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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.

Date: 5/30/2021
Subject: May 2021 SBC News
From: Springfield Bicycle Club

SBC News - May 2021
In this month's e-newsletter:
- President's Message
- Membership Report
- Bill Donels Memorial Update
- Capitol City Century Update
- Volunteers Needed for Sangamon Cycling Series
- June 2021 Ride Schedule
- Board Meetings

President's Message

Normal. I used that word in last month’s update. I am not sure that anything will ever truly be “normal” again. I have realized that there is more familiarity in recent life experiences. Two normal things to highlight in this brief update are led Club rides and upcoming events. The SBC started led rides again in May after a 14-month hiatus. May also saw the start of the new event, the Sangamon Cycling Series. Normal feels good. 

A big thank you to more than 100 riders who have registered for the Sangamon Cycling Series. If you have not checked it out, go to the website ( and learn more about it. Briefly, through a small registration fee, you receive four events (May, June, July, August) and four route distances for each event, an SBC t-shirt, and the chance to win a local bike shop gift certificate for completing one ride at each event. If you have registered and your friends have not, get them on board and ride sometime during the nine-day window. The first Saturday and last Sunday of the events there will be two rest stops stocked with water and other simple nutrition and snacks. If you, or a family member, can help at a rest stop, provide snacks or water, or lead a ride during this Series, let me know.

Here is an event that you might want to start planning for now. On Saturday, June 26 at Stuart Park from 8:00-10:00 a.m. there will be a “trunk” sale. Gather all that extra cycling stuff you have lying around and make some money with it! Set-up and buy/sell/trade items from your trunk or under one of the pavilions at the Park. We will sell/buy items from 8:00-10:00, then ride at 10:00. The route will be to be announced but will likely be 35-40 miles. Be sure to check out the ride schedule for a full listing of all the group rides and activities this month.

Wave to me if we meet on the road or trail.

Troy Gilmore
President, Springfield Bicycle Club 

April 2021 Membership Report

Total Active:  358

You can now view names of new and renewing members on the Club's home page. SBC Home Page

 New: 12 memberships/15 members

  Renewing Family: 6 memberships/13 members

 Renewing Individual: 8 memberships/ 8 members

We wish to thank the following members, who provided donations to the club with their memberships. Donations to the Bill Donels Memorial are not included.

Jeff Jarrard
Rosemary Tuetken
Brad Walkenhorst
Greg Pinto
Jack Morris
Dan Loyd
Katheryn Hanlon

Bill Donels Memorial Fund Update

The bench and plaque for the Bill Donels Memorial have been delivered and the club is coordinating installation with Sangamon County. Thanks to the generosity of our SBC members, friends and family of Bill Donels, we were also able to purchase a bike rack which will be installed near the bench. A dedication ceremony is being planned once the memorial has been put in place along the Sangamon Valley Bike Trail and will take place in August.  

Volunteers Needed - Sangamon Cycling Series

We're still looking for volunteers to help out with the Sangamon Cycling Series. Roles are assisting at the aid stations or serving as ride leaders.  

Responsibilities will be greeting riders and distributing bottled water and pre-packaged nutrition (likely mini-Clif bars). If you are able to transport a large cooler with ice and the food supplies, please let us know. Bring a chair or come prepared to sit in your vehicle or along the road with sunscreen and head covering.

Dates and time slots for aid station volunteers are:

Event 2A: Saturday, June 19

  8:00-10:00 mile 9/38 – Bomke Rd/Farley Rd
  10:00-12:00 mile 26/38 – Bunn Rd/Taylor Homestead Rd

Event 2B: Sunday, June 27

  8:00-10:00 same
  10:00-12:00 same

Event 3A: Saturday, July 17

  8:00-10:00 mile 10/32 – Lake Sangchris
  10:00-12:00 mile 20/32 – Jett Rd

Event 3B: Sunday, July 25

  8:00-10:00 same
  10:00-12:00 same

Event 4A: Saturday, August 14

  8:00-10:00 mile 12/40 – Johns Creek Rd/Keplinger Rd
  10:00-12:00 mile 31/40 Kennedy/West Divernon Rd

Event 4B: Sunday, August 27

  8:00-10:00 same
  10:00-12:00 same

Ride Leaders are needed as well for the Sangamon Cycling Series. We would like to have a led- B Ride and Slow C leave each start location at 8:00am. If you would consider leading, please email We would expect other groups to depart each start location as early as 7:00am.



Ride Schedule - June 2021

Check out all the great rides coming up during June! Please be assured that we will follow safety protocols as defined by the State of Illinois - Restore Illinois

Capital City Century Update

Registration for the 2021 CCC will be opening up the first week of June! Stay tuned for updates!

Board Meetings

Board meetings are held on the first Monday of each month. The board has been meeting via Zoom during the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue this practice for the foreseeable future.  All club members are invited to sit in on these meetings.  If you would like to sit in on a board meeting, please contact Troy Gilmore at the email below:

SBC Website - Email Archive

You can view past e-newsletters like this one on the SBC website.  Go to the "Members Only" tab on the menu and find the "Club Emails" link.  You must be logged in to access the page. 

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