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March, 2024

Sunday
3
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Come join us for Season #2 of Braver Than The Elements at the Morton Arboretum from Sunday, November 5th through Sunday, March 31st for a total of 20 events. WHAT: Walk-hike-run-bike-or combination of any, it‘s your adventure to plan. WHY: To show yourself that you are braver than any elements the weather can send our way + enjoy friendship + fellowship during the winter months. WHO: Everyone invited, bring your friends, family, coworkers, spouses, significant other, etc...spread the good word and let‘s continue to build upon our success in 2022-2023. CHALLENGE/PRIZES: For those who like a challenge, come and do 50% of the events (10) and receive a finishers prize (purple carabiner keychain); those who do 90% of the events(18) will receive a finishers prize and a special additional gift. Meet up ready to do your respective activity/activities at 9:50 am in the Main Parking Lot of The Morton Arboretum (2nd row, north). We will do a quick chat, sign the event sheet at that time and do our group photo before we begin, for those interested in being in our group photo. For those interested, you can go inside around 12:30 pm in the Gingko Restaurant for some fellowship and breakfast, lunch, coffee, snack, etc. and then head back out to continue to do an activity that suits your interest or finish your day then. It‘s all up to you and what you want to do for yourself. NOTES: If you are biking, you must stay on the paved roads and cannot ride on any of the walking trails. There is no fee to participate if you are a member of The Morton Arboretum. If you are not a member, there is a fee to enter + need to reserve slot, details here: https://mortonarb.org Fox News Chicago Fitness Friday 2023 interview here: https://www.fox32chicago.com/video/1166232
Sunday
3
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Come join us for a slower ride along Des Plaines River Trail and Greenway. The Des Plaines River Trail and Greenway has become our non-single track favorite trail in the area as it follows a river and not an old railroad grade so there are hundreds of turns which makes the ride more interesting.. The Des Plaines River trail winds through beautiful forests along The Des Plaines River and goes though many Forest Preserves with stunning water views. We will loop Sterling Lake in Van Patten Woos and also Oak Hickory F.P. and Pine Dunes Forest Preserve with a break At Lake Carina. We may stop a few times by the river to explore and take pics. Not a good ride if you have time restraints or want to get from point A to point B the fastest way possible way. Trail is hard pack gravel and any bike with 32 mm or larger tires will work. We will be on road tandem bike with 32’s. Bring lots of water and food as will not leave the trail. We will back by 4:30 pm, unless we‘re not. As this is a rather distant start point, registration is required so we can know to look for you. Parking is limited so arrive early. Slower riders and e bikes are most welcome.
Tuesday
5
Woodridge: Starbucks in Seven Bridges Complex. Lot NE of Starbucks, which is NE of the IMAX theater.
10:00 AM
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Usual all streets route. We will stop at Knoch Knolls for rest rooms at 10 miles. Sprint option northbound on 248th Avenue. Bagels and coffee at 20 miles.
Friday
8
Villa Park: Villa Park Depot / Historical Society
10:00 AM
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From Villa Park Depot ride to Dawn Piech‘s IWD event and return after coffee. Please Register for Dawn‘s event then RSVP to me.
Friday
8
My Half of the Sky 127 West Wesley St Wheaton, IL 60187
11:00 AM
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Everybody welcome. You can ride or meet us at 2 locations if you are not riding. EVERYONE MUST REGISTER. The 5th annual International Women’s Day Together We Ride begins...a bike ride to recognize and celebrate the achievements, persistence and future of women and girls all over the US/world as we celebrate the 113th anniversary of International Women’s Day. We will also welcome + celebrate Women’s History Month. WEAR PURPLE and/or decorate your bike or both! PLAN: We will Slow Roll for INCLUSION and EQUITY with the start/finish at My Half of the Sky (women’s owned ethical shop) in downtown Wheaton and ride to several significant sites in Wheaton, including Blanchard Hall Underground Railroad Site at Wheaton College for a 30 minute stop. Here we will meet and hear from Glennette Turner Tilley, a guest speaker and local resident of Wheaton. Afterwards we will ride for a few more miles and then head back to My Half of the Sky to share some tea/coffee and celebrate the significance of this day. Who is Glennette Turner Tilley? She is a former teacher and a historian. Much of her research efforts are on the Underground Railroad. Her first book, The Underground Railroad in DuPage County, Illinois, was published in 1978, and since then she has continued to write and conduct research. She has published The Underground Railroad in Illinois. Turner has also written collections of biographies of notable African Americans, and she serves as an advisor to the National Park Service, where she helps plan programs for the national historic Underground Railroad trail. Turner lectures widely on the history of the Underground Railroad, and she has been honored numerous times both as an educator and historian. She is the recipient of the Studs Terkel Humanities Award, the Alice Browning Award from the International Black Writers Conference, and she is a member of numerous historical organizations. Post ride meet up on 2nd floor of My Half of the Sky from 12:45-1:30 pm.
Friday
8
Tasting de Vine 127 W Front Street Wheaton, IL 60187
2:00 PM
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Come one, come all. Everybody welcome, not just the ladies! As we celebrate the 113th anniversary of International Women‘s Day, come mingle and socialize at Tasting de Vine in downtown Wheaton, a women‘s owned business, and spread some cheer and positivity all round. In the spirit of the Together We Inspire initiative, we are looking to support local women‘s owned businesses, organizations as well as bike shops. Tasting de Vine details and menu (wine, beer, cheese plates, wine tasting): https://tastingdevinewheaton.com International Women‘s Day: https://www.internationalwomensday.com Anyone who comes will be put in a raffle to win some cool prizes! Come and check it out!
Sunday
10
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Come join us for Season #2 of Braver Than The Elements at the Morton Arboretum from Sunday, November 5th through Sunday, March 31st for a total of 20 events. WHAT: Walk-hike-run-bike-or combination of any, it‘s your adventure to plan. WHY: To show yourself that you are braver than any elements the weather can send our way + enjoy friendship + fellowship during the winter months. WHO: Everyone invited, bring your friends, family, coworkers, spouses, significant other, etc...spread the good word and let‘s continue to build upon our success in 2022-2023. CHALLENGE/PRIZES: For those who like a challenge, come and do 50% of the events (10) and receive a finishers prize (purple carabiner keychain); those who do 90% of the events(18) will receive a finishers prize and a special additional gift. Meet up ready to do your respective activity/activities at 9:50 am in the Main Parking Lot of The Morton Arboretum (2nd row, north). We will do a quick chat, sign the event sheet at that time and do our group photo before we begin, for those interested in being in our group photo. For those interested, you can go inside around 12:30 pm in the Gingko Restaurant for some fellowship and breakfast, lunch, coffee, snack, etc. and then head back out to continue to do an activity that suits your interest or finish your day then. It‘s all up to you and what you want to do for yourself. NOTES: If you are biking, you must stay on the paved roads and cannot ride on any of the walking trails. There is no fee to participate if you are a member of The Morton Arboretum. If you are not a member, there is a fee to enter + need to reserve slot, details here: https://mortonarb.org Fox News Chicago Fitness Friday 2023 interview here: https://www.fox32chicago.com/video/1166232
Sunday
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Come join us for a Sunday Afternoon slow ride around Elmhurst in honor and support of IWD Together We Ride. We will ride low traffic roads. Dress for the weather. Rain or snow cancels.
Monday
11
Noon Whistle Brewery 800 E Roosevelt Road Lombard, IL 60148
4:30 PM
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Come one, come all! This ride is open to EVERYONE! This ride will conclude the 5th annual International Women‘s Day Together We Ride, sponsored by Inspyrd Movement. https://www.inspyrdmovement.org Please bring front and rear lights. PLAN: We will start from Noon Whistle Brewery in Lombard and head to a significant location in the women‘s suffrage movement in Illinois where Ellen Martin, a Lombard resident, was the first women to vote in Illinois in 1870. We will then make a social stop at Retro Glow Cycles on Main Street to tour and meet Brian Kalbfleisch (owner of the shop) for 30 minutes to meet + mingle. From there, we will head to the Sheldon Peck Homestead for a brief stop before heading back to Noon Whistle. For those wishing to socialize more, you may stay and enjoy an appetizer and some cheer in celebration of the 113th anniversary of International Women‘s Day. If you don‘t want to ride, feel free to meet us at either Retro Glow Cycles, Sheldon Peck Homestead and/or Noon Whistle. If it rains, we will plan to still meet + mingle at Retro Glow Cycles at 5:20 pm.
