Tour de Togo History

1992

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Riders

10

Rookies

10

Funds Raised

$2,600

Route

  • Centerville

  • Moose Lake

  • Hibbing

  • Camp

First ever - and they thought it'd never last.  Truth is, after the 100 mile soaker the first day, I had my own doubts.  Centerville start, to Moose Lake, tent camped, then on to Hibbing.  Last day to camp I rode Allen Keller's spare bike as mine was lame.  Funny because I was the self-proclaimed tour mechanic that year.
The T-shirt was an after-thought which became a tradition, another great addition Allen made to the tour.  It was a Blue shirt with black imprint of our ride logo.

1993

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Riders

15

Rookies

8

Funds Raised

$4,900

Route

  • Centerville

  • Moose Lake

  • Hibbing

  • Camp

Same route as in 92, which was good cause we had our hands full with improving many other parts of the tour.
We printed a green T-shirt with pink and white imprint on back. There was a small "C.O.G.S." logo on the front.  Bonus points for any who recalls the acronym for COGS.

1994

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Riders

22

Rookies

10

Funds Raised

$6,800

Route

  • Centerville

  • Moose Lake

  • Hibbing

  • Camp

We printed a white T-shirt with bike logo.  Actual color background on shirt was blue at top, fade to yellow, fade to red on bottom.

1995

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Riders

23

Rookies

8

Funds Raised

$7,000

Route

  • Centerville

  • Moose Lake

  • Hibbing

  • Camp

Printed a white T-shirt with bike logo.  Actual color background on shirt was red at top, fade to yellow, fade to green on bottom.

1996

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Riders

24

Rookies

5

Funds Raised

$7,800

Route

  • Centerville

  • Moose Lake

  • Hibbing

  • Camp

Don Helgager and Jim Williamson co-lead this tour.
Same route as 92 - 95.  By now we had a love-hate thing with this route.
We printed a white T-shirt with biker riding into sunset.  This artwork was "borrowed" from the TREK 100 charity ride.  We gave it back.

1997

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Riders

39

Rookies

19

Funds Raised

$11,500

Route

  • St Cloud

  • Aitken

  • Hibbing

  • Camp

At this point, we started getting a bit tired of the "Old School Route" so we ventured out and partnered with the St Cloud church of Christ for a new starting point on a very new route. First day turned out to be 110 miles and super hot.  Tough break.

Gave out a white T-shirt with the first-ever appearance of Bear On Bike, or "BOB" logo.  Note that Bob is riding a loaded touring bike with no helmet.  Yikes.  One of our best tours.

1998

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Riders

29

Rookies

9

Funds Raised

$10,000

Route

  • Hugo

  • Moose Lake

  • Hibbing

  • Camp

We went back to the Old School Route having learned our lessons on planning really long days of riding.  Maybe 97 was just an abnormality with a high rider turnout, but we were a bit down on numbers in 98. Was it the route? The heat? We may never know.

We made up a batch of off-white 3/4 sleeve polo with Mountain bike logo embroidered on the front breast.

1999

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Riders

37

Rookies

12

Funds Raised

$12,000

Route

  • Hugo

  • Moose Lake

  • Hibbing

  • Camp

Old School Route, again.  Very hot.  Put a couple in the hospital for a few hours with over-heating issues.  We had the two tandem recumbents along.

Off-white T-shirt with ride logo on back.  Small BOB on the front breast.

2000

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Riders

22

Rookies

2

Funds Raised

$8,700

Route

  • Woodbury

  • Hinkley

  • Esko

  • Hibbing

  • Camp

I believe this was the four day - but I could be mistaken.
We awarded a white T-shirt with simple MN logo which I believe Katie Weseman designed.

2001

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Riders

27

Rookies

9

Funds Raised

$10,000

Route

  • Hugo

  • Moose Lake

  • Hibbing

  • Camp

BOB finally breaks down and gets a road bike and helmet.  Judging from the celeste green color of the bike, I'm guessing Bianchi.  Quite honestly - I don't remember what route we rode.

We got roomy green T-shirts with BOB logo embroidered on front breast.

2002

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Riders

36

Rookies

7

Funds Raised

$12,800

Route

  • Brainerd

  • Remer

  • Hibbing

  • Camp

I believe Allen Keller lead this tour and a fine tour it turned out to be.  We tried out a new route which I think really added at lot.

