2014 Club Rides


September 28: 29th Annual Chili Ride

Hosts: Rachel & Chris Gilchrist, Lynn Pagliarini & Ralph Hapness

The chili ride will be co-hosted by Chris and Rachel Gilchrist, Lynn Pagliarini and Ralph Hapness at the Gilchrist's in Woodbury, MN.  Plan to meet at 10 a.m. for pre-ride refreshments and leave as a group for the ride at about 10:30 a.m. We are planning to change the route a bit this year and head in the direction of Afton.  Routes are not complete, but we anticipate mileage options from 28 to 45 miles.

Following the ride we will share a potluck feast featuring chili or soup. Bring your favorite version or try a new one. If chili or soup is not your forte, bring any other culinary delight you want to share (appetizers, bread, salad, and desserts). We have plenty of outlets for crock-pots. We will try to eat around 2:30. Please RSVP by Friday, September 26, 2014 and leave an e-mail or phone number. 

Please R.S.V.P. Call Chris or Rachel Gilchrist (651 731 8714) or e-mail (radman42@comcast.net)


*Woodbury is located east of St. Paul at the junction of I-94 and I-494/I-694. Take Valley CR RD exit off I-494 (the second exit south of I-94, about 2 miles).

*Go east of Valley Creek Road for .5 miles.

*Turn right on Queens DR, immediate left on Afton RD, first right on Richal DR (across from church – if you get to a stop sign, you have gone to far!), go 1 block and take a right on Sanel RD, forced left on Leann Dr.

*Look for red house on the right side – 1892 Leann Drive

October 4: Fall Color Ride in Cumberland, WI

Hosts: Mike Lindgren and Terri Backes

Mike and Terri will be hosting a TCTC ride out of their Cumberland, WI home to leisurely enjoy this area’s fall colors on Saturday, Oct 4th.  The routes will be 16 or 22 miles of gently rolling hills, minimum traffic, lots of hardwood forest, with a number of out-and-back loops that could add up to an additional 15 miles.  Post ride snacks back at the cabin will be pizza-burgers and we’ll get a fire going in the fire-pit so we can prepare smores.  The ride will start at 11:30 am.

Please notify us if you plan on attending so we can plan food requirements.

2524 4th St.

Cumberland, WI


715 822-3708

Friendly reminder! Helmets must be worn at all TCTC rides.

Thanks for your cooperation!


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Past Rides

May 10: Frozen Custard Ride

Mike Lindgren and Terri Backes are going to lead a tandem ride out of our lake home just north of Cumberland WI on Saturday, May 10th.  We plan on starting at 11am.   
Our stop will be at the 20 Mile Organic General Store, in the town of Barronett, for some frozen custard.  One of their specialties is Salted Caramel Cashew Praline.  (They also have some great sticky buns.)  The route options out are 11 or 15.5 miles.  The route options back are 8.5, 10.5, or 16.5 miles.  The ride is on rolling terrain with minimal traffic.
Post ride snacks will be available. You’re welcome to use our showers to clean up before heading home.
Please RSVP if you plan on coming.

The home is located north of Cumberland at 2524 County Rd H.

For more info contact us at: mlandtb@usa.com (715) 822-3708


May 18: Tony and Bean's Anniversary Ride

Meet at Tonka Cycle and Ski, 16 Shady Oak Road S, Minnetonka, MN  55343

Time – Meet 11:30 Ride Time 12:00. 

WOW… That is all I have to say.  This year we are celebrating our 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY.  Time just flies!!  Thank you for helping us celebrate another bliss filled year! We can truly say that each year gets better and better!  Next year’s Anniversary Ride we will hopefully be changing it up to Tony’s Retirement Ride! 

While our Anniversary Ride has often been plagued with bad weather, I am positive that after the winter we had this year’s ride is going to be BEAUTIFUL.    Come join us for a casual ride of 25 – 30 miles on some of our favorite roads in Minnetonka with the highlight being the Cottagewood General Store.  Minnetonka offers gently rolling terrain with great neighborhoods and the mighty lake!  Feel free to contact us tonyandbean@yahoo.com or (612)201-5545. 

Hope to see you out on a ride soon!

May 31: Fly In Breakfast Ride

On Saturday, May 31, 2014, John and Helen Mattsen will host a ride to a fly-in breakfast at the Anoka County Airport in Blaine. http://www.discoveraviationdays.org/  There will be a briefing at 8:30 AM with a prompt departure from their home at 1859 Mississippi Street in New Brighton. Four miles into the ride we will arrive at the Anoka County Airport for  breakfast (Usually pancakes, sausages, and beverages for $7.00 for adults). Of course, purchase of breakfast is not required. After a couple hours of breakfast and close encounters with a wide variety of aircraft, we will ride to the Coon Rapids Dam, and then return to our home for a pot luck meal. Total distance somewhere around 25 miles. (We are altering the course a little this year, and haven’t been able to ride it yet.) Please contact us by Friday noon so that we can coordinate the pot luck part of the event. E-mail mattsen2@comcast.net. Home 651-631-1131. Cell 651-895-0550. Also, please give us your phone number so we can contact you if the ride needs to be cancelled.