Saturday
16
Two Brothers Brewery 30W315 Calumet Ave W Warrenville, IL 60555
9:00 AM
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Come ride a calendared Randonneurs USA event via Chicago Randonneurs, brand new region in Randonneurs USA as of January 2024! MUST BE A RANDONNEURS USA MEMBER and ALSO sign up via Chicago Randonneurs, no exceptions. Ride a 100K (64 mile route) starting/end in Warrenville at Two Brothers Brewery, route will traverse in Warrenville, Naperville, Lisle, Downer‘s Grove, Oakbrook, Elmhurst, Lombard, Glen Ellyn, Wheaton. A Western Suburban route. Post ride celebration/fellowship at Two Brother‘s Brewery. First join Randonneurs USA here (if not a current member, allow 72 hours for membership to be processed): https://rusa.org/pages/memberservicesSign up via Second, sign up and complete ride waiver via Chicago Randonneurs here: https://www.chicagorando.org Questions, contact me to discuss.
Sunday
17
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Come join us and remember to wear your green for the annual Wheeling Wheelman‘s St Patrick‘s Day Ride! A sure sign that biking season is officially open. Routes of 17, 21 and 39 miles wind through beautiful Northeast Illinois over quiet secondary roads with SAG support Ride begins at Wauconda High School. Rest stop is here, and option to ride 2nd loop or not. Registration is day of event, cost $10.00.
Sunday
17
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Come join us for Season #2 of Braver Than The Elements at the Morton Arboretum from Sunday, November 5th through Sunday, March 31st for a total of 20 events. WHAT: Walk-hike-run-bike-or combination of any, it‘s your adventure to plan. WHY: To show yourself that you are braver than any elements the weather can send our way + enjoy friendship + fellowship during the winter months. WHO: Everyone invited, bring your friends, family, coworkers, spouses, significant other, etc...spread the good word and let‘s continue to build upon our success in 2022-2023. CHALLENGE/PRIZES: For those who like a challenge, come and do 50% of the events (10) and receive a finishers prize (purple carabiner keychain); those who do 90% of the events(18) will receive a finishers prize and a special additional gift. Meet up ready to do your respective activity/activities at 9:50 am in the Main Parking Lot of The Morton Arboretum (2nd row, north). We will do a quick chat, sign the event sheet at that time and do our group photo before we begin, for those interested in being in our group photo. For those interested, you can go inside around 12:30 pm in the Gingko Restaurant for some fellowship and breakfast, lunch, coffee, snack, etc. and then head back out to continue to do an activity that suits your interest or finish your day then. It‘s all up to you and what you want to do for yourself. NOTES: If you are biking, you must stay on the paved roads and cannot ride on any of the walking trails. There is no fee to participate if you are a member of The Morton Arboretum. If you are not a member, there is a fee to enter + need to reserve slot, details here: https://mortonarb.org Fox News Chicago Fitness Friday 2023 interview here: https://www.fox32chicago.com/video/1166232
Wednesday
20
Roberto's Restaurant (Meet by the Gazebo, just south of restaurant) 483 S Spring Road Elmhurst, IL 6
6:00 PM
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Ride various trails from a central starting point in Elmhust. Meet at the Gazebo, just south of Robertos Restaurant, ample parking near the start along Prairie Path Lane. Each week, we can determine a location to ride to and which paths and/or Rail-to-Trails we will take (ie. Salt Creek, Great Western Trail, Fullersburg Woods, Prairie Path, etc...) Majority of the ride will be on the limestone paths so bring whatever bike suits you best on this terrain. Front/rear lights and reflective gear required. NOTE: Meet at the Gazebo, just south and next to Roberto‘s Restaurant.
Sunday
24
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Come join us for Season #2 of Braver Than The Elements at the Morton Arboretum from Sunday, November 5th through Sunday, March 31st for a total of 20 events. WHAT: Walk-hike-run-bike-or combination of any, it‘s your adventure to plan. WHY: To show yourself that you are braver than any elements the weather can send our way + enjoy friendship + fellowship during the winter months. WHO: Everyone invited, bring your friends, family, coworkers, spouses, significant other, etc...spread the good word and let‘s continue to build upon our success in 2022-2023. CHALLENGE/PRIZES: For those who like a challenge, come and do 50% of the events (10) and receive a finishers prize (purple carabiner keychain); those who do 90% of the events(18) will receive a finishers prize and a special additional gift. Meet up ready to do your respective activity/activities at 9:50 am in the Main Parking Lot of The Morton Arboretum (2nd row, north). We will do a quick chat, sign the event sheet at that time and do our group photo before we begin, for those interested in being in our group photo. For those interested, you can go inside around 12:30 pm in the Gingko Restaurant for some fellowship and breakfast, lunch, coffee, snack, etc. and then head back out to continue to do an activity that suits your interest or finish your day then. It‘s all up to you and what you want to do for yourself. NOTES: If you are biking, you must stay on the paved roads and cannot ride on any of the walking trails. There is no fee to participate if you are a member of The Morton Arboretum. If you are not a member, there is a fee to enter + need to reserve slot, details here: https://mortonarb.org Fox News Chicago Fitness Friday 2023 interview here: https://www.fox32chicago.com/video/1166232
Wednesday
27
Roberto's Restaurant (Meet by the Gazebo, just south of restaurant) 483 S Spring Road Elmhurst, IL 6
6:00 PM
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Ride various trails from a central starting point in Elmhust. Meet at the Gazebo, just south of Robertos Restaurant, ample parking near the start along Prairie Path Lane. Each week, we can determine a location to ride to and which paths and/or Rail-to-Trails we will take (ie. Salt Creek, Great Western Trail, Fullersburg Woods, Prairie Path, etc...) Majority of the ride will be on the limestone paths so bring whatever bike suits you best on this terrain. Front/rear lights and reflective gear required. NOTE: Meet at the Gazebo, just south and next to Roberto‘s Restaurant.
Sunday
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Come join us for Season #2 of Braver Than The Elements at the Morton Arboretum from Sunday, November 5th through Sunday, March 31st for a total of 20 events. WHAT: Walk-hike-run-bike-or combination of any, it‘s your adventure to plan. WHY: To show yourself that you are braver than any elements the weather can send our way + enjoy friendship + fellowship during the winter months. WHO: Everyone invited, bring your friends, family, coworkers, spouses, significant other, etc...spread the good word and let‘s continue to build upon our success in 2022-2023. CHALLENGE/PRIZES: For those who like a challenge, come and do 50% of the events (10) and receive a finishers prize (purple carabiner keychain); those who do 90% of the events(18) will receive a finishers prize and a special additional gift. Meet up ready to do your respective activity/activities at 9:50 am in the Main Parking Lot of The Morton Arboretum (2nd row, north). We will do a quick chat, sign the event sheet at that time and do our group photo before we begin, for those interested in being in our group photo. For those interested, you can go inside around 12:30 pm in the Gingko Restaurant for some fellowship and breakfast, lunch, coffee, snack, etc. and then head back out to continue to do an activity that suits your interest or finish your day then. It‘s all up to you and what you want to do for yourself. NOTES: If you are biking, you must stay on the paved roads and cannot ride on any of the walking trails. There is no fee to participate if you are a member of The Morton Arboretum. If you are not a member, there is a fee to enter + need to reserve slot, details here: https://mortonarb.org Fox News Chicago Fitness Friday 2023 interview here: https://www.fox32chicago.com/video/1166232

April, 2024

Wednesday
3
Villa Park: Villa Park Depot / Historical Society
6:15 PM
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This is a highly social, evening ride that has been a Spring, Summer and Fall tradition since August, 2015. Always rolling at the speed-of-fun. :-) We ride as a team and enthusiastically encourage communication, conversation and laughter, as long as riders prescribe to safe practices such as: communicating about obstacles; and maintaining gaps that are appropriate for the speed, terrain and weather conditions. Your bike must have headlights and tail lights. Avoid using retina-burning, overly-bright and strobing lights since we ride trails as a tight pack and are usually separated from car and truck traffic. We try to curtiously douse headlights when passing pedestrians and fellow riders as we ride into growing darkness. This ride is often best suited for mountain or fat-tire bikes when riding our crushed limestone routes, but also, quite often the weather and trail conditions make this event viable for most any type of bike. No rider will ever be left behind. We have several bona fide EBC Ride Leaders attending this ride for extra safety. Having said that, please don‘t show up if your bike is not ready or you are not in athletic condition for this distance and pace. Note that 10-12 mph on a trail may take the same effort as 13-16 mph on a road; ...and riding a heavy, fat bike or mountain bike requires yet additional effort. Our routes typically vary from one week to the next. Look for route information on our e-mail list server each week before the ride. Let‘s rock!
