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Pace Table
2017/2018 RIDE SCHEDULE DRAFT!
If Ride Leader Name is followed by "?", the ride has not yet been confirmed!
 
Unless a Remote Start is listed, Fall & Winter Rides start at:
 
  ♦ Weekends & HolidaysPanera Bread, 1199 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette.
Do NOT park in the Panera parking lot.  On weekends, parking is available in the Metra lot along Poplar Drive to the south.
 
 ♦ Weekdays - Panera Bread, 1199 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette.
  
Rides will not take place if there is snow or ice on the surface of the road, or if it's raining or snowing.
Don't forget to check Weekly Rides for regular recurring rides and Rides Forum for rides added, changed, or canceled at the last minute!
 Click here for: Ride sign-in sheet for ride leader.
 
 Details:Yes  No   Pace:  Include:60 Days Rest All From: 
Date Time/Miles Pace Destination~Leader
02/25 Sat 
420-500   V
Cycling in Tucson Feb 25th to March 5th ($) - Remote: Tucson, AZ ~ Felix Angelov
We are planning our annual winter trip to meet up with Phil for a week of cycling in warm & sunny Tucson, AZ.  There will be daily Very Fast rides for the entire week.  The plan is to ride 420 to 500 miles in 7 days with significant elevation changes (lots of climbing!)  We are flying to Tucson on 2/25/17 and returning to Chicago on 3/05/17.  If you are planning to join us, contact Felix at vikfel@yahoo.com
02/25 Sat 6:00 PM
             
Club Meeting: Winter Dinner ($) ~ Evanston Bicycle Club
EBC Winter Dinner - Saturday, February 25, 2017
Registration begins February 2017
 
The Birchwood Club
1174 Park Avenue West
Highland Park, IL

Annual EBC Winter Dinner This event is the Evanston Bike Club's way of celebrating its members for everything they do to make the club a success, and to honor those club members who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to make the EBC a truly special organization.
 
03/05 Sun 2:30 PM
             
2017 Ride Schedule Meeting ~ Will Heelan
Location:  1606 Elmwood Avenue, Wilmette, IL
Calling all Ride Leaders!!
 
Old, new and wanna be Ride Leaders...
We will be meeting to put together the 2017 EBC Ride Schedule.  Come share your ideas for new and exciting rides.  Lead a ride...you decide where we go, what we see, how fast (or slow) we ride, where we eat and what time we start riding.
 
All members are encouraged to attend this meeting, even if you have never led a ride.
03/12 Sun 12:00 PM
             
Going Green Matters Environmental Fair ~ Cons Gattuso
WILMETTE'S GOING GREEN MATTERS ENVIRONMENTAL FAIR
Sunday, March 12th, 2017 from 12 – 4 pm
Michigan Shores Club, 911 Michigan Avenue, Wilmette, Illinois
 
Going Green Matters draws more than 1,000 residents, neighbors, elected officials, exhibitors and volunteers.  The latest hybrid and electric cars, demonstrations, home energy exhibits, and the ever popular interactive Eco-Zone make this a wonderful event for the entire family.  Cars, bicycles & Pace Bus Bike Rack demo outside.
 
 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP STAFF EBC TABLE!
 
http://www.goinggreenmatters.org/
 
03/19 Sun 9:00 AM
35             M
St. Patrick's Day Ride to Celtic Knot ~ Ed Culp
Start:  Panera Bread, 1199 Wilmette Ave,  Wilmette
We will ride to the Celtic Knot, 626 Clark St, Evanston, for an Irish lunch to mark the traditional start of the cycling season.  Marty Horn has arranged for us to have our own room.  We will order from their pub menu.  Even if you don't ride, you are invited to join us and socialize!  We will be arriving around 11:30 am.  Come out and join the fun!
03/19 Sun 9:00 AM
40             F
St. Patrick's Day Ride to Celtic Knot ~ Jeff Miller
Start:  Panera Bread, 1199 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette

We will ride to the Celtic Knot, 626 Church St, Evanston, for an Irish lunch to mark the traditional start of the cycling season.   Marty Horn has arranged for us to have our own room.  We will order from their pub menu.  Even if you don't want to ride, you are invited to join us and socialize!  We will be arriving around 11:30 am.  Come on out and join the fun!
03/19 Sun 9:30 AM
20             C
St. Patrick's Day Ride to Celtic Knot ~ Dave Barish
Start:  Panera Bread, 1199 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette
We will ride to the Celtic Knot, 626 Church St, Evanston, for an Irish lunch to mark the traditional start of the cycling season.  Marty Horn has arranged for us to have our own room.  We will order from their pub menu.  Even if you don't want to ride, you are invited to join us and socialize!  We will be arriving around 11:30 am.  Come on out and join the fun.
03/21 Tue 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: TOPIC TO BE DETERMINED ~ Shel Orkin
TOPIC TO BE DETERMINED
03/25 Sat 2:30 PM
             
