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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 2018 Ride Schedule

April 2018 / 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
through Friday 9:00 a.m.
Vredenburg Park
Saxon Dr & Crusaders Rd
Show-N-Go
Weekday A/B 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. For information about this ride, contact Derek Ewing at 624-2016; also check Facebook at “Springfield IL Area Cycling” for updates.
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.
Monday thru
Friday
2:00 p.m.
Vredenburg Park
Saxon Dr & Crusaders Rd Tom Clark, 726-5560
NOTE: Location Change!
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.
Weekday Evening RidesCheck start times!
Mondays 5:45 p.m. 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 meet up with those riding from Sonic. This ride will get you 16 miles from Sonic or 21 miles from Parkway Pointe. Lights recommended.
Tuesdays 5:45 p.m. Location varies
Jim and Sandra Elliott, 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.
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 5:45 p.m. Sangamon Valley Trail
South End Parking Lot
Bunker Hill Rd
Ted Sunder, 698-9194
BC – Ride along the Sangamon Valley Trail to Stuart Park for 12 mile round-trip, add an airport loop for an extra 3 miles, or take the new extension north for up to 24 mi. Lights recommended.
Thursdays 5:45 p.m.
Starts April
19th
Stuart Park parking lot
Winch Lane
Alan Whitaker
494-6807
D – We might go south or we might go north, depending on the whims of the group. Either way it will be a leisurely 12-mile roundtrip on the Sangamon Valley Trail.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!
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 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 recommended.
Weekend Daytime Rides
9:00 a.m.
NOTE:
location and time may vary (see Facebook page)
Vredenburg Park
Saxon Dr & Crusaders Rd
Show-N-Go
Weekend A/B 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 Ewing at
624-2016 if you have any questions.
Saturdays and Sundays
11:00 a.m.
NOTE TIME
Vredenburg Park
Saxon Dr & Crusaders Rd
Show-N-Go
Weekend BCD Ride – Hit the trails or go out in the country. If the trail is not clear and dry but the roads are, start from west end parking lot on Robbins Road. Turn in your miles to the club records keeper. D riders can ride the trails but should be selfsufficient.
Sundays 4:00 p.m. Stuart Park parking lot
Winch Lane
Scott Sievers, 801-2873
D – Family and New Bicyclists Ride.New to cycling or just like to go for an easy spin with your spouse and kids? Give this casual ride a try. No need for lycra shorts or a carbon-fiber bike; just wear what’s comfortable to you and ride what you have. We’ll stick to the Sangamon Valley Trail for about 12 miles round-trip, meeting back at the park for free sweet treats for all riders! EXTRA: Join Scott for a flat-tire repair clinic before the ride at 3:30 p.m. April 22nd!
Scheduled Rides and Events  Check start times!
Sunday
April 1
10:00 a.m.
Parking lot at east end of
Wabash Trail by Sonic
Wabash Ave & Park St
Harv Koplo & Annette Chinuge,
899-9175
April Foolish Easter Ride. Easter falls on April Fool's Day this year, so feel free to dress up in whatever foolish Easter costume you can devise. We'll see where the wind blows us, for up to 30 miles, with a possible stop at the Apple Barn. D riders can ride the trail.
Wednesday
April 4
7:00 p.m.
Residence
3916 Surry Place Ln
Alicia Bibb, 494-4134
NC – Board Meeting. All SBC members are invited to attend the board meeting.
Saturday
April 7
10:00 a.m.
Stuart Park parking lot
Winch Lane
Scott Sievers, 801-2873
BC – Scott will take us on a tour of some of the best hills in the area for 30-40 miles round-trip.
Sunday
April 8
10:00 a.m.
Rochester Station
IL-29 & Walnut St
Mark Rabin, 836-8500
ABCD – Ride 30-40 miles to an unknown destination. D riders can ride the trail.
Tuesday
April 10 5:30 p.m. -6:30 p.m.
Scott B. Sievers, P.C.
920 South Spring Street
Scott Sievers, 801-2873
NC –Ride Leader Training. Learn how you, too, can join the exciting and rewarding world of the Springfield Bicycle Club ride leader! Learn the basic procedures of planning and leading safe and fun rides.
Saturday
April 14
10:00 a.m.