Wednesday
10
Villa Park: Villa Park Depot / Historical Society
6:15 PM
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This is a highly social, evening ride that has been a Spring, Summer and Fall tradition since August, 2015. Always rolling at the speed-of-fun. :-) We ride as a team and enthusiastically encourage communication, conversation and laughter, as long as riders prescribe to safe practices such as: communicating about obstacles; and maintaining gaps that are appropriate for the speed, terrain and weather conditions. Your bike must have headlights and tail lights. Avoid using retina-burning, overly-bright and strobing lights since we ride trails as a tight pack and are usually separated from car and truck traffic. We try to curtiously douse headlights when passing pedestrians and fellow riders as we ride into growing darkness. This ride is often best suited for mountain or fat-tire bikes when riding our crushed limestone routes, but also, quite often the weather and trail conditions make this event viable for most any type of bike. No rider will ever be left behind. We have several bona fide EBC Ride Leaders attending this ride for extra safety. Having said that, please don‘t show up if your bike is not ready or you are not in athletic condition for this distance and pace. Note that 10-12 mph on a trail may take the same effort as 13-16 mph on a road; ...and riding a heavy, fat bike or mountain bike requires yet additional effort. Our routes typically vary from one week to the next. Look for route information on our e-mail list server each week before the ride. Let‘s rock!
Wednesday
17
Villa Park: Villa Park Depot / Historical Society
6:15 PM
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This is a highly social, evening ride that has been a Spring, Summer and Fall tradition since August, 2015. Always rolling at the speed-of-fun. :-) We ride as a team and enthusiastically encourage communication, conversation and laughter, as long as riders prescribe to safe practices such as: communicating about obstacles; and maintaining gaps that are appropriate for the speed, terrain and weather conditions. Your bike must have headlights and tail lights. Avoid using retina-burning, overly-bright and strobing lights since we ride trails as a tight pack and are usually separated from car and truck traffic. We try to curtiously douse headlights when passing pedestrians and fellow riders as we ride into growing darkness. This ride is often best suited for mountain or fat-tire bikes when riding our crushed limestone routes, but also, quite often the weather and trail conditions make this event viable for most any type of bike. No rider will ever be left behind. We have several bona fide EBC Ride Leaders attending this ride for extra safety. Having said that, please don‘t show up if your bike is not ready or you are not in athletic condition for this distance and pace. Note that 10-12 mph on a trail may take the same effort as 13-16 mph on a road; ...and riding a heavy, fat bike or mountain bike requires yet additional effort. Our routes typically vary from one week to the next. Look for route information on our e-mail list server each week before the ride. Let‘s rock!
Saturday
20
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Come be a part of the 15th edition of Barry Roubaix Killer Gravel Road Race. LIKE THE CLASSIC IT’S NAMED AFTER, BARRY-ROUBAIX WILL TEST RIDERS AGAINST (80%) ROLLING GRAVEL ROADS, PAVEMENT, ONE MILE OF ROUGH TWO TRACK, ROCKS, SAND, MUD, AND POSSIBLY SNOW AND ICE AS YOU TRAVERSE THE SCENIC ROADS OF BARRY COUNTY, MICHIGAN. We offer four race lengths to challenge riders of all abilities: The 18-mile Floyds of Leadville “Chiller” has approx. 1,200 feet of ascent. The 36-mile Security CU “Thriller” climbs approx. 2,200 feet of ascent. The 62-mile SRAM “Killer” climbs approx. 4,000 feet of ascent. The 100-mile Panaracer “Psycho Killer” has over 7,000 feet of ascent! *400 racer cap* We also have 45NRTH Fat Bike specific categories in the 18 & 36 mile races. All youth 18 and under register and race the 18-mile for FREE! ~ Sponsored by Security Credit Union We also offer a Youth Team Competition sponsored by Security Credit Union. CLICK HERE for more details. The Barry-Roubaix proudly participates in the Michigan Gravel Race Series. Capped at 4,550 slots total, 350 cap for 100 mile distance. Once filled, waitlist available. https://barry-roubaix.com
Wednesday
24
Villa Park: Villa Park Depot / Historical Society
6:15 PM
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This is a highly social, evening ride that has been a Spring, Summer and Fall tradition since August, 2015. Always rolling at the speed-of-fun. :-) We ride as a team and enthusiastically encourage communication, conversation and laughter, as long as riders prescribe to safe practices such as: communicating about obstacles; and maintaining gaps that are appropriate for the speed, terrain and weather conditions. Your bike must have headlights and tail lights. Avoid using retina-burning, overly-bright and strobing lights since we ride trails as a tight pack and are usually separated from car and truck traffic. We try to curtiously douse headlights when passing pedestrians and fellow riders as we ride into growing darkness. This ride is often best suited for mountain or fat-tire bikes when riding our crushed limestone routes, but also, quite often the weather and trail conditions make this event viable for most any type of bike. No rider will ever be left behind. We have several bona fide EBC Ride Leaders attending this ride for extra safety. Having said that, please don‘t show up if your bike is not ready or you are not in athletic condition for this distance and pace. Note that 10-12 mph on a trail may take the same effort as 13-16 mph on a road; ...and riding a heavy, fat bike or mountain bike requires yet additional effort. Our routes typically vary from one week to the next. Look for route information on our e-mail list server each week before the ride. Let‘s rock!
Saturday
27
Scuppernong Hiking Trails (Kettle Moraine State Forest)Parking Lot. Parking Fee and Event Fee 35961
8:00 AM
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https://badgertrails.org/scuppernong-trail-hike-registration/ Three loops. Will hike all three loops. Please note about 2 hour drive to start location. need to register for event and parking fee also.
Saturday
27
601 S High St Elkader, IA 52043
8:00 AM
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The Driftless 100 is a hilly and challenging gravel race through Clayton County, Iowa that features beautiful landscape in one of Iowa‘s best kept secrets. Distance options include: 100, 60, 32, 30 miles and 8 miles with the following categories: single speed, fat bike and e-bike. ABOUT THE EVENT: The race is designed to showcase the Driftless region of the state and push even the most savvy gravel rider to their limit physically and mentally. Over 90% of the race is on limestone gravel with about 5% on pavement and 5% on level b/c roads. It is not designed to be a mud fest but this is Iowa in April so it could be sloppy. If you want a carrot, a Driftless branding Iron is awarded to any rider who finishes the 100 mile course in under 8 hours. If you finish in under 7 hours, you get to brand the wall of pain and receive the 7 hour brand. You do have to follow the official course and receive aid only at the aid stations to earn this award. Aid will be provided every 20-25 miles of the race. Navigation is required, there will only be signage for the family route. All profits of the race will go towards the local EMT units in Elkader, Volga and Garber. All proceeds go towards the improvement of equipment and supplies of local Emergency crews. This is a rain or shine event. If there is an imminent severe weather threat we will delay the start of the race for safety but otherwise we will race in the rain. Courses will be altered if there is moisture on course to avoid mud roads. Details + registration here: https://www.driftlessgravel.com Registration capped at 500, 100 limit for 100 mile category. Carpool and accommodation share options available, if interested. Please contact me to discuss.
