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HomeOctober 2017 Ride Schedule

October 2017 / Jump to: Scheduled Rides

Weekday Daytime Rides - Check start times!
Monday through 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 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
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 - Check start times!
Mondays
5:30 p.m.
NOTE TIME
Parking lot at east end of
Wabash Trail by Sonic
Wabash Ave & Park St
Marty Celnick, 494-9967
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 required.
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. Bring lights. Sunset is at 6:30 early in the month, and before 6 late in the month.
Wednesdays 5:30 p.m.
NOTE TIME
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 required. Sunset is at 6:30 early in the month, and before 6 late in the month.
Thursdays 5:30 p.m.
NOTE TIME
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 10-12 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!
Bring lights. Sunset at 6:30 early in month, and before 6 late in month.
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. Bring lights. Sunset is at 6:30 early in the month, and before 6 late in the month.
Monday
through Friday 5:30 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.
Weekend Daytime Rides
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.
Scheduled Rides and EventsCheck start times!
Sunday October 1 9:00 a.m. Stuart Park
1662 Winch Lane (1/2 mi north of
IL Route 97/Jefferson St) Tom Clark, 726-5560
ABCD – Ride the 32-mile route from the May 21 Challenge #2 again with Tom. It’s unlikely the trail extension will be open by then, but a trail update will be shared. D Riders can do a 10-mile trail ride. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19572376
Wednesday October 4 7:00 p.m. Residence
4196 Spaulding Orchard Rd
Springfield
Harv Koplo, 899-9175
NC – All SBC members are invited to attend the Board meetings.
Saturday
October 7
10:00 a.m.
(South Loop)
1:00 p.m.
(North Loop)
South Loop
Southwind Park, 4965 S. 2nd. St.
Springfield
Harv Koplo, 899-9175
North Loop
Sherman Elementary School
312 South Street, Sherman Joel Johnson, 528-6942
D & EZ —Solar Bike Tour. Harv and Joel will each lead part of a group bike tour of local homes and organizations that are taking part in the 2017 Illinois Solar Tour. The tour will consist of two bike rides that will each travel at a leisurely pace for 6-10 miles. The southern loop in the morning will include up to six stops, including Southwind Park, the ALUUC church, Prairie Engineers, and the home of Bob Croteau. The northern loop in the afternoon will include the homes of Chris Cole, Joe Kloba, Rich Mochel, and Bob and Marilee Cramer, then on to Rolling Meadows Brewery for the Lincoln Celebration (discounted tickets available for tour participants). A trailer is available to transport up to 22 bikes back to Sherman from Rolling Meadows. See article on page 7 of this month’s QR for additional details.
Monday October 9
10:00 a.m.
Vredenburg Park
Saxon Dr & Crusaders Rd
Show-N-Go
Columbus Day 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.
Monday
October 9 9:00 a.m.
Vredenburg Park
Saxon Dr& Crusaders Rd
Derek Ewing, 624-2016
Holiday A Ride. See weekend A ride description. Schedule changes so please call ahead.
Saturday October 14
8 a.m.
11 a.m. lunch
(RSVP))
601 Poinsettia Place, Springfield
Buckley Ridge Estates, off
Meadowbrook Road
Brenda Carmody Price, 685-0004
ABCD —3rd Annual Bob Carmody Memorial Ride. Options include 60- and 40-mile rides to Auburn with a rest stop in Union Park, a 25-mile road ride, or a 12-mile trail ride at a casual pace on the Sangamon Valley Trail. A lunch catered by McCormick’s starts at 11 a.m. **If you plan to attend the lunch, please RSVP at 217-679-6379 by Oct. 10.** Donations to the American Cancer Society will be accepted at the ride and lunch. See article on page 7 of this month’s QR for additional details. Event page.
Saturday
October 14 8:00 p.m.
Capitol Area Visitor’s Center
(lot entrance at 399 W Edwards)
Behind Boone’s Saloon
Michael Higgins, 836-9821
D & EZ –5th Annual Moonlight Ramble. Ride two loops for 11 miles or one loop for 6 miles with Chef Michael Higgins. Special prize for MOST TRICKED-OUT BIKE! LIGHT GIVEAWAY! Don't miss out! Front and back lights required, please and thanks. NOTE: To avoid disorienting other riders, please turn lights on in steady mode rather than flashing mode, and point your headlight at a point on the roadway some distance ahead. Event page.
Sunday
October 15
11 a.m.
Stuart Park
Winch Road north of Route 97 and Veteran’s Parkway Jon Roth, 971-5987
Jon will lead us on a 51-mile loop to Athens, Petersburg, New Salem, and Salisbury, with a short lunch stop at Hand of Fate Brewing Company on the square in Petersburg. To preview the route and download it to your bike computer, see https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23563796.
Sunday
October 15
4 p.m.
Baskin-Robbins
1700 S. MacArthur Blvd.
Dave Ross, 416-1682
D —Regular Clothes Ice Cream Ride. Wear your regular clothes (Spandex is discouraged!) and bring your family for a onehour neighborhood ride followed by ice cream.
Saturday
October 21 1:00 p.m.
NOTE TIME
Centennial Park
MAIN parking lot
(not the trailhead)
Mike Kokal, (618) 560-9288
ABC –Winery Ride. Pedal 16-20 miles with Mike to Danenberger Family Vineyards (12341 Irish Road, New Berlin) for libations.
Sunday October 22 10:00 a.m. Waldrop Park
Andrews Road
Sherman
Karl Kohlrus, 544-8410
ABC –Karl’s Birthday Ride. Come and help Karl celebrate by riding 30 – 52 miles with him either to Elkhart or Mt. Pulaski.

