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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SUPERIOR VISTAS BIKE TOUR Weekend (Northern Wisconsin)
June 23, 24,25 2017
Here is your chance to do some on and off bike experiences with fellow TCBC members. It will include experiencing Lake Superior’s southern shore, Madeline Island, the Bayfield Peninsula and the forests around Hayward. Listed below is a description for each day’s ride and events. Hyperlinks embedded in descriptions will lead you to more information about maps, hotels and restaurants. Please feel free to call either Carol Fitzgerald or myself should you have questions. Drop me an email if you are planning to attend. It would be helpful to get a head count.
– Dan Miller
Friday, 23 June, 2017, 01:45 PM
Madeline Island Ferry
Bayfield, WI 54818
Join us for an easy ride around Madeline Island to begin your Superior Vista weekend. We will take the ferry over from Bayfield and begin the ride after docking at La Pointe on Madeline Island. The route takes us to Big Bay Point and Town Parks for rest stops and lake views off the bike. The leader plans to ride with the main group at an easy, social pace. Maps will be available should you wish to go faster or slower. It will be difficult to get lost.
Dining and shopping are available on the island as well as historic and cultural points of interest. Pending on the group size, we’ll determine after ride dinner selections either on Madeline Island or ferry back to Bayfield. To learn more about the island, google the Madeline Island Chamber of Commerce.
Park at or near the ferry in downtown Bayfield and purchase your ferry ticket. Parking is limited and car-pooling is helpful. Round trip rates for passenger and bicycle are $20.50. We will board the 2:00 pm ferry for the ride over to La Pointe. The ferry departs from La Pointe every 1/2 hour until 6:00 pm and hourly afterward until 10:30 pm. It is highly recommended that if you have weekend motel reservations that you check in before the ride start.
Google lists drive times from Minneapolis to Bayfield as just under 4 hours and driving distance of 232 miles. Interstate 35 to US 2 to Ashland is both scenic and the most direct. Beware that there is road construction north of Hinckley on 35W, in Duluth and decide to route via Duluth and north of Ashland.
Saturday, 24 June, 2017, 08:00 AM
Thompson's West End Park
1048 W Bigelow St
Washburn, WI 54891
Join us on this 13th anniversary ride that explores the scenic countryside and lake vistas on the Bayfield Peninsula in northern Wisconsin. Several mileage options are available. Registration details and tour information can be found on the Superior Vistas Bike Tour website.
Different routes take you different places. There is a hill at the start which is plenty do-able, and a few more after that. The 40 mile and longer options take you through some scenic areas including the Siskiwit Falls and 20 miles on a forest road through the Moquah Barrens. I strongly recommend doing the out and back to Cornucopia, a fishing village next to the lake.
This is a supported ride with maps, sag, mechanical and rest stops. The rest stops feature home-baked goodies, fruits and drinks. One of my favorites is the dairy farm near the end where hand-made ice cream sandwiches can be eaten under the very watchful eyes of the farmer’s dog. There is also a fantastic after-ride feed should you still be hungry.
The SUPERIOR VISTAS BIKE TOUR is a TCBC sponsor and many club members have participated previous years. This is a TCBC Outreach Ride. It qualifies for TCBC mileage stats but no club insurance. The tour begins with a mass start at 8:00 am from Thompson West End Park. Ride sheet sign up will be available throughout the Superior Vista weekend at TCBC rides and gatherings. Riders will likely pair up for different mileage and ride levels.
Saturday night there will be a casual pot luck at the North Coast Inn and Chalets in Washburn between 6 – 9 pm. Bring something simple to grill and share. It will be held indoors on the backside of the property with views of Lake Superior. Bring a chair if you have one.
In addition to North Coast Inn and Chalets, lodging possibilities can be found on the websites for Washburn Chamber of Commerce and Ashland Chamber of Commerce. The Washburn Inn is offering a 10% TCBC discount. River Rock Inn has also been a past TCBC favorite. Camping options can also be found on the Wasburn Site.
