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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.

HomeOctober 2018 Ride Schedule

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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
9:00 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
5:30 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 highly 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.
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 highly 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.

Thursdays

5:30 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.
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.
Scheduled Rides and Events Check start times!
Wednesday
October 3
7:30 p.m.
NOTE TIME
Residence
2301 Sangamon Avenue
Ken Anderson, 522-3876
NC – Board Meeting. All SBC members are invited to attend the board meeting.
Friday, October 5
to Sunday, October 7
Edgewood Schools Campus
Ellettsville, Indiana
Scott Sievers, 801-2873
ABC –SBC Hilly Hundred Caravan. Join the Springfield Bicycle Club on its trek to enchanting Ellettsville, Indiana for the 51st Hilly Hundred on October 5-7! Along with literally thousands of other riders, you’ll ride 50 miles on Saturday and another 50 miles on Sunday, with shorter options available both days. The SBC Caravan will leave Springfield at 1 p.m. on Friday, October 5, and drive about four hours to the Hilly Hundred, which is near Bloomington, Indiana. Riders interested in joining this SBC Caravan should contact Scott at vp@springfieldsievers.org. Riders are responsible for registering themselves for the ride at www.hillyhundred.org and arranging for their own lodging.
Saturday
October 6
10:00 a.m.
Residence
3916 Surry Place Lane
Mill Creek Subdivision
Alicia Bibb, 494-4134
BC – Alicia will lead us on a 24-mile, one-way ride to Rolling Meadows Farm Brewery for free snacks and paid beer. It’s a six-mile ride back to her home from the brewery, or you can arrange with Alicia for a lift back.
Sunday, October 7
2:00 p.m.
Residence
245 Circle Drive
Roger Schnelten, 529-0780

ABCD –40thAnnual Oktoberfest. Jonathan Michael Roth will lead a new, 30-mile, BC-level ride starting at 2 p.m. A 15-mile CD-level ride will start at 3 p.m. Burgers and brats will come off the grill at 4:30 p.m., with snacks available around 3 p.m., including fish. Bring lawn chairs and a side dish. Bonfire at dusk. This year two bands are playing: Doug Strahan and his Good Neighbors from Austin, Texas, from 2-6 p.m., and Antone and Wick in the evening.
Saturday,
October 13
8:00 a.m.
601 Poinsettia Place
Buckley Ridge Estates,
off Meadowbrook Road
Brenda Carmody-Price,
685-0004
ABCD —4th Annual Bob Carmody Memorial Ride. This event celebrates SBC member Bob Carmody and his passion for biking and love for the outdoors. Ride 15, 25, or 50 miles, with rest stops on the two longer routes. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m., with the ride starting at 8:00 a.m. SAG service ends at 1:00 p.m. A lunch catered by McCormick’s Smokehouse and open to riders and non-riders alike starts at 11 a.m.; those planning to attend the lunch should RSVP by calling or texting (217) 685-0004. Donations to the American Cancer Society will be accepted. Those donating will be eligible to win pedal prizes worth $1,000 at a noon drawing.
Sunday
October 14
10:00 a.m.
Waldrop Park
Andrews Road
Sherman
Karl Kohlrus, 544-8410
BC –Karl’s Birthday Ride. Come and help Karl celebrate by riding 30 to 52 miles with him either to Elkhart or Mt. Pulaski.

Saturday
October 20
10:00 a.m.
Stuart Park
Winch Road north of Route 97 and Veteran’s Parkway
Deb Cooper, 899-8385
BCD –Trail Trio Ride. Follow Deb on three of the most popular bike routes in the area: the Sangamon Valley, Wabash, and Interurban trails. This ride of about 50 miles round trip will have shorter options available and will include a stop at Rolling Meadows Farm Brewery and may also include a stop at the Apple Barn or Scoop Du Jour in Chatham.
Sunday
October 21
9:00 a.m.