Ride Leader Training ~ Will Heelan
Wilmette Public Library Auditorium, 1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091
 
We will hold two sessions of Ride Leader training:
 
     -  2:30 pm for new Ride Leaders
 
     - 3:30 pm for all Ride Leaders
 
Details to follow!
04/09 Sun 9:00 AM
22             M
Back by Noon / North Shore Channel - Remote: Chandler ~ Jack Weiss
Remote Start:  Chandler Center, 1028 Central St., Evanston
On this ride we'll follow the North Shore Channel Trail into the city past Riverview to Belmont, visiting Ravenswood Gardens/Ravenswood Manor. There will be a rest/food stop halfway at Beans & Bagel, Rockwell and Leland.  Most of the ride is on paved trails in parks or on lightly traveled city streets.
04/16 Sun 9:00 AM
35             C
Lake Forest College Easter Brunch ~ RIDE LEADER NEEDED! ?
Join us at 9:00 am on Easter Sunday for a casual ride to Lake Forest College for brunch.  If Tim's ride is too fast for you, but you still want to enjoy the abundant brunch (for only $9.92) join us at Panera in Wilmette.
The ride will not go if it is raining.
04/16 Sun 9:30 AM
40             F
Lake Forest College Easter Brunch ~ Tim Schoolmaster
This will be a classic fast (15-17 mph) paced 40-mile ride to the fabulous Sunday Easter Brunch at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, IL. Depending on how many people show up, we may break into two groups.  We expect to get to Lake Forest at 11:30 am. 

Don`t eat breakfast before you leave for this ride! The brunch is huge! This year's price is $9.92.
 
We will hoist our bloated bodies onto our bikes about 12:30 or 1:00, and come home via the Green Bay Trail. We should be back by 3:00 pm, even with a restroom stop.
04/18 Tue 9:00 AM
40             M
Riverwoods ~ Neal Ney
We'll ride through Techny Prairie Park and Fields and around the Velodrome.  Lunch will be at Greek Feast.
04/18 Tue 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: TOPIC TO BE DETERMINED ~ Shel Orkin
TOPIC TO BE DETERMINED
04/22 Sat 9:00 AM
50             F+
Century Training #1: Libertyville ~ Brian Montigney
50    This is the first of a series of rides to prepare for a 100 mile ride.
We will ride out to Libertyville for a delicious brunch at the Liberty Restaurant.
04/26 Wed 8:30 AM
40             M
Lake Front Trail to new 35th St Bridge/ visit Stephen DouglasTomb /Balbo Monument ~ Joanne Davis
Lake Front Trail to new 35th St Bridge/ visit Stephen DouglasTomb /Balbo Monument
Leaving from Chandler: Hopefully the weather will be cooperative. We'll journey down the lake front trail and ride over the stunning new pedestrian bridge, followed by a visit to The Douglas Tomb.  Lunch at Misercordia in Rogers Park.
http://chicago.curbed.com/2016/11/10/13577246/chicago-transportation-new-35th-street-pedestrian-bike-bridge-bronzeville-opens
 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_A._Douglas_Tomb
04/29 Sat 9:00 AM
60             F
Century Training #2: Cuba Road ~ Steven Schoenfeld
60   This is the second of a series of rides to prepare for a 100 mile ride

We will ride along the rolling hills of Cuba Road, beyond Cuba Marsh to Ela Rd, then stop at Long Grove for lunch on the way back.
 
If there is enough interest and another ride leader, there may also be an F+ section.
04/30 Sun 9:00 AM
20             Any
Improve Your Riding Skills ~ Joanne Davis/Sharon Kaminecki
Has your bike riding been limited to riding on the bike path?  Are your cycling skills a little rusty after the winter? Whether you are a novice bike rider or a hard-core commuter this educational presentation and ride will sharpen your bicycle skills. This will be a mini bicycle drivers education for you and your bike.  No matter how well you think you can ride a bike there are basic skills you can practice that will help you be safer and more confident on the street, road, or path. 

