COWs 2018 Spring Rally May 18 – 20 Racine, WI
Hosted by: Beth & Pat Peterson
Membership information is provided on the Join the Herd tab. You can also click here to be directed to an online membership and spring rally registration form.
Host Hotel: Delta Hotels Racine, 7111 Washington Avenue Hwy 20, Racine WI. Group rate for Couples on Wheels / COWs is $99 per night. The hotel is holding rooms at this special rate until April 18th and they will not guarantee this rate for reservations made after this date. For reservations you can click here to be directed to an online reservation portal created for our event, or call (800)228-9290 or (262)886-6100. You can also access online reservations by clicking here, then select your dates of 5/18 – 5/20/18, followed by clicking on “View Rates” and entering one of the following group codes. Our group reservation code is coucoua for 1 king bed or coucoub for 2 queen beds. There will not be a dedicated room for tandem storage but the hotel will allow you to take your tandem into the rooms on the first floor. So if you plan to store your Tandem in your room please make sure you request a first floor room when you make your reservation.
Friday May 18: Rally check in will be available starting at noon. The traditional ice cream ride route will be approximately 20 miles long.
Saturday May 19: 9 a.m. mass start from the hotel. Routes will include short, medium and long.
The COWs annual banquet and business meeting will be held in the hotel banquet room. Social hour with a cash bar will start at 5:00 p.m. with dinner at 6:00 p.m. A two-entrée buffet will feature Chicken Parmesan and Vegetable Lasagna as well as salad, sides, and dessert. Meals for certain special diets can be requested on the 2018 COWs Membership and Spring Rally Form. The cost of the banquet is $30.00 per person. In order to provide a final count to the hotel your reservation and payment must be received by May 5th. We will not be able to provide any refunds after the May 5th deadline.
Sunday May 20: A breakfast ride route will be provided with your choice of start time.
Note that you must be a 2018 COWs member to ride in the Spring Rally. There is no additional fee beyond the $15.00 per team membership to ride all three days. But for planning purposes we do want to know if you plan to ride in the rally so we can have sufficient maps.
COWS Wrangler Ride – June 15-16-17 – Boulder Junction
Hosted by: John and Joan Laabs: 715-281-3800
Join us for all or even part of this fun 3-day rally. We will primarily bike the “flat-out amazing” Heart of Vilas County Bike Trail. This 47-mile trail is fully paved and famous for its multiple bridges as well as beautiful lake, river, and woods scenery.
Our Friday route will be approximately 25 miles. On Saturday we will have 3 routes: short, medium and long with various destinations. On Sunday we will have 2 routes planned. The expansive Northwoods area of Boulder Junction, Manitowish Waters, Presque Isle, Sayner, Star Lake and other nearby communities provides a fantastic opportunity for great biking.
We have reserved 7 rooms at $89 per night at Acorn Lodge in downtown Boulder Junction and can add more rooms as needed. This hotel has very comfortable rooms with 2 queen beds and with both inside lobby entrance and outdoor back entrances. Bikes may be brought into the rooms. Rooms and rates are guaranteed up to 30 days prior to event.
There is a huge great room with fireplace for socializing and a large heated pool and hot tub. For reservation ask for the COWS group rate: 715-385-2150.
Please let us know if you plan to attend. For those who respond, we will contact you with a time and place to meet on Friday afternoon. We, and several other COWS couples, already have suggestions for great restaurants/coffee shops/ice cream shops and even some neat shopping opportunities.
COWs Wrangler Ride (after MTR September 4 & 5, 2018) – Traverse City, MI
Hosted by: Steve & Sandy Mitton
The 2018 MTR will be in Grand Rapids, MI and we are planning a wrangler ride for COWs members in the Traverse City MI area. Since this is a Wrangler Ride you must be a COWs member to join us for the rides.
Traverse City is 2 hours North of Grand Rapids and offers some beautiful rides, wineries and breweries, as well as a fun downtown area. We plan to lead group rides on Tuesday September 4th and Wednesday September 5th.
Bayshore Resort 833 East Front Street Traverse City MI Phone: 800-634-4401 Call directly and ask for the rate for “Couples on Wheels” The rate applies for check-in Monday September 3rd and check-out Thursday September 6th. You do not have to reserve for the full 3 nights to receive the group rate. They do allow bikes in the rooms but suggested a first floor room as the elevators might not fit a tandem. The hotel is on the West Bay and has a sand beach, an indoor pool and whirlpool, and a complimentary breakfast.
Bayfront (on the Bay, patio or private balcony, 2 queens): $159 per night plus tax
Eastside (private balcony, 2 queens or 1 king): $129 per night plus tax
Standard (2 queens or 1 king): $119 per night plus tax