Saturday
27
Newburg Fireman's Park 622 W Main St, West Bend, WI 53090
9:00 AM
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The Cheesehead Roubaix is coming back for its 13th year this April! Originally advertised to me as "One of the most miserable races" there is, the weather doesn‘t seem to disappoint on that promise. This is a 100km, or ~63 mile bike race, that has roughly 10 miles of chunky gravel throughout the route. While road and fat tire bikes can handle these roads, a gravel setup is optimal. Make sure to bring appropriate clothing, as poor weather (usually) does not cancel this race, and if it ends up anything like last year, you can expect to be pedaling through 40 degree sleet/rain. This race is free to enter, but they do take donations or merchandise purchases to help support the ride. There is one provided rest stop ~40 miles in, but the rest of the ride is self supported. I will be at the starting location about 30 minutes early to check in EBC members. Most riders, including myself, will be riding at a 15-16mph average, but last year there were riders averaging between 12-19mph average. While poor weather does not (usually) cancel this ride, if the travel conditions are poor enough, I will cancel this as an EBC event. The website is currently down, as it is being updated for the 2024 version, but once it is back up you can access the route and more details here: https://sites.google.com/site/cheeseheadroubaix/ While check in is not required, it would be great to know if you plan on making your way up. Please email me at ctmay@protonmail.com if you‘re interested! Details about this ride are subject to change as more information comes out in the following month.

May, 2024

Wednesday
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Villa Park: Villa Park Depot / Historical Society
6:15 PM
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This is a highly social, evening ride that has been a Spring, Summer and Fall tradition since August, 2015. Always rolling at the speed-of-fun. :-) We ride as a team and enthusiastically encourage communication, conversation and laughter, as long as riders prescribe to safe practices such as: communicating about obstacles; and maintaining gaps that are appropriate for the speed, terrain and weather conditions. Your bike must have headlights and tail lights. Avoid using retina-burning, overly-bright and strobing lights since we ride trails as a tight pack and are usually separated from car and truck traffic. We try to curtiously douse headlights when passing pedestrians and fellow riders as we ride into growing darkness. This ride is often best suited for mountain or fat-tire bikes when riding our crushed limestone routes, but also, quite often the weather and trail conditions make this event viable for most any type of bike. No rider will ever be left behind. We have several bona fide EBC Ride Leaders attending this ride for extra safety. Having said that, please don‘t show up if your bike is not ready or you are not in athletic condition for this distance and pace. Note that 10-12 mph on a trail may take the same effort as 13-16 mph on a road; ...and riding a heavy, fat bike or mountain bike requires yet additional effort. Our routes typically vary from one week to the next. Look for route information on our e-mail list server each week before the ride. Let‘s rock!
Saturday
4
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Start at Illinois Canyon Parking Lot of Starve Rock and hike the River, Bluff and Illinois Canyon trails and side canyon trails. Please note hike starts at the east boundary of park not at the Lodge. Post lunch early dinner at the Cheese Factory in Ottawa.
Wednesday
8
Root River Inn & Suites
8:00 AM
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Deadline for grp rate 2/15 Spring Along the Root River Trail Tour The trip will take place from Wednesday, May 8 to Saturday, May 10. Along with EBC members, members of the Fox Valley Bicycle and Ski Club, (FVB&SC) and members of the Quad Cities Bike Club have been invited to join the trip. Also members of Michigan Recumbent Trikes have been invited to join the tour. Lodging will be available at the Root River Inn and Suites in Lanesboro, Minnesota, with a block of rooms set aside for group members. Those who register and indicate they plan to take the trip will receive an email from the hotel; final reservations can then be made. More information about the hotel is available at their website: rootriverinn.com. The Root River State Trail is a paved multiuse trail that was developed from an abandoned railroad line. The trail is 42 miles long and runs between the Minnesota towns of Fountain and Houston. A branch known as the Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail links to the Root River trail, near its western terminus. To learn more, visit the trail website: Root River Trail. Riders who take the trip can follow four basic routes, ranging from 22 to 46 miles. Those who register will be sent information on restaurants and attractions in the area. May is an underappreciated month on the Root River Trail, but one we think has ideal temps, low bike traffic and beautiful signs of spring. Any member of the group can follow this link to choose a room from the block and reserve it with their own information. Cancellations with a full refund are available up until 2 weeks before the stay (4/24/2024). Between 2 weeks and 1 week, 1 night is charged. The last week before, the whole stay is nonrefundable. Depending on the size of your group, you may want to consider renting The Back Room @ Paddle On Coffee if you want to do an indoor group gathering. We also offer a Family Feud game experience if you want to have some fun together. Bicycling Events Created by: Petra Hofmann
Wednesday
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Villa Park: Villa Park Depot / Historical Society
6:15 PM
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This is a highly social, evening ride that has been a Spring, Summer and Fall tradition since August, 2015. Always rolling at the speed-of-fun. :-) We ride as a team and enthusiastically encourage communication, conversation and laughter, as long as riders prescribe to safe practices such as: communicating about obstacles; and maintaining gaps that are appropriate for the speed, terrain and weather conditions. Your bike must have headlights and tail lights. Avoid using retina-burning, overly-bright and strobing lights since we ride trails as a tight pack and are usually separated from car and truck traffic. We try to curtiously douse headlights when passing pedestrians and fellow riders as we ride into growing darkness. This ride is often best suited for mountain or fat-tire bikes when riding our crushed limestone routes, but also, quite often the weather and trail conditions make this event viable for most any type of bike. No rider will ever be left behind. We have several bona fide EBC Ride Leaders attending this ride for extra safety. Having said that, please don‘t show up if your bike is not ready or you are not in athletic condition for this distance and pace. Note that 10-12 mph on a trail may take the same effort as 13-16 mph on a road; ...and riding a heavy, fat bike or mountain bike requires yet additional effort. Our routes typically vary from one week to the next. Look for route information on our e-mail list server each week before the ride. Let‘s rock!
