2014 Rides  Loons Rally

 Crosby/Deerwood MN  August 1,2,3


Deerwood Country Inn

23884 Front St. Deerwood MN 56444


10% off when you tell them you are with the Twin City Tandem Club


Crosby Memorial Park

Reservations: 218-546-5021

Ask for Renee, let her know you are with the Tandem Club


More Details to Follow

2013 Rides

September 29: Chili Ride

The chili ride will again 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. Route options (will depend somewhat on weather) will include distances from around 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 2:00. Please RSVP by Friday, September 27, 2013.

 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 5: Fall Color Ride in Cumberland, WI

Mike and Terri will be hosting a tandem ride out of their Cumberland, WI home to leisurely enjoy this area’s fall colors on Saturday, Oct 5th. 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 so a go even though current drought conditions could impact the colors. The ride will start at 11:00 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:

Urban Wildlife Ride – Monday Evenings TCBC Shared Ride

Mike and Karen Beadles, Twin Cities Tandem Club members have invited us to join in on a Twin Cities Bicycle Club ride they will be hosting all summer on Monday evenings. (These rides have already started!)

Mondays at 6pm. A/B  24-42 miles. Urban Wildlife tandem friendly route! (Bloomington) Depart from the Airport Hilton – from I-494, exit south on 34th Ave, left onto American Blvd then left at the top of the hill to the southwest corner of the parking lot. Ride various pleasant routes on low-traffic roads and bike trails starting from near the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge up to Harriet Island or south into Rosemount or other southeastern metro locations. Mileage lengthens and shortens as sunset times increase and decrease. Tandem friendly routes! Contact Mike and Karen Beadles, (612) 839-5406, mrbikey@mrbikey.com

Mike and Karen are casual tandem riders and will do about 13 – 14 mph average pace and would love other tandems to come out and join them over the summer. Hopefully we can show them some good representation over the summer.

May 4: 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 4th.  We plan on starting at 10:30 am. 

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 smores at the fire pit are also on the agenda. 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 11: Sherburne Wildlife Refuge Ride

Linda and I are new to the TCTC and this is the first ride we will be hosting, we hope all of you can come.  We will be starting out from my house on Little Elk Lake about 3 miles North of Zimmerman and 3 miles West of Highway 169.  We will be riding through the Sherburne Wildlife Refuge.  The refuge is full of interesting wildlife such as eagles, hawks, Sandhill cranes, deer, owls, etc.  It is also a prairie preservation area (mostly flat!).  After 17 miles, we will be stopping at Bailey Ray's in the lovely megalopolis of Santiago for rest and refreshments (try the alligator Jumbalaya).  After our rest stop, we will continue the lollipop loop back to my place to complete a 31 mile ride.  After the ride, there will be a potluck and bonfire at my house.  Bring your own beverages, lawn chairs, and a dish to share.  Hope to see you there!

Start of ride - 3:00 p.m.

Directions from Mpls. to my house:

  • Take Hiway 169 North through the town of Zimmerman about 3 miles to the exit for Cty. Rd. 9. (If you get to Princeton, you've gone about 3 miles too far)
  • Take a left at the top of the exit ramp and go to the second stop sign (~3 miles) This is Cty. Rd. 1
  • Take a left at the stop sign and proceed .9 miles to 287th Ave.
  • Take a left on 287th Ave. and drive 1-1/2 blocks to the T in the road.
  • My house is the rambler with the white fence at the T just to the right.
  • House number is 28625 143rd St. NW

Cell Phone is 763-242-6103

Caution - Some GPS systems will have you looking for my house in or very near the town of Zimmerman.  This is wrong and I would advise bringing these directions and/or my cell phone number as a backup.

May 19: Tony and Bean's Anniversary Ride

I can not believe that it has been nine years of wedded bliss. Come and join us on May 19th at help us celebrate our anniversary which is Monday, May 20th.

