Ride Around Spirit Lake, or BRASL, is gearing up for another trip around Iowa’s largest natural lake.

This year’s ride is slated for Saturday, July 6, with riders having the option of 15-mile, 25-mile or 50-mile routes. Registration is $30 and all routes begin and finish in downtown Spirit Lake.

Preregistration guarantees participants a ride T-shirt and $10 coupon to chamber member restaurants.

Blain Andera, CEO of the Spirit Lake Chamber Commerce, believes the variety of routes and availability of rest areas on each one are a big part of BRASL’s success and appeal to participants.

“Not all rides offer rest stops and we have goodies, cookies, bananas, watermelon and beverages at each one,” Andera said. “The 15-mile route is very family friendly. The 25-mile one is easy enough that a lot of people can do that one, and the 50-mile route is more challenging. A lot of people training for RAGRBRAI opt for that route which is pretty hilly and goes to the side of the Des Moines River.”

The 15-mile route is short and simple and is one lap around Big Spirit Lake starting up the western shoreline.

The 25-mile route adds a loop into Minnesota past the southern edge of Loon Lake.

The 50-mile route takes riders all the way over to Jackson, MN, and back.

“When I first started in 2001 most of the riders did the 15-mile route and now about half actually do the 50-mile route and other half split between the other two shorter routes,” Andera said.

No matter the skill level or experience in the saddle, BRASL has a route for everyone to enjoy.