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HomeMay 2019 Ride Schedule

May 2019 Ride Schedule / Jump to: Scheduled Rides

REPEATING DAYTIME RIDES
Saturday and Sunday 9:00am Vrendenburg Park, 100 Crusaders Road, Springfield, IL Show-N-Go AB 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 & B-riders are welcome, but they should be self-sufficient or accompanied by an experienced rider. For more info call Derek Ewing (217-624-2016.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00am Vrendenburg Park, 100 Crusaders Road, Springfield, IL Show-N-Go AB Ride. This is a no-drop ride, but riders should be able to maintain speeds of 18-20 mph for 20-40 miles between stops. Usually includes a stop midway followed by a coffee stop after the ride at Caribou Coffee. For more information about this ride, contact Steve Casper (217-414-9833).
Tuesday 9:00am Chatham Community Park, east end parking lot, 760 S Main Street, Chatham, IL Ride Leader: Cindy Kwamme (217) 971-8687 C Ride. Cindy may choose to take you on some country roads for 25 to 30 miles at a pace of 13-14 mph.
Wednesday 9:00am Centennial Park, Sangamon Valley Trailhead, 5529 Bunker Hill Road, Springfield, IL Ride Leader: Cindy Kwamme (217) 971-8687 C Ride. Cindy will lead you on a ride the Sangamon Valley Trail or may possibly go into the country. 25 to 30 miles at a pace of 13-14 mph.
Friday 9:00am Wabash Trail by Sonic, 3102 S Park Avenue, Springfield, IL Ride Leader: Cindy Kwamme (217) 971-8687 C Ride. Ride with Cindy on the Interurban/Wabash Trail. 25-30 miles at a pace of 13-14 mph.
REPEATING EVENING RIDES
Monday 5:45 Wabash Trail by Sonic, 3102 S Park Avenue, Springfield, IL Ride Leader: David McDivitt
(217) 725-1986
BC Ride. Leave from the east end of the trail at 5:45pm 5:30pm. 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.
Note: the schedule in the May QR lists a previous ride leader rather than the current ride leader.
Tuesday, May 7th & 21st 5:45pm Quaker Steak & Lube, 1120 W Lincolnshire Blvd, Springfield, IL Ride Leader: Troy Gilmore (217) 720-1568 C Ride. Ride the "Lollipop Route" for 20-30 miles at an easy 12-15 mph pace along the trail to Chatham and for a short distance in the country. This is a no-drop ride with rotating start location. Watch the Facebook page Tuesday C-group Bike Ride for more details. NOTE THIS MONTH'S START TIME.
Tuesday, May 14th & 28th 5:45pm Bike Tek, 957 Clocktower Dr, Springfield, IL Ride Leader: (14th) Marty Celnick (217) 522-4206; (28th) Troy Gilmore (217) 720-1568 C Ride. Ride the "Airport Loop" for 17 miles at an easy 12-15 mph pace along the SVT and for a short distance in the country. This is a no-drop ride with rotating start location. Watch the Facebook page Tuesday C-group Bike Ride for more details. NOTE THIS MONTH'S START TIME.
Wednesday 5:30pm
5:45pm
Sangamon Valley Trailhead, 5529 Bunker Hill Road, Springfield, IL Ride Leader: Ted Sunder (217) 971-3193 BCD Ride. Ride the Sangamon Valley Trail to Stuart Park for 12 mile round-trip or take the new extension north for up to 24 miles. Lights are recommended.
Note: This ride starts at 5:45. An earlier time was listed in the May QR.
Thursday 5:45pm Bike Tek, 957 Clocktower Dr, Springfield, IL Ride Leader: Shayla Pfaffe (217) 836-3301 B Ride. Ride the "Hill Route" or other country roads from Bike Tek. This ride is designed as a no-drop ride to encourage skills in becoming a better group rider. You'll become comfortable riding paceline and rotating along this 30ish mile ride. Expect pace to be close to 18mph by mid to late season.
Thursday 5:45pm Stuart Park Parking Lot, 1800 Winch Lane, Springfield, IL Ride Leader: Alan Whitaker (217) 494-6807 D Ride. 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 other group rides might be a little fast for them. Come out and enjoy the SVT at a relaxed pace.
SPECIAL SCHEDULED RIDES AND EVENTS
Saturday, May 4th 9:00am Rotary Park Iles and Archer Elevator Road Springfield, IL Ride Leader: Marty Celnick (217) 522-4206 CD Ride. Marty will be looking a wind direction to determine the best route for a ride of 20 to 40 miles.
Saturday, May 4th 11:00am-3:00pm Downtown Open Streets, Old State Capitol, Downtown Springfield Downtown Open Streets. Streets will be temporarily opened to the people and closed to cars. "people traffic" replaces car traffic and the streets become "paved parks," where people of all ages, ability, and backgrounds can come out and improve their health for free. Ride bikes, play hopscotch, do a workout, or other activities that you please.
