Unless otherwise noted, group rides will begin from the Underwood Park Brander Shelter, 900 S. Linden Street at the north end of the park with convenient access to the Constitution Trail.
While not yet at Restore Illinois Phase 5 — no restrictions — we are again offering 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. Stay safe, RB
(Page last revised 4/30/21)
Wheeler Spring Training is Back!
Spring training rides began on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 and continue through June 10. The goal of these Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and Sunday afternoon rides is to get new and returning riders in shape for the season and the Spring Metric.
Over six weeks, the ride distance will increase from 4 miles to 20 miles on the Tuesday and Thursday rides, and from 10 to 30 miles on the Sunday rides. You don’t need to be a Wheeler member, but your support is of course appreciated. See emails and calendar for times and meet up locations.
Out of Town (OOT) Rides (June to September)
Back by popular demand beyond Normal rides in nearby communities. Explore some new trails! info and meet-up on Facebook and website calendar. 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. Helmet required and lights are always a good idea!
Wheeler Show & Go Rides (April – October)
Show 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)
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 8 -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)
Full moon rides, or near full moon rides to accommodate the weather, are held throughout the cycling season. Dates, time, and location vary. Details are announced on Facebook, the Wheeler website ride calendar and 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.