Welcome to 2014!

Good Old Bowlus Ride

Hello Everyone,

Thank You for coming out and riding with the Central Minnesota Bicycle Club in 2013.
We have a great group of people who like getting together for the fun of riding bikes.

Here are some of the highlights of this past year:

-The pre-determined schedule worked out well- no more ‘Where are we riding next week?’

-Continued improvements to maps and queue sheets.

-We set an attendance record at one of the Bowlus rides: 32 bikes!-The Tuesday Trails group was a success and had great turnouts for their weekday rides.

 -The CMBC made a respectable showing at state and local cycling advocacy events.

IMG_5370 -group of CMBC bikers helped with the Morrison County helmet giveaway program.

-CMBC volunteers helped with the Caramel Roll and Caramel Apple Rides.


-Our own ride, the Dam2Dam Ride, drew 60 people in its third year.


-A dozen CMBC bikers took the Traffic Skills 101 course in Little Falls and passed the final test-some will move on to become League Cycling instructors.

-We now have business cards. Let me know if you need some to give to other interested cyclists.

-We are now on Twitter! Follow us @centralmnbike and get the latest scoop.

-We gathered enough information about area dining establishments to be able to publish a restaurant guide.

This is what’s on tap for 2014:

-The map project is finished. Poke around and check them out.

-The Dam2Dam Ride will again be part of Little Fall’s Dam Festival and feature a 20-mile and a 45-mile route.

-Our weekly ride schedule is out and we start getting serious on May 1.


In the meantime,

find us on facebook  facebook.com/centralminnesotabicycleclub

follow us on Twitter @centralmnbike

or email CMBC


See you on the trail!

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Pedal on the Pounds-June 29

I have led an annual family and friends ride that has been dubbed Pedal On the Pounds.

POTP’s was appropriately named because the first year it started and stopped at the Cold Spring Bakery, in addition we shared wonderful deserts at the rests stops.
This year the POTP ride is scheduled for June 29th – pre-ride photo at 8:50am.

I would like to extend an invite to the CMBC.

This is a family and friends ride with ride with treats, SAG support, maps, and route signs.
We have had 35 riders the past three years, all of varying cycling experience (for several this ride doubles their yearly mileage total).
I have two sisters that tote the goodies to each of the two rest stops and provide SAG support as needed.  We typically have a couple riders that opt out of biking the entire route and jump onboard the SAG.

I think this would be a good fit for the CMBC and would love to have a bigger ride.
Meet at the park across the street from the 400 Supper Club, 25958 Lake Road, St. Cloud, MN 56301.

Early registration ends at 8:49 on June 29th.

As always, please bring something calorie laden to share.
In addition, in lieu of an official entry fee and/or setting up our own charity, we will be supporting the CycleHealth organization.
CycleHealth’s mission: To create a new cycle of health in America, starting with the youngest generation.

My cousin’s industrious children Kristina and Kyle Swenson have supported a non-profit for years by competing in a triathlon and being perennial fundraising front runners.
Please support their efforts by following the link to their donation page: http://www.grouprev.com/kkswenson

The anticipated pace for the 33 mile route is a conversation filled 10-12mph with two planned rest stops at mile 14 and 24.
(There is a way to shave 6 miles off the first leg… shhhh, we won’t tell.)
For those wanting a bigger challenge each segment has an additional loop bringing the total distance to 50 miles.
The pace of the 50 mile riders is typically 14-16+.
There is an option of riding a 16 mile route – this is discouraged because it puts the rider at the start/stop point alone and this is meant to be a camaraderie building event.

16 mile route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1254736

33 mile route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1122668

50 mile route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1122690

The last two years we have had 35 riders.  I would like to double that number this year, so invite your friends.

Al Halbur
(320) 224-1409


Routes are here: Pedal on the Pounds 2014

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Tour de Tap II- Saturday, June 21

It’s time for another Tour De Tap!

This month’s tour focuses on St. Paul.

Late to implement taproom legislation, St. Paul is playing catch-up so this tour is a little short.

Included on the tour is Flat Earth Brewing, located in a couple buildings of the original Hamm’s Brewery. Flat Earth doesn’t have a taproom per se… But they will give us samples, they will give us a mini-tour, they will sell us growlers… and there happens to be city owned property adjacent to the brewery with a picnic table…

Departing Midway at 1:53 we will cover just over 20 miles and five breweries and return at 6:55. The St. Paul Saint’s first pitch is at 7:05.

I will be arriving at Midway Stadium around 1:20.

There is a possibility that I will bring some Third Street Brewery concoctions with me to Midway.

Al Halbur
(320) 224-1409

Tour info is here: Tour De Tap II

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Tour de Tap

This ride to Minneapolis craft breweries should be fun! Contact Alan Halbur for more info.

Also available as a pdf!

Tour De Tap - May

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Bike Month Kickoff

We kicked off Bike Month with our first club ride of 2014. A respectable turnout for the less than stellar May weather.

First group ride 2014

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Eight Wheels Instead of Two?

photo-3Introducing Adult Skate Night at The Skatin Place in St. Cloud!

Tuesdays, 7-9 PM CMBC meets for some old-fashioned fun. It’s a good way to keep the legs in shape in the off-season!


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Lake Wobegon Trail Planning Study

A second public information meeting has been scheduled for the St. Cloud Lake Wobegon Trail Planning Study.
This is you chance to give back and participate.
Let’s show up and represent!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
St. Cloud City Hall, City Council Chambers
400 2nd Street South, St. Cloud, MN
5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
A formal presentation will begin at 5:15 p.m. with Q&A and work stations taking place immediately after presentation.

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Dairyland Trail Dedication



Please join us for the dedication and ribbon cutting of the Dairyland Trail.

This 26 mile limestone surface trail runs from Albany to Brooten through Elrosa, New Munich, and Greenwald.

This is what’s happening that day:


4-27 2013 Greenwald, MN

Meet at 8:45a.m. in the Dairyland Trail Parking lot across from the Greenwald Pub.




to register for the 5k: http://www.stjohnstandrewschool.org/

(registration also on the day of the race)

Here’s a map of the trail:


It would be a great event for the club to attend the ribbon cutting(maybe newspaper photo op?).

Bring a bike that you would want to ride on a packed limestone trail. From my experience, skinny tires work. Bring a backup bike, if you have one.

Wear your CMBC jersey or shirt and represent!

I say we check out this new trail and have a burger at the Greenwald Pub after-Who’s in?


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Confident Cycling Class

Hello Bikers! Spring is around the corner, time to saddle up! I received this email from Michelle Musser with MNDOT:

There will be a Confident Cycling class offered on Saturday, April 20th from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Whitney Senior Center. Cost of the course is $20.00 and up to 20 people may take the class. Would you please forward on to your committees, members, and others that may be interested.Confident Cycling: Getting Started – Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m.-noon. (one session)Is your bike sitting in the garage? Do you wish you could ride more but feel like you need some basic knowledge about your bike and how to handle it? This class is for you.

You will explore the different parts of the bike from wheels to saddles, discover how to choose and fit a bike, and learn basic maintenance that can keep you rolling.

We’ll also talk about selecting and properly fitting a helmet in addition to some other clothing & equipment to make your ride more enjoyable.

Finally, we will cover some bike handling basics in a safe environment so you can take your new skills to the road with confidence.

Class taught by instructors from the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota.

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