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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.

HomeApril 2017 Ride Schedule

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Weekday Daytime Rides Check start times!
Monday thru
Friday
10:00 a.m.
Morning Geezer Ride
Washington Park Pavilion on the South side of the park
Pete Gudmundson, 523-8200
Show-N-Go ride for retired geezers or those hoping to become geezers. No leader or map, but Pete shows up often enough for this ride that he can answer questions. Participating riders should turn in miles to the club records keeper. Start time may change due to weather and other considerations. Please call ahead.
Monday thru Friday
9:00 a.m.
Vredenburg Park
Saxon Dr & Crusaders Rd
Derek Ewing, 624-2016
Weekday A-Ride. The weekday ride is a No Drop Ride, but riders should be able to maintain speeds of 18-20 mph for 20 to 40 miles between stops. Usually includes a stop midway.
Monday thru
Friday
10:00 a.m.
Vredenburg Park
Saxon Dr & Crusaders Rd
Tom Clark, 726-5560
BCD — Weekday Club Ride. Show-N-Go. Ride the trails or go out in the country. Turn in miles to the records keeper. There is no ride leader, but Tom can answer questions about this ride.
Monday thru
Friday
Noon
IDOT, Lost Bridge Trail
Dirksen Parkway
Show-N-Go
BCD — Lunch Ride. Skip lunch and ride the trails or go out into the country. Turn your miles in to the Records Keeper.
Monday thru
Friday
12:15 p.m.
Strike & Spare
Durkin & West Lawrence
Dave Ross 789-4823
BC — Westside Lunch Ride. We’ll hop on the Sangamon Valley Trail or head out into the country.

Weekday Evening Rides Check start times!
Mondays
5:30 p.m.
Parking lot at east end of Wabash Trail by Sonic
Wabash Ave & Park St
Alan Whitaker, 494-6807
BC — Leave from the east end of the trail at 5:30 p.m. Those riding from Parkway Pointe theater (Lindbergh Blvd & Robbins Rd) will start a few minutes earlier to allow time to sign in. This popular ride will get you 16 miles from Sonic or 21 miles from Parkway Pointe. Lights recommended.
Tuesdays
5:30 p.m.
IDOT
Dirksen Pkwy & Ash St
Show-N-Go
BCD — Show-N-Go along the Lost Bridge Trail. Turn miles in to the club records keeper. Lights recommended.
Wednesdays 5:30 p.m. Sangamon Valley Trail
South End Parking Lot
Bunker Hill Rd
Ted Sunder, 698-9194
BC — Ride the trail with Ted for 12 miles or add a low traffic county road to the airport for a total of 15. Lights recommended.
Thursdays
5:30 p.m.
IDOT
Dirksen Pkwy & Ash St
Show-N-Go
Show-N-Go along the Lost Bridge Trail. Turn miles in to the club records keeper. Lights recommended.
Monday through Friday
6:00 p.m.
Pana Trail, Lake Taylorville parking lot, Rt 29
Charlie Witsman, 299-7038
Show-N-Go – Ride on the Lincoln Heritage Trail. Turn in miles to the club records keeper. Call Charlie if you need information about trail conditions or directions. Lights required.
Scheduled Rides and Events Check start times!
Saturdays and Sundays
9:00 a.m.
NOTE:
Location and time may vary (see Facebook page)
Vredenburg Park
Saxon Dr & Crusaders Rd

Derek Ewing, 624-2016
Weekend A-Ride. This ride is intended for extremely strong and competitive riders with expert bike handling skills. Expect riders to be self-sufficient and to maintain speeds of 19+ mph for extended distances using pace lines. Riders will agree on a destination and determine a route at the time of the ride. Developmental A-riders and B-riders are welcome, but they should be self-sufficient or accompanied by an experienced rider. To receive information about upcoming rides, search “Springfield IL Area Cycling” on Facebook, then click on “Join Group”. Contact Derek if you have any questions.
Saturday
April 1
10:00 a.m.
Vrendenburg Park
Saxon Drive & Crusaders Rd
Marty Celnick, 522-4206
ABC –Ride to Chatham on the trails. If there is a south wind, we may come back on Curran Rd. There is a possible stop at Edgar’s for some coffee. April Fools costumes are optional.
Sunday
April 2
10:00 a.m.
Rochester Station
Mark Rabin, 529-7377
ABCD – Ride 30-40 miles to an unknown destination. D riders can ride the trail.
Wednesday
April 5
7:00 p.m.
Residence
2301 Sangamon Avenue
Ken Anderson, 522-3876
NC – Board Meeting. All SBC members are invited to attend the board meeting.
Saturday
April 8
10:00 a.m.
Waldrop Park
Sherman
Cindy Kvamme 971-8687
ABC –Cindy will take us to Athens. There will be a short route of 24 miles, and a longer one of 35 miles.
Sunday
April 9
10:00 a.m.
Rotary Park
Iles and Archer Elevator Rd
Tom Clark, 726-5560
ABC – Tom will take us to Pleasant Plains or elsewhere depending on the wind. D riders can ride the trails. 20 to 40 mile options.
Saturday
April 15
10:00 a.m.
Lost Bridge Trail
IDOT South Dirksen Parkway
Scott Sievers, 801-2873
ABC –Head east from IDOT on the Lost Bridge Trail, then out into the countryside to Sangchris Lake and back for about 30 miles round-trip; D riders can stick to the trail for about 12 miles round-trip.
Sunday
April 16
10:00 a.m.
Vredenburg Park
Saxon Dr & Crusaders Rd
Robert LaBonte, 787-0237
ABCD –Robert’s Easter Ride. This will probably be a trail ride to Chatham with a brunch option.
Friday
April 21
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Casey’s Pub, inside K of C
2200 S Meadowbrook
Ted Sunder, 971-3193
(see separate article in QR)
NC –Season Kickoff Party. Join our membership comittee for a celebration of the beginning of cycling season, at the home of the Capital City Century in September! Hear about our plans for 2017. Free appetizers. Greeters by the door. Members and potential members welcome. Signup, renewals, and tech support for use of new online member system. Signup tables for Cycling Challenge, rider development & other riding groups. Information about volunteer opportunities, Curb Your Car Week, and more!
Saturday
April 22
10:00 a.m.
Vredenburg Park
Saxon Dr & Crusaders Rd
Show-N-Go
Show N-Go – Ride the trails or go out in the country. If the trail is not clear and dry but the roads are, start from the west end parking lot on Robbins Road. Turn in your miles to the club records keeper.
Saturday
April 22
2:00 p.m.
Note time & location
Old State Capitol Plaza
S 6th St & E Adams St
Kevin Greene, 793-9622

