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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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.
Chippewa Valley Color Rides
October 6-8 2017
Chippewa Falls Color Ride Day 1 of 3
Oct. 6 Friday 10:00 AM C 20+ mi.
Depart from Hobbs Ice Arena, 10th and Menomonie Street. Take exit 59 off 94 312 North Crossing which turns into highway 12, follow highway 12 about six miles to Menomonie Street. Take left and go about 2 blocks, take a right to Hobbs Ice Arena. Trail pass required - daily $4, annual $20. Take Chippewa Valley Trail to Careyville where there is a convenience store. Then on to Meriden and back. There are a lot of eateries at that end of town.
Ole Abe Trail Fall Color Ride Day 2 of 3
Oct. 7 Saturday 10:00 AM C, B/C 25/50 mi.Depart from parking lot Irvine Park just north of Leinenkugels Brewery on 124 in Chippewa Falls. Will ride some streets to get to Ole Abe Trail. Will ride to Jim Falls and on to Cornell where we will have lunch and back. Trail pass required $4 daily, $20 annual. Stop at Leinie's Lodge.
Red Cedar Fall Color ride Day 3 of 3
Oct. 8 Sunday 10:00 AM C ride 30 mi.
Take 94 to Menomonie exit 41. South to Highway 29 to Red Cedar Trailhead. Trail pass required $4 daily, $20 annual. Packed limestone trail. We will eat at Jakes Supper Club on Co. Rd. D and Tainter Lake.
home 715-834-7897, cell at beginning of ride 715-379-1074.