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October 2019 / Jump to: Scheduled Rides

Saturdays & Sundays
9:00 a.m.
Vredenburgh Park 100 Crusaders Road Springfield, IL Show-N-Go AB Ride. Intended for extremely strong and competitive riders with expert bike handling skills. Riders should be self-sufficient and able to maintain speeds of 19+ mph for extended distances using pace lines. Riders agree on a destination and determine a route at the time of the ride. Developmental AB -riders are welcome, but should be self-sufficient or accompanied by an ex- perienced rider. For more info call Derek Ewing at (217) 624-2016.
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
9:00 a.m.
Vredenburgh Park 100 Crusaders Road Springfield, IL Show-N-Go AB Ride. No-drop ride. Riders should be able to maintain speeds of 18-20 mph for 20-40 miles between stops. Usually includes a stop midway followed by a coffee stop after the ride at Caribou Coffee. For more info call Steve Casper at (217) 414-9833.
5:15 p.m. or 5:30 p.m.
East end of Wabash Trail (3316 Robbins Rd) OR Sonic (3102 S Park Ave) Springfield, IL Ride Leader: David McDivitt B Ride. Start at 5:15 p.m. at Parkway Pointe Theater (Lindbergh Blvd & Rob- bins Rd) and ride east along the Wabash Trail. Riders will then meet up with those starting at Sonic at 5:30 p.m. This ride will get you 16 miles from Sonic or 21 miles from Parkway Pointe Theater. For more info call David McDivitt at (217) 725-1986.
10:00 a.m.
Chatham Community Park (west parking lot off Main St) 760 S Main Street Chatham, IL Ride Leader: Cindy Kvamme C Ride. Cindy may choose to take you on some country roads for 25 to 30 miles at a pace of 13-14 mph. For more info call Cindy Kvamme at (217) 971- 8687.
Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. Sangamon Valley Trailhead 5529 Bunker Hill Road Springfield, IL Ride Leader: Cindy Kvamme C Ride. Cindy will lead you on a ride on the Sangamon Valley Trail or may possibly go into the country. 25 to 30 miles at a pace of 13-14 mph. For more info call Cindy Kvamme at (217) 971-8687.
Wednesdays 5:30 p.m. Sangamon Valley Trailhead 5529 Bunker Hill Road Springfield, IL Ride Leader: Ted Sunder BC Ride. Ride the Sangamon Valley Trail to Stuart Park for 12 miles round- trip or take the new extension north for up to 24 miles. Lights recommend- ed. For more info call Ted Sunder at (217) 971-3193.
10:00 a.m.
Wabash Trail by Sonic 3102 S Park Avenue Springfield, IL Ride Leader: Cindy Kvamme C Ride. Ride with Cindy on the Interurban/Wabash Trail. 25-30 miles at a pace of 13-14 mph. For more info call Cindy Kvamme at (217) 971-8687.
Saturday, October 5 to Sunday, October 6 Residence 1826 Avenel Ln Chatham, IL Ride Leader: Scott Bell BC Ride. (Bikepacking). Get the packs and camping equipment out of stor- age! Join Scott Saturday afternoon on this 20-mile ride to Sangchris Lake State Park. After arriving at Sangchris, pitch a tent or hang a hammock and enjoy the evening—and maybe even participate in a bags tournament. After breakfast and tearing down camp Sunday morning, riders will begin their return ride home. Food will be on your own. Riders should plan on being self -sufficient, although this will be a no-drop ride. We'll depart Saturday, October 5 at 1:00 p.m. from Scott's house and return Sunday, October 6 by 5:00 p.m. For more info call Scott Bell (217) 248-7720.
Saturday October 5
10:00 a.m.
Vredenburgh Park 100 Crusaders Road Springfield, IL Show-N-Go C Ride (Show-N-Go). Riders can meet and determine the group's destina- tion, including riding the trail to Chatham (20-mile roundtrip) or heading west for a loop into the country.
October 6
10 a.m.
Stuart Park Parking Lot 1800 Winch Lane Springfield, IL Show-N-Go C Ride (Show-N-Go). Riders can meet and determine the group's destina- tion, including riding the Sangamon Valley Trail and/or heading onto countryside roads.
