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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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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, Wednesday, and Friday
8:00 a.m.
Start time changes to 9:00 a.m. effective September 11th
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
Cindy Kvamme
744-8864
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. Lights recommended.
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.
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 the trail with Ted for 12 miles or add a low traffic county road to the airport for a total of 15. Lights recommended.

Thursdays
5:45 p.m.

Sangamon Valley Trail
South End Parking Lot
Bunker Hill Rd
Alan Whitaker, 494-6807
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. Lights recommended.
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
September 1, 2, and 9: 8:00 a.m.

Start time changes to 9:00 a.m. effective September 16th
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.
Saturday
Sept. 2
9:00 a.m.
Stuart Park
Winch Road north of Route 97 and Veteran’s Parkway
Deb Cooper, 546-5099
ABCD – Deb will guide us on a 30 mile route. D riders can ride the trail.
Sunday
Sept. 3
8:00 a.m.
NOTE TIME
Chatham Community Park
East end parking lot, off Park St.
760 S. Main, Chatham
Paul O’Connor, (618) 694-3446
ABC – Join us for a 28-32 mile ride leaving from Chatham using the trail and then switching to a route that will take us around Lake Springfield, returning via Covered Bridge Road.
Monday
Sept. 4
9:00 a.m.
Vredenburg Park
Saxon Dr & Crusaders Rd
Show-N-Go
Show-N-Go — It's not laborious if you do a Labor Day ride with your friends. Turn in your miles to the club records keeper. D riders can ride the trail but should be self-sufficient.
Monday
Sept. 4
8:00 a.m.
Vredenburg Park
Saxon Dr & Crusaders Rd
Show-N-Go
Holiday A-Ride — See Saturday Weekend A-Ride description. *Disclaimer: Schedule sometimes changes due to weather. Please call ahead.
Wednesday
Sept. 6
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
Sept. 9
9:00 a.m.
Vredenburg Park
Saxon Dr & Crusaders Rd
Show-N-Go
Show-N-Go — Lots going on today. Ride the trails or go out in the country. Turn in your miles to the club records keeper. D riders can ride the trail but should be self-sufficient.
Friday
Sept. 8
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.;
Saturday
Sept. 9
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Residence
29 S Hazel Dell


Jim and Sandra Elliott, 652-4034
NC —CCC Baked Goods Drop Off. Drop off cookies and other homemade goodies at the home of Jim and Sandra Elliott for the CCC ride on Sunday.
Saturday
Sept. 9
1:00 p.m.
NOTE TIME
Noll Law Office at Lincoln Depot
930 E Monroe
Jim Hajek, 698-7626
EZ —Historical Sites Ride. Jim will lead an 8-mile tour of Springfield historic sites the day before the Capital City Century. The ride will last approximately two hours, with refreshments and snacks afterward.
Saturday
Sept. 9
5 to 9 p.m.
Casey’s Pub inside K of C
2200 S. Meadowbrook
Harv Koplo, 899-9175
NC —Packet Pickup Party. If you pre-registered at a lower rate, pick up your stuff. Also the last chance to register at a discount! Non-discounted registration is available at the event on Sunday.
Sunday
September 10
7:00 a.m.
NOTE TIME
Knights of Columbus Hall
2200 S Meadowbrook Rd Springfield
Harv Koplo, 899-9175
ABCD —45thAnnual Capital City Century/SBC Great Bicycle Challenge #5-- 10, 25, 40, 62, and 100 mile routes over flat to slightly rolling terrain. Special double metric (125 mile) option. Registration beings at 6:30 am. Includes SAG service, multiple food stops and “post-pedal’n” party free to registered participants. SAG service ends at 4:00 pm; all riders are asked to be off the route by that time. Food service at K of C ends at 5:00 p.m.
Saturday
Sept. 16
8:00 a.m.
NOTE TIME.
Lost Bridge Trail
IDOT South Dirksen Parkway
Scott Sievers, 801-2873
ABCD — Head east from IDOT on the Lost Bridge Trail, then out into the countryside to Sangchris Lake and back for about 30 miles round-trip; D riders can stick to the trail for about 12 miles round-trip.
Sunday
Sept. 17
9:00 a.m.
This ride will start in Pleasant Plains to give us a better chance to explore Loops 2, 3, and even 4! Meet in the park across from the Community Building, West 4th St, Pleasant Plains.
Alan Whitaker, 494-6807
ABCD —CCC Volunteer Appreciation Ride. 25, 40, 62, 100, or 125 miles. This ride is an opportunity for volunteers who worked the Capital City Century to try one of the routes. All club members are invited to participate. This ride counts as the SBC Great Bicycle Challenge #5 for CCC volunteers.
Saturday
Sept. 23
9:00 a.m.
Centennial Park
MAIN parking lot
(not the trailhead)
Linda Butler, 899-7165
ABCD – Linda will take us southwest towards Loami for a 30- to 35-mile ride.
Sunday
Sept. 24
9:00 a.m.
Centennial Park
MAIN parking lot
(not the trailhead)
Robert LaBonte, 787-0237
BCD – For his birthday ride, Robert will take us on the Sangamon Valley Trail to points north, maybe even along the new trail extension, if open. The ride likely will head to Athens and back. D riders can ride the trail but should be self-sufficient.
Wednesday
Sept. 27
6:30 p.m.
Annual Mtg
7:00 p.m.
Socializer
Brickhouse Grill and Pub
3136 W. Iles
Tom Clark, 726-5560

NC —Annual Meeting & Post-CCC Socializer. Join other SBC members for this great post-CCC social event. Brief Annual Meeting at 6:30 p.m. includes thanks to our volunteers, board election, past year accomplishments, and member feedback. Socializer from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Check in and get a free libation. Complimentary soft drinks and appetizers provided.
Saturday
September 30
9:00 a.m.
Vredenburg Park
Saxon Dr & Crusaders
Ted Sunder, 698-9194
ABCD - Ted is planning to take us down the trail and out into the country somewhere for 30-40 miles. D riders can ride the trail but should be self-sufficient.
Sunday
October 1
9:00 a.m.
Stuart Park
1662 Winch Lane (1/2 mi north of IL Route 97/Jefferson St)
Tom Clark, 726-5560
ABCD – Ride the 32-mile route from the May 21 Challenge #2 again with Tom. It’s unlikely the trail extension will be open by then, but a trail update will be shared. D Riders can do a 10-mile trail ride.
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19572376
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.
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.
5:30 p.m.
Biketek
957 Clock Tower Dr
Show-N-Go
BikeTek 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.
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 with a designated leader at the rear.
Every other
Wednesday
Sept. 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. 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
September 29
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. Critical Mass is a worldwide event held the last Friday of every month. It welcomes all riders. Why? Because bikes are fun! Front and rear LIGHTS recommended.
Regional Rides
For an up-to-date listing of upcoming rides, go to www.mikebentley.com and check Illinois Bicycle Rides
Saturday
Sept. 23
7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
Bendl, IL Tour de Coal. This ride includes routes of 13.6, 35, and 62 miles through Macoupin County. Pre-register to get a t-shirt. Riders get a voucher for a sandwich and drink afterward. www.active.com
Sunday
Sept. 24
7:00-10:00 a.m.
Decatur, IL Prairie Pedal. An annual fundraising event for Macon County Conservation Foundation with routes of 20, 40, and 62 miles. Registration fee includes cycling socks and a chili lunch. www.active.com