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The Springfield Bicycle Club (SBC) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote bicycling and to provide a meeting ground for Springfield Illinois area bicyclists.

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2018 SBC Cycling Challenge

Challenge #2 Update

Sunday June 10th is the second SBC Cycling Challenge of the year.

The early weather forecast for Sunday looks promising. The start is at Stuart Park in Springfield. Registration is FREE and will open shortly after 7 am, please arrive EARLY to get registered. Registration will close sharply at 7:55 so we can start promptly at 8 am. Sometimes registration can take more time than we like so check in early please.

This Ride will offer 3 distances: 32 miles to Athens, 53 to Petersburg, and 104 to Oakford and Chandlerville.

FREE GPS Map uploads to your GPS device: 
• 32 mile:
• 53 mile:
• 104 mile:

PDF maps are also available for download:

• 32 mile:
• 53 mile:
• 104 mile:

See you this Sunday!

-Larry & Vanessa Willmore


Challenge #1 Update

Get ready to ride for your medals this year!

The first SBC Challenge Ride of 2018 is less than a week away! Please join us this Sunday, April 29th at Rochester Community Park. Challenge #1 starts at 9:00 a.m. Be sure to arrive early to sign sign in and get credit for your challenge miles.

There will be 3 route options:
26 miles: Rochester-Riverton-Rochester. Download Map
57 miles: Rochester-Illiopolis-Rochester. Download Map
103 miles: Rochester-Mt. Pulaski-Decatur. Download map

Route maps and cue sheets will be available at the sign up station. Sunday’s weather forecast currently predicts sunny skies, warm temps and favorable winds.

Mother Nature has finally agreed to allow spring to arrive in Central Illinois. There is no better way to embrace a beautiful spring day, than on a bike with your friends.

We will also have 2017 award medals on hand for those who were unable to attend the annual SBC winter banquet.

See you this Sunday!

-Larry & Vanessa Willmore

 It's That Time Again!  Get yourself and bike ready to continue "The SBC Cycling Challenge". The Cycling Challenge is designed to aid in your cycling fitness and accomplish a hopeful Goal of completing of completing your chosen distance option on the annual CCC Classic Century ride in September.

The full 2018 Challenge schedule is:

  • Sunday, April 29

  • Sunday, June 10

  • Sunday, August 5

  • Sunday, August 26 

  • Sunday, September 9 (46th Annual CCC Classic Ride)
This year's Challenge leaders are Larry and Vanessa Willmore. Thanks for stepping up, Larry and Vanessa! And kudos  and to Derek and Brigetta Ewing, who developed the Challenge series and led it for several years.  For more information about the Challenge, contact Larry & Vanessa at 494-6880 (mobile) or

Each daily Challenge consists of a century (100 miles) ride with shorter ride options of approximately 25 miles and 50 miles.  The first four challenges are free and totally self supported. 

The Cycling Challenge ends with the signature event of the Sept. 7-9 CCC Weekend, the 46th Annual Classic Capital City Century Ride on Sunday, September 9th. This ultimate challenge features 33-mile half metric, 62-mile metric, 100-mile century, and 125-mile double metric ride options.  

The SBC Cycling Challenge takes you on low traveled roads and through small quiet towns.  Rest stops along the way might be the local mom and pop restaurant or a convenience store.  To help insure that everyone has someone to ride with, there will be groups at all ride levels, and someone riding at the back of the 25-mile group to make sure no one gets left behind,

All riders who complete the series minimum of 3 rides are placed on the SBC Challenge Wall of Fame.  In addition you may receive a Gold, a Silver or a Bronze Award for all of your hard work in achieving your cycling goal.  Your mileage is recorded and a point awarded for each mile. (SBC members' TO and FROM miles can be counted as SBC ride miles but are not counted towards CHALLENGE totals.)

Click to see the 2017 Wall of Fame and the 2016 Wall of Fame.

Award Earned – Points (miles) needed:

Bronze: 125 – 199
Silver:   200 – 374
Gold:    375+

Awards will be distributed at the January 2019 SBC Awards Banquet and can also be received without attending the banquet.