Upcoming 2016 Club Rides

Interested in hosting a ride?

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

August 20: Stillwater to Scandia Scamper

Hosts: Matt Tillotson and Deb Liang

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 near “The Chilkoot Café” (826 4th Street South) – Matt and I will be coming for breakfast at ~ 8:30am if you want to joins us. O jrust coffee & espresso is available if so desired! http://www.chilkootcc.com/

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 and Scandia. PFDs of the ride maps included here:

Stillwater Ride Map Long

Stillwater Ride Map Medium

Stillwater Ride Map Short

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. The medium route has the most mileage on roads without a shoulder. Matt & I have not been on the bike much this year, so we will probably ride the short or the medium route.

Upon arriving back in Stillwater, ice cream is available at Nelson’s or lunch is available Chilkoot Café – or both!

RSVP to debliang@bikerider.com by Friday, August 19th so we know who to expect and can contact folks if the ride needs to be cancelled! (This a fair weather ride.)


September 10: End of Summer 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 10th.  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 will be options for longer or shorter 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 18: Carver Apple Ride

Hosts Tony Abelson and Jean Hurlbert

Join us Sunday September 18th at 11am for a Fall Color Ride.  The route consisting of roads and trails will be 35 miles.  We will wander out to Carver Park and enjoy their beautiful bike trails and fall colors, then wander off for a stop at the Minnesota Landscape Apple House and finally make the rounds through the MN Landscape Arboretum.   Last year they had an old fire truck serving up Wood Fire Pizzas at the Apple House we will either partake of nourishment there or get it at the end of the ride at a TBD restaurant. 

Meet ready to ride at 11am at the Holiday Gas Station Parking Lot on the corner of Dell Road and Hwy 62 in Eden Prairie. 

Meeting Place (park in daycare parking lot)
Holiday Stationstore (Eden Prairie)
6213 Dell Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Questions? Call Jean and Tony (612) 201-5545 or email tonyandbean@yahoo.com


September 25: 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. Like last year, we plan to head in the direction of Afton.  We anticipate the mileage to be around 30 miles with an additional loop available.

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 23, 2016 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 14: Frozen Custard Ride

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, May 14th. 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 may have Honey Custard and Rhubarb Custard available by then. The route options out are 11 or 16 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 4th St (County Rd H).

For more info contact us at:
(715) 822-3708

May 15: Tony and Bean's Anniversary Ride

Hosts: Tony Ableson and Jean Hurlbert

I can't believe that another year of Wedded Bliss has gone by!  Tony is officially a retired guy and just spent a month making our tandem ride like new!   Join us for the 13th TCTC Anniversary ride and help us celebrate our 12th Anniversary.  (The first anniversary ride was actually the "Honeymoon Ride!")  This year is an all new ride!  Still in the Western Suburbs and still on some of our favorite roads and bike trails.  It will also include a trip through the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum which should be alive with Spring Splendor.  Afterward join us at one of our favorite neighborhood Pizza/Pasta establishments which just happens to be at our ride start location.  

Ride Mileage is 37 miles.  

Lets ride at 12:00  Sunday May 15th. (We will be there 1/2 hr before ride start.)

Meeting Place (park in daycare parking lot)
Holiday Stationstore (Eden Prairie)
6213 Dell Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Questions? Call Jean and Tony (612) 201-5545 or email tonyandbean@yahoo.com

May 22: Tri City Tour and Potluck

Hosts: Bob and Lisa Kingsley

Gather at 1:30 for ride briefing; leave at 2:00 pm.

Where:  Bob and Lisa's home at 8742 Highwood Way Apple Valley, MN.  55124.  Parking available in the driveway and on the street.  Near I 35 E and County Rd 11 (Exit 90.)

Basic route 31 miles with slightly shorter or longer options.  Route will travel through Apple Valley, Eagan and Rosemount with moderate hills. Preview the ride on RideWithGPS: Tri City Tour (Note - this ride is May 22.)

Plan to eat around 5:30 or 6 pm.  We will provide disposables and pop/lemonade. Please bring a dish to share and something to grill, if desired.  Bob will have the grill fired up and refrigeration is available.

E-mail bobbievk@aol.com if you have questions.

June 4: Airport Extravaganza Ride

Hosts: John and Helen Mattsen

On Saturday, June 4, 2016, 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 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.
The bridge over Snelling Avenue is back in service so the distance this year will be a little shorter than last year. Perhaps not! It might be the same as last year because they are taking out another bridge on the route.  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 23: Enjoy Realife Ride

Hosts: Linda Sandell and Stan Van Valkenburg

Realife Cooperative Mounds View

7735 Silver Lake Rd, Mounds View, MN 55112

Ride is approx. 28 mi.

4:00 PM Start (Arrive any time after 3:30 PM )

Ring the bell for the Silverview room in the entrance

This ride will follow the Mississippi Regional Trail (MRT)  south on the east side of the river crossing at the Camden Bridge and returning north on the west side. We will cross the Coon Rapids dam to return back to Realife of Mounds View. 

This is a scenic ride, low key ride mostly on paved trails and low traffic roads. We will be stopping at various sites to enjoy the river.

Post ride will be potluck in the Silverview party room on the first floor. Full kitchen is available.

We will provide beverages, soda, beer & coffee.

Parking is available in the Realife front lot. If the lot is full, parking is available on the street north of the building across from the Holiday Station. Parking is also available in the back lot which is part of a medical building.

RSVP not required but appreciated.

Linda Sandell             cell  763-226-5687    llensandell@aol.com

Stan Van Valkenburg   cell  612-221-1269    stantonv@msn.com

Ride with GPS may be available.

July 30: Root Beer Ride

Hosts: Helmut and Joan Porcher

On Saturday, July 30th Joan and Helmut Porcher will host a ride in the Lake Elmo, Grant Township and Stillwater areas using the Gateway and Brown's Creek State Trails and some county roads.  Estimated distance is about 34 miles.

Briefing at 8:30 am and ride starts at 8:45 am from their 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 (7/29) evening at 651-779-8248. E-mail hporcher@comcast.net.  If you e-mail or leave us a voice mail message 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 5 - August 7, Crosslake, MN 

Host Hotel Pine Peaks Lodge

Crosslake, MN 56442
(888) 488-7829
(218) 692-7829

Friday there will be an organized ride starting at 2:30pm from the parking lot of Pine Peaks Lodge. Please be at the parking lot by 2:15pm if you are planning to join the group for this ride. Distance is 27 miles. There will be a rest stop available at a Park midway through the ride. For those arriving later, the maps/cue sheets will be available at the lodge to do this ride on your own. There will not be an “official” registration or check in event on Friday other than the afternoon ride.  We will most likely go for pizza as a group for dinner.

Saturday’s route is 53 miles with options for Rest Stops (food, water, restrooms) at about mile 20 and mile 37. 

Sunday route is 32 miles with an option for a Rest Stop (food, water, restrooms) at about mile 16.

Saturday and Sunday rides will start at 9:30am from the Pine Peaks parking lot. Gather by 9:15am for pre-ride info.

We are planning to gather for a group dinner 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.

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