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May 2017 Ride Schedule

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Weekday Daytime Rides Check start times!
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
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
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
5:45 p.m.
Parking lot at east end of Wabash Trail by Sonic
Wabash Ave & Park St
Marty Celnick, 522-4206
BC - Leave from the east end of the trail at 5:45 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.
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.
Tuesdays & Thursdays
5:45 p.m.
Location varies
Jim and Sandra Elliot, 899-2142
C — Tuesday C-Group Bike Ride. Join Jim and Sandy for a ride of 20 to 30 miles at an easy 12 to 15 mph pace. This is a no-drop ride with a rotating start location. Call or text Jim to receive an invitation to join the group and receive information about upcoming rides.
Wednesdays 5:45 p.m.
(except May 17th)
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.

Note: There will be no ride on May 17th, come to the Ride of Silence instead.
Thursdays
5:45 p.m.
Starting May 11th
Sangamon Valley Trail
South End Parking Lot
Bunker Hill Rd
Alan Whitaker
217-494-6807
Brenda Price
217-685-0004
D - Ride 12 miles on the Sangamon Valley Trail at a casual 10-12 mph pace. Join Alan on May 11th and 18th and Brenda on May 25th. The ride leader will stay with the rearmost riding group.

This ride is specifically designed for riders who think our other group rides might be a little fast for them. Come out and enjoy the beautiful Sangamon Valley Trail at a relaxed pace.

Guests are always welcome on SBC rides!
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.
Wednesday
May 3
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
May 6
9:00 a.m.
Centennial Park
MAIN parking lot
(not the trailhead)
Alan Whitaker, 494-6807
ABC – Alan says to expect some hills throughout his 30-40 mile ride with shorter options. Will there be a stop for pie? Can’t wait to find out!
Sunday
May 7
9:00 a.m.
Knights of Columbus
2200 Meadowbrook Rd
(park in west end of lot)
Tom Clark, 726-5560
ABCD - Plains Ride. Ride with Tom to Pleasant Plains or elsewhere based on wind direction, 40 miles with cutoffs, or ride the Sangamon Valley Trail.
Sunday
May 7
5:00 p.m.
Baskin Robbins
1700 South MacArthur Boulevard
Dave Ross, 416-1682
D – Ride through the neighborhood, to be followed with ice cream.
Saturday
May 14 13
9:00 a.m.
Vredenburg Park
Saxon Dr & Crusaders Rd
Show-N-Go
Show N-Go – Ride the trails or go out in the country. Turn in your miles to the club records keeper.
Sunday
May 14
Through
Saturday
May 20
Your Residence!



NC —Curb your Car during Bike to Work Week.   Join other bike commuters from SBC and the Springfield area for the ride into work all week long! This is the fifth year for the event. Check with your employer to see if it is participating in the Curb Your Car challenge. For details go to the Regional Planning Commission alternative transportation website at www.sscrpc.com and scroll down to Announcements or Google “Sangamon Curb Your Car.” Don't forget to turn in commuting miles to the club record keeper.
Sunday
May 14
9:00 a.m.
Centennial Park
MAIN parking lot
(not the trailhead)
Marty Celnick, 494-9967
ABCD – Marty will lead us on a 20-40 mile ride, with the route depending upon wind direction. D riders can ride the trail but should be self-sufficient.

Wednesday
May 17
7:30 a.m.
Washington Park Pavilion
(south side of park)
Bill Donels, 546-8036
D —Bike to Work Week Group Commute. This ride is part of Curb Your Car week. Ride from the park to Café Moxo for coffee, then off to work we go!
Wednesday
May 17
6:30 p.m.
NOTE TIME
State Capitol Visitors Center parking lot, behind Boone's Saloon – entrance at 399 W Edwards St (approximate)
Scott Sievers, 801-2873
EZ —Ride of Silence.  Join cyclists worldwide in a silent, slow-paced ride (max. 12 mph) in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roads.  The goal is to raise awareness that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways and to ask that we all share the road.  Riders should begin gathering at 6:30 PM.  The ride will depart in silence at 7:00 PM.  Helmets recommended, lights required.  To learn more about this ride and its history, please visit:  www.rideofsilence.org.
Saturday
May 20
9:00 a.m.
Vredenburg Park
Saxon Dr & Crusaders Rd
Ted Sunder, 698-9194
ABCD – Ride on the trail or in the country with Ted. 25-40 miles with cutoffs. We might see water.
Saturday
May 20
9:00 p.m.
NOTE TIME
State Capitol Visitors Center parking lot, behind Boone's Saloon – entrance at 399 W Edwards St (approximate)
Michael Higgins, 836-9821
EZ —Night Ride. Chef Michael Higgins has a 6 or 12-mile route. Helmets recommended, lights required.