Thursday
9
Root River Inn & Suites
8:00 AM
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Deadline for grp rate 2/15 Spring Along the Root River Trail Tour The trip will take place from Wednesday, May 8 to Saturday, May 10. Along with EBC members, members of the Fox Valley Bicycle and Ski Club, (FVB&SC) and members of the Quad Cities Bike Club have been invited to join the trip. Also members of Michigan Recumbent Trikes have been invited to join the tour. Lodging will be available at the Root River Inn and Suites in Lanesboro, Minnesota, with a block of rooms set aside for group members. Those who register and indicate they plan to take the trip will receive an email from the hotel; final reservations can then be made. More information about the hotel is available at their website: rootriverinn.com. The Root River State Trail is a paved multiuse trail that was developed from an abandoned railroad line. The trail is 42 miles long and runs between the Minnesota towns of Fountain and Houston. A branch known as the Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail links to the Root River trail, near its western terminus. To learn more, visit the trail website: Root River Trail. Riders who take the trip can follow four basic routes, ranging from 22 to 46 miles. Those who register will be sent information on restaurants and attractions in the area. May is an underappreciated month on the Root River Trail, but one we think has ideal temps, low bike traffic and beautiful signs of spring. Any member of the group can follow this link to choose a room from the block and reserve it with their own information. Cancellations with a full refund are available up until 2 weeks before the stay (4/24/2024). Between 2 weeks and 1 week, 1 night is charged. The last week before, the whole stay is nonrefundable. Depending on the size of your group, you may want to consider renting The Back Room @ Paddle On Coffee if you want to do an indoor group gathering. We also offer a Family Feud game experience if you want to have some fun together. Bicycling Events Created by: Petra Hofmann
Friday
10
Root River Inn & Suites
8:00 AM
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Deadline for grp rate 2/15 Spring Along the Root River Trail Tour The trip will take place from Wednesday, May 8 to Saturday, May 10. Along with EBC members, members of the Fox Valley Bicycle and Ski Club, (FVB&SC) and members of the Quad Cities Bike Club have been invited to join the trip. Also members of Michigan Recumbent Trikes have been invited to join the tour. Lodging will be available at the Root River Inn and Suites in Lanesboro, Minnesota, with a block of rooms set aside for group members. Those who register and indicate they plan to take the trip will receive an email from the hotel; final reservations can then be made. More information about the hotel is available at their website: rootriverinn.com. The Root River State Trail is a paved multiuse trail that was developed from an abandoned railroad line. The trail is 42 miles long and runs between the Minnesota towns of Fountain and Houston. A branch known as the Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail links to the Root River trail, near its western terminus. To learn more, visit the trail website: Root River Trail. Riders who take the trip can follow four basic routes, ranging from 22 to 46 miles. Those who register will be sent information on restaurants and attractions in the area. May is an underappreciated month on the Root River Trail, but one we think has ideal temps, low bike traffic and beautiful signs of spring. Any member of the group can follow this link to choose a room from the block and reserve it with their own information. Cancellations with a full refund are available up until 2 weeks before the stay (4/24/2024). Between 2 weeks and 1 week, 1 night is charged. The last week before, the whole stay is nonrefundable. Depending on the size of your group, you may want to consider renting The Back Room @ Paddle On Coffee if you want to do an indoor group gathering. We also offer a Family Feud game experience if you want to have some fun together. Bicycling Events Created by: Petra Hofmann
Wednesday
15
Villa Park: Villa Park Depot / Historical Society
6:15 PM
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This is a highly social, evening ride that has been a Spring, Summer and Fall tradition since August, 2015. Always rolling at the speed-of-fun. :-) We ride as a team and enthusiastically encourage communication, conversation and laughter, as long as riders prescribe to safe practices such as: communicating about obstacles; and maintaining gaps that are appropriate for the speed, terrain and weather conditions. Your bike must have headlights and tail lights. Avoid using retina-burning, overly-bright and strobing lights since we ride trails as a tight pack and are usually separated from car and truck traffic. We try to curtiously douse headlights when passing pedestrians and fellow riders as we ride into growing darkness. This ride is often best suited for mountain or fat-tire bikes when riding our crushed limestone routes, but also, quite often the weather and trail conditions make this event viable for most any type of bike. No rider will ever be left behind. We have several bona fide EBC Ride Leaders attending this ride for extra safety. Having said that, please don‘t show up if your bike is not ready or you are not in athletic condition for this distance and pace. Note that 10-12 mph on a trail may take the same effort as 13-16 mph on a road; ...and riding a heavy, fat bike or mountain bike requires yet additional effort. Our routes typically vary from one week to the next. Look for route information on our e-mail list server each week before the ride. Let‘s rock!
Wednesday
15
In front of Elmhurst Police Station -Community Area by parking
6:45 PM
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EBC will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways in a Silent Ride. http://www.rideofsilence.org/main.php https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ride_of_Silence 6:45 gather and picture. 7 pm Ride start in area on First Street in front of Elmhurst Police Station. We will be inviting local Elmhurst officials and the police/fire departments to join us. After the ride we will gather at a local establishment for refreshments. Reach out to me if any questions. Rain Date: Saturday, May 18 10 AM
Friday
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See list server email dated November 21, 2023 for detailed information including hotel options. [EBC:46341] 10th EBC Appalachian Trail VirginiaTriple Crown Area Hotel and Dates. Email me directly to be put on the private email list. Email me for additional information. Registration is not closed. We have enough people now to have two groups per hike.Two choices of hike same area each day. Alternate shorter less rugged version. But still the AT and not a beginner hike.
Friday
17
Dragon Tooths Trailhead Parking 15 minute 11 mile drive from Hotels
8:00 AM
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Warm up hike for the weekend. Slow and steady. Dragons Tooth via the AT and return via the Boy Scout Trail. Rocky terrain and last mile to Dragons tooth technical, rocky and bouldering. Includes ladder, rebar and fun fun fun. No registration required for each individual hike but registration and reserve own hotel required for entire weekend.
Friday
17
Dragons Tooth Trailhead Parking 15 minute 11 mile drive form Hotels
8:05 AM
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Judy has offered to and will be exploring the same area and trail but shorter miles, less rugged terrain and slower pace. This hike will not include the last ascent/descent of .7 miles to Dragon Tooth but will include AT views and moderate elevation. Hike will include the AT and Boy Scout Loop and as you know Judy, a little exploring thrown in. Please note it is still by no means considered a beginner hike.
Saturday
18
VA311 Trailhead Parking Lot Mcafee Knob trailhead 10 minute 7 mile drive
7:00 AM
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NOTE: MUST PURCHASE SHUTTLE TRANSPORT IN ADVANCE FOR THIS HIKE. Contact me for shuttle informationo or see group email for link.Hike up on the AT to the most photographed area on the AT. Return by way of the fire road. Elevation for four miles 1400. Optional fire road ascent (*TBD) but you will miss the fun. Will include two shelter short breaks before major ascent of 900. We will have lunch at Mcafee Knob. No picnic tables but shaded areas.
Saturday
18
Via shuttle Please see email regarding must purchase shuttle to trailhead.
7:05 AM
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NOTE MUST PURCHASE SHUTTLE TRANSPORT IN ADVANCE FOR THIS HIKE. Contact me for link or see group email for link to purchase shuttle transport.Less Elevation than Hike #1 and Judy will explore the fire road up to the AT and use the fire Road back down from the AT. More moderate and less rocks but still on the AT and will hike up to Mcafee Knob. Not considered a beginner hike.
Saturday
18
Three Little Pigs 14 minute 11 mile drive
5:00 PM
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Must have at least one group dinner on the AT trips. The Three Little Pigs is right off the trail for AT hikers and hiker friendly in Daleville. AT related Merchandise available. Beer and wine served. And in same strip mall, the Outdoor Trails Outfitter. 5:00 p.m. shopping happy social hour at the outfitter then dinner at 6:00 p.m.
Sunday
19
Andy Layne trail parking lot 25 minute 15 mile drive
8:00 AM
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Saving Tinkerbell‘s favorite of the Triple Crown for last. Longest day hike. Hiking the Andy Layne Trail (steep elevation and includes cow pasture hiking) up to the AT then over to Tinker Cliffs about a quarter mile of the most beautiful ledge walking ever. Lunch at Tinker Cliffs.
Sunday
19
Mill Mountain Park Roanoke, VA
9:30 AM
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AT alternative hike: On our last day of the AT triple crown I will be exploring the trails at Mill Mountain Park. Along with moderate trail hiking we will be checking out two overlooks,the Mill Mt Wildflower Gardens with some pictures at Big Ol‘ Bikes. If you enjoy bird watching you won‘t want to miss this hike.
Wednesday
22
Villa Park: Villa Park Depot / Historical Society
6:15 PM
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This is a highly social, evening ride that has been a Spring, Summer and Fall tradition since August, 2015. Always rolling at the speed-of-fun. :-) We ride as a team and enthusiastically encourage communication, conversation and laughter, as long as riders prescribe to safe practices such as: communicating about obstacles; and maintaining gaps that are appropriate for the speed, terrain and weather conditions. Your bike must have headlights and tail lights. Avoid using retina-burning, overly-bright and strobing lights since we ride trails as a tight pack and are usually separated from car and truck traffic. We try to curtiously douse headlights when passing pedestrians and fellow riders as we ride into growing darkness. This ride is often best suited for mountain or fat-tire bikes when riding our crushed limestone routes, but also, quite often the weather and trail conditions make this event viable for most any type of bike. No rider will ever be left behind. We have several bona fide EBC Ride Leaders attending this ride for extra safety. Having said that, please don‘t show up if your bike is not ready or you are not in athletic condition for this distance and pace. Note that 10-12 mph on a trail may take the same effort as 13-16 mph on a road; ...and riding a heavy, fat bike or mountain bike requires yet additional effort. Our routes typically vary from one week to the next. Look for route information on our e-mail list server each week before the ride. Let‘s rock!
