Ongoing Wheeler Rides

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 predetermined 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).  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.

Mellow Tuesday Trail Rides – July & August

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Tuesday Mellow Riders

Beginning Tuesday, June 26, 2018 and continuing through the end of August, there will be a mellow ride departing from the Y (Connie LInk, Normal) at 5:45P.  Like the Show & Go, we can decide as a group on a destination and social ending for the ride AND what we would like to do the following week! Tuesday Mellow Rides will likely stay mostly in town as we meander the trails and bike lanes in search of ice cream, tacos, etc. Hope to see you on Tuesdays. RB


Seasonal Ride Programs

Spring Training Rides 2019

Training rides are held on Tuesday, Thursday evenings, and Sunday afternoon during May and early June with the purpose of getting new and returning riders conditioned for the Spring Metric ride. Check back in the New Year for 2019 schedule. To give you an idea about the program, see the Training Ride Brochure 2018.


Event Rides

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.

Saturday, July 28 – Parklands Foundation Benefit RideParklands Foundation

The 2nd annual Parkland’s Foundation Benefit Ride features routes of 25 and 50 miles.  It’s a gorgeous ride through the Parkland’s properties which consist of roughly 4700 acres of Illinois prairie and timber along the Mackinaw River watershed.  The ride begins and ends in Lexington. Details and registration.

Saturday, August 4th – Hop on for HopeHop on for Hope

6th Annual Charity Bike Ride offering routes of 10, 25, 35, and 50 miles in and around Morraine View State Park.  Ride begins and ends at the First United Methodist Church in LeRoy, IL. [map it]  For more information and registration, their website.

Saturday, August 18 – No Baloney Ride

No+baloney signThe No Baloney Bicycle Ride returns for its 45th year on August 18th, 2018.  This year’s ride will depart and return from a new location – Morton’s Kennel Lake Sportsmen’s Club.  Situated just outside of Morton, this location offers great access to country roads while remaining close to I-74 and Highway 155 for those traveling to join us. Similar to previous years, the event will include route distances of approximately 20, 45, 62, and 100 miles. <Registration link and more details>

Saturday, August 25 – 40th Annual Wabash River RideWRCC

Looking for something a little farther?  The 40th Annual Wabash River Ride will be held on August 25, 2017 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Join us for well organized and supported rides of 34, 47, 65 or 107 miles through some of the most beautiful parts of Tippecanoe, Fountain and Warren counties in Indiana.  We’ll continue our renowned tradition of home baked cookies from our club members, and have a real good barbecue lunch planned for you when you finish the ride.  Start & finish is at Fort Oiuatenon, IN near West Lafayette.  Get details & registration info here.


Toluca reclaimed mine areaSeptember 1, 2018 in Toluca, IL. — 2nd annual Lehr Hemenway Memorial Bike Ride  Lehr was an avid cyclist, bike shop owner (Bloomington Cycle and Fitness), community member and general purveyor of good time rides! Lehr lost his battle with cancer in 2016. The proceeds from this years ride will support the construction of a bike path at the Toluca Jumbo. Ride routes still TBD. Updates at Toluca Coal Mine Association Facebook page.  Last years ride hosted an 8 mile and a 25 mile supported route.  Registration is on site only and will be $20/adult and $10/child and includes an event t-shirt.   The ride aligns with the Toluca Labor Day Celebration and is the home of the famous Mona’s and Capponi’s Italian restaurants!

Looking for more riding adventures?  Check out Mike Bentley’s Midwest Bicycle Rides.

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