July 26: Gateway Trail Ride

Hosts: Helmut and Joan Porcher

On Saturday, July 26th, 2014, Joan and Helmut Porcher will host a leisurely ride on the Gateway Trail and optionally Washington County roads into the western edge of Stillwater.

Briefing at 8:45 am and ride starts at 9:00 am from their home at 4990 Jasper Ave N, Lake Elmo, MN.  If you would prefer, start the ride from anywhere along the Gateway Trail and plan on meeting at the Pine Point Regional Park parking lot at about 10:00 am for refreshments.  Return via the trail or take a short route or long route into Stillwater eventually returning via the Gateway Trail to your starting point or to the Lake Elmo start. 

Contact Joan and Helmut Porcher by Friday (7/25) evening at 651-779-8248. E-mail hporcher@comcast.net. Also please give us your phone number so we can contact you if the ride needs to be cancelled.  For more information about the Gateway Trail go to:  http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_trails/gateway/index.html


Loons Rally August 1 - 3, 2014

Crosby/Deerwood MN 

The Loons Rally this year will return to the Crosby-Ironton-Deerwood, Minnesota area!

For those who are able, we will meet Friday for a 3:00 pm ride start at The Bridge Tavern, 26969 Highway 6 (4 miles north of Crosby on Highway 6.) Ride options of 26 or 31 miles and return for supper.  Everyone is welcome to come have supper at The Bridge—riders will probably be back there 5:30-6ish.  A head count would be appreciated for anyone planning to have supper.

Saturday meet at Country Inn- Deerwood parking lot for a 9:00 am ride start. The route distance will be 50 miles, with opportunity for rest stops at about 23 and 40 miles. We will have a group dinner Saturday evening at Zig’s restaurant at Ruttger’s Bay Lake lodge. This is an optional event for whoever is interested – just sign up!

Sunday meet at Crosby Memorial Park for a 9:00 am ride start. The route will be 25 miles with the plan to return to Crosby and enjoy Breakfast Buffet at the Heartland Café.

All three days of riding will be on low traffic roads passing by many lakes and scenic countryside.

The main hotel is the Country Inn in Deerwood, Minnesota. As of now, there are still rooms available. A 10% off has been arranged for the group. Please call them at 1-218-534-3101 and let them know you’re with the Twin Cities Tandem Club.

Hotel Information:

Country Inn – Deerwood MN

23884 Front Street, Deerwood, Minnesota 56444



Camping is also still available at the Crosby Memorial Park Campground: call 1-218-546-5021. Ask for Renee & let her know you are with the Twin Cities Tandem Club.

August 16: The Four Turn Airport Extravaganza Ride!

(Note: Start location updated 5/16/2014)

On Saturday, August 16, 2014, John and Helen Mattsen will host the first ever TCTC ride to the Forest Lake Airport to attend their “13th Annual Open House and Fly-In” event. See the great photos at http://www.forestlakeairport.org/ . The photos pretty much tell the story. Planes everywhere (including planes taking off and landing right next to the activities on the ground). Collector cars. Pretty good food at a pretty reasonable price. Vendors. A very nice, professional grade jazz band was playing there last year. And everything but the food is FREE!
After an 8:45 AM briefing we will depart on the tour at 9:00 AM. We will meet in a parking lot on the north side of County Road I (eye), about one block east of Interstate Highway 35 W in the north metro. (County Road I is 2.8 miles north of the intersection of 35W and 694).
From this start point, there are only four easy turns to make over the nineteen mile course to the airport. So, everyone can ride at their own pace and feel free to look around without the fear of getting lost. The route is very flat!  We will have some snacks available prior to the ride. Contact John and Helen Mattsen by Friday evening at 651-631-1131 (Home) or 651-895-0550 Cell. E-mail mattsen2@comcast.net. Also please give us your phone number so we can contact you if the ride needs to be cancelled.

September 14: Stillwater to Scandia Scamper

Hosts: Deb Liang & Matt Tillotson

Come join us for a beautiful ride through the St. Croix Valley! We will start our ride in Stillwater at the corner of 4th Street & Churchill Street. If you so inclined, arrive early enough for your morning espresso & delectable pastries or a complete breakfast at  “The Chilkoot Café” (826 4th Street South)!

Be ready to ride by 10am. We plan to have three ride lengths for you to choose from – 39 miles, 27 miles and 17 miles. The long route will go through Marine on St. Croix where we will more than likely make a pit stop. You will continue on to Scandia - home of the Gammelgården Museum for those of you wanting to explore Swedish immigrant heritage - and back to Stillwater for a ride total of about 39 miles. All routes will utilize the same route out of town and back into town but the medium and short route have cut offs for smaller loops and will not go all the way to Scandia. And the medium route has the most mileage on roads without a shoulder.

Upon arriving back in Stillwater, those who are interested can join us for lunch at the delicious Chilkoot Café! (We would expect that the long route riders would be back to the Café somewhere around 1:30pm, depending on what stops are made along the way.)

RSVP to debliang@bikerider.com by Friday, September 12 so we know who to expect!

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