Overnight Trips

Most TCBC rides are day rides starting in or near the Twin Cities metropolitan area. In addition to regular day rides, TCBC also recognizes and provides mileage credit for certain other types of rides, including outreach rides and overnight trips. To ensure that these special rides are available to all TCBC members, advance notice must be provided to members. To ensure that riders have a safe and enjoyable ride for both regular rides and special rides, TCBC also requires that riders on all regular and special rides sign in for each ride, attend a ride briefing at a set time with the ride leader, and wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet. This policy defines the types of special rides and outlines special rules and considerations that apply to these ride categories.

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Tour de Phoenix 2017 B Rides

February 18-24, 2017

A week of riding from February 18 to 24. Additionally, many of the A/B rides that follow on February 25 will have a B ride option. The rides will be mostly in the Scottsdale and Mesa areas, and perhaps the Gilbert/Chandler area. There will be a mix of urban and desert riding on paved surfaces. Many routes include a short cut, so all self sufficient riders are welcome to join us. Come on down, the weather should be good with sunny days in the upper 60’s to 70’s.

Planning to join us for biking in Arizona this winter? The Tour de Phoenix B and A/B ride leaders would like to create a list of participants so we can know who to expect and to contact you if needed. Please complete this survey to provide us with your information click here.

See the ride schedule for more details on start times, locations and anticipated ride highlights.

Ride Leaders: Jim & Katie Angle , Bob Floyd, Kate Kovar, Jim Pederson, Jack Uttermark and probably a few others

Tour de Phoenix 2017 A/B Rides

February 25 to March 3, 2017

A week of riding from February 25 to March 3. Sunday, February 26 is Silent Sunday on South Mountain, a monthly happening in the Phoenix area. This is a signature TCBC ride where we’ll be able to climb and descend South Mountain with no motorized traffic on the road! Otherwise, there will be rides in northern Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Mesa and Gilbert/Queens Creek areas. Many routes include a short cut and some are out and back, so most rides are suitable for self-sufficient riders - check with ride leaders as the dates approach. As always, the weather should be good with sunny days in the upper 60’s to 70’s.

Planning to join us for biking in Arizona this winter? The Tour de Phoenix B and A/B ride leaders would like to create a list of participants so we can know who to expect and to contact you if needed. Please complete this survey to provide us with your information click here.

See the ride schedule for more details on start times, locations and anticipated ride highlights.

Ride Leaders: Bob Floyd, , Jim & Katie Angle, Kate Kovar, Jim Pederson, and possibly a few others.

B/C Azona

March 4-11, 2017

These will be regular TCBC social B/C paced rides of approximately 25 to 38 miles in Scottsdale, Mesa, Gilbert, Phoenix, and surrounding areas. There will only be B/C rides this year- -no C rides. There will be some hills on some rides, and maps will be provided. There also will be social and tourist activities. Temperatures can range from 50 to 90 degrees. The average high for early March is 75.

You will be responsible for your own transportation, lodging and meals.

I have made some changes on two of the rides for 2017. The LRT into Phoenix has been eliminated and replaced by a ride down to Schnepf Farms that incorporates about 10 miles of paved trail riding. And I have modified the Papago Park route to eliminate the parts that were somewhat hazardous. It’s a much better route now.

We will have a day off on Wednesday of that week for you to rest, sightsee, or whatever. There are bike shops in the Scottsdale and Mesa area where you can ship your bike. If you want to ship your bike to me, I can store your box/case for you. You would be responsible for assembling the bike. If you are interested in renting a bike down there, let me know as I have info regarding rentals in Mesa, Tempe, or Scottsdale.

If you will be flying down here, I suggest that you sign up on the Southwest and Sun Country websites very soon for their sale notifications. I have seen some good prices coming out from both of them very recently.

Plan now for a fun vacation to "B/C” Azona" with the B/C bikers of TCBC.

Ride Leader: Andy Hartle  480-380-5211 (preferred) or cell 612-840-0510 to sign up for the rides.