Monday October 7
7:00 p.m.
Lincoln-Herndon Law Office 209 S 6th Street Springfield, IL Leader: Scott Sievers NC (Board Meeting). All Springfield Bicycle Club members are invited to attend the board meeting. Meeting is held in the Springfield Visitor's Center. Enter just one door north of Del’s Popcorn Shop on 6th Street. "Tinsley Dry Goods" is painted on the large window.
Saturday October 12
8:00 a.m.
601 Pointsettia Place Buckley Ridge Estates, off Meadowbrook Road
Event Leader: Brenda Carmody- Price
ABCD Ride. (5th Annual Bob Carmody Memorial Ride.) This event cele- brates SBC member Bob Carmody and his passion for biking and love for the outdoors. Ride 15, 25, or 52 miles, with rest stops on the two longer routes. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m., with the ride starting at 8:00 a.m. SAG service ends at 1:00 p.m.
A lunch catered by Cooper’s StrEATside Bistro Food Truck and open to riders and non-riders alike starts at 10:30 a.m.; those planning to attend the lunch should RSVP by calling or texting (217) 685-0004.
Donations to the American Cancer Society will be accepted. Those donating will be eligible to win pedal prizes worth $1,000 at a 12:30 p.m. drawing.
For more info contact Brenda Carmody-Price at (217) 685-0004.
October 13
1:00 p.m.
Residence 245 Circle Drive Event Leader: Roger Schnelten ABCD Ride. (41st 40th Annual Oktoberfest Ride). Jonathan Michael Roth will lead a 41-mile ride (with shorter options) starting at 1 p.m. Burgers, brats, and fish will be served off the grill around 4 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and a side dish. Two bands will perform: Doug Strahan and his Good Neighbors from Austin, Texas, from 2-5:30 p.m., and Antone and Wick in the evening. For more info call Roger Schnelten at (217) 529-0780. To download a GPS map of the bike route, go to
October 19
9:00 a.m.
Stuart Park Parking Lot
1800 Winch Lane
Springfield, IL
Event Leader: Jennifer Walker
NC (Trunk & Treat Swap Meet.) Have bike clothing, gear, or electronics you want to sell or swap? Meet in the park and open you trunks to sell or swap your goods!
Saturday October 19
9:30 a.m.
Stuart Park Parking Lot 1800 Winch Lane Springfield, IL Event Leader: Jennifer Walker ABCD (Trip to Bomke’s Patch.) Jennifer will lead a 21-mile ride with a stop at Bomke’s Patch, where everyone will receive a complimentary glass of cider and bag of popcorn. Bomke's Patch has 10 acres of pumpkins, a 10-acre corn maze of varying levels, a pumpkin cannon you can shoot, slingshots, wagon ride to petting zoo, and food truck with lattes, coffee, old fashion ice cream and other sweet treats. They serve hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches, na- chos, and ribeyes. The barn has local vendors and home decor, honey, kettle corn and apple cider. Invite your families to meet you out at Bomke’s Patch! Maps will be provided at the beginning of the ride, if needed, and GPS routes may be downloaded off the Club’s Facebook page and website.
October 20
10:00 a.m.
3917 Surry Place Lane
Ride Leaders: Linda Butler &
Ernie DeFrates
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. For more information call Ernie Defrates at (217) 971-1246.
October 25
7:00 p.m.
Residence 8 Bridge Terrace (off Outer Park) Springfield Event Leader: Kevin Brown 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. For more information contact Kevin Brown at (217) 787-5652.
Saturday October 26
9:00 a.m.
New Salem State Park Visitors Center parking lot Rt 97, Petersburg Ride Leader: Anne (Baker) Schroll BC (Cass/Menard County EZ Gravel Ride.) Check out the gravel and back roads around New Salem on this beginner-friendly ride. We will plan to hold a conversational pace of about 10-12 mph, although faster riders are wel- come to ride on ahead. This ride will leave from the New Salem Visitor Cen- ter parking lot and head towards Tallula for about 35 miles roundtrip. Riders are encouraged to pack enough food and water for three or four hours, as there are no food or water stops along the way. After the ride, head to Hand of Fate Brewing Co./Dr. Ugs Café in Petersburg to refuel. For more information call Anne (Baker) Schroll at (217) 414-4101.
