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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.

HomeJuly 2017 Ride Schedule

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Weekday Daytime Rides Check start times!
Monday
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 shows up often enough for this ride that he should be able to answer questions. Please use ride sheet if riding together. Turn in miles to the records keeper. NOTE: Geezer riders occasionally change the start time due to weather and other considerations. Please call ahead.
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
8:00 a.m.
Vredenburg Park
Saxon Dr & Crusaders Rd
Derek Ewing, 624-2016
Weekday A-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.
Monday thru
Friday
10:00 a.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.
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.

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
Jon Roth, 971-5987
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 sign in. This popular ride will get you 16 miles from Sonic or 21 miles from Parkway Pointe. NOTE: July 3 may be a Show-N-Go.
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.
Tuesday
5:45 p.m.
Location varies
Jim and Sandra Elliot, 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 the trail with Ted for 12 miles or add a low traffic county road to the airport for a total of 15.

Thursdays
5:45 p.m.

Sangamon Valley Trail
South End Parking Lot
Bunker Hill Rd
Joe Agner, 361-5077

D — Ride 12 miles on the Sangamon Valley Trail at a casual 10-12 mph pace. The ride leader will stay with the rearmost riding group.

Note: This ride is specifically designed for riders who think our other group rides might be a little fast for them. Come out and enjoy riding this beautiful 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
6:00 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 required.

Scheduled Rides and Events Check start times!
Saturdays and Sundays
8:00 a.m.
NOTE:
Location and time may vary (see Facebook page)
Vredenburg Park
Saxon Dr & Crusaders Rd


Derek Ewing, 624-2016



Weekend A-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 if you have any questions.
Sundays
8:00 a.m.
beginning July 9
NOTE:
Location and time may vary (see Facebook page)


Rochester Station
IL-29 & Walnut St
(Start locations may vary based on rider interest. Cycling Challenge events replace this ride on Sundays when they are held) 
Tom Clark, 726-5560
AB - Weekend High-B Ride. This is a No Drop ride that re-groups periodically. It is intended for strong riders with good bike handling skills. Riders should be able to maintain a steady 17-20 mph “high B” pace for extended distances using pace lines. Riders may agree on a route at ride time or follow one posted online prior. A-riders looking for a change of pace welcome. To receive information about upcoming rides, search “Springfield IL Area Cycling” on Facebook, and click on “Join Group”. Contact Tom if you have any questions.
Saturday
July 1
9:00 a.m.
Vredenburg Park
Saxon Dr & Crusaders Rd
Marty Celnick, 499-9967
ABC – Destination to be determined by wind direction. 
Sunday
July 2
8:00 a.m.
Rochester Station
Tom Clark, 726-5560
BCD - Ride 28 miles to Edinburg or add a stop in Mechanicsburg for 40 miles. Expect BC and B+ riding groups to form on the ride.  D riders can ride the Lost Bridge Trail. Ride to the ride for more miles. NOTE: This ride also serves as the kickoff for a new standing high B ride on Sundays – see listing above.
Tuesday
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! NOTE: Riders will not be getting in the parade, but will wait until the parade has passed before proceeding to the park.  
Tuesday
July 4
8:00 a.m.
Location and time varies
Derek Ewing, 624-2016
Holiday A-Ride.  The A-Riders will join the Burgoo ride to Franklin. Choose a starting time and location above. Contact Derek if you have any questions.  
Wednesday
July 5
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 8
7:45 a.m. meet for carpooling
8:00 a.m. depart
NOTE TIME

Cracker Barrel parking lot
I-55 & Toronto Rd

Alan Josephson,
793-0590 (home)
299-3348 (cell for trip)
BC — Arch Ride. Ride to the ST. LOUIS ARCH area (last year the 2 blocks to the arch was under construction) at a leisurely pace (should be able to ride 12 mph) on the Madison County Trail system beginning in Edwardsville, IL. This very popular ride will begin around 9:30ish a.m. Follow the asphalt trails and some city streets to cross the McKinley Bridge on their fabulous bicycle path. The route through city streets may be different than previous trips. Lunch someplace in Lacledes Landing area and return. Choices of about 40-46 total ride miles. Contact Alan for information. Maps and directions will be passed out at Cracker Barrel. NOTE: rain and heat may cancel this ride.
Saturday
July 8
8:00 a.m.
Vredenburg Park
Saxon Dr & Crusaders Rd
Show-N-Go
BCD — Weekend BCD Club Ride. This is a show-n-go for those unable to participate in the Arch Ride. See Saturday July 15 ride description.

