If there is one advantage of living here in the Minneapolis/St.Paul metro area it would have to be the cycling opportunities that abound. Whether it be road, single track, gravel, bike path in the winter, spring, summer, or fall, the area has something to offer for every type of cyclist. This of course includes the local velodrome, which I need to visit and experience. Sounds like a good photo opp for some evening.
Gravel offers another dimension and option to get away from everything and enjoy the countryside without having to worry about mingling with cars and distracted drivers. Of course there is that occasional playful or angry farm dog to get your heart rate and adrenaline going.
Enjoy the Ride!