Sunday
May 21
8:00 a.m.
NOTE TIME
Stuart Park
Winch Road north of Route 97 and Veteran’s Parkway
Derek & Brigetta Ewing,
624-2016
(See separate article in QR)

ABCD – This is the second 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 32 miles R/T to Athens, 53 miles R/T to Petersburg, or 104 miles to Oakford/Chandlerville and back. Brigetta will ride with the rearmost group at a 10-13 mph pace on the 32 mile route. Bring on the Challenge!

Downloadable and printable route maps are available, see the News article.
Tuesday
May 23
6:00 p.m.
State Capitol Visitors Center parking lot, behind Boone's Saloon – entrance at 399 W Edwards St (approximate)
Kevin Greene, 494-8959
EZ – Ride for an hour (6-8 miles) through city neighborhoods at a relaxed pace.
Saturday
May 27
9:00 a.m.
Vredenburg Park
Saxon Dr & Crusaders Rd
Dave Ross, 416-1682
ABCD – Dave will take us north, south, east, or west depending upon his mood (and the wind direction) in search of pie. D riders can ride the trail but should be self-sufficient.
Sunday
May 28
9:00 a.m.
Waldrop Park
Sherman
Scott Sievers, 801-2873
ABC – Scott will lead us on a 30-mile roundtrip ride from Sherman through Williamsville to visit enchanting Elkhart—and a heckuva hill!
Monday
May 29
9:00 a.m.
Vredenburg Park
Saxon Dr & Crusaders Rd
Show-N-Go
BCD — Show-N-Go. Turn in your miles to the club records keeper. D riders can ride the trail but should be self-sufficient.
Monday
May 29
8:00 a.m.
Vredenburg Park
Saxon Dr & Crusaders Rd
Show-N-Go
Holiday A-Ride — See Saturday & Sunday Weekend A-Ride description. *Disclaimer: Schedule sometimes changes due to weather. Please call ahead.
Other Area Rides
Springfield area bike shops and other entities sponsor or host a number of rides each year. We post them in this separate section of 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 Meeker or Rich Moscardelli, 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. Like us on Facebook "Ace1BMX" for weather details.
Tuesdays
5:45 p.m.
Biketek
957 Clock Tower Dr
Show-N-Go
Bike Tek Salisbury Hills Ride. A and B group leaders assist developmental riders. The route is challenging and hilly. Each group re-forms periodically.
Every Other
Wednesday May 10 & 24
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. Most riders are seeking to improve their cycling ability and personal time trial speed. All are welcome to participate. Check-in immediately after arriving. The goal is to send off the first rider at 6:00. Riders are started in 15-second intervals starting with the slower riders first. Bring $2 for the timer. Call or text Steve to be added to the email group.
Wednesdays
6:10ish p.m.
Wheel Fast
17 Cottonwood Dr
Matt Saner, 483-7807
ABC - Wheel 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.
Thursdays
5:45 p.m.
Biketek
957 Clock Tower Dr
Show-N-Go
Bike Tek Salisbury Hills Ride. A and B group leaders assist developmental riders. The route is challenging and hilly. Each group re-forms periodically. 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
May 26
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
Saturday
May 6
George Fero, 618-537-8873

Tour De Stooges. This Lebanon, Illinois ride features routes from 10 to 67 miles. For details, visit tourdestooges.com.
For an up-to-date listing of upcoming regional cycling events, go to www.mikebentley.comand check Illinois Bicycle Rides