2015 Club Rides

Interested in hosting a ride?

E-mail debliang@bikerider.com to get it added to the schedule!

September 12: Fall Ride in Cumberland, WI

Hosts: Mike Lindgren and Terri Backes

Mike Lindgren and Terri Backes are going to lead a tandem ride out of our lake home just north of Cumberland WI on Saturday, September 12th. We plan on starting at 10:30 am.

This will be a destination lunch ride. The ride will be around 35 miles through rolling terrain with minimal traffic. There are will be options for longer or shorter rides. This ride is a new route with a new lunch destination from our previous rides. Post ride snacks and beverages at the end will be available along with the opportunity for a refreshing swim in Beaver Dam Lake or just swap stories and tall tales on the deck. Also feel free to bring your canoe, kayak, or paddleboard if desired. 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

2524 4th St. (County Rd H)


(715) 822-3708


September 13: Door County Century Ride (Non-TCTC Event)

See http://www.doorcountycentury.com/ for more information! Or e-mail Jean Hurlbert Ableson at tonyandbean@yahoo.com


September 27: 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 head in the direction of Afton to take in the Afton Art Fair event.  Routes mileage options are 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 25th 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

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

Thanks for your cooperation!


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Past Club Rides

May 9: 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 9th.  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, 10, or 16 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 17: Tony and Bean's Anniversary Ride

Hosts: Tony Ableson & Jean Hurlbert

Happy Anniversary, Happy Anniversary... Join us for the 11th Anniversary Ride (12th if you include the Wedding Ride).  Join us on Sunday May 17th for a 38 mile Tour of Minnetonka - Bean and Tony style!  We will travel most of our favorite Minnetonka routes, visit the Cottagewood Store and take a leisurely bike ride through the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.  We will ride a relaxed Sunday pace on rolling Minnetonka Terrain.

Meet: Tonka Cycle and Ski – 16 Shady Oak Rd, Hopkins, MN  55343

Time: Meet at 11:30 with ride time of 11:45.

Questions: email tonyandbean@yahoo.com or call Jean 612 201-5545 

And Stay tuned…

We are going to do two Anniversary Rides this year, this one close to our actual anniversary of May 20th and one later in the summer when we can hopefully get our Bestman John Ostmoe (and his lovely wife Sandra K) to join us!   Date to be determined for Anniversary Ride #2 – stay tuned – we have a great new route we want to share with you all.


May 24: Chippewa Valley Century Ride (Non-TCTC Event)

See http://www.chippewavalleyride.us/ for more information!


May 30: Airport Extravaganza Ride

Hosts: John and Helen Mattsen

On Saturday, May 30th, 2015, John and Helen Mattsen will host a ride to a fly-in breakfast at the Anoka County Airport in Blaine. For more information see 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 a popular route to the east through Sucker Lake Park, and then return to our home for a pot luck meal. Total distance somewhere around 25 miles. (They took out a bridge on the route so it could end up being 27 miles). 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.


June 6: Tour of Lakes Ride (Non-TCTC Event)

Pre-registration required. See http://www.paulbunyancyclists.com/tour-of-lakes.html for more information!


June 28: Tri City Tour & Potluck

Hosted by Bob and Lisa Kingsley

Where: Bob & Lisa's home at 8742 Highwood Way Apple Valley 55124 Near I-35E and Cty Rd 11

When: Gather at 2:15, for ride briefing, depart 2:30

Basic Route 31 miles, with shorter and longer options. Through Apple Valley, Eagan, and Rosemount, moderate hills.

Eat: Approximately 5:30 or 6pm

Bob will have the grill fired up. Refrigeration available. We will provide disposables, and pop/lemonade.

We look forward to seeing you. 


July 23rd: Tony's Retired Ride (Evening Ride)

Postponed to August 20 - stay tuned for details!

Hosts Tony Abelson and Jean Hurlbert


Loons Rally July 31 - August 2

Crosby/Deerwood MN 

The Loons Rally this year will once again be in 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, the hotel is full.  
Hotel Information:
Country Inn – Deerwood MN
23884 Front Street, Deerwood, Minnesota 56444

Camping is still available at the Crosby Memorial Park Campground: call 1-218-546-5021. Let them know you are with the Twin Cities Tandem Club.

If you are coming to the rally, we need your registration form by Monday, July 27th! Rally registration form is available here.

If you have questions, please e-mail debliang@comcast.net.


August 15: Root Beer Ride

Hosts: Helmut and Joan Porcher

On Saturday, August 15th, 2015, Joan and Helmut Porcher will host a ride in the Lake Elmo, Grant Township and Stillwater areas using various trails including the Gateway and new Brown's Creek State Trails.  Estimated distance is about 30 miles.

Briefing at 8:45 am and ride starts at 9:00 am from our home at 4990 Jasper Ave N, Lake Elmo, MN.  Refreshments (the ride's name sake) will be available at Pine Point Regional Park.

Contact Joan and Helmut Porcher by Friday (8/14) 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


August 20: Tony's Retired Ride (Evening Ride)

Hosts Tony Abelson and Jean Hurlbert


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