- Weekend Show & Go and Weekday Meet-Up Rides start at 11:00a from Underwood in October.
- The latest round of Wheeler jersey sales ended in September. Jerseys should be delivered by early November. Watch emails for details.
- Wheelers and bicycling in the news – See Pantagraph article of 8/23/20.
- Road closures links for McLean County, Bloomington and Normal are now located on Rides and Events tab. Also see Strava discussion posts for latest road conditions.
- Group Rides restarted in early July with safety constraints based on Ride Illinois CoVid-19 Recommendations. So far so good! Thanks all for your cooperation as these recommendations help the ride go smoothly and enjoyably for all.
A quick summary adapted from Ride Illinois:
- Individuals: (a) Bring a face covering and hand sanitizer on every ride. (b) Wear a face covering when it’s not possible to adhere to social distancing guidelines. (c) Be particularly mindful of social distancing when passing others and when being passed. (d) Every participant should bring necessary supplies, tools (tubes, CO2/bike pump, tire levers, etc), and food to support themselves.
- Clubs; (a) Rides restricted to members only. If you are getting this email and are not a member, please consider joining the Wheelers. (b) During Phases 3 and 4, rides will ONLY be announced in club member emails. Ride details will not be advertised on the website or as Facebook events.
- The Ride: (a) Ride leader will record the names of participants in case contact tracing becomes necessary. (b) Even with 10 riders, we will split into smaller groups that stay apart for the duration of the ride, including rest stops. In sight, but separate! (c) Please arrive at least 5 minutes before the ride start time to facilitate introductions, ride overview, and grouping.
NEW Meet up location for group rides: Because the Y at Connie Link is probably one of the most congested locations on the Constitution Trail and doesn’t have enough space for rides to get off the trail with adequate social distance, we will meet at the new Underwood Park Pavilion parking lot, about 200 yards east on the trail from Connie Link.
Underwood Park North Pavilion Parking Lot <map>900 S Linden St, Normal, IL 61761
- Please continue to use Strava and other social platforms to maintain bicycle community. It offers a way to see who is riding, cheer each other on, learn about routes, distances, road conditions, and track progress. In Strava under Clubs, join the McLean County Wheelers.
All for now. Will update as the world changes… Rick (Last updated 10/7/20)
The McLean County Wheelers is a club of cycling enthusiasts in Central Illinois. Our members have many different skill levels and riding preferences. The focus of our rides is not racing or endurance, but rather to encourage and support safe cycling for recreation and fitness. The club is affiliated with local, state, and national bicycling advocacy groups. Learn more at Resources/Advocacy.
Rides & Calendar
Rides are posted in calendar or list format, both of which display well on mobiles so you never need to be without your ride planner! The calendar includes rides and events by other area organizations as well as Wheeler Show & Go rides each Saturday and Sunday morning during the season. Like us on Facebook for additional ride information. For cycling tips, safety, and Q&A on our rides, visit Tips and FAQ’s.
Click the membership tab to check out the benefits of being a Wheeler, membership options, and links to online and mail-in applications. Annual memberships are for the calendar year. Thanks for joining!
Buy, Sell, or Give Away…
If you need a new bike or just want to upgrade, save some money and see what steeds and accessories that our members are grudgingly willing to part with. Members can post ads free for up to six months. See listings and posting instructions in our classifieds section.