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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.

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July 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
Becky Smith, 416-1827
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 meet up with those riding from Sonic. This 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.
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.
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 miles round-trip, add an airport loop for an extra 3 miles, or take the new extension north for up to 24 miles.
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.

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!

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.
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!
Sunday
July 1
8:00 a.m.
NOTE TIME
Stuart Park
Winch Road north of Route 97 and Veteran’s Parkway
Troy Gilmore,
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.
Route info from Troy: https://www.facebook.com/115370335141518/posts/2257336240944906/
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!
Saturday
July 7
9:00 a.m.
NOTE TIME
Waldrop Park
Sherman
Cindy Kvamme, 971-8687
BC — Take a 35-mile spin with Cindy, with a 24-mile option.
Sunday
July 8
8:00 a.m.
Chatham Community Park
East end parking lot, off Park St.
760 S. Main, Chatham
Paul O’Connor, (618) 694-3446
ABC – Join Paul for a 30-mile ride somewhere south and back.
Wednesday
July 11
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
July 14
10:00 a.m.
Vredenburg Park
Saxon Dr & Crusaders Rd
Tom Clark, 726-5560
BCD -Ice Cream Trail & Road Ride. On the day before Tour de Corn, take an easy to moderate-paced ride with Tom for ice cream at Scoop Du Jour in Chatham. Ride 25 miles out and back on the trail to the ice cream shop. Option to add an Auburn road loop for 34 miles. We may ride slower on the way back!
Sunday
July 15
8:00 a.m.
Chatham Community Park
East end parking lot, off Park St.
760 S. Main, Chatham
ABCD –20th Annual Tour de Corn Metric Century. Offering routes of approximately 20, 40, and 62 miles, this central Illinois summer classic provides rest stops and SAG service, with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. after the ride. Registration is $25.00 and includes a t-shirt (register by July 5 to guarantee size). WheelFast socks to the first 200 riders registered! All proceeds benefit the Chatham Jaycees. www.wheelfast.com
Saturday
July 21
8:00 a.m.
Kalaskie residence
1202 Woodhaven Court, Chatham
David Kalaskie, 502-2871
B – Follow David on this 30-40 mile no-drop ride. Afterward, David will demonstrate how to change a flat tire for those interested.
Sunday
July 22
7:00 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.
Saturday
July 28
8:00 a.m.
Rotary Park
Iles Ave and Archer Elevator Rd
Ted Sunder, 698-9194
ABC – Ted will lead us on a 30- to 40-mile ride, with the direction depending upon the wind.
Sunday
July 29
8:00 a.m.
Centennial Park
MAIN parking lot
(not the trailhead)
Deb Cooper, 899-8385
BCD – Follow Deb for 30-35 miles. D riders can ride the Sangamon Valley Trail.
Saturday August 4
8:00 a.m.
Butler & DeFrates residence
3917 Surry Place Lane
Ernie DeFrates, 971-1246
BC –Turbo Blender Ride. Ernie will guide us on 30-35 miles with some hills. Enjoy delicious Turbo Blender drinks with some snacks 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 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
July 11 & 25
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
July 14
9 a.m.
Staunton City Park
Staunton, IL
Tour de Donut— This approximately 32-mile timed ride begins with a mass start, heads through downtown Staunton and then out into the rolling hills of the countryside. Along the way spectators cheer and ring cowbells. Rest stops offer all the donuts you can eat, with five minutes taken off your time for each donut eaten! Medals for the top three age-group finishers, cash prizes for the most donuts eaten, and door/attendance prizes including four new bicycles awarded after the ride. Registration is $40.
Saturday
July 28
7:00 a.m. for the half; 7:30 a.m. for the Olympic; and 8:00 a.m. for the sprint.
Lake Springfield Beach House
Long Bay Lane
Stoneman Sprint, Abe’s Olympic, and Route 66 Half Distance triathlons— The sprint comprises a 500-yard lake swim, a 12-mile bike ride, and a 5K (3.1 mile) run, while the Olympic comprises a 9/10-mile swim, a 24.8-mile bike ride, and a 10K (6.2 mile) run. The half comprises a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and a half marathon (13.1 miles).
Registration is $78 for the sprint, $93 for the Olympic, and $225 for the half. www.triharderpromotions.com
Friday
July 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!