Outreach Rides

These special category rides are non-TCBC rides that are eligible for TCBC mileage credit, but are not covered by TCBC insurance. Outreach rides are designed to increase our club's visibility in and support of non-pledge biking events in the broader biking community. A TCBC ride leader will be present at qualifying Outreach Rides to allow members to sign up for mileage, but it is the sole responsibility of participating members to sign up for the event and pay the registration fee. The organizers of the event are solely responsible for its quality and safety. Members are strongly encouraged to wear their TCBC jerseys when participating in Outreach Rides and ride in a manner that reflects favorably upon TCBC.

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Leinenkugels Chippewa Valley Century Ride

Sunday May 28 2018, 7:00 am
35, 50, 75, or 100 mi.
Chippewa Falls, WI

This ride starts and finishes at the lower pavilion of Irvine Park - Chippewa Falls,WI. Participants can register from 7:00 to 10:00 am, and immediately start ride. TCBC leader John Hoffmann will be present at registraion pavilion for mileage and briefing particulars until 9:00 am. Passes are $25 before May 21/$30 after May 21. Fee includes rest stops with food and water, sag wagon, brat feed. The course is all blacktop.

Contacts: Chippewa Valley Cenury Ride, Box 975, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729. Lodging information http://www.chippewavalleyride.us/
Tele. 866-723-0340. Registration and Waiver  available on line.

Direction to Irvine Park: From West on I-94 (Twin Cities) take I-94 to Chippewa Falls exit 52 - Hwy 29 East, follow Hwy 29 East 20 miles into Chippewa Falls. Take exit 79 (Business 29) travel approx. 4 miles into Chippewa Falls. Follow Hwy 124 North signs through Chippewa Falls. Irvine Park is on your left. (Leinenkgel's is on your right). Park in lot adjacent to city swimming pool.

John Hoffmann 715 -834-7897 (home) cell at ride 715-379-1074. Have a safe ride!

Tour de Pepin

Saturday, June 3, 2017

This ride has four mileage options (32, 50, 72, and 100 miles).  The ride starts in Lake City, Minnesota and crosses into Wisconsin at Wabasha.  The routes follow MN Highway 61 and WI Highway 35.   Registration opens April 1. The registration fee is $50 until May 15 and $60 after May 15.  Teams of 4 can register for $180 until May 18;  $220 after.   The proceeds of this tour benefit the Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance.

Information and registration is available at: http://lakecity.org/news-events/tour-de-pepin

The ride starts at Ohuta Park in Lake City – this park is on Chestnut Street  (this intersects Hwy 61 smack in the middle of downtown) overlooking Lake Pepin. Registration at the park is from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.   Those riding 72 or 100 miles should be on the road by 8:00 a.m. latest. Those riding 32 or 50 miles should be on the road by 9:00 a.m. latest.   There are numerous rest stops, the first at Maple Springs, 6 miles away.

The 32 and 50 mile routes involve a return to Lake City, MN for you and your bike on the Pearl of the Lake paddlewheel boat, departing from Stockholm, WI.  

If you wish to stay overnight, check for lodging in Red Wing (many choices); Lake City (Sunset Motel- 651 345 5331); and Wabasha  (AmericInn). 

As with any Outreach ride, TCBC members get mileage credit by signing in for a ride but are not covered by TCBC insurance.  Please email one of the ride leaders with your member number and mileage.  Miriam Simmons, 651 212 0775.  ;

Sharyn Resvick, 763 476 5945,

Tour of Lakes

Saturday, June 3, 2017
Cross Lake, MN
35-40 / 65-70 miles
6:00 to 7:30 AM Ride Check-in and Departure

Join in the FUN on Tour of Lakes (TOL), an event ride sponsored by the Paul Bunyan Cyclists in the Brainerd Lakes area. Make your way from one delicious rest stop to the next via the scenic low-traffic roads of the area. The tour is known for its varied and plentiful rest stops (think 'rolling buffet'), with past tours featuring such treats as breakfast burritos, hot turkey sandwiches, fresh fruit, walking tacos, corn on the cob, yogurt parfaits, root beer floats...you get the idea!!! You DEFINITELY will not be in "calorie deficit" mode after this ride!

Registration: Registration closes the earlier of May 5 or when 1,200 riders have registered. To register for the ride, go to the TOL website http://www.paulbunyancyclists.com/tour-of-lakes.html. No "day of ride" registration is available. Ride fee includes ride support, rest stops, and a t-shirt. You must be registered for the ride in order to get mileage credit.

Ride start time/departure location: Arrive anytime between 6:00 - 7:30 to sign in and begin your ride. Please wear your favorite TCBC jersey. Due to safety concerns, we will not have a mass start as in years past. Ride departs from the Crosslake Community Center, 14126 Daggett Pine Road, Crosslake, MN. Please arrive at the ride start early to allow time for parking, check-in, picking up your t-shirt & taking it to back to your car, etc

For further information on TCBC rides on Friday and Sunday, lodging, meals, etc., please see the Overnight Rides & Trips section of the TCBC website.

