Dear Wheelers,

While not yet at Restore Illinois Phase 5 — no restrictions — we have begun group rides with social distancing and masks as needed. Check the calendar and watch your weekly members’ email for details. We are following the guidance of Ride Illinois as we work our way through the pandemic.

Unless otherwise noted, group rides will begin from the Underwood Park Brander Shelter, 900 S. Linden Street. The shelter and parking lot are at the north end of the park with convenient access to the Constitution Trail. Stay safe, RB

(Page last revised 3/21/21)


Wheeler Spring Training is Back! 

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Spring training rides will begin on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 and continue until early June. The goal of these Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and Sunday afternoon rides is to get new and returning riders conditioned for the Spring Metric. See emails and calendar for times and meet up locations.


Wheeler Beyond Normal Out of Town Rides (June to September)

Bud+Schmitt+Trail+MortonNEW — See some new country on our out of town day trip rides. On the first ride in July 2019, we rode the River Trail of Illinois (aka Carl “Bud” Schmitt Trail) from Morton to Alta trailhead in Peoria. Future rides posted on website calendar and Facebook. Unless otherwise noted, rides will be on paved trails or paths suitable for road or hybrid bikes. Must have your own bike transport or arrange to share bike rack or van space. Meet up location TBD. Note: Helmet required and lights are always a good idea!


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. Ride details and meet up locations in weekly members’ email. 

Monthly Show & Go Starting Times: April 11:00 a.m. | May 10:00 a.m. | June 8:00 a.m.  | July & August 7:00 a.m. | September 9:00 a.m. | October 11:00 a.m.

No Show & Go Rides 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.


Ice Cream Rides (Mid-June through early September)

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Like the Show & Go, we can decide as a group the destination for the ride. The rides will mostly stay in or near BloNo as we meander the trails, neighborhoods, and bike lanes in search of ice cream and other interesting sites. Ride length of 10-12 miles or about an hour of ride time. Ride details and meet up locations in weekly members’ email. 


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 vary. Details are posted on the website ride calendar and also listed in the weekly email newsletter.

Night rides are announced in the weekly member emails.

 


This annual, worldwide event honors cyclists that have been killed or injured while cycling, and raises awareness of cyclists on the road in cities and communities. This year, throughout the world, the Ride of Silence will be solo. Please join us in supporting the 18th year of this event in the following ways:

  • Ride your bike solo or with your household partners at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20 on a safe route in or near your neighborhood.
  • Ride silently, slowly (no more than 12 mph), and for no more than one hour.
  • Wear a black armband to honor those cyclists that we’ve lost in an accident.
  • Wear a red armband to recognize those who have been injured in a bike/motor vehicle accident.
  • Wear highly visible clothing and lights are encouraged.

Consider taking a selfie and post it to the Wheelers FB page or the RIde of Silence FB page, with the tag “RideofSilence2020.


Looking for out-of-town riding adventures?  Not much happening in 2020, but just in case check out sponsored rides on our website.

Or see Mike Bentley’s Midwest Bicycle Rides

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