EZ –Earth Awareness Fair Bike Ride. Ride for about 1 hour at a relaxed pace through city neighborhoods. Before or after the ride, visit the exhibits and activities at Springfield’s 25th annual Earth Awareness Fair. The fair will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the grounds of the Old State Capitol.
Sunday
April 23
9:00 a.m.
Rochester Community Park
West Main Street, Rochester
Derek & Brigetta Ewing,
624-2016
(See separate article in QR)
ABCD – This is the first of five events in the 2017 Cycling Challenge. The Challenge is designed to aid in your cycling fitness in preparation for SBC’s Capital City Century. Ride about 24 miles R/T to Riverton, 55 miles R/T to Illiopolis, or 101 miles to Decatur and back. Brigetta will ride with the rearmost group at a 10-13 mph pace on the 25 mile route. Bring on the Challenge!
More information, including route maps, is posted in the News section.
Saturday
April 29
10:00 a.m.
Quaker Steak and Lube
Legacy Point Dr South of Scheels
Carolyn Lawrence, 370-0776
ABC –Ride on the trail or in the country with Carolyn. 25-40 miles with cutoffs.
Sunday
April 30
10:00 a.m.
Sangamon Valley Trail head
Bunker Hill Rd
Deb Cooper, 546-5099
ABC –Ride 30-40 miles on the Capital City Century route to Pleasant Plains, with a cutoff for those doing the short ride. D riders can ride the Sangamon Valley Trail.
Other Area Rides & Events
Springfield area bike shops and other entities sponsor or host a number of rides and events each year. We help publicize these activities, by posting them in this section of the QR.NOTE: ‘Other area ride’ miles count for club miles, as they are organized rides.
Mondays
6:00 p.m.
Ace Bicycle Shop
2500 S MacArthur Ave
Pete or Rich, 523-0188
Ace Monday Night Ride. These rides are geared towards all levels of riders and are no drop! Ace staffers will be on the ride in the event of a mechanical. Helmets are strongly recommended.
Tuesdays
5:45 p.m.
BikeTek
957 Clock Tower Dr
Show-N-Go
BikeTek Salisbury Hills Ride. A and B group leaders assist developmental riders. The route is challenging and hilly. Each group re-forms periodically.
Wednesdays
6:10ish p.m.
Begins April 5
Wheel Fast
17 Cottonwood Dr
Matt Saner, 483-7807
ABCWheel Fast Road Ride.Intermediate training ride. Meet at the bike shop and plan on 16-20 miles. Faster group leaves at 6:05. Others leave at 6:15 with a designated leader at the rear.
Every Other
Wednesday April 12 & 26
5:30 p.m.
New City Church parking lot
New City Rd, Pawnee
Steve Schien, 741-8388
New City Time Trials.This is a non-affiliated 10.85-mile time trial on Pawnee New City Road. Call or text Steve to be informed of April dates. Dates for May and beyond will be posted here.
Thursdays
5:45 p.m.

BikeTek
957 Clock Tower Dr
Show-N-Go
BikeTek Salisbury Hills Ride. See Tuesday description. The Thursday rides are all show-n-go rides, with no official leader.
Thursdays
5:45 p.m.
Scheels
3801 S. MacArthur Blvd
Amy Beadle, 726-6330
Trail and Road Ride— A chance for fellow bike enthusiasts to get together and share their passion. This ride is intended for all levels of riders. Some riders stay on the trails for 10-12 miles while others add a road ride for 20-30 miles. A designated ride leader stays with the participants of each riding group. Follow us on Facebook at springfieldscheels.
Friday
April 28
5:30 p.m.
State Capitol Visitors’ Center 425 S. College St. (west of the Stratton Building across College Street)
Alan Escobar, 638-9523
EZ –Critical Mass Ride. Ride for about 1 hour at a slow pace. Suitable for all bikes. Critical Mass is a worldwide event held the last Friday of every month. It is open to all, and it welcomes all riders to join in a celebration of riding bicycles. Why? Because bikes are fun! Front and rear LIGHTS recommended.
Regional Rides
Sunday
April 2
10:00 a.m.
Washington Park Pavilion
(south side of park)
Jason Ervin, 670-7279
BMX Club Awareness Ride. This is a leisurely ride through Springfield. All are invited. From Washington Park, riders will head east on Laurel and north on 4th to Lincoln Park, then take Taintor Road and Peoria Road to Riverside Park (4115 Sandhill Rd). There will be safety stops along the way. The point of this ride is to make everyone aware that BMX is alive and well and here to stay. Helmets required. Transportation back to Washington Park will be available for bikes and riders.

For an up-to-date listing of upcoming regional cycling events, go to www.mikebentley.com and check Illinois Bicycle Rides