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Bike clubs progressive ride series cheats Mother Nature last Saturday

As last Saturday’s rain, sleet, and snow hindered many to the north and south of the Twin Cities, the first of twelve progressive ride series scathed Mother Nature’s ill mood.  With partially cloudy skies and temps hovering in the low 50’s the Hiawatha Bike Progressive Ride Series held its first ride in Roseville MN. An effort by Hiawatha Bicycling Club (HBC) and D’ Amico’s Restaurants to help more get in shape with upcoming bike activities and the club’s annual Tour D’Amico (TDA), 4th of July bike ride. The HBC Series offers three complimentary rides in four locations, Wayzata, Golden Valley, Edina, and Roseville. The first of three in Wayzata, MN starts this Saturday.

Participants on the HBC Progressive Ride I in Roseville leaving the Bicycle Chain Bike Shop

Participants on the HBC Progressive Ride I in Roseville leaving the Bicycle Chain Bike Shop

About the Progressive Ride Series

The total miles of the first ride of each ride location is approximately 12 to 14 miles. The second Ride will be approximately 16 to 18 miles and Ride III at each location will be approximately 22 to 24 miles. Each progressive group rides is carefully planned and ridden by HBC members that use these routes regularly, using a combination of trails and quiet neighborhood streets to give you a sampling of fun ways to get around each area.

Riders on the HBC Progressive Ride I, in Roseville, leaving D' Amico's who provided some delicious snacks

Riders on the HBC Progressive Ride I, in Roseville, leaving D’ Amico & Sons who provided some delicious snacks

Halfway through the ride participants will enjoy a scheduled rest stop at D’ Amico & Sons Restaurant. Those on the ride will enjoy a complimentary ‘tour salad sampler’ and a chance to taste D’ Amico’s Gelato Ice Cream. The terrain on these rides is rolling with a few modest hills, to test your stamina. Don’t worry, no one will be left behind as a ride leader will follow from behind to make sure everyone arrive back to the start, safely.  Kids under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate.

Hiawatha Bike Wayzata/Long Lake Progressive Ride I (this Saturday)

On Saturday, May 4, 2019, at 1 p.m. sharp, Ride I will offer you a chance to meet some new riding friends. With the opportunity to discover some new route options HBC offers through the year in the Wayzata area. The rides will start at Gear West Bike Shop, 1786 Wayzata Blvd, Long Lake, MN (parking one block north in the park). Remember to bring your helmet and if you need air for your tires or minor bike adjustments, please come early so the staff at the bike shop has time to help you before the ride.

HBC Progressive Ride II will be on May 18 and Ride III will be on June 8, see more details on the HBC Ride Events Calendar and RSVP.

Hiawatha Bike Golden Valley/Hopkins Progressive Ride I  

On Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 1 p.m. sharp, Ride I will offer you a chance to meet some new riding friends. With the opportunity to discover some new route options HBC offers through the year in the Golden Valley/Hopkins area. The rides will start at Tonka Cycle Bike Shop, 16 Shady Oak Rd, Hopkins, MN (parking one block north). Remember to bring your helmet and if you need air for your tires or minor bike adjustments, please come early so the staff at the bike shop has time to help you before the ride.

HBC Progressive Ride II will be on June 11 and Ride III will be on June 29, see more details on the HBC Ride Events Calendar and RSVP.

Hiawatha Bike Edina/Richfield Progressive Ride I  

On Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 1 p.m. sharp, Ride I will offer you a chance to meet some new riding friends. With the opportunity to discover some new route options HBC offers through the year in the Edina/Richfield area. The rides will start at Brown Cycle, 2323 W 66th St, Richfield, MN (parking lot rear of store). Remember to bring your helmet and if you need air for your tires or minor bike adjustments, please come early so the staff at the bike shop has time to help you before the ride.

HBC Progressive Ride II will be on June 2 and Ride III will be on June 22, see more details on the HBC Ride Events Calendar and RSVP.

