Rides & Events

 

Upcoming Rides and Events in the Area

 

Ongoing: Wheeler Show & Go Rides

A “leaderless” ride where the riders by popular vote decide how far, long, and fast the ride will be. There is usually no pre-determined route.  Depending on the number of cyclists, some rides will break into smaller groups to accommodate various distance and speed interests.  Riders typically meet at The “Y” on the Constitution Trail by the Connie Link Amphitheater; parking at 611 S Linden St, Normal, IL (see map below). Regular Show and Go rides are planned for Saturdays and Sundays (varying times) throughout the year, weather permitting.  Check the calendar page for updates as well as other rides throughout the week.  Download the Show and Go 2018 PDF for more info.

May 1 – June 16: Wheeler Training Rides

Want some help getting in shape for the cycling season and the Spring Metric, or honing your cycling skills?  Join our Spring Training Rides beginning May 1st, 2018.  Rides will posted on the club’s calendar.  Additional details can be found in this training ride PDF: Training Ride Brochure 2018

Wednesday, May 16th – Ride of SilenceRide of Silence

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].

Saturday, June 9 – Food Bank FlyerMidwest Food Bank

A fun, family bike ride to benefit Midwest Food Bank. Starting at the MFB in Normal [map it],there will be several biking distances to choose from. Bring your family to join us for food and fun after the ride. Click here for registration.

June 10-15: 16th Annual Grand Illinois Bike TourRide Illinois

The 2018 route will feature central Illinois with a special focus on Abraham Lincoln history. We’ll enjoy great bicycling on quiet country roads and visit charming towns and places from Lincoln’s life in Springfield, Decatur, New Salem, and his days as a lawyer on the 8th Judicial Circuit.  For more tour details and registration, visit Ride Illinois.

Saturday, June 16th – McLean County Wheelers 37th Annual Spring MetricSpring metric - wheelin'

This is the Wheelers’ signature fundraising event for community bicycling-related programs.  This year, proceeds from the Metric will benefit the newly formed Bike Co-op located in Bloomington.  For details, visit our Spring Metric page.

Saturday, July 7th – Un Tour des Femmes Un Tour des Femmes

Vitesse Cycle’s non-competitive, ladies-only ride returns! This event features a 25 or 50 mile route starting and ending in Lexington, IL. [map it] Routes feature well-stocked rest stops and SAG service.  Start Time is 7:30 am for 50 mile route/8 am for 25 mile route (group photos will be taken at start of ride). Entry fees: $40 for 50 mile route/$30 for 25 mile route. Entry fee increases by $5 starting July 1.  Register here.

Saturday, July 21st – History of Bicycles ShowHistory of Bicycles

Enjoy the Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66 by attending the History of Bicycles Show at the David Davis Mansion in Bloomington [map it].  It’s a FREE event offering bike displays, trick riding demos, ‘slow races’, and a bike parade, all at the mansion just off of the Constitution Trail near downtown Bloomington.  More details can be found on Facebook.

Sunday, July 22nd – RideATAXIA

The 7th Annual rideATAXIA Chicago will offer fully supported 1, 4, 27 and 50 mile cycling routes on scenic country roads starting and ending at Channahon Central Park in Channahon, IL. Participants will enjoy delicious post ride food prepared by Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill and Carrabba’s Italian Grill.  To view ride information, register and start fundraising, go to rideATAXIA.org/Chicago.

 

Get your ride listed by emailing mcw.rides@gmail.com

 Looking for something a little farther out of the area?

Check out the MikeBentley website for Midwest Bicycle Rides.