Be forewarned, that Bayfield Peninsula weather is typically cooler than in the Twin Cities. It is highly recommended to bring warmer clothing. The weather can be unpredictable up to minutes before starting. Some years have been surprisingly wet and cold while others turn out to be wonderful. Keep in mind that Washburn, Bayfield and Ashland are wonderful places to explore should the weather not be accommodating. A later start and or shorter route are also worth considering if needed. Don’t give up hope because of a sorry looking 10, 5 or 1-day forecast.
And – if you haven’t had fresh smoked lake trout you are in for one of life’s finer treats.
Sunday, 25 June, 2017, 10:00 AM
Sawmill Saloon/Mooselips Java Joint
13505 N. Hwy 63
Seeley, WI 54843
Finish up your Superior Vistas Wisconsin biking weekend Sunday with a ride on your way home. Explore the many lakes, forests and beautiful scenery of the Hayward area as you ride low-traffic roads around Hayward/Seeley. Deer, fox and bears are some of the wildlife you may encounter. Riding in the Cities, we always request that you don’t confront motorists. In the Hayward area, we ask that you please don’t confront any bears!
You’ll have a choice of two routes, 33 miles or 40 miles, and can choose an A/B group led by Dan Miller or a B/C group led by Carol Fitzgerald. Both rides start at the Sawmill Saloon/Mooselips Java Joint (seeleywis.com) in Seeley, WI at Hwy 63 and County Road OO. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A CHANGE FROM THE PREVIOUSLY POSTED SUNDAY HAYWARD RIDES DUE TO ROAD CONSTRUCTION.
Faster/slower riders are welcome to do either route and maps and cue sheets will be provided. For rider safety, and because you are in a somewhat wilderness areas (not always a cell phone signal), we ask that you please don’t ride alone. Ride in a group with compatible riders or follow one of the leaders. The route does have a few hills, both ups and downs.
There will be a rest stop at Cresthill Resort owned by friends and bathroom and water will be available at about the 19-20 mile mark for both rides. Please bring food or snacks as those are not available along the route.
After the rides, the Sawmill Saloon is a great place for anything from homemade pizza to burgers to salads before you head home and they will be expecting our group.
Your trip from Washburn should take about an hour, so please plan accordingly so we can do a briefing and ride off shortly after 10 a.m.
Chippewa Valley Rides
June 30 - July 2 2017
CHIPPEWA VALLEY RIDE Day 1 BRIDGES OF EAU CLAIRE
Depart from Owens Park parking lot at First and Water Streets Take 94 to Exit 59. At top take 312 to Highway 12 about 5 miles. Take highway to the right. Just before the river turn left onto Menomonie Street which turns into Water Street. Go to First Avenue and turn left into parking lot in Owens Park. Some streets but mainly park trails. Cross the Chippewa and Eau Claire Rivers 19 times and return to Owen's Park. There are a lot of eateries to choose from. John Hoffmann 715-834-7897; cell 715-379-1074.
CHIPPEWA VALLEY RIDE Day 2 JOHN'S 85TH BIRTHDAY RIDE
Depart from Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls. Ride Old Abe Trail. Meet at the parking lot in Irvine Park just North of Leinenkugel's Brewery on 124 in Chippewa Falls. We will ride some streets to get to the new segment of Old Abe Trail. Then ride to Jim Falls, Cornell and Brunet and back. Birthday party at the Chinese Buffet on 124 at the mall Trail pass required $5 day, $25 month. John Hoffmann 715-834-7897; cell 715-379-1074
CHIPPEWA VALLEY RIDE Day 3 RED CEDAR RIDE
Depart from Menomonie trailhead. From highway I-94 exit 41 Menomonie on Highway 25. West on 29, following signs to trailhead. Will bike the Red Cedar trail. Crushed limestone. After the ride we will go to Jake's Supper Club to refuel. Cell phone at start of ride 715--379-1074; John Hoffmann715-834-7897
Grand Rapids 2017 - 3 Days of Bicycling Adventures
July 7-9 2017 – Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Grand Rapids is back again this year. I hope you can join us for 3 days of scenic touring up on the Range. You don’t want to miss this great weekend of riding and socializing with all of your biking buddies. This year’s routes will feature Gilbert-Eveleth, Biwabik, Giants Ridge, Grand Rapids and Deer River. We will start this year’s ride on Friday again this year from Eveleth. For those coming up Friday morning the best route to Eveleth will be Interstate 35 North to Hwy 33 (the Cloquet cutoff), to 53 North to 37 East into Gilbert. If you are coming over from Grand Rapids it will be about an hour drive 60 miles.