October 27
10:00 a.m.
Vredenburgh Park
100 Crusaders Road
Springfield, IL
Ride Leader: Ted Sunder
BCD (Boo Cruise.) With Halloween right around the corner, follow Ted—if you dare—on a pedaling tour of rural cemeteries. (But beware: Dr. Sunder has a thing for BRAINS!) This ride offers 25, 31, and 43-mile route options. D riders can ride the trail but should be self-sufficient. For more information call Ted Sunder at (217) 698-9194.
October 25, to Sunday, October 27
Edgewood Schools Campus Ellettsville, Indiana Event Leader: Scott Sievers ABC (SBC Travels: Hilly Hundred.) Join the Springfield Bicycle Club on its trek to enchanting Ellettsville, Indiana, near Bloomington for the Hilly Hundred! Along with countless other riders, you’ll ride 50 miles on Saturday and an- other 50 miles on Sunday, with shorter options available both days. Riders interested in joining this SBC Travels event should contact Scott at Riders are responsible for registering themselves for the ride at and arranging for their own lodging. For more information contact Scott Sievers at (217) 801-2873.
Saturday November 2 9:30 a.m. Stuart Park
Winch Road north of Route 97 and Veteran’s Parkway
Ride Leader: Deb Cooper
BCD (Trail Trio Ride.) Follow Deb on three of the most popular bike routes in the area: the Sangamon Valley, Wabash, and Interurban trails. This ride of about 50 miles round trip will have shorter options available and may include a stop at the Apple Barn for a snack or Panera Bread for lunch. For more in- formation contact Deb Cooper at (217) 899-8385.
Sunday November 3 8:00 a.m. Three Twiggs Bakery
1370 Toronto Rd Springfield, IL
Ride Leader: Alicia Bibb
C Ride. (Ladies Only.) Meet at Three Twigs for a 25-mile mystery ride! Bring money for coffee and/or treat afterward. This is a no-drop ride so Alicia will make sure that the group stays together. For more info call Alicia at (217) 494-4134.
Wednesdays 5:30 p.m. Wheel Fast Bicycle Co.
17 Cottonwood Dr
ABC Ride (WheelFast Ride). Wheel Fast intermediate training road ride.
Meet at the bike shop and plan on 16-20 miles. For more info call Matt Saner at (217) 483-7807.
Wednesday October 2
5:45 p.m.
New City Community Church Parking Lot Pawnee-New City Rd & Cardinal Hill Rd Ride Leader: Steve Schien ABC Ride (New City World Championship Time Trials). This is a non- affiliated 10.85-mile time trial on New City Road near Pawnee. 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 inter- vals, with the slower riders first. Bring $2 for the timer. As this is the last New City time trial of the season, participants will head into Rochester afterwards to find a place for dinner, most likely Public House 29. Join in the dinner even if you do not ride. Call or text Steve Schien at (217) 741-8388 to be added to the e-mail group for updates.
Saturday October 5
8 a.m.
Oak Hills Golf Course & Winery
18698 Country Club Rd Girard IL
Macoupin Valley Trail 2nd Annual Country Tour Bike Ride. Routes of 10, 20, and 40 miles. Food, live music, 50/50 raffle, and silent auction. $50 per per- son includes ride, meal, and t-shirt. Proceeds will help develop the Macoupin Valley Trail. Register online at
Saturday October 12
9:00 a.m.
Carlinville Plaza Carlinville, IL 62626
(314) 526-0658
Tour de Milk — This timed event features routes of 33 and 66 miles; an un-timed 17-mile ride also is offered. Registration is $35 for the two longer routes and $30 for the shorter route and includes entry into a raffle for a Specialized Allez road bike. Proceeds benefit the Carlinville Area Food Pantry and Winning Communities Bike Trail efforts.
Saturday October 12
9:00 a.m.
Lake Lou Yaeger Recreation Area, Picnic Area #3
Litchfield, IL 62056
Harvest Hootenanny Biathlon. This event comprises a 5K run followed by a 15-mile bike ride. Pre-registration is $50; $55 day of race. USA Triathlon membership required.