We all got a white T-shirt with BOB ride logo. This shirt had the towns we went through listed on the back [like a rock band tour].  This route, I remember.

2003

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Riders

30

Rookies

8

Funds Raised

$10,400

Route

  • Park Rapids

  • Remer

  • Hibbing

  • Camp

Another new route borrowing a bit from 2002.  This was Trevor's first year leading the tour.  The blue BOB makes sense with the jersey, but no clue why the Jamaican helmet motif, mahn.

Our first year with a jersey for the riders.  Just off the rack, but it's a bear.  Still have mine.  Yes, that's a younger me styling it.

2004

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Riders

38

Rookies

10

Funds Raised

$15,900

Route

  • Hinkley

  • Duluth

  • Hibbing

  • Camp

We were on a roll with yet another new route and this one was very pretty. First day [down hill] into Duluth was super easy.  But we made up for it with day two. The climb from Duluth is still talked about. Trevor Thomas was our fearless leader.  We had a really great pledge total close to 16K.
Our first full custom jersey came with a good amount of corporate sponsorship. This was the birth of the claw graphic.

2005

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Riders

40

Rookies

13

Funds Raised

$8,500

Route

  • Hugo

  • Moose Lake

  • Hibbing

  • Camp

We went back to the Old School Route, Trevor's third tour and best ever ridership of any prior year. 

We gave out a "Bearly Made It" bicycle jersey by Primal Ware.  Because it has a bear, of course.

2006

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Riders

29

Rookies

7

Funds Raised

$11,200

Route

  • Duluth

  • Biwabik

  • Hibbing

  • Camp

Duluth, to Biwabik,  to Hibbing, to Camp. Shorter but hilly.  The first day going along the shore of Lake Superior, glowing sun coming through a morning mist - wow.  Climb from Two Harbors, 13 miles of grade.  Uff-dah!  Entire tour stayed in an enormous (out of business) Bed and Breakfast mansion that the Nadings arranged.  Very cool.  Departed from t-shirts and jerseys to award a Tour Gym Bag.

2007

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Riders

30

Rookies

14

Funds Raised

$11,800

Route

  • Camp

  • Grand Rapids

  • Hibbing

  • Camp

This was our first ever loop route. The logistics of a loop route are much easier as far as getting riders/drivers back to their original vehicle after the ride.  Scenic Hwy 7 is a very pretty ride. We had three tandem teams.

We offered a stock jersey with an FPYC camp patch sew on (by hand by Tour Elves).

2008

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Riders

22

Rookies

4

Funds Raised

$13,000

Route

  • Hugo

  • Moose Lake

  • Hibbing

  • Camp

We used the Old School Route.  Ridership was down a bit but we had a really excellent pledge total.

We created a full custom jersey with Mirror Lake pictured on the front. Want to say Allen Keller is the photographer, but not for sure.

2009

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Riders

22

Rookies

3

Funds Raised

$10,000

Route

  • Camp

  • International Falls

  • Chisholm

  • Camp

We ran an interesting international loop route to the boarder town of International Falls. The longer day was Saturday.  Nice finish on day 3.
We gave out a stock long-sleeve jersey with FPYC logo on front and US/Canada flags on back. We departed from tradition by awarding the jersey on Thursday evening before the ride.  Friday (stage 1) was cold and rainy.  The long sleeve was just the thing.

2010

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Riders

28

Rookies

9

Funds Raised

$10,100

Route

  • Bemidji

  • Grand Rapids

  • Hibbing

  • Camp

We started from the Bemidji church of Christ, and after pictures with Paul and Babe made the trek to Grand Rapids.  Day two offered a first ever A/B (read short/long) route to Hibbing.   Nice tour: one flat, no injuries, super soaker on day two.

We did a stock bicycle jersey with Bear On Bike logo embroidered on front. Crashed the internet with controversy as to the color: greenish-blue, or blueish-green?

2011

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Riders

30

Rookies

9

Funds Raised

$12,000

Route

  • Hugo

  • Moose Lake

  • Hibbing

  • Camp

Our 20th Anniversary!  We rode the Old School Route.  Nice tour, hot on day one and three, a bit wet on day two but no one seemed to mind the tail wind.

We worked with Primal Wear on a full custom bicycle jersey with lots of racing color, checkered Flag, a bear claw on back and a small tribute to a race well run.