Unfortunately one of the most scenic parts of the trail between Virginia and Eveleth is still shut down this year to make way for the new HWY 53 bridge and mining roads which will include a new paved trail which will boast the highest bicycle bridge around as it will span across the Rochleau mine pit with spectacular views. That segment will be closed until the later this summer. We will definitely have to check this out when it’s completed.
Mesabi Trail Wheel Pass Required (2-3 day Wheel Pass $5.00) you can obtain at trail heads or local merchants. Season Pass is $15 and it helps support trail maintenance. You can purchase on line as well at: http://shop.mesabitrail.com/home.php
There are a few options for lodging in town: http://www.visitgrandrapids.com/lodging/hotels/. Some notable hotels are the Country Inn, Super 8, AmericInn, & Timberlodge. There is also camping at the Pokegama Dam Campgrounds. I would recommend making reservations as soon as possible.
Friday’s Route Starting from the Mesabi Trail Head in Gilbert – Parking Details to follow
Saturday and Sunday Rides will depart from:
Ogle’s Market Place Foods
503 NW 4th Street (aka Hwy 2)
Grand Rapids, MN 55744 (Overflow Parking Lot north of the supermarket across 5th Street)
Route Info – All Rides A/B Level – Ride Leader promoting a Social Touring pace of 15-16 mph avg. Average will be slower on Mesabi Trail. B Riders are encouraged to attend as well.
Day 1 Friday July 7 – Depart at 12:45 PM from the Mesabi Trail Head in Gilbert at Sherwood Forest Campgrounds. We will head south on the trail towards the Sparta connection then head east and north on Ely Lake Trail, the Heritage and Vermillion Trails before making our way north up to Giants Ridge. We will take our rest stop at Giants Ridge Lodge and then venture further north east to where the trail ends. We will back track about 5 miles on the Mesabi Trail and take the scenic Voyager’s Trail back out. (43 and 48 mile options) Friday Night group dinner immediately following the ride in Eveleth or Virginia – Location TBD – Be sure to have a change of clothes along.
Day 2 Saturday July 8 – Depart 9:30 AM from Ogle’s Supermarket - We will head north out of Grand Rapids on gentle scenic rolling terrain that will pass by many lakes and wooded forest. The route will eventually take us southwest into Deer River for the Wild Rice Festival. After we enjoy the festival for our lunch break we will head west then south on parts of the Mississippi River National Bike Route as we make our way back into Cohasset and Grand Rapids. (50 and 65 mile options)
Day 3 Sunday July 9 – Depart 9:30 AM from Ogle’s Supermarket – We will do the scenic Pokegama Lake Route this year. (46 and 56 mile options)
Routes are subject to change depending on Road and Trail Construction. Note we will only be on the Mesabi Trail Friday. I also have other mileage options available for those that may want to ride less miles or do more of the trail out of Grand Rapids on Sunday. I can also modify maps for anyone wanting to do less miles.
Saturday night 6:00 PM Pot Luck at the Cabin – More details to follow.
Ride Leader would like an RSVP by July 1st for those attending this out of town event via email to or please call at 612-247-4835. Once I have your RSVP you will be added to an email distribution list for all of the trip details and more information on the Friday night dinner and Saturday night pot luck.
Let’s “C” Door County Again!
August 25, 26, and 27
Come celebrate the end of summer with us in Door Country. We will be heading to the peninsula again for a wonderful weekend of riding. Both C (Miriam and Sharyn) and BC (Warren) rides will be available. Friday’s ride, the Egg Harbor Loop, starts at 1:00 pm in Egg Harbor in the parking lot of the Lull-Abi Inn. We head to Fish Creek where we will enter Peninsula State Park for a beautiful ride through the park. We will stop for a break at the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse in the park and continue on to Ephraim for a snack break. We will then head south on Co Rd A and east on Co Rd E back to Egg Harbor for a 28-30 mile ride. The route is on low-traffic, scenic roads and contains some easy rolling hills throughout with just a couple moderate rollers. For those who want to continue on for a 40-45 mile ride, there will be a map guiding you east across the peninsula from Ephraim. You will continue east and south to Baileys Harbor and then south and west across Kangaroo Lake and through cherry orchards back to Egg Harbor.
