PR: Grand Marais Welcomes Back Le Grand du Nord Gravel Cycling Classic

Grand Marais Welcomes Back Le Grand du Nord Gravel Cycling Classic

Spectators can watch exciting race start and finish at Voyageur Brewing 

Cook County, Minn. – May 23, 2022 With views of Lake Superior and the Grand Marais Harbor in the background, 700 racers will roll out and cross the finish line at the Le Grand du Nord Gravel Cycling Classic on Memorial Day Weekend.

Le Grand Du Nord LogoRepresenting one of the most amazing gravel courses in the country, the Le Grand du Nord is returning for its seventh edition on Saturday, May 28 – this time providing an exciting spectating opportunity as the race’s centralized start and finish location will be across the street from Voyageur Brewing Company.

“There will be a festive atmosphere at our new start and finish location,” Le Grand du Nord organizer Jeremy Kershaw said. “We encourage folks to come check it out and cheer on the competitors.”

Le Grand du Nord includes three different length events:

  • 110-Mile Event (Waves begin at 8 a.m.)
  • 54-Mile Event (Waves begin at 9 a.m.)
  • 26-Mile Event (Waves begin at 10 .m.)

All three events will follow the shores of Lake Superior before climbing to their final destinations, with each offering a unique experience. The 110-mile course will climb more than 5,500 feet and the most remote feel. The 54-mile course also offers climbing and forested roads while the 26-mile “marathon” route is a great introduction to gravel cycling with a mix of paved and gravel roads.

“Le Grand du Nord is such a great piece of our biking culture in Cook County,” Visit Cook County Executive Director Linda Jurek said. “From our gravel roads to our world class Jackpot and Highclimber single-track courses, our reputation as a biking destination continues to grow.”

 About Visit Cook County 

Visit Cook County encompasses the northeastern Minnesota communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage, commonly referred to as “the Arrowhead” and the “North Shore of Lake Superior”.  Grand Marais, Minn., has earned several national accolades — most recently it was named USA Today’s Best Midwestern Small Town, Outside Magazine’s The 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S. 2016, and Budget Travel’s 2015 Coolest Small Town in America. Rekindle your sense of adventure by exploring the Superior National Forest or paddling through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Discover what makes the communities of Cook County, Minn. “Naturally Unforgettable.” Connect on social media using #donorthmn, Twitter @CookCoVisitors, Facebook, or Instagram @donorthmn. Learn more at