NOTE TIME
Residence 
3917 Surry Place Lane 
Linda Butler & Ernie DeFrates,
971-1246 
ABC – Apple Dumpling Ride. Linda will again present us with her wonderful apple dumplings and ice cream following a ride of 25-35 miles. Ernie will stay with the rearmost group. D riders can ride the trail but should be self-sufficient.
Friday
October 26
6:00 p.m.
Residence
8 Bridge Terrace (off Outer Park)
Kevin Brown, 787-5652 
NC – Annual Halloween Party. Bring food and/or drink to share. Costumes are strongly encouraged but not required. Overflow parking in the school lot off Chatham Rd, at the top of the street on other side of fence. Kevin will provide two pots of soup, one of them vegetarian. Bring potluck items and spooky treats to share.
Saturday
October 27
9:00
New Salem State Park
Visitors Center parking lot
Rt 97, Petersburg
Anne (Baker) Schroll, 414-4101
BC – Intro to Gravel Ride. Anne will show us what gravel grinding is all about! At a conversational pace of about 10-12 mph, this ride will head over gravel and country roads towards Tallula for about 35 miles roundtrip. Riders are encouraged to pack enough food and water for three or four hours, as there are no food or water stops along the way. After the ride, head to Hand of Fate Brewing Co./Dr. Ugs Café in Petersburg to refuel.
Sunday
October 28
10:00 a.m.
Vredenburg Park
Saxon Dr & Crusaders Rd
Ted Sunder, 698-9194
BCD – Boo Cruise. With Halloween right around the corner, follow Ted—if you dare—on a pedaling tour of rural cemeteries. (But beware: Dr. Sunder has a thing for BRAINS!) This ride offers 25, 31, and 43-mile route options. D riders can ride the trail but should be self-sufficient.
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
5:30 p.m.

WheelFast
17 Cottonwood Drive
Chatham, IL 62629
Matt Saner, 483-7807
ABCWheelFast Road Ride. Intermediate training ride. Meet at the bike shop and plan on 16-20 miles.
Wednesday
October 3
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. Lights recommended. Call or text Steve to be added to the email group for updates.
Sunday
October 7
8 a.m. to 10 a.m. check-in
Oak Hills Golf Course & Winery
18698 Country Club Rd
Girard IL
Macoupin Valley Trail Country Tour 2018 Bike Ride. Routes of 10, 20, and 40 miles. Food, live music, 50/50 raffle, silent auction, discounted golf for registrants. $40 through Oct. 6. Add a t-shirt to your registration for $15. Proceeds will help develop the Macoupin Valley Trail. Register online at getmeregistered.com/MVTCountryTour2018
Saturday
October 13
9:00 a.m.
Carlinville Plaza
Carlinville, IL 62626
Scott Stinson, (314) 550-6561

Fourth Annual Tour de Milk— Both a ride and a race, this timed event features routes of 66 and 33 miles and wends its way through the campus of Blackburn College. Includes SAG service and multiple food/water stops, with plenty of Prairie Farms chocolate milk at the finish. The top two male and female finishers for each route receive trophies, and the first rider to finish each route on an electric bicycle (e-bike) also will receive a trophy. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated bike/rider with a Halloween theme. Registration is $35 and includes a Dri-Fit t-shirt while supplies last and entry into a raffle for a Specialized Allez road bike from WheelFast in Chatham. Proceeds benefit the Carlinville Food Pantry and Winning Communities Bike Trail efforts. https://www.bikereg.com/36711
Friday
October 26
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!
Saturday
October 27
9:00 a.m.
Lake Lou Yaeger Recreation Area, Picnic Area #3
Litchfield, IL 62056
Harvest Hootenanny Biathlon. This event comprises a 5K run followed by a 15-mile bike ride. Pre-registration is $50; $60 day of race. Long-sleeve shirt guaranteed for those who register prior to October 12. USA Triathlon membership required. http://mmmultisport.com/harvest-hootenanny-5k/