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HomeAugust 2017 Ride Schedule

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Weekday Daytime Rides
Monday though 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 can answer questions about this ride. NOTE: Riders occasionally change the start time due to weather and other considerations. Please call ahead.
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 8:00 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
Weekday BCD 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.
Daily Pana Trail Ride
Lake Taylorville parking lot, Rt 29
Pat Stephens, 287-7056
Show-N-Go along the Lincoln Heritage Trail. Turn in miles to the records keeper. There is no ride leader, but Pat may be able to answer questions about this ride.
Monday thru
Friday
Noon
IDOT, Lost Bridge Trail
Dirksen Parkway
Show-N-Go
ABC — Lunch Ride. Skip lunch and ride the trail. Riders may add a loop from Rochester. D riders are welcome to ride the trail but should be self-sufficient. 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
Mondays 5:45 p.m. Parking lot at east end of Wabash
Trail by Sonic
Wabash Ave & Park St
Jon Roth, 971-5987
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 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. 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.
Thursdays 5:45 p.m.
Sangamon Valley Trail
South End Parking Lot Bunker Hill Rd
Alan Whitaker, 494-6807
D — Ride 12 miles on the Sangamon Valley Trail at a casual 1012 mph pace. The ride leader will stay with the rearmost riding group. Note: This ride is specifically designed for riders who think our other group rides might be a little fast for them. Come out and enjoy riding this beautiful trail at a relaxed pace!
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, Route 29 Charlie Witsman, 299-7038 Show-N-Go – Ride 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
Saturdays and Sundays 8:00 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
August 2
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 August 5
8:00 a.m.
County Market parking lot
109 Illini Blvd, Sherman (NW corner of Andrew Rd & Business 55).
Tom Clark, 726-5560 & co-leader
TBA
BC - Tom will have routes of 25 and 40+ miles that include some hills. Expect BC (14-16 mph) and High B (17 to 19 mph) riding groups to form. Tom will stay with the High B riders and a coleader TBA will stay with the BC riders. Groups are asked to regroup periodically so no one is left behind. Option to eat after the ride at Fire & Ale, which opens at 11.
Sunday August 6
8:00 a.m.
Chatham Community Park
East end parking lot, off Park St.
760 S. Main, Chatham
Paul O’Connor, 618-694-3346
ABCD – Join Paul on a 22-mile round trip ride to Auburn, returning on our own version of the famous Spring Classics cobbles!
Saturday
August 12 8:00 a.m.
Waldrop Park
Sherman
Cindy Kvamme, 971-8687
ABC — Ride with Cindy on the best roads to Middletown. 35 miles with a 24 mile cutoff.
Sunday August 13
8:00 a.m.
NOTE TIME
Rochester Community Park
West Main Street, Rochester
Derek & Brigetta Ewing,
624-2016
(See separate article in QR)
ABCD – This is the third 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 31 miles R/T to Edinburg, a 56 mile loop to Taylorville, or a NEW 105 mile loop to Taylorville & Raymond. Brigetta will ride with the rearmost group at a 10-13 mph pace on the 31 mile route.
Note: Map and cue sheet links are posted!
Saturday
August 19
9:00 a.m.
NOTE TIME
Centennial Park
MAIN parking lot
(not the trailhead)
Marty Celnick, 494-9967
ABCD – Marty will lead us on a 25-40 mile ride. If there is a north wind, he probably will point us toward Pleasant Plains or Ashland; if a south wind, then Marty may take us to Auburn.
Sunday August 20
9:00 a.m.
NOTE TIME
Waldrop Park
Sherman
Robert LaBonte, 787-0237
Robert will lead us on a 29-mile round-trip ride to Elkhart for breakfast at the Wild Hare Cafe. Ride The Hill if you need to build up an appetite!
Saturday
August 26
8:00 a.m.
Knights of Columbus
2200 Meadowbrook Rd
(park in west end of lot)
Alan Whitaker, 494-6807
ABC — Alan says to expect some hills throughout his 30-40 mile ride with shorter options.
Sunday August 27
8:00 a.m.
NOTE TIME
Centennial Park
MAIN parking lot
(not the trailhead)
Derek & Brigetta Ewing,
624-2016
(See separate article in QR)
ABCD – This is the fourth 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. An ALL NEW ROUTE! Ride about a 29 mile loop to Loami, a 53 mile loop to Loami/New Berlin, or a 104 mile loop to Loami/Jacksonville/Nortonville. Brigetta will ride with the rearmost group at a 10-13 mph pace on the 29 mile route. Note: Map and cue sheet links are posted!
Other Area Rides & Events
Springfield area bike shops and other entities sponsor or host a number of rides and events each year. When we receive requests to help publicize these activities, we’ll post them in this new 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 Blvd
Rich Moscardelli, 523-0188
Trail and Road Ride.Join Pete and Rich ride down the trail and out into the country. All levels of riders are welcome. Riders may break up into groups averaging 13-15 mph and 17-20 mph.
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. Show-n-go with no official leader.
Wednesdays
6:10ish p.m.
Wheel Fast
17 Cottonwood Dr
Matt Saner, 483-7807
Wheelfast Road Ride.Intermediate ABC training ride. Meet at bike shop and plan on 16-20 miles. Faster group leaves at 6:10.
Others leave immediately after with designated leader at the rear.
Every other
Wednesday
Aug, 16, & 30 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 15second intervals with the slower riders first. Bring $2 for the timer.
Call or text Steve to be added to the email group for updates.
Thursdays 5:45 p.m. Scheels
3801 S. MacArthur Blvd
Amy Beadle, 726-6330
Trail and Road Ride—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 shorter, slow-paced family ride starts at the same time. A designated rider leader stays at the back of each riding group.
Friday
August 25
State Capitol Visitors’ Center
425 S. College St. (west of
Stratton Building across
College Street)
Alan Escobar, 638-9523
EZ –Critical Mass Ride. Ride for about 1 hour at a slow pace. Critical Mass is a worldwide event held the last Friday of every month. It welcomes all riders. Why? Because bikes are fun!
Front and rear LIGHTS recommended.
Regional Rides
Saturday
August 26
Urbana, IL
info@prairiecycleclub.org
C-U Across the Prairie. Ride 15 to 100 miles on Prairie Cycle Club’s annual ride. Urbana’s Sweet Corn Festival is downtown the same day. www.prairiecycleclub.org