2014 Club Rides


September 14: Stillwater to Scandia Scamper

Hosts: Deb Liang & Matt Tillotson


September 28: Chili Ride

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


October 4: Fall Color Ride in Cumberland, WI

Hosts: Mike Lindgren and Terri Backes


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.

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