Tour of Lakes 2019

Join us for three days of bicycling and socializing in the beautiful Brainerd Lakes area May 31- June 2, 2019, on our annual Tour of Lakes weekend. If you've never biked in this area before, you are going to love it! The roads are low-traffic and very scenic, passing by many area lakes and forests. The Paul Bunyan trail is also nearby.  The rides on Friday and Sunday will be regular TCBC rides, while the ride on Saturday will be a TCBC Outreach Ride---the Tour of Lakes. Plan to not only bike with the group, but eat, socialize, and relax by the lake and around the campfire with us as well at Good Ol' Days Resort in Nisswa. We hope you can join us!


RIDES

Friday, May 31:  BRAINERD LAKES.  1:00 PM B 35-45 miles. Join us for a ride in the beautiful Brainerd Lakes area with scenic panoramas as big as Paul Bunyan himself as we ride past glistening blue lakes, through dense forests and on the Paul Bunyan Trail! Now THAT'S no tall tale! Ride start is at the Paul Bunyan Trailhead in Nisswa, adjacent to the Dairy Queen, NOT by the visitor's center.  Contact leader prior to ride if weather looks questionable.  Ride leaders: Mary Derks (651-335-6505 or maryderks@yahoo.com) and Scott Larson (612-730-8371).

Saturday, June 1:  TOUR OF LAKES OUTREACH RIDE.  Join in the FUN on Tour of Lakes (TOL), an event ride sponsored by the Paul Bunyan Cyclists in the Brainerd Lakes area. Make your way from one delicious rest stop to the next via the scenic low-traffic roads of the area.  There are two mileage options - 35 and 65.  After the ride, there will be a band, food and drink available for purchase.  

  • Registration: NEW THIS YEAR:  You can register up to and including the day of ride, with a discount and guaranteed t-shirt for registration  by May 1.  To register, go to www.paulbunyancyclists.com and click on 'Tour of Lakes'.  Ride fee includes ride support, rest stops, and a t-shirt if registered by May 1. You must be registered for the ride in order to get TCBC mileage credit.

  • Ride start time/departure location: Arrive anytime between 6:00 - 7:30 to sign in and begin your ride. Please wear your favorite TCBC jersey.  Due to safety concerns and rest stop management, we will not have a mass start as in years past. Ride departs from downtown Brainerd on Laurel Street, between 6th and 7th streets.  Please arrive at the ride start early to allow time for parking, check-in, picking up your t-shirt & taking it to back to your car, etc.

Sunday, June 2:  BRAINERD LAKES.  9:30 AM B 40-60 (multiple mileage options available).  Start location is the Paul Bunyan Trailhead in Nisswa, adjacent to the Dairy Queen.  See Friday, June 1 for description.


LODGING:

We will again be staying at Good 'Ol Days Resort (www.goodoldaysresort.com) in Nisswa. The resort is 1/2 mile from downtown Nisswa, right off of the Paul Bunyan trail, and has well-appointed 2 and 3 bedroom cabins, along with lodges (motel-style rooms). All the units face the lake and there is a nice beach, group campfire area and spacious central gathering area and porch in case of rain, or as another place to gather. Each person is responsible for booking their own lodging.  If you want to find others to share lodging with, please post a message on TCBC's Message Boards (accessed from www.biketcbc.org) or contact me (maryderks@yahoo.com) and I can try and assist.  Be sure to mention that you are with TCBC when calling to book your room; otherwise, they will tell you the resort is full as it is blocked for our group for the weekend.  It will appear full on their online calendar also.

Fresh gourmet coffee is available 24/7 in the lodge. Also available is a free continental breakfast, which includes various hot and cold cereals and an assortment of fresh fruit, yogurt, bagels, English muffins, and pastries.

Check-in/out times:

Check-in is at 4 pm. NO EARLY CHECK-IN WILL BE AVAILABLE.

Check-out is at 11 am.  The resort will open up a few rooms for showers after the ride.

Parking:

There are 28 parking spaces at the resort (2 spaces for each cottage & 1 space for each lodge room). Please work it out amongst your cabin. The resort owners are encourage people to car pool as much as possible to allow room for everyone to park.

See Good Ol' Days Resort’s web-site for more info (www.goodoldaysresort.com).

Other Lodging Options:   For other lodging options, go to www.brainerd.com.

 

MEALS

Coffee: For those of you for whom coffee is one of the four main food groups, you'll be pleased to know that Good Ol' Days has fresh coffee available in their central gathering area 24/7.

Breakfast: If you're staying at Good Ol' Days, a continental breakfast is included with your lodging. See "Lodging" above.

Friday Night Happy Hour and Dinner:  Group dinner planned at Big Axe Brewing Company in downtown Brainerd.  Address is 25435 Main St, Nisswa.  There will be a quick-serve meal consisting of pulled pork, baked beans, salad and chips for $11, or you can order off the menu.  Come anytime.  Most people tend to gather around 6 pm.

Saturday Night Dinner:  A potluck dinner is planned for Saturday evening at 6 pm assuming you're still hungry after all the delicious food you'll eat on the ride. Please bring something to grill and something to share based on the following:

If your last name starts with:

A-L:  Side dish or salad 
M-S:  Appetizer
T-Z:  Dessert

If there is something you'd really like to bring, please bring that instead as we'd hate to miss out on your specialty (assuming your specialty isn't Fritos!) Also, if you'd prefer to bring condiments, paper plates, etc. for the group, please contact me (contact info below) to see what's still needed.

As for the "something to grill" part of Saturday's dinner, there is an excellent meat market in Little Falls (about 2/3rds of the way to Brainerd). It's called Thielen Meats and is on the northwest corner of Hwy 10 and County Rd 27 behind the Holiday gas station. Here's some additional info. Check them out!

Thielens
300 NE 13 St
Little Falls, MN 56345
Phone 320.632.2821 Fax 320.632.0503
Hours:  8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. (F); 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Sat); 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Sun)

Retail meat market and specialty items
over 40 varieties home smoked sausages
delicious home smoked bacon
specialty cheese
specialty coffees and candies


WHAT TO BRING:

TCBC jersey
Camp chair for sitting around the campfire.
Something to grill and a dish to share for Saturday's potluck.
Refreshments!
Food for other weekend meals, as needed.
Emergency Contact Form (see below)
Your BIKE!

Emergency Contact Form: "If you bring it, you won't need it." Hopefully that's the case with the Emergency Contact Forms (download here). If you would, please fill this out so we have contact info for you in case something should happen. Please fill out 2 copies---carry one with you on your bike and put the other in a sealed envelope and I'll collect them on Friday and return them (unopened) on Sunday. I will also have blank copies in case you forget yours.

QUESTIONS/CONTACT INFO:  If you have any questions, please contact me at maryderks@yahoo.com or 651-335-6505 (voice/text).

We hope to see you in the Brainerd Lakes area this summer!

Mary Derks and Scott Larson