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Twin Cities RBR Gathering – Sunday July 27th – An Invitation(8 posts)

Twin Cities RBR Gathering – Sunday July 27th – An InvitationScot_Gore
Jul 2, 2003 8:29 PM
Please join me for a RoadBikeReview gathering ride. Put some faces to handles, meet with folks who share a common passion, and ride your bike. I tried to take the ideas people posted in my "suggestion" post. Most wanted rural roads, so check out below.

The Plan:
Date/Time: Sunday July 27th / Noon
Start Place: My Home - 9503 Briar Circle Bloomington
Ride Route: South from Bloomington into Prior Lake, Shakopee and Back.

Route is on mostly shouldered rural roads, a few are no shoulder. I'm using Hwy 169 from the Louisville Swamp area to downtown Shakopee. This is a fairly high traffic road but has 6 foot plus shoulders of smooth new pavement. An alternative is Marystown Road (Co 15), a no shoulder county road (without the fun descent to the river). I'm also crossing the river at 101 and going up Flying Cloud Road, another busy road. It has a wide shoulder, but has a rumble strip on the white line. There's plenty of room to ride to the right of the strip. I choose this way to give folks the opportunity for a hill climb up Eden Prairie Road (or Dell if you want it even steeper). I'm open to alternatives, post in with your thoughts. As laid out above, the route is 52 miles.

All are welcome to stay for some post ride eats and drinks on my deck. We'll grill something and have some cold beverages. Here's how to get to my house.

Respond to this post if you plan to attend.

Hope to see as many as possible.

re: Twin Cities RBR Gathering – Sunday July 27th – An Invitationaliensporebomb
Jul 3, 2003 8:20 AM
Scot - sounds like fun. I'm having dental-heck done that
friday, hopefully I'll be in riding condition by sunday.

One possible roadblock would be if that's one of the
days the wife can get vacation (meaning we'd be up
north) but I'm thinking it should be do-able.

Highly probable-filtersweep
Jul 3, 2003 8:43 AM
Looks like a cool route - a departure from all the TCBC routes I've been riding this year. BTW- if anyone is interested in some cool weekly rides, let me know.
Dang!! out of town :-(PMC
Jul 3, 2003 10:10 AM
I'll have to miss it again this year :(

I will be in Michigan for a family reunion and hopefully some good riding from July 23rd through the 29th. My wife's family is from Gaylord MI which is where we'll be staying.

Filtersweep - I wouldn't mind hooking up for one of your TCBC rides sometime soon. "A" ride pace isn't a problem. Drop me an email off line at with what your club ride plans are in the next week or two and I'll try to work it in.

Hope you guys have a great time!

re: Twin Cities RBR Gathering – Sunday July 27th – An InvitationGeardaddy
Jul 3, 2003 11:40 AM
Noon start in late July - yeech! Better bring plenty of water and sunscreen. :)

I've been lurking on this ride discussion, waffling whether I can schedule it in or not. Sounds like fun though. Here are some comments on the route (I'm assuming that you want to go clockwise):

- Do you really want to climb up Hwy 13 and then the steep hill on McColl, just to come zipping down Hwy 18 to Eagle Creek Blvd? Why not just go more directly to Eagle Creek after crossing 101?

- Instead of going West on Hwy 14 to Hwy 169 north, you could just keep going past Odowd lake, which turns into Townline Rd going into Shakopee. You could also turn west on Hwy 79 and go west to Hwy 169, or even better keep going past Hwy 169 and cross the river on 41 going into Chaska (You can see here that I'd rather stay away from Hwy 169).

- You could just go all the way to Jordan, which would make the ride 60+ miles. The roads in Carver county following the river are nice (Hwys 40, 43, and 45). Only problem is that Hwy 282 is not so great, but I think you can go South a little more and take Hwy 10 going into Jordan instead. Heck, you could go all the way to Belle Plaine too, which would make the ride more like 80 miles.

- As far as climbing the hill after crossing the river from Shakopee, Bluff Creek Rd. is a nice gradual climb with a wider road. Hwy 101 is a killer climb of course. The problem with Bluff Creek or Hwy 101 is that you're forced to follow Pioneer trail on a busy/no shoulder section of road going east. Eden Prairie Rd. is good, but that first section is verrry steep. You could also just keep going on 212 too.

Hope this helps.
Thanks for the feedbackScot_Gore
Jul 3, 2003 12:41 PM
On last years ride I kept it very flat. At the end of the day, folks wanted a few more hills. When I laid out this route I tried to aim it a few climbs, so I routed us up the Hwy 13/McColl hill specifically to get at the hill climb.

Good to hear that you don't want to use Hwy 169. I like it's big smooth shoulder, but the 60 MPH traffic can be spooky. I was thinking of using Marystown Road straight into downtown Shakopee as an alternate route. What do you think of that ?

I choose the Eden Prairie Road route because of the steep climb. Filters been running with the goats this year so we can all watch him disappear over the crest together. I figured folks that didn't want to climb it could continue on 212 and we'll re-group at the SA at the top. What do you think of that plan ?

Thanks for the feedbackGeardaddy
Jul 3, 2003 1:41 PM
More hills - great! Bring it on.

I kind of like Townline instead of Marystown because it brings you directly to Hwy 101, thus less futsing around going through residential streets in Shakopee.

I think people should stick together. Eden Prairie road is fine. I go up it all of the time, but I need to use every bit of my 39X23 to get up that first part. Whatever.
re: Twin Cities RBR Gathering – Sunday July 27th – An Invitationfiltersweep
Jul 26, 2003 6:42 PM
Never one to just stand someone up, it is looking very unlikely that I will be able to attend tomorrow...