 

“B/C” Zona Bike Ride write-ups + Directions 3-17

 

Mar 4 Sat 10:30 AM B/C 27-31 mi Canal ride in Phoenix + Dreamy Draw

Depart Granada Park, 6505 N. 20th St, Phoenix, 85016. We Will ride a loop that goes through part of the Phoenix Mountains and back to the canal and then along the canal to the rest stop at a Subway on 29th just So of the canal. We will then return on the canal trail to Granada Park. Optional meal after in Scottsdale @ Sweet Tomatoes @ Scottsdale Pavilions Center 9029 E. Indian Bend Rd. (Pima Rd/Indian Bend Rd) Leaders: Andy Hartle 612-840-0510C & Lisa & Bob Kingsley 402-250-2402C.

Mar 5 Sun 10:30 AM B/C 27 mi Schnepf Farms and back

Depart parking lot @ south end of Discovery Park, 2214 E Pecos Rd, Gilbert, 85297. (has facilities) We will ride on fairly flat roads and about 10 mi of paved off-road paths. Almost all of the roads have bike lanes on them. We will stop @ Schnepf Farms for a rest stop. This is a large working farm in Queen Creek. Optional meal after @ Ruby Tuesday, 2571 S Market St, Gilbert, AZ 85295 480-821-1629 Leaders: Andy Hartle 612-840-0510C & Lisa & Bob Kingsley 402-250-2402C.

Mar 6 Mon 10:30 AM B/C 28 mi North Scottsdale ride

Depart Indian School Pk 4289 No Hayden Rd, Scottsdale 85251. We will take Scottsdale Greenbelt trail No to near the end of it, make a big loop & back to Greenbelt & start. Most of the route is on very quiet streets or off-road paths. Optional meal after in Scottsdale @ Sweet Tomatoes @ Scottsdale Pavilions Ctr 9029 E. Indian Bend Rd. (Pima Rd/Indian Bend Rd) Leaders: Andy Hartle 612-840-0510C & Lisa & Bob Kingsley 402-250-2402C.

Mar 7 Tues 10:30 AM B/C 29-38 mi Red Mountain-Las Sendes Ride + Usery Pass Loop -Mesa

Depart Red Mountain Multigenerational Ctr 7550 E. Adobe Rd, Mesa. This route is initially flat, but has several easy climbs after half way point; it also has some great downhills of 1-2.5 miles & some great scenery views. (Bring camera, we will stop at some of these points). Route will have an optional cutoff for one of the climbs. Route is along roads that mostly have bike lanes. From Canal stop, we go No to Usery Pass Rd up to Usery Pass--600 ft of climbing, adding 7 mi for those desiring more miles/climbing. Optional meal @ Barro’s Pizza near corner of Power Rd. & McDowell Rd--6663 E McDowell Rd 480-985-2020 Leaders: Andy Hartle 612-840-0510C & Lisa & Bob Kingsley 402-250-2402C.

Mar 8 Wed Off Rest day, sight seeing, or?

Mar 9 Thur 10:00 AM B/C 29 mi Concert Tour in downtown Mesa

Note slightly earlier start time!! Depart Red Mountain Multigenerational Ctr 7550 E. Adobe Rd. We will head north a bit and then west to downtown Mesa. We will stop on Main St for a quick lunch/rest stop and then ride slightly further over to the Mesa Arts Center on 1 E. Main St or we can also buy food from a food truck at the concert where there is a free outdoor lunchtime concert from 12:30 to 1:30 taking place--- “The Chauffeurs—Sounds of the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s” are playing. We will then head straight back to the start after the concert. Leaders: Andy Hartle 612-840-0510C & Lisa & Bob Kingsley 402-250-2402C.