Sunday
July 9
8:00 a.m. 
Waldrop Park
Sherman
Scott Sievers, 801-2873
ABC – Scott will lead us on a 30-mile roundtrip ride from Sherman through Williamsville to visit enchanting Elkhart—and a heckuva hill!  
Saturday
July 15
8:00 a.m.
Vredenburg Park
Saxon Dr & Crusaders Rd
Show-N-Go
BC - Weekend BC Club Ride. This is a No Drop show-n-go ride. To ensure no one is left behind, riding groups are asked to stop to re-group periodically. Expect a group to form that maintains a 14-16 mph pace. A 12-14 mph riding group may also form. D riders can ride the trails. Turn your miles in to the Records Keeper.
Sunday
July 16
Registration 7:30-9 a.m. 
Mass start at 8:00 a.m.
Chatham Community Park
East end parking lot, off Park St.
760 S. Main, Chatham
Matt Saner/Wheel Fast, 483-7807
ABC – Tour de Corn Metric Century. 62, 40, and 20 mile route options. Cost is $20. Proceeds benefit Chatham Jaycees. SAG service until 1:00 p.m. Rest stops with food and drink. Lunch served at the park after the ride from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cycling socks to the first 150 riders donated by Wheel Fast. Pre-Register at Wheel Fast through Saturday July 15th or day of event. 
Saturday
July 22
8:00 a.m.
Stuart Park 
Winch Road north of Route 97 & Veteran’s Parkway
Ernie DeFrates, 971-1246
ABC – Ernie will lead us to Athens for a 32-mile ride along a route similar to the second Challenge ride. Those who are looking for more miles may head to Petersburg for about 53 miles. Routes may change depending upon weather and road conditions.
Sunday
July 23
6:00 a.m.
NOTE TIME
Fairhills Shopping Center
W. Washington St. & Chatham Road/Bruns Lane
Scott Sievers, 801-2873ABC –Sunrise Hill Ride. While the slackers are still sleeping, Scott will lead us on a 25-mile roundtrip ride to Salisbury, hitting some of the best hills the Springfield area has to offer. By riding early we’ll avoid some heat and return in time to put your pants in a pew and/or reward yourself with a treat from Mel-O-Cream or Dunkin’ Donuts at the end of the ride. 
Sunday
July 23
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Lake Springfield
Tom Madonia Park East
East Lake Drive
Shelter 3
 
Gladys Hajek, 698-7626
NC – SBC Annual Picnic. Join your bike club friends for a picnic by the lake. Gather at 4:00 p.m. with dinner at 5:00 p.m. Grilled hamburgers, brats and veggie burgers will be provided as well as soft drinks and bottled water. Please bring a covered dish, salad or dessert to share. There’s no need to RSVP, just come and join the fun. Like to help grill? Contact Gladys to volunteer.
Saturday
July 29
8:00 a.m.
Rochester Station
Deb Cooper, 546-5099
ABCD – Deb will guide us on a 35 mile route. D riders can ride the trail. 
Sunday
July 30
8:00 a.m.
Vredenburg Park
Saxon Dr & Crusaders Rd
Ted Sunder, 698-9194
ABCD – Ride on the trail or in the country with Ted. 25-40 miles with cutoffs. We might see water.
Other Area Rides & Events
Springfield area bike shops and other entities sponsor or host a number of rides each year. We post them in this separate section of the schedule.
NOTE: ‘Other area ride’ miles count for club miles, as they are organized rides.
Mondays
6:00 p.m.
Ace Bicycle Shop
2500 S MacArthur Ave
523-0188
Ace Monday Night Ride. These rides are geared towards all levels of riders and are no drop! Ace staffers will be on the ride in the event of a mechanical. Helmets are strongly recommended. Like us on Facebook "Ace1BMX" for weather details.
Tuesdays and Thursdays
5:45 p.m.
Biketek
957 Clock Tower Dr
Show-N-Go
Bike Tek Salisbury Hills Ride. A and B group leaders assist developmental riders. The route is challenging and hilly. Each group re-forms periodically. Show-n-go with no official leader.
Wednesdays
6:10ish p.m.
Wheelfast
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 with a designated leader at the rear.
Every other
Wednesday July 5 & 19 5:30 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. 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
Amy Beadle, 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 shorter, slow-paced family ride starts at the same time. A designated rider leader stays at the back of each riding group.
Friday
July 28
5:30 p.m.
State Capitol Visitors’ Center 425 S. College St. (west of the Stratton Building across College Street)
Alan Escobar, 638-9523
EZ –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. It is open to all, and it welcomes all riders to join in a celebration of riding bicycles. Why? Because bikes are fun! Front and rear LIGHTS recommended.
Regional Rides
Sunday
July 16
Stop the Cycle of Abuse,
815-575-6374
CFK 60. Ride 30 or 60 miles to benefit organizations that stop the cycle of child abuse. www.cyclingforkids.net.
For an up-to-date listing of upcoming regional cycling events, go to www.mikebentley.com and check Illinois Bicycle Rides