Friday October 27 6:00 p.m. Residence
8 Bridge Terrace (off Outer Park)
Kevin Brown, 787-5652
NC –Annual Halloween Party. Bring food and/or drink to share. Costumes are strongly encouraged but not required. Overflow parking in the school lot off Chatham Rd, at the top of the street on other side of fence. Kevin will provide two pots of soup, one of them vegetarian. Bring potluck items and spooky treats to share.
Saturday October 28 10:00 a.m.

Residence
3917 Surry Place Lane
Linda Butler & Ernie DeFrates,
971-1246
ABC –Apple Dumpling Ride. Linda will again present us with her wonderful apple dumplings and ice cream following a ride of 25-35 miles. Ernie will stay with the rearmost group. D riders can ride the trail but should be self-sufficient.
Sunday October 29 9:00 a.m.
NOTE TIME
New Salem State Park
Visitors Center parking lot
Rt 97, Petersburg
Mark Kuhn, 652-5309
Steve Sommer, 553-5415
ABC –New Salem Ride. Meet at the New Salem Visitor Center parking lot. Mark & Steve have scenic roads for us to explore! Ride options are 32 or 54 miles. The 32-mile ride is out to Site M campground and back, with water and bathrooms at the campground. The 54 miler extends to Chandlerville, Oakford, Atterberry, and back to New Salem, with a water stop in
Chandlerville. The route to Chandlerville wends thru Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish And Wildlife Area, is rolling and scenic, then flattens out between Chandlerville, Oakford and back to New Salem. Plan for a stop at Hand of Fate Brewing Co. in Petersburg after the ride.
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 section of the QR.
NOTE: ‘Other area ride’ miles count for club miles, as they are organized rides.
Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30 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. NOTE: Ends by mid-October based on ridership.
Thursdays 5:45 p.m. NOTE: Ends Oct. 5 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 rider leader stays at the back of each riding group.
Friday October 27 5:30 p.m. Capitol Area Visitor’s Center College & Edwards Streets (lot entrance on Edwards) Alan Escobar, 638-9523 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. All riders are welcome to join in a celebration of riding bicycles. Why? Because bikes are fun!
Regional Rides
Saturday- Sunday October 7-8 Edgewood Schools campus Ellettsville, IN 50th Hilly Hundred. This two-day ride provides an approximately 50-mile route on Saturday and another on Sunday, with shorter options available but all with serious hills. Come join Scott Sievers and Alan Whitaker on this ride! www.hillyhundred.org
Saturday October 14 Carlinville, IL Third Annual Tour de Milk. The home of Prairie Farms Dairy hosts this event, with routes of 17, 33, and 62 miles. Registration includes an entry into a raffle for a Specialized Allez road bicycle! www.facebook.com/tourdemilk
Sunday October 15 Pere Marquette State Park 13112 Visitor Center Ln. Grafton, IL 62037 Appleknocker Gran Fondo. This timed ride through Calhoun County offers routes of 30, 60, and 120 miles. https://trailnet.org/calendar