Sunday, May 5th 9:00am Center Park (by Lindsay Bridge) Lake Park Drive, Springfield, IL Ride Leader: Andrew Asher (217) 836-9952 BC Ride. Join Andrew on a 40-to 50-mile Cinco de Mayo ride from Center Park by Lake Springfield, into the country toward Kincaid. We may celebrate afterwards with lunch at a Mexican restaurant nearby.
Sunday May 12th thru Saturday, May 18th Your Residence Curb Your Car Commute Challenge. ABCDEZ Ride. Join other bike commuters from SBC and the Springfield area for the ride into work all week long. This is the 7th 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 13th
7:00 p.m.
Community Room
Schnucks Montvale
2801 Chatham Rd
Springfield, IL
Scott Sievers (217) 717-8022
NC - Board Meeting. All SBC members are invited to attend the board meeting.
Wednesday, May 15th 7:30am Washington Park Pavilion (south side of Park) Ride Leader: Scott Sievers (217) 801-2873 D Ride. Bike to Work 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! Come dressed in your best professional work clothes to show how classy commuting to work can be.
Wednesday, May 15th 6:30pm Capitol Area Visitor's Center College & Edwards Streets (lot entrance on Edwards) Ride Leader: Scott Sievers & Troy Gilmore EZ Ride. Ride of Silence. Join cyclists worldwide in a silent, slow-paced ride (12 mph max) 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 ride to the public roadways and to ask that we all share the road. Riders should begin gathering at 6:30pm. The ride will depart in silence at 7:00pm. Helmets are recommended, lights required. To learn more about this ride and its history, please visit www.rideofsilence.org.
Saturday, May 18th 10:00am
CANCELED
LeClaire Junction Park & Ride (West), Troy Rd & Longfellow Ave, Edwardsville, IL Ride Leader: Shayla Pfaffe (217) 836-3301 *** CANCELED *** B Ride (Trails and Tacos). 36 mile ride leaving from main trail head in Edwardsville by the water tower. A 17mph pace along Edwardsville bike trails will be followed by tacos for lunch, as a group, at Taqueria Z, a local restaurant (bring money).

Updated info from Shayla: Unfortunately, due to unforeseen event scheduling conflicts, the Edwardsville Trails and Tacos ride scheduled for this Saturday, May 18th, is canceled. But have no fear it will be rescheduled! Please stay tuned for future information!
Saturday, May 18th 8:00am Lincoln's New Salem Visitor Center Parking Lot 15588 History Ln, Petersburg, IL Ride Leader: Anne Baker Schroll (217) 414-4101 GR. Menard/Cass County Gravel Ride. Meet at New Salem in the Visitor Center parking lot at 8:00am. Choose from 28 or 64 mile routes. Afterwards, head to nearby Petersburg for food, beverages and entertainment at the "Drinkin' with Lincoln" Streetfest. Route 1 (28 miles) https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29670317. Route 2 (64.7 miles) ride the 28 miler and then go out for more! Please note there are no stops on this route, so we will swing back by the parking lot for restrooms, refill water, etc. if necessary. https://ridwithgps.com/routes/29675714.
Saturday, May 18th 8:00pm Capitol Area Visitor's Center College & Edwards Streets (lot entrance on Edwards) Ride Leader: Michael Higgins (217) 836-9821 EZ Ride. Night Ride. Chef Michael Higgins has a 6 or 12-mile route. Helmets recommended, lights required.
Sunday, May 19th 9:00am Rotary Park Iles and Archer Elevator Road Springfield, IL Ride Leader: Alan Whitaker (217) 494-6807 BCD Ride. Alan will take us to Pleasant Plains for 40 miles round-trip, with cut-offs available. D riders can ride the Sangamon Valley Trail.
Saturday, May 25th 9:00am Waldrop Park Sherman, IL Ride Leader: Cindy Kvamme (217) 971-8687 ABC Ride. Take a spin with Cindy from Sherman to Middletown. 35 miles with a 24-mile cutoff.
Sunday, May 26th 9:00am Chatham Community Park (east end parking lot) 760 S Main Street Chatham, IL Ride Leader: Mark Rabin (217) 836-8500 ABC Ride. 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 that distance can do an out-and-back to either Auburn or Virden, or ride the trail.
Sunday, June 9th 8:00am SBC Challenge Ride #2, Stuart Park Parking Lot, 1800 Winch Lane, Springfield, IL ABCD Ride (SBC Challenge Ride #2). The Second SBC Challenge ride will offer three route options: 32 to Athens, 53 to Petersburg, and 104 miles to Oakford & Chandlerville. Route maps and cue sheets will be available at the sign-up station. Watch Facebook for updates and the Ride With GPS Routes. Registration opens at 7:00am.
SBC Travels Register independently. Hit the road as a group!