Outreach Ride Leader: Mary Derks
or 651-335-6505

Luce Line Loops 2017

Saturday June 10, 2017 - 6:30 - 8:30 AM
Hutchinson, MN
12, 25, 50 Luce Line Trail/Paved Road Routes
75K Gravel Grinder Route
6:30 - 8:00 AM Check-In and Departure for TCBC Outreach Ride

Riders are hailing this ride as one of the most scenic and hospitable rides in Minnesota! With four ride options, this ride is perfect for families, novice bike riders and experienced riders. NEW this year, all rides will begin and end at the Crow River Winery, which connects with the Luce Line Trail via a 1/4 mile packed gravel trail. (The only portion not paved is the connection from the Winery to the Luce Line. Experienced adult riders can opt to ride an alternate route on the highway a short distance to connect to the Luce Line). There is not a “group start”, but rather riders can begin the ride as early as 6:30am and as late as 8:30am. All riders must be back to Crow River Winery and checked-in by 2pm.

Route Options:
• 12 Mile Ride: The route will be 100% on the Luce Line Trail. Starting from Crow River Winery to a turn-around point by Super America and then back. Kids 10 and under are free, but still need to register.
• 25 Mile Ride: (Note: this loop actually maps 28 miles) and will utilize part of the Luce Line Trail, then head into beautiful lake country. There will be rest stops, refreshments and a SAG wagon along the route.
• 50 Mile Ride: The route will utilize part of the Luce Line Trail and then head into beautiful lake country. In addition to this being a fully supported ride, showers will be made available to the 50-mile riders.
• 75K Gravel Grinder: In honor of the 75th Annual Hutchison Jaycee Water Carnival! This route will also utilize the Luce Line Trail out and back from Crow River Winery, but will venture onto rural gravel roads with rolling hills and beautiful lake views. Showers will also be made available to the 75K Gravel riders.

Registration for 2017 Now Open!
You can show up and register the day of the ride also. Same-day registration and check-in begins at 6:30am until 8:30am.

Check-In on June 10, 2017
Same day ride registrations will be accepted. Please check in at
Crow River Winery as early as 6:30 AM and no later than 8:30 AM.

A Fundraiser Ride
The Luce Line Loops Ride is sponsored by the Hutchinson Rotary Club and is an official event of the 75th Annual Hutchinson Jaycee Water Carnival. Proceeds from the bike ride go to local and International Rotary projects, including scholarships, parks, community outreach, literacy, clean water, and polio eradication.

Join us after the ride!
Crow River Winery Tasting Room has many unique, handcrafted wine selections, 2 beers on tap and a fabulous Bistro offering artisan appetizers and signature pizzas. http://www.crowriverwinery.com/bistro

Outreach Ride Leader: Garry Glubka
Phone: #651-303-2207

Superior Vistas Bike Tour

13th Anniversary Tour
Saturday June 24 2017 
Loops of 13, 19, 34, 52, 70, a 40-mile out and back and a century (100-mile) ride!
Washburn, WI

Ride scenic, paved, low traffic roads.

Enjoy cruising the gently rolling hills with views of Lake Superior and the surrounding forest and countryside.

Fully supported ride with route map, support vehicles, and food/beverage stops en-route and at the finish.

Some routes overlap so you can decide to shorten or lengthen your ride as you wish.

Eco-friendly, family oriented RIDE, (not a race).

Carol Fitzgerald and Dan Miller are your ride leaders for this weekend.  You will need to register for the Superior Vista Tour. Details can be found at http://www.superiorvistas.org.

You can register the day of the ride, but there is a variable reduced rate with advanced registration. The Superior Vistas Tour is a TCBC sponsor and the ride’s registration fee goes to support northern Wisconsin bicycle and ski efforts.

There is a fare for the Madeline Island ferry ride that we will take on Friday afternoon from Bayfield.

Recommended lodging in Washburn is at the North Coast Inn or the Washburn Inn and camping at Memorial Park.

More information and the plans for the weekend are located in the Overnight section.

Midnight to Dawn Bike Ride

July 8-9, 2017

Sponsored by Southwest Community Education

Insomniacs and bicycling lovers unite! Enjoy a pre-mapped apx. 42-mile or 28-mile ride through the metro on the "Midsummer's Night Dream-of-a-Ride." (Thirty-nine years and still going strong)! Travel through portions of Minneapolis, St. Paul and nearby suburbs. Stop at some of our favorite restaurants along the way like Mel-o-Glaze Donuts and The Grand Old Creamery. Or save your appetite and charge through the night to our sunrise gourmet breakfast, cooked hot on the spot! Please note this is not a race.

Cost is $20.00, which includes breakfast, maps, sag-wagons and preparation expenses and a one-of-a-kind tee shirt commemorating the ride. This ride is limited to the first 150 riders who register, so register promptly. No registrations will be accepted once the trip is full or after June 12, 2017. Please note: There are no substitutions or refunds available for this ride. If we cancel the ride, we will issue a full refund,

This event is sponsored by Southwest Community Education. For additional information, call (612) 668-3100, e-mail: . Register online at mplscommunityed.com, by phone, or by sending in the form below.

