It may be frigid outside, but city administrator Deb Zimmer is already eyeing the warmer weather of May 17 when the Almanzo 100 and other related gravel bicycle racers will be converging on the Spring Valley area.

With nearly 1,700 people already registered for the popular event, Zimmer wants to make sure there are enough accommodations for those participating.

After hearing that bikers ended up staying in places such as Rochester, Austin and even as far away as Mason City, Zimmer is working to find alternate lodging for the riders in the area.

"Last year during the start of the Almanzo 100, as I walked through downtown I ran into people who said that they would gladly open their homes to have biker stay with them," said Zimmer.

This year she is asking local residents to show their hospitality and welcome bikers into their home during the weekend festivities. The Almanzo 100 starts Saturday morning, May 17, from downtown Spring Valley.

All those willing to open their doors are asked to contact Zimmer at City Hall by calling (507) 346-7367 ext. 3 or email