Ride of Silence — Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Ride of SilenceThe Ride of Silence is a global event that takes place on the third Wednesday in May. In 2018, the ride was held in 20 Countries and 47 US States. The purpose of the ride is to honor bicyclists killed by motorists, promote sharing the road, and provide awareness of bicycling safety.   

This year’s ride in Bloomington-Normal meets on the east side of the McLean County History Museum on N. Main Street between Washington and Jefferson. Cyclists assemble starting about 6:30 pm to sign-in and complete a waiver of liability. There will be a few remarks starting about 6:45 pm with the ride commencing at 7:00 pm. Riders proceed slowly and silently from Downtown Bloomington to the ending point at the Uptown Normal plaza (approximately 3 miles and 20 minutes). The ride will have a police escort.

All cyclists are required to wear a bicycle helmet and bike lights are recommended. Participants will be required to sign a waiver of liability to hold harmless the Ride of Silence organization, Wheelers, City of Bloomington, Town of Normal and IDOT.

Wheeler Rides

Wheeler Show & Go Rides (April – October)

stack of pancakesShow and Go rides are held on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Show & Go rides do not usually have a designated leader. Destinations and speeds for rides will be agreed upon at the start depending on the mix of riders and wind direction. Rides may break into smaller groups to accommodate various distance and speed interests.  

Some Show & Go rides may have a culinary or other event destination. If this is the case, details will be posted on the website calendar and shared in weekly member emails. Please note that the focus of our Show & Go no drop rides is not racing or endurance, but rather to encourage and support safe, social cycling for recreation and fitness.

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). Check the calendar page for updates as well as other rides throughout the week.

Starting times vary by month. Learn more at Show & Go 2019.

No Show & Go Rides in November through March. During this time of often uncooperative weather, Information on any club rides will be distributed through member events emails or on Facebook.

Ride the Century Train (April – October)

100 milesNew Wheeler ride program this season! Allan Griffith and others will lead a series rides with increasing duration to prepare riders to complete a Century or 100 mile bicycle ride. Training works! And gradually increasing distances and endurance will keep you smiling with the long riders as the miles slip by. steam-train-passing-under-brick-bridge

Catch the Century Train rides begin on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 11:00A with a 25 mile ride starting at the Y on the Constitution Trail. It is anticipated that Century Train rides will be offered each Saturday and Sunday throughout the season, although this will depend upon attendance. All interested riders are advised to do at least one Saturday or Sunday ride each weekend to maintain their endurance. Learn more…   

Several organizations are sponsoring Century rides in the Bloomington-Normal area this summer. Century Train is a nice opportunity to up your game! Century Train flyer to post. RB

Wheeler Spring Training Rides 2019 (May & June)

Training Ride RidersTraining rides are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and Sunday afternoon during May and early June with the goal of getting new and returning riders conditioned for the Spring Metric ride. See the 2019 Training Ride Brochure for dates, details, and distances.

Ride Leaders & Sweeps needed for Training Rides! If you did not receive the SignUpGenius request, email <me> and I’ll add you to the sign-up list.

Wheeler Mellow Tuesday Trail Rides (Mid-June – September) Muppets riding bicycles

Mellow rides 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. Tuesday Mellow Rides will likely stay mostly in or near BloNo as we meander the trails, neighborhoods, and bike lanes in search of ice cream, tacos, etc. See you on Tuesdays.

Full Moon and Night Rides (April – October)

Well lite bicycleFull moon rides, or near full moon rides to accommodate the weather, are held throughout the cycling season.  Dates, time, and location are posted on the website ride calendar and also listed in the weekly email newsletter. The first 2019 near full moon ride will be on Tuesday April 16th starting from Rosa Parks at 7:15pm.

Night rides, often weekly in the warm weather, are announced in the weekly member emails.

Looking for more riding adventures?  Check out nearby sponsored rides on our website. Or see Mike Bentley’s Midwest Bicycle Rides