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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Handlebar Happy Hour Friday 10-24

Fall weather continues to be just right for riding!
Meet at the St. Joseph trail head at 6:00 and ride at 6:15.
We’ll discuss details, but we’ll stick to the trail for sure.
Bring lights and wear reflective, flashy stuff.

See you there. It’ll be awesome.


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October Tour de Tap

Here are the details:
42 miles and 9 stops
Starting 1:00 at Bang with round trip ending at Urban Growler.


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CMBC in the News

Thanks, Joel Schneider for donating a bike rack.


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Final 2014 Tour de Tap

On September 27, Al has put together another one of his craft brew tours and you are invited!


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October 5 Brunch Ride

It doesn’t get any better than this-
Bikes and brunch.
Meet at the Water’s Edge, formerly 400 Club, at 10:00 am, ride at 10:15.
We’ll ride the Rockville Ride and have brunch afterwards.
Fall colors should be in full blast by then.

The Water’s Edge buffet is $12.95.



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New Bike Rack at Albany Trail Head

Joel Schneider Auto Service of Albany donated this rack to the city of Albany for the Lake Wobegon Trail rest area by the library.
Thank You!


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Tour de Tap-Stillwater

Saturday, August 23. The route starts and ends at Lift Bridge Brewing Company in Stillwater. I will visit Flat Earth, Tin Whiskers, Urban Growler, Bang Brewery, Bent Brewstillery, Barley John’s Brew Pub, Big Wood and return to Lift Bridge. Google maps suggests it will be about 58 miles, assuming no wrong turns. If you don’t want to ride that far, you are welcome to join anywhere along the route. I keep a pretty tight schedule. Happy Biking! Al


Here’s the ride info pdf: Tour De Tap 082314

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Handlebar Happy Hour


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Handlebar Happy Hour

Back by popular demand: A casual ride from enchanted Inn to enchanted Inn.

Meet Friday, August 1 at 6 pm for refreshments at Rough Riders Bar and Grill in Holdingford. We will go for a ride on the Lake Wobegon/SOO Line Trails to Bowlus Liquors in-you guessed it-Bowlus for a break, then ride back to Rough Riders for dinner.

Total miles: 15, spandex optional

See you there!

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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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