Mar 10 Fri 10:30 AM B/C 37 mi Papago Park/Mesa Loop

Depart Indian Bend Wash trailhead, 1305 E Curry Rd, Scottsdale 85281. We will take Curry Rd to Mill Ave into Tempe and then head south to the Western Canal. We will ride on the Western Canal for several miles near the edge of Chandler. We will then head No where we will stop at a MacDonald’s @ , for a short rest stop. We then head No to 8th St which becomes Rio Salado Pkwy, pick up the bike pathway along Tempe Town Lake & then go through Papago Park (scenic) and back to the start. There are a few hills on this route, but pretty easy ones. This route will be a mixture of off-road paved paths & on street bikeways. Leaders: Andy Hartle 612-840-0510C & Lisa & Bob Kingsley 402-250-2402C.

Mar 11 Sat 10:30 AM B/C 39 mi Temple Loop

Depart Red Mountain Multigenerational Center 7550 E. Adobe Rd, Mesa. This route is very flat & is an easy 39 mile ride. We’ll head to Gilbert via canal trails & bike lanes going past the new Mormon Temple there (it is impressive). We will have a stop just before we get to the Temple—but this is the 1st facilities stop in 23 miles, so please be prepared for that long stretch. The route back will be mostly on bike lanes. Optional final meal @ China City Super Buffet 2235 S. Power Road, #101, Mesa, (480)807-6688 This is about 3 blocks south of Baseline on Power Rd. Leaders: Andy Hartle 612-840-0510C & Lisa & Bob Kingsley 402-250-2402C.

 

1. Directions to Granada Park in Phoenix

Granada Park, 6505 N. 20th St, Phoenix, 85016. The following directions will take you directly there:

From Scottsdale/ E. Phoenix:

Take Camelback Rd. west to 24th St. (Biltmore Fashion Mall on corner). Turn right onto 24th St and go about a mile N to E. Lincoln Dr. and turn left. Take the first left turn to E. Ocotillo Rd, driving through a residential neighborhood (with speed bumps). Turn left on 20th St. and then left into the parking lot for Granada Park. This park is just east of SR51.

From Mesa (about 28-33 mi)

Go north on any main road to 202 freeway going west. Go west on the 202 freeway to North SR51. Take SR51 to E Glendale Ave (becomes E Lincoln Dr). Go right onto E Glendale Ave to N 20th St (very short distance) and go right onto 20th St to the park. Turn left into the park.

2. Directions to Discovery Park in Gilbert

Discovery Park, 2214 E Pecos Rd, Gilbert, 85297

From Scottsdale/ E. Phoenix:

Get onto 101 freeway going South to the 202 SanTan freeway. Go east on the 202 to Exit 41, Santan Village Pkwy. Turn right onto Santan Village Pkwy & go about 2 blocks to the entrance of the park. Turn right into the park and heading south, loop around the park to the parking lot by the building.

From Mesa:

Get on 202 freeway going south (SanTan freeway) & take to Exit # 40 (E. Williams Field Rd). Turn right for 4 blocks to Santan Village Pkwy. Turn left onto Santan Village Pkwy & go 1 mile to park entrance. Turn right into park & heading south, loop around the park to the parking lot by the building. You could also just head south on Greenfield Rd (which becomes Santan Village Pkwy) to the park entrance just south of the 202 freeway.

3. Directions to Indian School Park 4289 No Hayden Rd, Scottsdale 85251

From Mesa motels—Go No on any main road to 202 freeway going west. Get on 202 freeway going west and go to the 101 freeway going No. Go No for about 4 mi to the E. Indian School Rd exit. Go left onto E Indian School Rd for about 1 mi to N Hayden Rd. Go Rt for 1 block to the park parking lot on rt side @ 4289.

From Tempe—Get onto 101 freeway going No. Go No to the E. Indian School Rd exit. Go left onto E Indian School Rd for about 1 mi to N Hayden Rd. Go Rt for 1 block to the park parking lot on rt side @ 4289.

4. Directions to Red Mountain Multigenerational Center 7550 E. Adobe, Mesa, AZ

From Mesa Motels: get onto Main St and go east to Power Rd, turn left onto Power Rd. Go north for about 1.5 mi to Adobe Rd and turn right. The Red Mountain Multigenerational Center is about 1 mi E and is on the left. Park anywhere in the lot.

