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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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!
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.
Tour of Saints
Sunday July 9th
College of St. Benedict, 37 South College Avenue St. Joseph, MN 56374
Routes are 18, 35 and 50 miles
Check-in runs from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
TAKE A HEAVENLY LITTLE RIDE
“It’s not a race. It’s a heavenly little ride. From cities across Minnesota and neighboring states, each year 1,000 or more cyclists gather in St. Joseph to wend their way along quiet byways and rolling hills, savor treats at rest stops and relish the verdant summer morning. Join the tradition. Make this the year you ride the Tour!”
Tour of Saints is truly a Minnesota bicycling tradition with 37 years under its belt. Choose from three routes, 35 miles, with 18 and 50-mile options you can choose along the way, each taking a leg on the Wobegon Trail. Stop and smell the flowers at the Saint John’s Arboreteum, a reserve sporting 4,800 plants and flowers that has been managed by Benedictine monks for 150 years. And with sinfully scrumptious pastries and bushels of fresh strawberries at rest stops spaced along the way, this event is not to be missed! Reunite with friends and family at the finish in cool comfort at the College of Saint Benedict, where you can slurp on watermelon and sip lemonade. Showers are available (bring a towel).
As with any Outreach ride, TCBC members get mileage credit by signing in for a ride but are not covered by TCBC insurance.
TCBC leader Barb Chacko will be present at the registration pavilion Sunday morning until 8:00am with a TCBC Ride Sheet, so do sign in for mileage. If you miss me, you could text me with your name, member number, and mileage. Barb’s cell: 612-483-2482. And if you’ll be in the area that Saturday, July 8th , check the TCBC ride calendar. I may add a Saturday Wobegon-area ride, with a possible dinner in the evening. If you’re interested, text or call me at 612-483-2482.
RIDE Details (from the website: https://tourofsaints.com. )
Disclaimer: The Tour of Saints is a fundraiser for the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota. All fees are non-refundable. Registration transfers are not available. Ride apparel is also available for purchase.
Online registration is $32 (+ an online service fee) before June 1, $36 from June 1-30 and then $40 afterward and on the day of the ride. BikeMN members get a $5 discount on pre-registration. Interestingly, it appears that there is no service fee if you send in the paper registration also found on the website!
Check-in runs from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
After checking in, you may begin riding any time between 6:30 and 8:30. Rest stops and finish are geared to this schedule, so please plan to start no later than 8:30 a.m. The tour starts and ends at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota.
Accommodations/Contacts for the Tour
Riders must register themselves and make arrangements for their accommodations.
Contacts: www.tourofsaints.com for online registration, waiver and lodging information. Lodging is available at the College of St. Benedict. Tele. 866-723-0340. Registration and Waiver available on line or by mail-in form.
There is also additional area lodging and camping in the Lake Wobegon Trail area:
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.
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.
Outreach Ride: Tour de Hugo
Saturday, September 23, 2017
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.