Greetings cycling enthusiasts! Great to see so many riders out for our Tuesday training ride. Because of the stiff NE breeze, we kept our 10 mile ride on the trail and the neighborhoods near Tipton Trails, as you can see. Remember the Ride of Silence Wednesday evening starting at 6:45P from the McLean County History Museum (old courthouse) in downtown Bloomington and ending at the roundabout in uptown Normal. Keep pedaling and see you soon, RB
We are into Week #2 of the training rides and there has been 20+ riders on the 3 of 4 days when the weather has cooperated. A little wind just adds to the fitness value of the ride! Thanks to all our volunteer Leaders & Sweeps for sharing their expertise and modeling safe riding procedures. For Training Ride dates and distance <click here>. RB
May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.
With National Bike Month come several cycling-focused events:
National Bike Challenge – 5/1 – 9/30
Log your miles, earn points, and win prizes! Sign up here. Sponsored by 3M, LAB, and Love to Ride.
National Bike to Work Week – Monday, 5/14 – Friday, 5/18
You don’t need a car to get to work…do you??? Try it for a week and experience the 3 E’s of cycling to work: exercise, economy, and ecology!
Ride of Silence – Wednesday, 5/16
This annual ride (truly ridden in silence) honors those killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Meet at the McLean County Museum of History in Downtown Bloomington [map it], 6:45pm, and ride silently as a group to Uptown Normal [map it].
National Bike to Work Day – Friday, 5/18
Bike BloNo wants to buy your breakfast! On your way to work, stop by the Atwood Wayside on Constitution Trail (near Jefferson St, Bloomington) [map it] or Uptown Normal’s Circle [map it] and you’ll be treated to FREE coffee, donuts, and fruit!
Training rides start Tuesday, May 1st! Whether you are new to cycling or want to experience the fun of biking on the open road, these free sessions will help you increase your skills and endurance and have fun at the same time. The rides will be Sunday afternoon (1:30pm from Tipton Park), and Tuesday (5:45pm – Tipton Park) and Thursday (5:45pm – Rosa Parks Commons) evenings. The first week, beginning May 1st, rides are 4-6 miles in length, and will gradually get longer, working up to 30 miles. You don’t need to be a club member to ride, but helmets are required. Join us as we ride, help others get used to group rides, and emphasize safety.
Volunteers are still needed to lead and sweep these Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday rides. To volunteer, simply contact Rick Boser by email (email@example.com) to receive a link to SignUpGenius. Many thanks!!!
P.S. – Late cancellations due to weather will be posted to the Wheelers Facebook page.
Here is the full training ride schedule: TrainingRideBrochure2018
Saturday, April 21 is trail cleanup day.
Come help Ecology Action Center, fellow Wheelers, Bike BloNo, and Friends of the Constitution Trail Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. until noon. Our clean up area is the Constitution Trail and Sugar Creek from Tipton Park west to Audubon Gardens. Sign up to receive full details on meeting locations and other instructions. Children under 18 allowed to participate if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Signup information can be found here https://ecologyactioncenter.org/event/bn-spring-clean-up-week/
ATTENTION WHEELER MEMBERS:
The “official” riding season kicks off on Tuesday, May 1st, with the first Training Ride. Weekend rides begin the following weekend. Training Ride Leaders and Sweeps can volunteer on SignUpGenius (same as last year) and you may have already received an invitation to do so.
New this year, a second SignUpGenius will also be used to identify leaders and ride descriptions for our Weekend & weekday Mellow Rides (starting after the Metric). The purpose of the advanced sign-up is to increase bicycle ridership among members and attract non-members to our rides by providing a range of themed riding options. More details will be provided on SignUpGenius.
Please note that SignUpGenius will be used to facilitate ride leadership only. Rides will then be posted on the website and distributed by weekly emails.
If you are interested in leading any of our rides and are not yet receiving invitations to SignUpGenius, please contact Rick Boser (firstname.lastname@example.org) by email and you will be added to the list. Hope to see you on the bicycle soon!
It’s time to report your 1st quarter miles! Please report your year-to-date Big Dog Miles as of March 31st to Sir Richard: Richard.Verdery@gmail.com
NOTE: Please include your name as some of you have email addresses where it’s not clear who it is.