On Sunday, May 19th at 11am meet at Tonka Cycle and Ski – 16 Shady Oak Rd S, Hopkins

We will wander some of our favorite Minnetonka roads with a stop at the Cottagewood General Store for snacks.  The mileage is less than 30 miles and we promise some good downhills!

We will do a post ride meal at Mainstreet Bar and Grill in Downtown Hopkins.

If you need further information you can contact us at tonyandbean@yahoo.com or (612) 201-5545 

July 20: Stillwater to Scandia Scamper

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. Here you are can choose from “The Bikery” (904 4th Street South) or “The Chilkoot Café” (826 4th Street South) for your morning espresso & delectable pastries or a complete breakfast!

Be ready to ride by 10am. We will 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, if so moved, you can stop at the L’Etoile du Nord (anyone need another croissant?) And there are other options here for those wishing to 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.)

Please RSVP by Thursday, July 18th to Deb Liang & Matt Tillotson by e-mail at debliang@bikerider.com or by phone at 651-642-1617. (FYI – Matt and I have not been on the big bike yet this season – very sad I know! So we are not sure what route we will be riding.)


www.thebikeryshop.com, www.letoiledunordcafe.com

www.gammelgardenmuseum.org, www.chilkootcc.com

Aug 2 - 4: Loons Rally in Cross Lake, Minnesota

Our host hotel is “Pine Peaks Lodge and Suites” in Crosslake, MN and they are already completely booked for the rally weekend. For other lodging or camping options check: www.explorebrainerdlakes.com

Friday there will be an organized ride starting at 2:30pm from the parking lot of Pine Peaks. Distances are 18 or 27 miles. There is not a rest stop spot on this ride. For those arriving later, the maps/cue sheets will be available to do this ride on your own.

Saturday’s route is 52 miles with a short cut at 44 miles and options to add to 61 or 74 miles.

Sunday’s route is 53 miles with a short cut at 38 miles and options to add to 63 or 70 miles.

Saturday and Sunday rides will start at 9:30 from the Pine Peaks parking lot. Gather by 9:15 for pre ride info. Both of these days there are options for rest stops and lunch.

We are planning to gather for a group dinner on Saturday evening, but are still working on a location. If you are interested in joining us for this dinner, please be sure to mark this on your registration form.

The registration form is at the top of this page in the left hand column under "Related Files" – registrations are due by Monday, July 29th. If you have any questions, please e-mail debliang@bikerider.com and I will try to get you an answer!

August 17: Summer Splash in Cumberland, Wisconsin

Mike Lindgren and Terri Backes are going to lead a tandem ride out of our lake home just north of Cumberland WI on Saturday, August 17th.  We plan on starting at 10:00 am.

This will be a destination lunch ride to the County Line Tavern.  We’ll have 3 to 4 different routes between 30 and 60 miles through rolling terrain with minimal traffic.  Post ride snacks and beverages at the end along with the opportunity for a refreshing swim in Beaver Dam Lake or just swap stories and tall tales on the deck.  You’re welcome to use our showers to clean up before heading home.  For those spending extra time in the area we can also cue up Friday ice cream rides and/or Sunday brunch rides for you.

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:


(715) 822-3708

August 25: Rally in the Valley

Join Dick and Denise Stardig on Sunday, August 25th for a "Rally in the Valley" to explore our turf in Apple Valley.  It'll be about 35 miles and will explore some rolling roads and neighborhood streets in Apple Valley and the surrounding area.  We have found the Apple Valley area to offer much in the way of quiet and scenic bicycling opportunities.  After the ride we'll get together and enjoy some food and socializing at a local eatery.
We'll meet at Hagemeister Park on the east side of Johnny Cake Ridge Road just south of MacAndrews Road at 11 AM.  If coming from the north, head south on Cedar Avenue south of 494 and take the zoo exit, County Rd 38 (MacAndrews) east to Johnny Cake Ridge Road and take a right to head south.  The park is on your left.  There’s a porta-pottie, but no water at the park.
Hope to see you there!

Dick and Denise Stardig, 952-236-0731, dick_stardig@hotmail.com

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