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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Tour of Saints

July 8th, 2018
St Joseph, MN

It's not a race; TAKE A HEAVENLY LITTLE RIDE From cities across Minnesota and neighboring states each year 1000 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 (or rejoin) the tradition! Tour of Saints is truly a Minnesota bicycling tradition with 38 years under its belt. Choose from three routes with 18, 35 mile and 50-mile options you can choose along the way, each taking a leg on the Wobegone Trail. Stop and smell the flowers along the Saint John's Arboretum, a reserve sporting 4800 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).

TCBC Participants: 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 7:00am with a TCBC Ride Sheet and will leave the ride sheet at the start for those coming in late, so do sign in for mileage. If you miss signing in, you could text me your name and mileage at Barb's cell: 612-483-2482. And if you'll be in the area that Saturday, 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.

Registration: Online registration is $36 (+ an online service fee) by June 30 and then $40 afterward and on the day of the ride. BikeMN members get a $5 discount on pre-registration. Child discounts available. 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. Tele. 866-723-0340. Registration and Waiver available on line or by mail-in form.

Accommodations/Contacts for the Tour: Riders must register themselves and make arrangements for their accommodations. St. Ben lodging info is on the Tour of Saints website. There is also additional area lodging and camping in the Lake Wobegon Trail area: http://lakewobegontrail.com/hotels-motels-camping

Contacts: www.tourofsaints.com for online registration waiver and lodging information.

Michael Doyle Tour/Event Director; (320) 266-7579;

Barb Chacko 612-483-2482

Shoreview Tour de Trails

Sunday July 29th

Each year, the Tour de Trails bike ride celebrates Shoreview as a bicycle-friendly community and is a terrific way for family and friends to experience firsthand the exceptional bicycle paths that cover the length and breadth of the city. The enjoyable summer tour showcases the most scenic parkland the city offers, and participants bypass busy roads and highways by using a series of bridges and tunnels on the trail system. The short route is 9 miles and the long route is approximately 22 miles. Route maps and a link to online registration are available at: https://www.shoreviewmn.gov/government/departments/public-works/trails/tour-de-trails 

Cost: $7 per individual or $20 per family. (Family price applies to up to four participants-families of more than four complete a separate registration for additional family members.) The event cost includes a Tour de Trails t-shirt for each participant. Bicycle helmets are required, including children in bike seats or trailers as well as riders. No one will be allowed to sign in without a helmet.

Pre-registration is accepted online through Thursday, July 26, and you can also register on the day of the ride. Registration is open from 7:30 to 8:30. The ride starts from the Deluxe Corporation parking lot, across the street from Island Lake Park, and check-in is at the south end of the lot, under the water tower. TCBC members can get mileage credit by signing up with the ride leader, who will be present for a short time until about 8:00. But you don't need to wait for a leader -- just register/check in for the Tour, take off at your own pace and follow the marked route; then email your mileage to the ride leader at  (the second character is the number zero), or text or phone 612 516 2053. There are no official food stops on the ride, although there's usually a water stop on the Rice Creek North Trail about halfway through the long route. 

As with other outreach rides, you will NOT be covered by TCBC insurance.

After the ride, you can head across the street to Island Lake Park, where there will be food vendors and a number of other Slice of Shoreview Days attractions: https://sliceofshoreview.com/schedule/ 

Ride the Ridges

September 15, 2018

Winona, Minnesota

The sixth annual Ride the Ridges offers riders four fun and challenging routes through the blufflands of Southeast Minnesota-one of the most scenic and bicycle-friendly regions in the Upper Midwest. Well-planned routes guide riders through lush valleys along meandering streams and up challenging climbs to bluff-top ridges overlooking the expansive Mississippi River valley. Choose from low-traffic, paved routes with distances of 23, 44, 67 miles or a Century. All routes are sagged and have rest stops staffed with friendly volunteers welcoming riders with refreshments, snacks, and local delicacies – ranging from donuts to lefse to beer. All riders receive a meal voucher and are invited to a post-ride party at Island City Brewing Co. Organized by the Winona Rotary Club, Ride the Ridges is sponsored by over fifty businesses, organizations, and individuals. Event proceeds support Feed My Starving Children, Kids Summer Lunch Program, and Rotary Literacy Initiatives.

Registration opens June 1.

Visit www.RideTheRidges.bike for specific information, photos, and riders’ comments.

Outreach Ride Leader: Tom Ehlman
Phone: 860-235-5864