2012

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Riders

25

Rookies

0

Funds Raised

$15,000

Route

  • Hugo

  • Moose Lake

  • Hibbing

  • Camp

Tana DuPaul was tour director.  We rode the Old School Route.  Really nice tour:  Great weather, no rain.  Pledge total over $15,000 was one of our best of previous tours.  We used Razoo.com for some pledge gathering.

This was a semi-custom bicycle Jersey from Primal Wear.  Design was done by Amanda Warzecha.

2013

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Riders

21

Rookies

2

Funds Raised

$9,400

Route

  • Camp

  • Hoyt Lakes

  • Hibbing

  • Camp

It was our 22nd Tour. Didn't realize how confusing it would be in a decade. We started and ended at camp.  We hit Hoyt Lakes day one, circled back to Hibbing, then Hibbing to camp.  Use a lot of the Mesabi Trail, one of our sponsors. Challenging headwind coming into Chisholm but otherwise a great weekend for riding.

Full-custom bicycle Jersey from Podium Wear.  Design was inspired by Kathryn James and Nick Pappas.

2014

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Riders

24

Rookies

5

Funds Raised

$12,000

Route

  • Hugo

  • Moose Lake

  • Hibbing

  • Camp

Went back to Old School Route.  A bit soggy on the way out of Hugo but as the day worn on, good riding.  Day two featured a detour due to bridge work.  Roughish roads - just a bit warm.  Final day was overcast with a north headwind to humble us.  Overall, a good ride!

Our jersey was a stock Primal Wear design.

2015

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Riders

23

Rookies

7

Funds Raised

$13,000

Route

  • Duluth

  • Hoyt Lakes

  • Hibbing

  • Camp

Did a beautiful route very similar to the 2006 Tour, starting in Duluth, traveling along the North Shore. Made Hoyt Lakes for day one, after 13 mile climb up from Two Harbors.  Day two had a new section of the Mesabi Trail north of Aurora, which was a hoot all the way to Giants Ridge.  Trail all the way to Hibbing.  Only a bit of rain on final day.  Had a good rookie turnout.

Our jersey was a full custom produced by Podium Wear.

2016

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Riders

46

Rookies

17

Funds Raised

$33,000

Route

  • Camp

  • Grand Rapids

  • Hibbing

  • Camp

Nice roads day one and half of day two.  Hwy 73 got gappy again. Three tandem teams. Record setting tour for total riders, oldest rider, youngest riders, and best fund raising result for FPYC.

Our jersey was full custom design which incorporated Diane May pen & ink sketches from around the FPYC campus.

2017

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Riders

15

Rookies

2

Funds Raised

$11,000

Route

  • Hugo

  • Moose Lake

  • Hibbing

  • Camp

Old School route was used for this tour. We had a couple of riders go down. Road construction was at issue; some pretty bad crashes had everyone praying for the hurt. For such a low number of riders, our funds raised was very respectable. I believe Tana DePaul was Tour Director.


Our jersey was a stock lime Green bicycle themed design.

2018

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Riders

16

Rookies

4

Funds Raised

$13,000

Route

  • Camp

  • Camp

  • Hibbing

  • Camp

Thanks to Tana's imagination we did our first ever "hoola-hoop" route: Camp out and back to camp on Friday, Camp to Hibbing via Virginia on Saturday, Hibbing back to Camp on Sunday.  .

Our jersey was full custom design of lumberjack red-plaid with a small tribute to Steve & Pat.

2019

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Riders

14

Rookies

3

Funds Raised

$8,000

Route

  • Hibbing

  • Ely

  • Camp

  • Hibbing

First ever start from Hibbing. Turned out really fun. Used Mesabi Trail out to Ely on day one. Very pretty ride. Day two took us through Cook and back to FPYC.  Did our traditional final day in reverse which was kinda fun.

Our jersey was full custom design with a very Ely outdoor theme. I liked this one a lot.

2020

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Riders

33

Rookies

13

Funds Raised

$15,000

Route

  • Hibbing

  • Camp

  • Camp

  • Hibbing

In a year of complete disruption, the 2020 Tour had no choice but to be a complete mashup of weirdness.  We left Hibbing for camp via Big Fork. Second day offered a road-ride out and back, AND an off-road 28 mile mountain bike course. Then back to Hibbing from camp on day three, just like 2019. The MTB stage option proved to be a great draw and likely to be repeated.

Our jersey was full custom design, super simple, but bold and sharp - a bit of order and symmetry in a year that needed it. 

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