Hiawatha Bike Roseville/N. St Paul Progressive Ride II 

On Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 1 p.m. sharp, Ride II will offer you another chance to meet some new riding friends. With the opportunity to discover some new route options HBC offers through the year in the north St. Paul area. The rides will start at Bicycle Chain (parking lot near the street at 1712 Lexington Ave North). Remember to bring your helmet and if you need air for your tires or minor bike adjustments, please come early so the staff at the bike shop has time to help you before the ride.

HBC Progressive Ride III will be on June 8 see more details on the HBC Ride Events Calendar and RSVP.

About the Tour D’ Amico

Find old and new friends on the Tour D'Amico Bike Ride

Find old and new friends on the Tour D’Amico Bike Ride

For more information on the Tour D’ Amico on the 4th of July, check out their website here.

Today's 'riding into the Monday morning sun' bike pic captures another beautiful  spring weather day before summer begins. Here, bikers are on the annual Tour D'Amico (TDA) bike ride, on the 4th of July.

Bike Pic June 18, riding into the Monday morning sun on TDA

Today’s ‘riding into the Monday morning sun’ bike pic captures another beautiful  spring weather day before summer begins. Here, bikers are on the annual Tour D’Amico (TDA) bike ride, on the 4th of July, in the western section of the Twin Cities suburbs.

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If you are in the Twin Cities, what a fun way to spend the early part of your 4th of July, then the Tour D'Amico (TDA) bike ride. 

Tour D’Amico bike ride option, if you are in the Twin Cities over the 4th

If you are in the Twin Cities what a fun way to spend the early part of your 4th of July, then at the Tour D’Amico (TDA) bicycle ride. This year the Hiawatha Bicycling Club (HBC) and D’Amico & Son’s Restaurants invites you to start your Independence Day celebration with a scenic bike ride and  a delicious picnic upon your return. Now in its 19th year, select from one of four scenic routes options for a fun day.

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The 19th Annual TDA begins in Golden Valley, MN to start the days festivities.

Tour D’Amico bike ride registration

Registration is in the court area outside D’Amico Restaurant in the Golden Valley Commons Shopping Center, just off Highway 55 and Winnetka Avenue. You can pick up your ride packet or sign up with day-of registration and start riding between 8 to 10:30 a.m. on the Fourth.

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Hiawatha bike club members greeting riders as they check in at the registration table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All four routes, through the western suburbs of the Twin Cities, are signed and supported. Maps and Ride with GPS will be available to further assist you on this fun bike tour. Along the way enjoy stopping at several rest stops for refreshments and treats. Then at the end of your ride savor a D’Amico & Sons American/Italian al fresco picnic lunch.

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What a fun way to spend the early part of your  4th of July holiday. Leisurely riding the scenic parkways and trails with family and friends.

The Tour D’Amico bike ride starts and ends in Golden Valley

The 44 mile Tour D'Amico map

The 44 mile Tour D’Amico map

Choose from the 20, 29, 44 or 62.2 mile scenic route all mapped to give everyone riding a chance to explore some of the Twin Cities newest bike boulevards and trails. Riding through parts of Edina, Hopkins, Plymouth and Wayzata before returning back to Golden Valley.

Along the way, enjoy the Tour D’Amico’s selfie contest

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Riders always enjoy the Selfie Contest on TDA.

 

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Riders who enter the selfie contest will have fun and may win a prize.

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With helmets on and a cell phone ready to take pictures, riders prepare for TDA, having fun with old and new friends.

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Some of the Tour D’ Amico rider’s warming up for the selfie contest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Riders on the Tour D’Amico route

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They have come to ride the Tour D’ Amico from as far away as Burlington, Iowa.

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An adventure awaits these two as they leave Golden Valley.

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The last two to leave the Golden Valley parking lot, are the Hiawatha Bicycling Club Ride Marshall’s, making sure everyone returns safely.

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The tours first rest stops on TDA is a Cub Grocery Store, in Plymouth MN.

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Our happy Hiawatha Bicycling Club hosts at the Plymouth Station Rest Stop.

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Riders enjoying bananas and other treats before heading back out on the course.

With beautiful weather scheduled, riders will enjoy the low traffic roads, fun trails and scenic landscapes along the way.

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This guy knows how to travel and celebrate the 4th of July, will you join him?

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Riding the route to the next rest stop, D’ Amico’d in Wayzata.

