Grand Rapids 2021 – 3 Days of Bicycling

July 9-11 2021 – Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Grand Rapids is back again this year. I hope you can join us for 3 days of scenic touring in Itasca County. You won’t want to miss this great weekend of riding and socializing with old and new acquaintances. This year all routes will be departing from Grand Rapids.

Lodging –

Sorry it was not known for certain if this would be a TCBC group ride or not so lodging may be difficult to come by in the immediate area. Some notable hotels are the Country Inn, Super 8, AmericInn, & Timberlodge. There is also camping at the Pokegama Dam Campgrounds but I have heard the campgrounds are full right now. I would recommend making reservations as soon as possible.

Rides Information

Friday’s Ride will start from:
Klockcow Brewing Company
36 SE 10th Street
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Saturday and Sunday Rides from:
Super One Grocery Store (formerly Ogle’s) 
503 NW 4th Street (aka Hwy 2) 
Grand Rapids, MN 55744 (Park in the overflow Parking Lot north of the supermarket across 5th Street)

Route Info – This year we will have an additional ride leader – Jean Hurlbert will be leading a “B” level group and I will plan on leading the A/B group.

Day 1 Friday July 9 – Lake Pokegama Loop – Depart 12:45 PM from Klockcow Brewing Co. This new route was tested out last summer. It will take us north out of Grand Rapids. We will travel some beautiful back roads with wide shoulders and will pass several Lakes and a few parts of Lake Pokegama including the Wendigo Arm. Routes are being finalized with an option for 37 or 45 miles.

Day 2 Saturday July 10 – Depart 9:30 AM from Super One Grocery Store. We will head north out of GR on scenic gentle rolling terrain that will pass by many lakes and wooded forest. The route will eventually take us southwest into Deer River for the Wild Rice Festival. We will take our lunch break at the Wild Rice Festival featuring Wild Rice Hot dish Dinner and home-made pie. After lunch we will head west then south on parts of the Mississippi River National Bike Route as we make our way back into Cohasset and Grand Rapids. (50 to 60 mile options) Routes being finalized.

Day 3 Sunday July 11 – Depart 9:45 AM from Super Once Grocery Store – This route is still not finalized or quite determined yet. You can expect 35 to 55 miles options.

Rest Stops may be 20 to 25 miles between towns. Carry snacks and plenty of fluids.

Routes are subject to change depending on Road and Trail Construction. Routes will be on RWGPS soon to feature but don’t down load them until the day before as there could be changes.

Emergency Contact Form: “If you bring it, you won’t need it.” Hopefully that’s the case with the Emergency Contact form you will need to access off the TCBC website. If you would, please fill this out so we have contact info for you in case something should happen. Please fill out 2 copies—carry one with you on your bike and put the other in a sealed envelope and I’ll collect them on Friday and return them on Sunday.

Group Meals
Friday Night Dinner 6pm – We are currently reviewing where this dinner will take place once we have final head counts.

Saturday 6 pm – We will most likely do a cookout at the Pokegama Dam Campgrounds – Bring something to grill and a dish to share. More info on this once we know who is all coning.

Breakfast will be on your own. There will be rest stops on the routes to refuel.

RSVP by July 2nd to diane.ziemer@comcast.net if planning on attending to be included on the email list for final details and headcounts for dinner. Please email or call me with any questions. 612-247-4835.

Finalized routes will be added to the TCBC calendar soon.

Also if we have any golfers out there we will be golfing 9 holes at Pokegama Golf course on Friday morning at 8:30am before the ride. If you are interested you need to let me know by June 12th so I can reserve tee times. Cost is $34 for 9 holes + Riding Cart.