Ginny Halloran will be at the registration table prior to ride so you can sign in for TCBC mileage.

Downloadable Files:
FileDescriptionFile size
Download this file (MTD Flyer 2017.pdf)Midnight-to Dawn Bike rideMTD flyer pdf file for registering for the ride283 kB

Tour de Tonka

Saturday, August 5, 2017

In just a decade’s time, the annual Tour de Tonka bike ride has become a staple of the west metro community, growing from 819 riders in 2006 to over 3,500 riders in 2016. Riders from more than 165 different Minnesota communities and 21 states participated in the event last year.
“Bicycle riders participate because Tour de Tonka is pure fun,” Tim Litfin, Tour de Tonka Director, said. “All ages and all abilities– from families and recreational bicyclists to cycling teams and serious athletes– enjoy what Tour de Tonka offers them.”

Riders can choose from seven distances: 16, 30, 48, 57, 65, 75 or 100 miles.
Tour de Tonka’s mass start, with each ride leaving within minutes of each other, adds to the high level of excitement for this major event. There are 11 rest stops along the way, where riders enjoy food, music, rest and conversation.

“It is all about the ride,” Litfin said. “Tour de Tonka is unlike other bike rides in the state and in the Upper Midwest. One major reason is our excellent volunteers that engage and assist the riders. Every year our riders tell us through a post-event survey that the level of commitment, the volunteers, the routes, the music, the rest stops, the mass start, the door prizes, the energy, the vendor fair, the food, the free wicking shirt and more make Tour de Tonka a one-of-a-kind event.”

Tour de Tonka’s routes move through 23 different west metro communities including Chanhassen, Chaska, Deephaven, Delano, Eden Prairie, Excelsior, Greenwood, Independence, Mayer, Minnetonka, Minnetrista, Mound, Navarre, Norwood Young America, Orono, Plymouth, Shorewood, Spring Park, Tonka Bay, Victoria, Waconia, Watertown and Wayzata– all of which showcase beautiful roads, trails, and scenic views of Lake Minnetonka, Lake Waconia, Riley Lake, the Crow River, and many other area lakes.

Tour de Tonka also partnered with the ICA Food Shelf to give participants an opportunity to make an impact with their ride. A portion of each rider’s registration fee is donated to the ICA. Riders also donated money or non-perishable food items on or before the day of the ride. Remaining proceeds supported Minnetonka Community Youth Education and Early Childhood Programs.

Mark your calendar for the next Tour de Tonka, Saturday, August 5, 2017. Registration opens March 1, 2017.

Here is a link to the tour:

Once I have the group discount information, I can update the ride. Sign-up sheets will be available on the day of the ride and a sign-up sheet will be available for those not doing the 100 mile route.

Ride Leader: Tom Lenzmeier
Phone: 651-734-5340

Outreach Ride: Tour de Hugo

Saturday, September 23, 2017
Hugo, Minnesota

Tour de Hugo is a lovely fall ride with five mileage options: 70, 50, 35, 20, and 6. It includes a lot of nice folks ringing cowbells, a rest stop to get a great piece of cake and lunch at the ride’s end. Registration for adults is $30 until September 1, when the fee goes to $40. Registration and ride details may be found at: www.tourdehugo.com. Registration is available on the day of the ride, but riders are encouraged to register in advance or plan additional time at arrival.

Proceeds from this ride support park improvements in the City of Hugo.

Check in begins at 6:30 a.m., which is likely to be pretty darn dark. The 70-milers are supposed to leave at 7:00 a.m., about the time of sunrise. Plan accordingly.

The start times for the routes are: 7:00 a.m./70 miles; 8:00 a.m. /50 miles; 8:45 a.m./35 miles; 9:00 a.m./20 miles; and 8:30 a.m./6 miles. This includes lunch, a t-shirt, a bandanna, and a ride medallion. The first 200 registrants get a bag full of stuff provided by the ride sponsors.

The ride starts at the Hugo Lions Park/Hugo City Hall, 5524 Upper 146th Street, Hugo, MN 55038. Heading north on I35E from St. Paul, exit Frenchman Road (exit 123A), go east (right), to Hwy 61, turn left, and head north about 300 yards. Turn left on Upper 146th and make a quick right to find the parking lot. Your leaders will split up and do C and BC paces for the 35 and/or 50 mile rides. Choose any route and ride with whom and at whatever pace you wish. As with all Outreach Rides, TCBC members are not covered by TCBC insurance but can get mileage credit. The ride leader will be there after 7:30 a.m., so if you don’t sign in then, email Miriam your TCBC member number and mileage. Look for a silver Prius at the ride start to sign in.
Ride Leader: Miriam Simmons, , 651 212 0775
Co Leaders: Lyle Koehler, , 612 516 2053, Jeff Ramberg, ; 612 462 4747.