by Russ Lowthian
In this photo recap, the Hiawatha Bicycling Club (HBC) celebrates the Tour D’ Amico (TDA) bike ride and picnic for the 20th year. A premier 4th of July bicycle celebration, it all began as a fun club gathering to bring old and new friends together to build membership and community ties. With the slogan “Eat Well, Laugh Often and Ride” the tradition of Tour D’ Amico hasn’t changed much over the years with the long-standing partnership with D’ Amico and Sons Restaurants. Each year, on Independence Day, the Tour offers several scenic route options with a fabulous picnic lunch at the end. No different this year, the delicious buffet was served al fresco style, around the water fountain at the Golden Valley D’ Amico’s location. Delicacies include special pasta salads, fresh fruit, dessert bars, and beverages as you will notice in some of the pictures below. Enjoy by all!
A special thanks to Hoang Pham for helping me shoot some of the photos you are about to enjoy.
This first picture shows Ed Newman (The 2019 TDA Director) and some of his staff enjoying dinner at D’Amicos in Golden Valley, after some preliminary TDA set-up the evening before.
Along with all the HBC volunteers it takes to make this annual holiday celebration a success, a special thank’s the TDA sponsor: D’Amico & Sons, Plymouth Hyvee, Bread Smith, Great Harvest, Kwik Trip, Tonka Cycle, Brown’s Bicycles, and Wheely Good Bikes. Please stop in and thank them for their generosity.
The 20th Tour D’ Amico bike ride and celebration
First thing in the morning as riders arrived, HBC volunteers were there to greet and direct them to where they should park their cars in the complimentary parking area.
At the registration area, riders visited with old and new friends while checking in.
Heading out on the first leg of TDA
With a few adjustments to the 21, 29, 42 and 62-mile routes, from previous years, riders headed towards the Plymouth Station.
Happy TDA riders on routes riding towards the Plymouth Station.
The first TDA rest stop
On the way to Wayzata
With hydration and energy needs covered riders were back on their selected route, making their way to D’ Amico’s in Wayzata.
Riding downtown, motorists are courteous to cyclists making the community of Wayzata a bike-friendly place to ride.
You may have a chance to ride next to a vintage big wheel bike, as these TDA riders enjoyed while passing through downtown Wayzata.
The next rest stop D’ Amico’s in Wayzata
More TDA riders out in front at the Wayzata D’ Amico’s.
Along Lake Minnetonka to Hopkins
Leaving D’ Amico’s in Wayzata riders enjoy a cool southwest breeze off the lakes while riding along the shoreline on their way to Hopkins.
One last look as riders arriving, departing and enjoying the delicious samples of foods before returning back to Golden Valley.
On the road again
Rolling through the neighborhoods in Hopkins the next rest stops was just ahead in Burns Park.
The Hopkins rest stop
A new location, due to the construction of the Southwest LRT, the Burns Park offered a relaxing atmosphere for TDA riders who stopped. A special thanks to BreadSmith, Great Harvest, KwikTrip and Brown’s Bicycles for making this rest stop possible.
Time to head back for a D’ Amico’s 4th of July picnic buffet.
Heading back to Golden Valley.
Back to Golden Valley for a delicious picnic
Don’t be a stranger, Hiawatha Bike Club offers rides through the year
For all that have ridden TDA, thank you, the Hiawatha Bike Club enjoys sharing the routes they ide. Check the HBC Calendar and come ride with them throughout the year. Otherwise, “Eat Well, Ride Often” and they will see you on the 4th, in 2020.