Wednesday
29
Villa Park: Villa Park Depot / Historical Society
6:15 PM
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This is a highly social, evening ride that has been a Spring, Summer and Fall tradition since August, 2015. Always rolling at the speed-of-fun. :-) We ride as a team and enthusiastically encourage communication, conversation and laughter, as long as riders prescribe to safe practices such as: communicating about obstacles; and maintaining gaps that are appropriate for the speed, terrain and weather conditions. Your bike must have headlights and tail lights. Avoid using retina-burning, overly-bright and strobing lights since we ride trails as a tight pack and are usually separated from car and truck traffic. We try to curtiously douse headlights when passing pedestrians and fellow riders as we ride into growing darkness. This ride is often best suited for mountain or fat-tire bikes when riding our crushed limestone routes, but also, quite often the weather and trail conditions make this event viable for most any type of bike. No rider will ever be left behind. We have several bona fide EBC Ride Leaders attending this ride for extra safety. Having said that, please don‘t show up if your bike is not ready or you are not in athletic condition for this distance and pace. Note that 10-12 mph on a trail may take the same effort as 13-16 mph on a road; ...and riding a heavy, fat bike or mountain bike requires yet additional effort. Our routes typically vary from one week to the next. Look for route information on our e-mail list server each week before the ride. Let‘s rock!
Friday
31
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Looking for a new adventure this year in the summer? How about a ride across Georgia? Big BRAG (https://brag.org/brag) is SAT June 1 to SAT June 8. For those driving it would be a leave on FRI May 31st arriving at the start by 2PM on Sat June 1st. After rolling into camp at the end of the adventure Sat June 8th I will hit the road and roll into the Chicago suburbs NLT Sunday June 8th at noon. This is a smaller version of Ragbrai but cycling across the friendly and somewhat hillier northern parts of Georgia. The starting point is to be announced January 1st. On Big BRAG, cyclists will average about 55-70 miles per day for a week with a day off in the middle. It sounds like a lot, but we offer SAG and provide well-stocked rest stops every 12 - 18 miles with your favorite snacks and drinks, fun activities, and great views! BRAG routes take bike riders through some of the most friendly and welcoming towns and feature some of the best food Georgia has to offer. A roving bar, shower facilities and charging stations are available. When you pull into camp after your ride, you‘ll have access to the BRAG Bar where you can grab your favorite drink. Each day after the ride there are activities like bike trivia, one-legged bike races, educational classes, yoga, massages, etc. Every night features tomfoolery in the towns where we stay, like concerts, DJs, and festivals. There is some hotel availability, some camping availability as well as “turn down service” for camping. Bicycles can be brought if driving, brought on the airplane or shipped to a local cycle shop and back. Food is available in the small towns as well as food trucks at the base camp. Registration is here: https://brag.org/brag/register/ Please contact me offline if interested in going. bwetman@gmail.com 847-767-5745

June, 2024

Saturday
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Looking for a new adventure this year in the summer? How about a ride across Georgia? Big BRAG (https://brag.org/brag) is SAT June 1 to SAT June 8. For those driving it would be a leave on FRI May 31st arriving at the start by 2PM on Sat June 1st. After rolling into camp at the end of the adventure Sat June 8th I will hit the road and roll into the Chicago suburbs NLT Sunday June 8th at noon. This is a smaller version of Ragbrai but cycling across the friendly and somewhat hillier northern parts of Georgia. The starting point is to be announced January 1st. On Big BRAG, cyclists will average about 55-70 miles per day for a week with a day off in the middle. It sounds like a lot, but we offer SAG and provide well-stocked rest stops every 12 - 18 miles with your favorite snacks and drinks, fun activities, and great views! BRAG routes take bike riders through some of the most friendly and welcoming towns and feature some of the best food Georgia has to offer. A roving bar, shower facilities and charging stations are available. When you pull into camp after your ride, you‘ll have access to the BRAG Bar where you can grab your favorite drink. Each day after the ride there are activities like bike trivia, one-legged bike races, educational classes, yoga, massages, etc. Every night features tomfoolery in the towns where we stay, like concerts, DJs, and festivals. There is some hotel availability, some camping availability as well as “turn down service” for camping. Bicycles can be brought if driving, brought on the airplane or shipped to a local cycle shop and back. Food is available in the small towns as well as food trucks at the base camp. Registration is here: https://brag.org/brag/register/ Please contact me offline if interested in going. bwetman@gmail.com 847-767-5745
Sunday
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Looking for a new adventure this year in the summer? How about a ride across Georgia? Big BRAG (https://brag.org/brag) is SAT June 1 to SAT June 8. For those driving it would be a leave on FRI May 31st arriving at the start by 2PM on Sat June 1st. After rolling into camp at the end of the adventure Sat June 8th I will hit the road and roll into the Chicago suburbs NLT Sunday June 8th at noon. This is a smaller version of Ragbrai but cycling across the friendly and somewhat hillier northern parts of Georgia. The starting point is to be announced January 1st. On Big BRAG, cyclists will average about 55-70 miles per day for a week with a day off in the middle. It sounds like a lot, but we offer SAG and provide well-stocked rest stops every 12 - 18 miles with your favorite snacks and drinks, fun activities, and great views! BRAG routes take bike riders through some of the most friendly and welcoming towns and feature some of the best food Georgia has to offer. A roving bar, shower facilities and charging stations are available. When you pull into camp after your ride, you‘ll have access to the BRAG Bar where you can grab your favorite drink. Each day after the ride there are activities like bike trivia, one-legged bike races, educational classes, yoga, massages, etc. Every night features tomfoolery in the towns where we stay, like concerts, DJs, and festivals. There is some hotel availability, some camping availability as well as “turn down service” for camping. Bicycles can be brought if driving, brought on the airplane or shipped to a local cycle shop and back. Food is available in the small towns as well as food trucks at the base camp. Registration is here: https://brag.org/brag/register/ Please contact me offline if interested in going. bwetman@gmail.com 847-767-5745
Monday
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Looking for a new adventure this year in the summer? How about a ride across Georgia? Big BRAG (https://brag.org/brag) is SAT June 1 to SAT June 8. For those driving it would be a leave on FRI May 31st arriving at the start by 2PM on Sat June 1st. After rolling into camp at the end of the adventure Sat June 8th I will hit the road and roll into the Chicago suburbs NLT Sunday June 8th at noon. This is a smaller version of Ragbrai but cycling across the friendly and somewhat hillier northern parts of Georgia. The starting point is to be announced January 1st. On Big BRAG, cyclists will average about 55-70 miles per day for a week with a day off in the middle. It sounds like a lot, but we offer SAG and provide well-stocked rest stops every 12 - 18 miles with your favorite snacks and drinks, fun activities, and great views! BRAG routes take bike riders through some of the most friendly and welcoming towns and feature some of the best food Georgia has to offer. A roving bar, shower facilities and charging stations are available. When you pull into camp after your ride, you‘ll have access to the BRAG Bar where you can grab your favorite drink. Each day after the ride there are activities like bike trivia, one-legged bike races, educational classes, yoga, massages, etc. Every night features tomfoolery in the towns where we stay, like concerts, DJs, and festivals. There is some hotel availability, some camping availability as well as “turn down service” for camping. Bicycles can be brought if driving, brought on the airplane or shipped to a local cycle shop and back. Food is available in the small towns as well as food trucks at the base camp. Registration is here: https://brag.org/brag/register/ Please contact me offline if interested in going. bwetman@gmail.com 847-767-5745
Tuesday
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Looking for a new adventure this year in the summer? How about a ride across Georgia? Big BRAG (https://brag.org/brag) is SAT June 1 to SAT June 8. For those driving it would be a leave on FRI May 31st arriving at the start by 2PM on Sat June 1st. After rolling into camp at the end of the adventure Sat June 8th I will hit the road and roll into the Chicago suburbs NLT Sunday June 8th at noon. This is a smaller version of Ragbrai but cycling across the friendly and somewhat hillier northern parts of Georgia. The starting point is to be announced January 1st. On Big BRAG, cyclists will average about 55-70 miles per day for a week with a day off in the middle. It sounds like a lot, but we offer SAG and provide well-stocked rest stops every 12 - 18 miles with your favorite snacks and drinks, fun activities, and great views! BRAG routes take bike riders through some of the most friendly and welcoming towns and feature some of the best food Georgia has to offer. A roving bar, shower facilities and charging stations are available. When you pull into camp after your ride, you‘ll have access to the BRAG Bar where you can grab your favorite drink. Each day after the ride there are activities like bike trivia, one-legged bike races, educational classes, yoga, massages, etc. Every night features tomfoolery in the towns where we stay, like concerts, DJs, and festivals. There is some hotel availability, some camping availability as well as “turn down service” for camping. Bicycles can be brought if driving, brought on the airplane or shipped to a local cycle shop and back. Food is available in the small towns as well as food trucks at the base camp. Registration is here: https://brag.org/brag/register/ Please contact me offline if interested in going. bwetman@gmail.com 847-767-5745