Rotary Park
Archer Elevator & Iles
Tom Clark, 726-5560
BCD - Join Tom on a ride to Auburn (38 miles) or Chatham (26 miles). Ride direction determined by wind. Expect riding groups to form. D riders can ride the Sangamon Valley Trail.
Sunday April 15
10:00 a.m.
Rotary Park
Archer Elevator & Iles
Marty Celnick, 522-4206
BCD —Marty will be looking at the wind direction to determine the best route for a ride of 20 to 40 miles.
Friday
April 20
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Abe’s Hideout and Saloon
2301 South Dirksen Parkway
Springfield
Gladys Hajek, 698-7626
NC –Kickoff Party. Start the cycling season right by partying with your biking buddies. Free appetizers provided along with a cash bar. Computers will be set up to allow both new members to join the Springfield Bicycle Club and existing members to renew their memberships. Encourage your friends to come join our club and enjoy the fun!
Saturday
April 21
10:00 a.m.
Rotary Park
Iles amp; Archer Elevator Rd
Alan Whitaker, 494-6807
BCD - Alan will take us to Pleasant Plains for 40 miles round-trip, with cut-offs available. D riders can ride the Sangamon Valley Trail.
Saturday
April 21
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Old State Capitol EZ –Kids Bike Rodeo. Springfield Bicycle Club members and other volunteers will fit kids with loaner helmets and bicycles, then coach them through a skills course aimed at teaching them how to ride safely and obey traffic laws. The event is part of Springfield’s 26th annual Earth Awareness Fair.
Sunday April 22
10:00 a.m.
Sangamon Valley Trail
South End Parking Lot
Bunker Hill Rd
Ted Sunder, 698-9194
BC-Join Ted for 25-30 miles round-trip.
Saturday
April 28 11:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.
Note time & location
Historic Downtown District
Kevin Greene, 793-9622
EZ –Downtown Open Streets. Downtown streets between Fourth and Seventh and Washington and Capitol will be temporarily closed off to motor vehicles to allow people to bike, jog, stroll, and otherwise experience Springfield’s downtown district in a new way. Activity hubs with biking, family games, and health and wellness activities will be set up on Adams Street. and the Old State Capitol Plaza. The open streets event is being sponsored by Downtown Springfield, Inc. and Memorial Health System.
Sunday April 29
9:00 a.m.
Rochester Community Park
West Main Street, Rochester
Larry & Vanessa Willmore,
494-6880
(See separate article in QR)
ABCD – This is the first of five events in the 2018 Cycling Challenge. The Challenge is designed to aid in your cycling fitness in preparation for SBC’s Capital City Century. Ride about 24 miles round-trip to Riverton, 55 miles round-trip to Illiopolis, or 101 miles to Decatur and back. Larry and Vanessa will ride the Illiopolis loop. Bring on the Challenge!
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.
NOTE: ‘Other area ride’ miles count for club miles, as they are organized rides.
Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:45 p.m.
Begins March
27
BikeTek
957 Clock Tower Dr
Show-N-Go
Salisbury Hill Ride. This is a challenging ride of about 25 miles on a hilly course, with speeds in excess of 20 mph. Lead riders often slow to allow others to regroup on the hills. Riders sprint on Bruns Lane and again on Churchill Road. This ride is good for cyclists learning the skill of riding in a large group.
Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:45 p.m.
Begins March
27
BikeTek
957 Clock Tower Dr
Show-N-Go
Team MACK Training Race. For newer riders looking to race, this 32-mile ride offers a great opportunity to improve your topend speed and race skills. Riders average 23-28 mph and ride in pace lines. Road bikes preferred. Cyclists will sprint five times on the Tuesday night rides.
Wednesdays
6:10ish p.m.
Begins April 4
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 6:10. Others leave immediately after.
Every Other
Wednesday
April 18
5:45 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 p.m. 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.
Begins April 5
Scheels
3801 S. MacArthur Blvd
Jim Storm, 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. Helmets required.
Saturday
April 21 Noon (Mini) 1:00 p.m.
(Spring)
PORTA High School
17651 Blue Jay Road
Petersburg
Abe’s Mini & Pioneer Sprint triathlons. Try a tri with a 100-yard indoor swim, five-mile bike ride, and a one-mile run for the Mini. Want more? Swim 300 yards indoors, bike 13 miles, and run a 5K (3.1 miles) in the Pioneer Sprint. Take Abe’s Challenge and do both triathlons back-to-back! www.triharderpromotions.com
Friday April 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!