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HomeJune 2018 Ride Schedule

June 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
8:00 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, 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
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 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, 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 miles. Lights recommended.
Thursdays 
5:45 p.m.
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 round-trip 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
8:00 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.”
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 self-sufficient.
Scheduled Rides and Events Check start times!
Saturday
June 2
8:00 a.m.
NOTE TIME
Stuart Park
Winch Road north of Route 97 and Veteran’s Parkway
Scott Sievers, 801-2873
B –Hellacious Hills Ride. Hate hills? Rather coast than climb? Then stay home, because this ride of about 55 miles will drag you up some of the steepest slopes the area has to offer.
Sunday
June 3
9:00 a.m.
Vredenburg Park
Saxon Dr & Crusaders Rd
Harv Koplo, 899-9175
Harv will watch the winds and take us to Auburn, Loami, or Glenarm for a 30-40 mile ride, with a cutoff for less distance. D riders can ride the Interurban Trail.
Saturday
June 9
11:00 a.m.
NOTE TIME

Vredenburg Park
Saxon Dr & Crusaders Rd
Joel Johnson, 528-6942

ABC – Come join Joel on an approximately 40-mile round trip to visit Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary in Loami for Prairie Days, hosted by Friends of Sangamon Valley. Head back to Vredenburg on your own after a quick pit stop, or return with Joel after enjoying an hour or two at the event.
Sunday
June 10
8:00 a.m.
NOTE TIME
Stuart Park
Winch Road north of Route 97 and Veteran’s Parkway
Larry & Vanessa Willmore,
494-6880
(See separate article in QR)
ABCD – This is the second 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 32 miles R/T to Athens, 53 miles R/T to Petersburg, or 104 miles to Oakford/Chandlerville and back. Bring on the Challenge!
Saturday
June 16
9:00 a.m.
Bibb residence
3916 Surry Place Lane
Alicia Bibb, 494-4134
B – Alicia will lead us on a no-drop, 30- to 40-mile roundtrip ride.
Saturday
June 23
time TBA
Location and time TBA Bicycle Friendly Community Celebration ride -- Come out and celebrate Springfield's achievement of Bronze Status as a Bicycle Friendly Community! Time, place, and details to be announced.

Note: This ride was added after the QR newsletter went to print.
Sunday
June 17
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.
Saturday
June 23
9:00 a.m.
Centennial Park
MAIN parking lot
(not the trailhead)
Alan Whitaker, 494-6807
BCD – Alan will lead us somewhere for approximately 40 miles.
Sunday
June 24
9:00 a.m.
Vredenburg Park
Saxon Dr & Crusaders Rd
Ted Sunder, 698-9194
BC – Ted will lead us around Lake Springfield to Chatham and back for about a 30-mile loop, with a possible 40-mile option.
Saturday
June 30
9:00 a.m.
Vredenburg Park
Saxon Dr & Crusaders Rd
Marty Celnick, 499-9967
ABC – Marty will lead us on a 30- to 50-mile ride, with the roundtrip route to be determined by wind direction.
Sunday
July 1
8:00 a.m.
NOTE TIME
Stuart Park
Winch Road north of Route 97 and Veteran’s Parkway
Troy Gilmore, 720-1568‬‬‬
BC –Tour de Caseys. Join Troy on a tour of the convenience stores of Athens, Petersburg, and Pleasant Plains. The stores will provide ample opportunity to rest and refuel on this no-drop ride of about 55 miles.
Wednesday
July 4


Start Time depends on Start Location

8 a.m. - Panera Bread West, Wabash Ave. & White Oaks Dr.
8:40 a.m. - County Market, 1099 Jason Place, Chatham
9:15 a.m. - U.S. Post Office, 100 Church Street, Loami
Robert LaBonte, 787-0237
ABCD –Annual Franklin Burgoo Ride. Celebrate our nation’s Independence Day with a ride to Franklin, IL for its annual Burgoo Festival. The start times and ride distances are staggered to provide all riders an opportunity to participate. Leave from Springfield for 62 miles; Chatham for 48 miles; or Loami for 28 miles. It will be hot. Roads will be soft and oily! Be sure to bring plenty of water and money for those pies!
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.
Tuesdays & Thursdays
5:45 p.m.

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.

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 top-end 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.

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 June 13 & 27
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 15-second 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
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
June 16
Registration 6:30 a.m.
Comlara Park
13001 Recreation Area Drive,
Hudson, IL
McLean County Wheelers’ 37th Annual Spring Metric— This ride through the Mackinaw River Valley offers routes of 20, 40, or 60 miles, each consisting of 20-mile loops starting and ending at Comlara Park, home of Evergreen Lake. Riders need to be on the road by 10:30 a.m. Registration is $30 after June 1. A meal after the ride is included. The event is a fundraiser for the West Bloomington Bike Co-op.
www.mcleancountywheelers.com/rides-and-events/spring-metric/
Saturday
June 16
7:30 a.m. for the Olympic; 8:00 a.m. for the sprint.
Lake Petersburg Boat Ramp
Petersburg, IL
Stovepipe Sprint and Railsplitter triathlons— The sprint comprises a 500-yard lake swim, a 12-mile bike ride, and a 5K (3.1 mile) run, while the Railsplitter Olympic comprises a 9/10-mile swim, a 24.8-mile bike ride, and a 10K (6.2 mile) run. Registration is $75 for the sprint, $85 for the Olympic. Lunch provided. www.triharderpromotions.com
Saturday
June 23
8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
John Gwynn Park
809 W. John Gwynn Ave
Peoria, IL
Juneteenth Bike Day. Major Taylor Ride at 8:30 a.m. and Black History Ride at 1:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Major Taylor Cycling Club, South Side Chicago's newest cycling club,
http:/allevents.in/peoria/juneteenth-bike-day/1000046242690131
Friday
June 29
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!
Saturday
June 30
Registration 6:00 to 9:00 a.m.
Clinton United Methodist Church
308 East Main Street
Clinton, IL
Tour DeWitt— With well-stocked rest stops, SAG support until 1 p.m., and routes of 9, 22, 40, and 62 miles, this ride has something for everyone. Registration is $25.00 and includes a t-shirt if pre-registration is received by June 15, 2018. www.tourdewitt.weebly.com