Wednesday
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Looking for a new adventure this year in the summer? How about a ride across Georgia? Big BRAG (https://brag.org/brag) is SAT June 1 to SAT June 8. For those driving it would be a leave on FRI May 31st arriving at the start by 2PM on Sat June 1st. After rolling into camp at the end of the adventure Sat June 8th I will hit the road and roll into the Chicago suburbs NLT Sunday June 8th at noon. This is a smaller version of Ragbrai but cycling across the friendly and somewhat hillier northern parts of Georgia. The starting point is to be announced January 1st. On Big BRAG, cyclists will average about 55-70 miles per day for a week with a day off in the middle. It sounds like a lot, but we offer SAG and provide well-stocked rest stops every 12 - 18 miles with your favorite snacks and drinks, fun activities, and great views! BRAG routes take bike riders through some of the most friendly and welcoming towns and feature some of the best food Georgia has to offer. A roving bar, shower facilities and charging stations are available. When you pull into camp after your ride, you‘ll have access to the BRAG Bar where you can grab your favorite drink. Each day after the ride there are activities like bike trivia, one-legged bike races, educational classes, yoga, massages, etc. Every night features tomfoolery in the towns where we stay, like concerts, DJs, and festivals. There is some hotel availability, some camping availability as well as “turn down service” for camping. Bicycles can be brought if driving, brought on the airplane or shipped to a local cycle shop and back. Food is available in the small towns as well as food trucks at the base camp. Registration is here: https://brag.org/brag/register/ Please contact me offline if interested in going. bwetman@gmail.com 847-767-5745
Thursday
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Looking for a new adventure this year in the summer? How about a ride across Georgia? Big BRAG (https://brag.org/brag) is SAT June 1 to SAT June 8. For those driving it would be a leave on FRI May 31st arriving at the start by 2PM on Sat June 1st. After rolling into camp at the end of the adventure Sat June 8th I will hit the road and roll into the Chicago suburbs NLT Sunday June 8th at noon. This is a smaller version of Ragbrai but cycling across the friendly and somewhat hillier northern parts of Georgia. The starting point is to be announced January 1st. On Big BRAG, cyclists will average about 55-70 miles per day for a week with a day off in the middle. It sounds like a lot, but we offer SAG and provide well-stocked rest stops every 12 - 18 miles with your favorite snacks and drinks, fun activities, and great views! BRAG routes take bike riders through some of the most friendly and welcoming towns and feature some of the best food Georgia has to offer. A roving bar, shower facilities and charging stations are available. When you pull into camp after your ride, you‘ll have access to the BRAG Bar where you can grab your favorite drink. Each day after the ride there are activities like bike trivia, one-legged bike races, educational classes, yoga, massages, etc. Every night features tomfoolery in the towns where we stay, like concerts, DJs, and festivals. There is some hotel availability, some camping availability as well as “turn down service” for camping. Bicycles can be brought if driving, brought on the airplane or shipped to a local cycle shop and back. Food is available in the small towns as well as food trucks at the base camp. Registration is here: https://brag.org/brag/register/ Please contact me offline if interested in going. bwetman@gmail.com 847-767-5745
Friday
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Looking for a new adventure this year in the summer? How about a ride across Georgia? Big BRAG (https://brag.org/brag) is SAT June 1 to SAT June 8. For those driving it would be a leave on FRI May 31st arriving at the start by 2PM on Sat June 1st. After rolling into camp at the end of the adventure Sat June 8th I will hit the road and roll into the Chicago suburbs NLT Sunday June 8th at noon. This is a smaller version of Ragbrai but cycling across the friendly and somewhat hillier northern parts of Georgia. The starting point is to be announced January 1st. On Big BRAG, cyclists will average about 55-70 miles per day for a week with a day off in the middle. It sounds like a lot, but we offer SAG and provide well-stocked rest stops every 12 - 18 miles with your favorite snacks and drinks, fun activities, and great views! BRAG routes take bike riders through some of the most friendly and welcoming towns and feature some of the best food Georgia has to offer. A roving bar, shower facilities and charging stations are available. When you pull into camp after your ride, you‘ll have access to the BRAG Bar where you can grab your favorite drink. Each day after the ride there are activities like bike trivia, one-legged bike races, educational classes, yoga, massages, etc. Every night features tomfoolery in the towns where we stay, like concerts, DJs, and festivals. There is some hotel availability, some camping availability as well as “turn down service” for camping. Bicycles can be brought if driving, brought on the airplane or shipped to a local cycle shop and back. Food is available in the small towns as well as food trucks at the base camp. Registration is here: https://brag.org/brag/register/ Please contact me offline if interested in going. bwetman@gmail.com 847-767-5745
Saturday
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Looking for a new adventure this year in the summer? How about a ride across Georgia? Big BRAG (https://brag.org/brag) is SAT June 1 to SAT June 8. For those driving it would be a leave on FRI May 31st arriving at the start by 2PM on Sat June 1st. After rolling into camp at the end of the adventure Sat June 8th I will hit the road and roll into the Chicago suburbs NLT Sunday June 8th at noon. This is a smaller version of Ragbrai but cycling across the friendly and somewhat hillier northern parts of Georgia. The starting point is to be announced January 1st. On Big BRAG, cyclists will average about 55-70 miles per day for a week with a day off in the middle. It sounds like a lot, but we offer SAG and provide well-stocked rest stops every 12 - 18 miles with your favorite snacks and drinks, fun activities, and great views! BRAG routes take bike riders through some of the most friendly and welcoming towns and feature some of the best food Georgia has to offer. A roving bar, shower facilities and charging stations are available. When you pull into camp after your ride, you‘ll have access to the BRAG Bar where you can grab your favorite drink. Each day after the ride there are activities like bike trivia, one-legged bike races, educational classes, yoga, massages, etc. Every night features tomfoolery in the towns where we stay, like concerts, DJs, and festivals. There is some hotel availability, some camping availability as well as “turn down service” for camping. Bicycles can be brought if driving, brought on the airplane or shipped to a local cycle shop and back. Food is available in the small towns as well as food trucks at the base camp. Registration is here: https://brag.org/brag/register/ Please contact me offline if interested in going. bwetman@gmail.com 847-767-5745
Sunday
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We welcome all types of riders to Everybody Rides. We feature a 1.6 & 10 mile trail ride great for the whole family or those new to cycling. These trail rides have a Guided Ride with a leader that leaves at 8:30 am. The NEW ADDITION is the 1.6 Mile Trail Ride. This ride is perfect for those with: Training wheels In a burley and not ready for a long distance ride Adaptive bike Those that just want to head to a child friendly rest stop with Face Painting, bubbles, and a playground at Renaux Manor Park! In addition to the trail ride we have a 29, 46 and 62 mile road ride for the more experienced rider. The unique feature of Everybody Rides is our routes allow you to add on more miles if you would like while riding. All you have to do is do an extra "loop" or two depending on how many miles you would like to ride! As a reminder, Everybody Rides is a fundraiser for Project Mobility. Project Mobility is a local nonprofit that provides the freedom of mobility to children, adults and wounded soldiers with disabilities through adaptive cycling. Riding a bike may sound like such a simple activity but to those with mobility challenges (along with the hefty price tag of an adaptive bike) it makes it nearly impossible for them to enjoy the freedom of mobility without our help. Adaptive bikes provide life changing mobility, strength, self-esteem and the ultimate freedom for children, adults and veterans with disabilities. Cycling restores the possibilities to those who are often told by society that their life is about limitations. Please join us on Sunday, June 9th to witness firsthand what we are all about at Project Mobility. Post ride we will have our Party in the Park with our Adaptive Bike Giveaway in addition to unlimited food, beer garden, live music, raffles and so much more!