Friday evening dinner will be on your own although riders may want to gather in groups and head out together. There are several great places right in Egg Harbor. Or feel free to check out dining in any of the surrounding towns. You may want to check out a traditional Door County Fish Boil.
On Saturday, we will explore Washington Island and ride the perimeter for a 25 mile ride. Riders need to get to the Washington Island Ferry pier nears Gills Rock and ferry across the bay to the Island. The ride starts on Washington Island at 12:00 noon to give everyone plenty of time to meet the ferry schedule. This allows time on either side of the ride for sightseeing or exploration. The ferry runs every half hour during mid-day. The fee for you and your bicycle is $17.50; for a lot more, you can take your car across.
If you want more miles for the day, you can do a ride-to-the-ride. Maps will be available. This route starts in Sister Bay near Al Johnson’s Restaurant on WI-42. The route continues north through Ellison Bay and on to Gills Rock where the road jogs to the Washington Island Ferry pier. Upon your return to the peninsula, you head to Sister Bay via the east side of the northern part of the peninsula. The route adds 25-30 miles extra on low-traffic, scenic roads with several rolling hills and a couple moderate rollers. Riders choosing this, in addition to the island ride, would need to judge their ride time in order to meet up with the group at noon. We hope to have a group dinner at the Log Den back near Egg Harbor following our Saturday ride. More information on this will follow.
Sunday’s ride will begin at 9:30 am just south of Egg Harbor. The ride start will be at Frank E. Murphy County Park on Highway B which is 4.6 miles south of Egg Harbor. (7119 Bay Shore Drive, Egg Harbor) It is a mostly flat, tree-lined route south to Sturgeon Bay, the gateway to the peninsula. We can visit Historic Third Avenue in Sturgeon Bay and then meet for a light brunch or drink at Stone Harbor Inn where we can enjoy a lovely view of the harbor and perhaps see a ship pass under the lift bridge. We return to our ride start for a total of 25-30 miles. Or, riders can have a non-rider companion meet them in Sturgeon Bay and be a jog closer to heading home for the weekend.
We wanted to pass on the lodging information for anyone who wants to book now. You are strongly encouraged to book lodging early as Door County is a popular tourist spot and places fill up fast during the summer. As usual, you are welcome to stay wherever, or camp, etc. but we recommend the Lull-Abi Inn in Egg Harbor. We stayed here as a group in 2015 and found it to be very accommodating to bikers. It has 24 rooms and is close to all Door County attractions.
Lull-Abi Inn, 7928 Wisconsin 42, Egg Harbor, WI 54209, 866-251-0749, lullabi-inn.com
The ride leaders and a few others will arrive Thursday afternoon or evening. We will have an 8:00 pm gathering in the back yard of Lull-Abi Inn just to touch base and get acquainted. Please join us even if not staying at the Inn.
Please let one of the ride leaders know that you plan to join us on the ride, as further information will be provided to participants in August.
If interested, please contact:
Miriam Simmons, 651-212-0775,
Warren Samuelson, 651-398-3653,
for more information.
Black Hills Rally 2017
Sept. 11-15, 2017
Join us for a week of riding in the Black Hills of South Dakota. We will again be staying at the J-Bar Rafter Ranch 3.5 mi. from Hill City. There will be 5 road bike rides and 2 Mickelson trails on 2 of the same days as the the road rides. A nice change of pace and less climbing. The Mickelson Trail is gravel so a wider tire is recommended, however skillful riders can ride most portions of the trail with road bikes. Fat tire bikes can be rented in Hill City at the local bike shop.
Please note that these rides are on hilly to mountainous terrain.
The leaders will be asking for a $20 fee from each rider to help with leader expenses.
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.