From Scottsdale:

Get on the 202 freeway going East, get off @ Power Rd, Turn right & go 3 miles So to Adobe Rd. Go left on Adobe Rd for 1 mi & turn left into the Red Mountain Multigenerational Center.

From Phoenix:

Get on US 60 going East, get off @ Power Rd, turn left & go 3 miles No to Adobe Rd. Go right on Adobe Rd for 1 mi & turn left into the Red Mountain Multigenerational Center.

5. Directions to Indian Bend Wash trailhead:

This trailhead is @ the SE corner of E Curry Rd & N. Miller Rd, 1305 E Curry Rd, just north of the Red Mountain 202 freeway & 2 miles west of the 101 freeway. Get on the 202 Rd Mtn freeway and take to exit # 7 (Scottsdale Rd). Go No on Scottsdale Rd for .25 mi to E Curry Rd. Turn right onto E Curry Rd and go .5 mi to N. Miller Rd. Turn right and then immediately turn left into the trailhead parking lot. There is not any water available, but there is a Port-a-potty there.

Trempealeau Trails (WI): Biking & Birding

May 12, 13, 14

This will be a slow-paced ride with lots of stopping to view birds and scenery. We will ride on crushed limestone, paved back roads, and hard-packed gravel as we tour the surrounding area.  Dinner Friday night is at Sullivan’s Supper Club. Dinner on Saturday night at a restaurant to be announced.  Lodging alternatives: Little Bluff Inn, 608-534-6615; The Inn on the River, 608-534-7784; or Trempealeau Hotel, 608-534-6898. Sunday’s ride will be from the Trempealeau Trailhead to Onalaska (28 miles round trip). Co-leaders: Diana and Duane Kasper, Dave Murphy, Warren Samuelson, John Hoffmann. Contact Clareyse Nelson for more information, 612- 623-3009

Red Cedar Memorial Day Ride (WI)

May 29

Trail pass required. Ride on packed limestone trail. We may see eagles; you may want to bring binoculars.  Co-leader: Clareyse Nelson. Contact John Hoffmann, 715-834-7897, for more information.

Rochester Ramble

June 10-11

Come for one or both days in Rochester. On Saturday morning we’ll explore various paved trails throughout the City of Rochester and stop for lunch at the Grand Rounds Brew Pub. After lunch we’ll bike the Bear Creek Trail. Make your own arrangements for accommodations. We have reserved eight rooms at the Guest House Inn and Suites, 435 16th Avenue NW in Rochester (507) 288-9090. Rooms should be $75-$80. We will have a Happy Hour at the hotel and then dinner at Famous Dave’s which is connected to the hotel. On Sunday, we will bike from the hotel on paved trails to the Douglas Trail and bike to Pine Island. Lunch will be in Pine Island and return. Co-Leaders are: Clareyse Nelson, Dave Murphy and Warren Samuelson. For additional information, contact Diana and Duane Kasper at (952) 412-5654 or

3 Days in Lanesboro

September 15, 16, 17

Welcome C riders and friends to our three days in Lanesboro. We hope you can join us again on this beautiful trip to scenic Southeast Minnesota. 20-40 mile rides each day for three days. Come for one or all three days. Some of us go to the play, at the famous Commonweal Theater on Friday night, which will be Steel Magnolias. Call Clareyse Nelson to reserve your ticket(s). Other rider activities may include group dining, campfires, etc. Reserve your place to stay early, as Lanesboro is always a popular spot. Lanesboro Chamber number is 800-944-2670 or 507-467- 2696. Some of us also camp in the local campground. Call with questions and let us know you are coming. Co-Leaders are Diana and Duane Kasper, Dave Murphy, Paul Huntington, Carol Belair and Warren Samuelson. Contact Clareyse Nelson, 612-623- 3009 for more information.

Annual Fall Color Ride in Wisconsin

October 8, 9, 10

Contact John Hoffmann, 715-834-7897, for more information.