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September 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.
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
5:30 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 along the Sangamon Valley Trail to Stuart Park for 12 miles round-trip, add an airport loop for an extra 3 miles, or take the new extension north for up to 24 miles. Lights recommended.

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.

Thursdays

5:45 p.m.

BikeTek
957 Clock Tower Dr

Shayla Pfaffe, 836-3301

B —B-Tek Ride.Build your speed and stamina on this quick (and sometimes hilly) no-drop ride of 25-35 miles. To receive information about upcoming rides, join the “Springfield Area B-Tek Cycling Group” on Facebook.
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
8:00 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.

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.
Scheduled Rides and Events Check start times!
Saturday
September 1
Stuart Park
Winch Road north of Route 97 and Veteran’s Parkway
Scott Sievers, 801-2873
Due to extensive gravel on key portions of the route that is so heavy as to be dangerous at best and nearly impassable at worst, I canceled the Hellacious Hills Ride scheduled for September 1, 2018. 
                                        - Scott Sievers
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Sunday
September 2
9:00 a.m.
Rotary Park
Iles Ave and Archer Elevator Rd
Tom Clark, 726-5560
ABC -Plains Ride with Ashland Option. Ride about 40 miles to Pleasant Plains with Tom. A 51-mile Ashland option will be available, along with cutoffs of 30 and 19 miles.
Saturday
September 8
10 a.m.
Gate 11 (inside)
801 East Sangamon Avenue
Illinois State Fairgrounds
Harv Koplo, 899-9175
ABCD —CCC Weekend: Metric Ride. Visit Athens on the half-metric route and go on to Greenview for the metric route. The return route crosses the Sangamon River on the longest rails-to-trails bridge in Illinois. Riders will find a water and snack stop in Athens. Maps will be provided, and riders are encouraged to keep their copies and follow them, as the route will be lightly marked.
Saturday
September 8
1:00 p.m.
NOTE TIME
Gate 11 (inside)
801 East Sangamon Avenue
Illinois State Fairgrounds
Troy Gilmore, 720-1568‬‬‬‬‬‬
EZ —CCC Weekend: Tour of Historic Sites. Take a casual, neighborhood-style ride from the Illinois State Fairgrounds to visit many of Springfield’s Lincoln and other historic sites, including the Lincoln Home, the Old State Capitol, and the Lincoln Tomb, among others. This approximately eight-mile roundtrip ride will last about two hours, with refreshments and snacks afterward.
Saturday
September 8
5–9 p.m.
The Shed, Gate 3
2371 North Peoria Road
Illinois State Fairgrounds
Harv Koplo, 899-9175
NC —CCC Weekend: Community Cycling Festival/Packet Pickup Party.This special community bicyclist appreciation festival, called Loops-A-Palooza, celebrates the Bicentennial and Springfield's Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community status (recently designated by the League of American Bicyclists). Enjoy live music by The Loops, food trucks, libations, and other exhibitors and activities. If you're riding the CCC, pick up your packet during this event and skip the lines on Sunday!
Sunday
September 9
7:00 a.m.
NOTE TIME
Illinois Building, inside Gate 1
1101 East Sangamon Avenue
Illinois State Fairgrounds
Harv Koplo, 899-9175
ABCD —CCC Weekend: 46thAnnual Capital City Century/SBC Great Bicycle Challenge #5.This fall classic offers routes of 24, 35, 62, 100, and 125 miles over flat to rolling terrain on well-marked roads. The ride features organized food stops, SAG service, and a Post Pedalin’ Party with a meal and libations free to registered riders. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. SAG service ends at 4:00 p.m.; all riders are asked to be off the route by that time. Food service ends at 5:00 p.m. A
Wednesday
September 12
7:30 p.m. NOTE TIME
Residence
2301 Sangamon Avenue
Ken Anderson, 522-3876
C NC – Board Meeting. All SBC members are invited to attend the board meeting. NOTE: The Board meeting was left out of the schedule included in the print version of QR. It has been added to the online QR and sched-ule. Due to CCC, the meeting will be held on the second Wednesday.
Saturday
September 15
9:00 a.m.
Waldrop Park
Sherman
Cindy Kvamme, 971-8687
C C — Take a 35-mile spin with Cindy to Middletown, with an optional 24-mile shortcut. If you’re looking for distance, you can get to 55 miles with an additional 20-mile out-and-back route from Middletown to Greenview.
Sunday
September 16
9:00 a.m.
Rotary Park
Iles Ave and Archer Elevator Rd
Ted Sunder, 698-9194
ABCD —CCC Volunteer Appreciation Ride.About 20 to 124 miles. This unsupported 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
September 22
9:00 a.m.
Vredenburg Park
Saxon Dr & Crusaders Rd
Marty Celnick, 494-9967
CD – Marty will lead a ride of 30 to 50 miles roundtrip, with the destination depending upon wind direction.
Sunday
September 23
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.
Monday
September 24
8:00 p.m.
Finley’s Tap House
3236 Ginger Creek Drive
Ernie DeFrates, 971-1246
BC —Full Moon Ride.This 23-mile ride will head north on the Sangamon Valley Trail. Riders may enjoy a good brew afterward. Good lights required.
Wednesday
September 26
6:30 p.m. Meeting;
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 29
8:00 a.m.
New Salem State Park
Visitors Center parking lot
Rt 97, Petersburg
Troy Gilmore, 720-1568‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
B —Park to Park.This ride will leave Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site near Petersburg, then head out to Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Center near Chandlerville for an approximate 60-mile roundtrip ride.
Sunday
September 30
8:00 a.m.
Chatham Community Park
East end parking lot
760 S. Main, Chatham
Paul O’Connor, (618) 694-3446
ABC – Follow Paul on a 38 mile roundtrip ride to Sangchris Lake, with a midpoint pitstop in Pawnee.
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
6:00 p.m.

Wheel Fast
17 Cottonwood Drive
Chatham, IL 62629
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 6:00. Others leave immediately after.
Every Other
Wednesday
September 5 & 19
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.
Sept. 30
7–10 a.m.
Rock Springs Conservation Area
3939 Nearing Lane
Decatur, IL
Prairie Pedal— This supported ride offers 20, 40, and 62-mile routes through Macon County. A chili lunch (with vegetarian option) will be served after the ride along with refreshments. Registration is $25 before September 6, $30 afterward, and includes cycling socks. Proceeds benefit the Macon County Conservation Foundation. For more information, go to http://maconcountyconservationfoundation.org/prairie-pedal/
Friday
September 28
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!