Saturday, May 11th 7:00am-5:00pm Vino Fondo, Sugar Creek Winery, 125 Boone County Lane, Defiance, MO The Vino Fondo is a fully supported, timed ride. Although not a race, all participants will receive two measures of their achievement: overall ride time AND their climbing time over the penultimate beast, the Schluersburg. There are three distance options: 42, 75, and 104 miles. Each distance is tuned to maximize scenery and include as many of the regions challenging "topographic features" as we can find. Registration is open! The earlier you register, the more you save. For more information go to https://www.bigshark.com/about/2019-vino-fondo-gran-fondo-5-11-19-pg796.htm , or contact Scott Sievers to see who else from Springfield plans to attend.
Saturday & Sunday, June 8th & 9th 6:00-8:00am start Tour of the Mississippi River Valley, Scott Community College, 500 Belmont Road, Riverdale, IA The tour leaves on Saturday June 8, 2019 from Bettendorf, Iowa (106 miles) or from Goose Lake, Iowa (75 miles), and travel to Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. The next day we return using a different route to Bettendorf (90 miles) or to Goose Lake (50 miles). The route is varied and scenic, using lightly traveled paved roads. There are many views of the Mississippi River as we ride along it, over it on bridges, and through it on causeways. The route is hilly near Dubuque, with 6,000 feet of climbing on Saturday and 4,000 feet on Sunday. For more information go to https://www.qcbc.org/tomrv/ , or ask Scott Sievers to see who else from Springfield plans to attend
Saturday & Sunday, October 26th & 27th Hilly Hundred, Edgewood High School, 601 E Edgewood Drive, Ellettsville, IN Riders face a hilly 50 mile route on Saturday followed by another on Sunday. Lodging is available at area hotels or on the grounds of the school complex that serves as the ride headquarters, where riders can tent-camp, stay in their own RVs, or sleep in a climate-controlled gymnasium. For more info go to https://www.hillyhundred.org, or ask Scott Sievers to see who else from Springfield plans to attend.
OTHER AREA (NON-SBC) REPEATING CYLCING EVENTS
Tuesday and Thursday 5:30pm Bike Tek, 957 Clocktower Dr, Springfield, IL Show-N-Go AB Ride (Team MACK Race Training) 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 pacelines. Road bikes preferred. Cyclists will sprint five times on the Tuesday night rides. Contact Gary Doering (teammack@comcast.net)with questions.
Wednesday 5:45pm Wheel Fast Bicycle Co., 17 Cottonwood Dr, Chatham, IL Ride Leader: Matt Saner (217) 483-7807 ABC Ride (Wednesday Night Group Ride). Wheel Fast intermediate training road ride. Meet at the bike shop and plan on 16-20 miles. NOTE TIME CHANGE FOR 2019!
Every Other Wednesday, May 1st, 15th, 29th 5:45pm New City Time Trials, New City Community Church Parking Lot, Pawnee-New City Rd & Cardinal Hill Rd Ride Leader: Steve Schien (217) 741-8388 ABC Ride (Individual Time Trial) 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 pm. Riders are started in 15-second intervals with the slower riders first. Bring $2 for the timer. Call or text Steve Schien (217) 741-8388 to be added to the email group for updates. 
Thursday 5:45PM Scheels, 3801 S MacArthur Blvd, Springfield, IL Ride Leader: Jim Storm (217) 726-6330 ABCD Ride (Trail and Road Ride) This ride is intended for all levels of riders. Some raiders 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 springfieldshceels. Helmets required.
OTHER AREA (NON-SBC) SPECIAL CYLCING EVENTS
Saturday, May 4th Noon (Mini), 1:00pm (Sprint) Abe's Mini Triathlon PORTA High School 17651 Blue Jay Road Petersburg, IL Try a tri with a 100-yard indoor swim, five-mile bike ride, and a one-mile run for the mini. Want more? Swim 300 yards indoors, bike 13 miles, and run a 5K (3.1 miles) in the Pioneer Sprint. Take Abe's Challenge and do both triathlons back-to back! www.triharderpromotions.com
Saturday, May 4th 6:00am Tour de Stooges McKendree University Lebanon, IL For the 22nd year, the Tour de Stooges Bicycle Ride will be held, with riders choosing one of five routes ranging from 15 miles to 100 miles. Expect beautiful riding on lightly-traveled country roads near Lebanon, IL, conveniently located off Interstate 64 about 20 minutes east of downtown St. Louis. The ride is known for clearly marked routes and being well supported, with full SAG support. Rest stops feature freshly baked cookies, other treats and Three Stooges cut-outs for your selfie pleasure. Finish your ride back at McKendree University, where a full buffet meal with lots of variety awaits. Dine as you enjoy plenty of your favorite Three Stooges film shorts.
Saturday, May 25th 7:30am Capitol City Biathlon Stuart Park Parking Lot 1800 Winch Lane Springfield, IL Run a 5K (3.1 miles) on closed roads and bike 15 miles on rural roads. Stuart Park allows use of the Sangamon Valley Trail meaning no cars/traffic for either the Run or Bike. On Line Registration Closes at 11:00pm on May 23rd, 2019. http://triharderpromotions.com/ccbiathlon/