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 de Pepin

Saturday, June 2, 2018

This ride starts in Lake City, Minnesota and crosses into Wisconsin at Wabasha and has four mileage options (32, 50, 72, and 100 miles). The routes follow MN Highway 61 and WI Highway 35. Registration opens April 3. The early registration fee is $50. The proceeds of this tour benefit the Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance.

Information and registration are available at: http://lakecity.org/news-events/tour-de-pepin.

The ride starts at Ohuta Park in Lake City – this park is on Chestnut Street (this intersects Hwy 61 in the middle of downtown) overlooking Lake Pepin. Registration at the park is from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Those riding 72 or 100 miles should be on the road by 8:00 a.m. latest. Those riding 32 or 50 miles should be on the road by 9:00 a.m. latest. There are numerous rest stops, the first at Maple Springs, 6 miles away.

The 32 and 50 mile routes involve a return to Lake City, MN for you and your bike on the Pearl of the Lake paddlewheel boat, departing from Stockholm, WI. Buses also are available for the return.

Registration includes a t-shirt and water bottle along with assorted free tickets. Big bonus: stopping in Stockholm for a piece of pie. This year, plans include festivities (music, food trucks, vendors) for all riders at the end of the ride -- so plan to ride and to enjoy the entire day.

If you wish to stay overnight, check for lodging in Red Wing (many choices); Lake City (Sunset Motel- 651 345 5331); and Wabasha (AmericInn).

As with any Outreach ride, TCBC members get mileage credit by signing in for a ride but are not covered by TCBC insurance. Please email the ride leader with your member number and mileage. Miriam Simmons, 651 212 0775, .


Luce Line Loops

Sunday June 10, 2018 – 7:00 – 9:00 AM

Hutchinson, MN

12, 25, 50 Mile Luce Line Trail/Paved Road Routes

75K Gravel Grinder Route

7:00 - 9:00 AM Check-In and Departure for TCBC Outreach Ride

Riders are hailing this ride as one of the most scenic and hospitable rides in Minnesota! With four ride options, this ride is perfect for families, novice bike riders and experienced riders. All rides will begin and end at the Crow River Winery, which connects with the Luce Line Trail via a 1/4 mile packed gravel trail (the only portion not paved is the connection from the Winery to the Luce Line Trail. Experienced adult riders can opt to ride an alternate route on the highway a short distance to connect to the Luce Line). There is not a “group start”, but rather riders can begin the ride as early as 7:00am and as late as 9:00am. All riders must be back to Crow River Winery and checked-in by 3pm.

Route Options:

  • 12 Mile Ride: The route will be 100% on the Luce Line Trail. Starting from Crow River Winery to a turn-around point by Super America and then back. Kids under 18 are free, but still need to register and have parents sign a waiver. There is one refreshment station at the turn-around point of this route.
  • 25 Mile Ride: (Note: this loop actually maps 28 miles) and will utilize part of the Luce Line Trail, then head into beautiful lake country. There will be rest stops, refreshments and a SAG wagon along the route. There are two refreshment stations along the route.
  • 50 Mile Ride: The routewill utilize part of the Luce Line Trail and then head into beautiful lake country. In addition to this being a fully supported ride, showers will be made available to the 50-mile riders. There are three refreshment stations along the route.
  • 75K Gravel Grinder: This route will also utilize the Luce Line Trail out and back from Crow River Winery, but will venture onto rural gravel roads with rolling hills and beautiful lake views. Showers will also be made available to the 75K Gravel riders. There will be one food/refreshment/aid station and one unmanned water station along this route.

Registration for 2018 Now Open! http://www.hutchinsonrotary.org/events/water-carnival-bike-ride/

All rides are $35 for anyone 18 years of age and over, anyone under 18 years of age can ride for free. Paid registrations include commemorative bike ride socks, fully supported ride with refreshment stations, FREE root beer floats at the finish, Crow River Winery Bistro coupon and FREE LIVE music on the patio after the ride!

Check-In on June 10, 2018

You may register and pay the day of the event. (Same day registration $40) Please check in at the  Crow River Winery as early as 7:00 AM and no later than 9:00 AM.

A Fundraiser Ride!

The Luce Line Loops is sponsored by the Hutchinson Rotary Club and an official event of the 76th Annual Hutchinson Jaycee Water Carnival. Proceeds from the bike ride go to local and International Rotary projects including scholarships, parks, community outreach, literacy, clean water, and polio eradication.

Experience Crow River Winery after the ride!

Crow River Winery is a sponsor of the ride and our host on ride day. The Tasting Room has many unique handcrafted wine selections, 2 beers on tap and a fabulous Bistro offering classic artisan appetizers and signature pizzas. http://www.crowriverwinery.com/bistro

Outreach Ride Leader: Garry Glubka

Phone: #651-303-2207


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