Sunday
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Looking for a new adventure this year in the summer? How about a ride across Georgia? Big BRAG (https://brag.org/brag) is SAT June 1 to SAT June 8. For those driving it would be a leave on FRI May 31st arriving at the start by 2PM on Sat June 1st. After rolling into camp at the end of the adventure Sat June 8th I will hit the road and roll into the Chicago suburbs NLT Sunday June 8th at noon. This is a smaller version of Ragbrai but cycling across the friendly and somewhat hillier northern parts of Georgia. The starting point is to be announced January 1st. On Big BRAG, cyclists will average about 55-70 miles per day for a week with a day off in the middle. It sounds like a lot, but we offer SAG and provide well-stocked rest stops every 12 - 18 miles with your favorite snacks and drinks, fun activities, and great views! BRAG routes take bike riders through some of the most friendly and welcoming towns and feature some of the best food Georgia has to offer. A roving bar, shower facilities and charging stations are available. When you pull into camp after your ride, you‘ll have access to the BRAG Bar where you can grab your favorite drink. Each day after the ride there are activities like bike trivia, one-legged bike races, educational classes, yoga, massages, etc. Every night features tomfoolery in the towns where we stay, like concerts, DJs, and festivals. There is some hotel availability, some camping availability as well as “turn down service” for camping. Bicycles can be brought if driving, brought on the airplane or shipped to a local cycle shop and back. Food is available in the small towns as well as food trucks at the base camp. Registration is here: https://brag.org/brag/register/ Please contact me offline if interested in going. bwetman@gmail.com 847-767-5745
Friday
14
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This is a two day ride from Chicago‘s Millennium Park mostly along the Lake Michigan shoreline to New Buffalo MI with an overnight stay at Indiana Dunes State Park or a local hotel. The first day‘s ride is 61 miles and the second is 48. This is a beautiful and well supported ride with plenty of SAG stops along the way. The money raised from this ride is donated to Arts and Fitness For Kids at Maywood Fine Arts. The event registration has opened up today and is limited to 600 riders so sign up soon if you want to come with. If anyone has questions or needs further information here is the ride‘s website link; https://www.letourdeshore.com Hope to see you there and call me if you need any help, -Rich Aycock
Saturday
15
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This is a two day ride from Chicago‘s Millennium Park mostly along the Lake Michigan shoreline to New Buffalo MI with an overnight stay at Indiana Dunes State Park or a local hotel. The first day‘s ride is 61 miles and the second is 48. This is a beautiful and well supported ride with plenty of SAG stops along the way. The money raised from this ride is donated to Arts and Fitness For Kids at Maywood Fine Arts. The event registration has opened up today and is limited to 600 riders so sign up soon if you want to come with. If anyone has questions or needs further information here is the ride‘s website link; https://www.letourdeshore.com Hope to see you there and call me if you need any help, -Rich Aycock

July, 2024

Saturday
6
Naperville: Trader Joe's area parking lot - SW corner
5:00 AM
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Double century ride from Naperville to Dixon, IL and back. Westbound route passes through Batavia, Sycamore, and Oregon. Eastbound return passes through Hinckley, Plano, and Yorkville. Most of the route is on low-traffic and scenic IL roads. You should be able to ride long distances with minimal stops for food / water. Goal is to finish by sundown but bring lights / reflective gear just in case. Daylight finish possible with 16mph average and <= 3 hours for stops. Contact ride leader if you are interested in this ride.
Friday
26
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Start at the Blue Gate Hotel in Shipshewana, IN. We will ride Pumpkinvine Trail from Shipshewana to Goshen and back. We will find a place to eat along the way. Plan on meeting at the Blue Gate Hotel by 9:45 a.m. EASTERN TIME (ride time listing is central time). Here is the link for registering for the actual Amishland & Lakes Ride on July 27-28: https://www.bikereg.com/amishland-and-lakes-bicycle-tour-2024/
Saturday
27
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This is the actual ride. We will meet at Lakeland High School which is the start location at 7:30 a.m. EASTERN TIME so we can all start together. There are 5 different mile options: 22, 36, 50, 64, and 100. You can choose to do any of them just make sure you let me know what your end mileage for the day is. We will discuss dinner options after the ride. You must register for this ride at https://www.amishlandandlakes.com/registration. Time shown is EASTERN TIME!
Saturday
27
Eminence High School 6760 State Road 42 North Eminence, IN 46125
8:00 AM
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Come get dusty! Dustbowl 100 is Indiana’s Premier Gravel Race, presented by Zipp! Registration capped at 1,000 participants. Set against the picturesque landscapes of the Hoosier state, the DB100 offers cyclists a unique journey through history and terrain. The meticulously designed course takes riders over some of the Midwest‘s finest gravel roads, weaving together both wide open farm fields and wooded creek valleys, stitched together by several iconic bridges echoing a century’s worth of stories. Whether you‘re a seasoned cyclist seeking a new and compelling challenge or an adventurous spirit eager to explore Indiana’s backroads on two wheels, we invite you to be a part of this journey with us. Distance options include: 100-80-44 miles. Categories include: single bike, tandem, single speed and electric bike All routes have SAG stops. More details and registration here: https://www.dustbowl100.com The Dust Bowl 100 event headquarters will be at Eminence High School in Eminence, Indiana. Conveniently located just 7 minutes off Interstate 70 and only 30 minutes west of downtown Indianapolis. Eminence Community Schools 6760 State Road 42 North Eminence, IN 46125 Please contact me if you are coming with remote start of the event and to sign the ride sheet. Carpool and ride share options available, please contact me to discuss. ?
Sunday
28
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This is day 2 of the actual ride. We will once again meet at Lakeland High School which is the start location at 7:30 a.m. EASTERN TIME so we can all start together. There are 5 different mile options: 23, 29, 39, and 50. You can choose to do any of them just make sure you let me know what your end mileage for the day is. You must register for this ride at https://www.amishlandandlakes.com/registration. TIME LISTED IS EASTERN TIME NOT CENTRAL TIME.

August, 2024

Saturday
24
Zipline Tap and Grill 575 Fallbrook Blvd #109 Lincoln, NE 68521
6:00 AM
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Founded by Corey Godfrey in 2010, Garmin Gravel Worlds has grown to be one of the largest gravel events in the world, attracting an international field of cyclists and runners. In 2023 Garmin Gravel Worlds attracted more than 2,000 athletes from all 50 states and 14 countries. This milestone 15th year promises to deliver an unforgettable experience for participants, with courses that combine challenging routes with the scenic beauty of Nebraska‘s rural gravel roads. Event Distances: Bike: 150-mile, 75-mile, 50k, and 300-mile. Run: 25k and 10k. Registration Cap: 2,500; waitlist if you miss the registration. Will sell out fast so don‘t wait if you are interested. https://www.gravel-worlds.com
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