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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.

HomeMay 2018 Ride Schedule

May 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.
NOTE TIME
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
Marty Celnick, 494-9967
BC — Leave from the east end of the trail at 5:30 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. 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.
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.
Wednesdays 
5:45 p.m.

Except May 16th
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 mile round-trip, add an airport loop for an extra 3 miles, or take the new extension north for up to 24 miles. Lights recommended.

No trail ride May 16th due to the Ride of Silence
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.
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
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. Lights recommended.
Weekend Daytime Rides
9:00 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.
Sundays
4:00 p.m.
Stuart Park parking lot
Winch Lane
Scott Sievers, 801-2873
D —Family and New Bicyclists Ride. New to cycling or just like to go for an easy spin with your spouse and kids? Give this casual ride a try. No need for lycra shorts or a carbon-fiber bike; just wear what’s comfortable to you and ride what you have. We’ll stick to the Sangamon Valley Trail for about 12 miles round-trip, meeting back at the park for free sweet treats for all riders!
Scheduled Rides and Events Check start times!
Wednesday
May 2
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
May 5
9:00 a.m.
Rotary Park
Archer Elevator & Iles
Marty Celnick, 522-4206
BCD — Marty will be looking at the wind direction to determine the best route for a ride of 20 to 40 miles.
Sunday
May 6
9:00 a.m.
Centennial Park
MAIN parking lot
(not the trailhead)
Ernie DeFrates, 971-1246
BCD — Follow Ernie toward Loami for about 30 miles roundtrip.
Saturday
May 12
9:00 a.m.
Rotary Park
Iles and Archer Elevator Rd
Alan Whitaker, 494-6807
BCD - Alan will take us to Pleasant Plains for 40 miles round-trip, with cut-offs available. D riders can ride the Sangamon Valley Trail.
Sunday
May 13
1:00 p.m.

NOTE TIME
Centennial Park
MAIN parking lot
(not the trailhead)
Mike Kokal, (618) 560-9288
ABC —Winery Ride. Pedal 16-20 miles with Mike to Danenberger Family Vineyards (12341 Irish Road, New Berlin) for libations.
Sunday
May 13
Through
Saturday
May 19
Your Residence!



ABCD EZ —Curb Your Car Commute Challenge.Join other bike commuters from SBC and the Springfield area for the ride into work all week long! This is the sixth year for the event. Check with your employer to see if it is participating in the challenge. For details go to the Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission’s website, www.sscrpc.com, and then go to the Active Transportation web page under Transportation Planning. Don't forget to turn in commuting miles to the club record keeper.
Monday
May 14
5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Scott B. Sievers, P.C.
920 South Spring Street
Scott Sievers, 801-2873
NC –Ride Leader Training. Learn how you, too, can join the exciting and rewarding world of the Springfield Bicycle Club ride leader! Learn the basic procedures of planning and leading safe and fun rides. To attend this training, send your RSVP to Scott by May 13 by e-mailing him at springfieldsievers@gmail.com.
Wednesday
May 16
7:30 a.m.
Washington Park Pavilion
(south side of park)
Bill Donels, 546-8036
D —Bike to Work Week Group Commute. This ride is part of Curb Your Car week. Ride from the park to Café Moxo for coffee, then off to work we go!
Wednesday
May 16
6:30 p.m.
NOTE TIME
State Capitol Visitors Center parking lot, behind Boone's Saloon – entrance at 399 W Edwards St (approximate)
Tom Clark, 726-5560
EZ —Ride of Silence.  Join cyclists worldwide in a silent, slow-paced ride (max. 12 mph) in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roads.  The goal is to raise awareness that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways and to ask that we all share the road.  Riders should begin gathering at 6:30 p.m. The ride will depart in silence at 7:00 p.m. Helmets recommended, lights required. To learn more about this ride and its history, please visit www.rideofsilence.org.
Saturday
May 19
8:00 a.m.
NOTE TIME
Chatham Community Park
East end parking lot, off Park St.
760 S. Main, Chatham
David Kalaskie, 502-2871
BC — Join David for about 30 miles of mild hills. He’ll also provide a tire-changing demonstration after the ride for those interested.
Saturday
May 19
9:00 p.m.
NOTE TIME
State Capitol Visitors Center parking lot, behind Boone's Saloon – entrance at 399 W Edwards St (approximate)
Michael Higgins, 836-9821
EZ —Night Ride. Chef Michael Higgins has a 6 or 12-mile route.
Helmets recommended, lights required.
Sunday
May 20
9:00 a.m.
Rochester Station
Deb Cooper, 899-8385
ABCD — Deb will guide us on a 25-35 mile route to Edinburg and back. D riders can ride the trail.

Saturday
May 26
9:00 a.m.
Waldrop Park
Sherman
Cindy Kvamme, 971-8687
ABC — Take a spin with Cindy from Sherman to Middletown. 35 miles with a 24-mile cutoff.

Sunday
May 27
9:00 a.m.
Chatham Community Park
East end parking lot, off Park St.
760 S. Main, Chatham
Mark Rabin, 836-8500
ABC – Mark will lead us south to Virden, then we’ll wander around in the countryside for about 40 miles. Riders who don’t want to ride the distance can do an out-and-back to either Auburn or Virden, or ride the trail.
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 April 18
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
May 19
7:30 a.m.
Lake Springfield Beach House
100 Long Bay Lane
Capital City BiathlonRun a 5K (3.1 miles) on closed lake roads and bike 15 miles on rural roads from Lake Springfield toward Lake Sangchris. www.triharderpromotions.com
Friday
May 25
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!