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TDA riders will enjoy some of D’ Amico and Sons tasty salads, fruits and other treats at the second rest stop.

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With this photo, you know it’s good… do we need to say more!

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Here TDA riders, from all four routes meander together around Lake Minnetonka’s shoreline to Hopkins for another tasty rest stop.

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More happy riders ready to check out the rest stop at the Hopkins Depot.

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It looks like this rest stop was as good as the last two!

Time to head back for a Tour D’Amico picnic

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Here, this TDA rider makes her way back to D’ Amico’s in Golden Valley for the delicious picnic.

 

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Still smiling, on the last section of the 2017 Tour D’ Amico, riders here make their way back to Golden Valley for a picnic lunch in the court area, next to the fountain.

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With so many choices, the dessert bars are sinfully delicious.

Join in on the fun sharing your TDA experience with old and new friends over a D'Amicos picnic lunch.

Join in on the fun sharing your TDA experience with old and new friends over a D’Amico’s picnic lunch.

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Everyone always enjoys the fine food and refreshments D’ Amico’s served after the ride – Sign up today! 

About Hiawatha Bicycling Club

Join the club at Hiawathbike.org to learn more about all the fun rides they lead, like the Tour D’ Amico.

Proceeds from the Tour D’Amico over the last few year’s have benefited the Children’s Lighthouse, trail maintenance projects in the Twin Cities and the bike education program of the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota.

Hiawatha Bicycling Club donates proceeds from Tour D’Amico

Here in the photo above, Katheryn Jensen, from the Special Olympics Minnesota receives a check for $500 from John Escritt, a member of Hiawatha Bicycling Club and current director of the Tour D’ Amico (TDA), 4th of July bike ride. The donation was presented at the North Star Bicycle Festival and Grand Prix planning meeting on Monday night.

From the proceed raised this year at the 16th Annual TDA Ride,  a portion of the proceeds were also shared with the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (BikeMN) for education, Midtown Greenway and to Three Rivers Parks, for trail maintenance.  Sponsored by D’ Amico & Sons Restaurants, the Annual 4th of July Ride for 2016 is again scheduled with three routes and an Italian picnic planned at the end.

About Special Olympics Minnesota

Special Olympics Minnesota is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy and benefit from participation in individual and team sports, adapted as necessary to meet the needs of those with intellectual and physical disabilities.

Special Olympics Minnesota believes that consistent training is essential to the development of sports skills, and that competition among those of equal abilities is the most appropriate means of testing these skills, measuring progress and providing incentives for personal growth.

Special Olympics Minnesota believes that through sports training and competition, people with intellectual disabilities benefit physically, mentally and socially; families are strengthened; and the community at large, both through participation and observation, is united in understanding people with intellectual disabilities in an environment of equality, respect and acceptance. Special Olympics of Minnesota.

About Hiawatha Bicycling Club

The Hiawatha Bicycling Club is a recreational riding club. Every month during the season they provide about 60 rides that appeal to a wide variety of rider skills and desires. They offer slow, medium and fast rides, rides ranging  from 15 to 100 miles in length, over many types of terrain. The Club is social in nature, with many rides built around casual riding, sight-seeing, meals, charitable activities, etc. You will find their rides throughout the 11-county Twin City metropolitan area, in other states and even in other countries. Check them out, they may have your kind of ride! Hiawatha Bicycling Club.

Bike Pic Dec. 3, making time to kick back and relax

Here above, riders of Hiawatha Bicycling Club kick back with a cool drink and relax at a local rest stop, on one of their favorite Friday Night bike routes that cruise the bike friendly roads and trails in the western suburbs of  Minnesota’s Twin Cities.

Thanks for viewing the Bike Pic of the Day here at HaveFunBiking (HFB). 

Now, rolling into our 10th year as a bicycle media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike, while showcasing unforgettable places to ride. As we search and present more fun photos worth a grin, scroll through the information and stories we have posted to help you find your next adventure. Then, while out there if you see us along a paved or mountain bike trail, next to the route you regularly commute on, or at an event you plan to attend with your bike, be prepared to smile. You never know where our camera’s will be and what we will post next!

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