Sharon and Joanne, League Cycling Instructors, will demonstrate proper bike handling techniques, road safety, and best group riding practices. Participants will then have a chance to practice these skills with a casual ride.  This is a great way to get ready for all of the riding you'll be doing this summer!

04/30 Sun 9:00 AM
24             C
Park Ridge ~ John Burger/Joyce Riffer
04/30 Sun 9:00 AM
             
Advanced Cycling Clinic ~ Cons Gattuso ?
Come join a cycling clinic sponsored by the Chicago Women Elite Cycling group (CWEC). This clinic will include bike handling, safety, and group riding skills. The CWEC includes National and Olympic caliber cyclist and promotes women's involvement in bicycle racing. More information on the organization can be found here www.chicagowomenselite.com/ .
05/06 Sat 9:00 AM
20             M
Back by Noon / Super H - Remote: Chandler ~ Jack Weiss
Remote Start:  Chandler Center, 1028 Central St, Evanston
This is an easy ride to Niles with a rest/food stop at the Super H, a wonderful Korean food market.  Bring your backpacks so you can take home fresh seafood, vegetables, or dumplings.  We’ll travel on quiet streets for the most part, and the North Branch Trail.  Back by noon, unless you shop too long.
05/06 Sat 9:00 AM
70             F+
Century Training #3: Gurnee ~ Brian Montigney
70  This is the third of a series of rides to prepare for a 100 mile ride.
We will take an indirect route to Gurnee, passing Almond Marsh and catching a distant glimpse of the roller coasters at Six Flags.  Lunch will be at the Avalon restaurant in Gurnee.
05/07 Sun 9:00 AM
50             M
Forest Home Cemetery ~ Neal Ney
Join me for a moderately paced 50-mile ride to Forest Home Cemetery in Forest Park.  We'll take a slow turn through the Cemetery stopping to look at the Haymarket Monument, Emma Goldman's grave, and the famed Dissenter's Row.
05/09 Tue 9:00 AM
45             M
Wright Woods ~ Neal Ney
Assuming that the trail conditions are relatively dry and that the wild flowers come in May this year rather than March or June, we'll take a short walk looking for spring ephemeral flowers.
05/10 Wed 8:30 AM
37             M
Second Presbyterian Church/Conservation Update - $ ~ Joanne Davis
Second Presbyterian Church/Conservation Update
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Presbyterian_Church_(Chicago)
Second Presbyterian Church is one of Chicago's architectural gems. The Prairie Ave industrialists (Pullman, Cobb, Blackstone and Armour) were members here. Architect James Renwick designed the Gothic Revival exterior and Howard Van Doren Shaw and Frederic Clay Bartlett redesigned the interior in the Arts and Crafts taste. In addition to the original interior fixtures and murals, memorial windows made by William Morris & Company, Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company, enhance the Church's interior. In 2013, Second Presbyterian Church was designated a National Historic Landmark in recognition of its Arts and Crafts interior. Please join us in visiting this historically significant architectural treasure.
 
We will have a private tour with docent and a fee (TBD) will be required.  Lunch will be at Eleven City Diner   on Wabash at 11th Street.  http://www.11.elevencitydiner.com/home
Back by 3PM
05/13 Sat 8:00 AM
80             F
Century Training #4: Almost Algonquin via Cuba Rd ~ Will Heelan
80   Let's go forth for the fourth of a series of rides to prepare for a 100 mile ride.
This is a beautiful ride out to Barrington Hills.  There are nice rolling hills on Cuba Road and a few steeper hills in Barrington Hills.  We also ride by several small scenic lakes.
 
If there is enough interest and another ride leader, there may also be another group riding at F+.
05/14 Sun 7:30 AM
60             M
C.E.R.T.'s Pancake Breakfast Ride in Lake Zurich ~ Dana Taylor
  We'll ride out to Lake Zurich for an all you can eat pancake breakfast.  For only $7 you get fluffy pancakes, sausages, muffins, coffee, juice and more!  There will also be a silent auction, raffles and music.  All proceeds go to support CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) of South Lake County.
05/14 Sun 8:00 AM
65             F
C.E.R.T.'s Pancake Breakfast Ride in Lake Zurich ~ Jeff Miller
  Prior to breakfast, we will do a few of the rollers on Cuba Road, circle Honey Lake and ride around the north side of Lake Zurich.  At mile 37, we will stop at the CERT Pancake Breakfast in Lake Zurich.  This is an all you can eat event for $7.00 per person.  The menu includes fluffy pancakes, sausages, muffins, coffee, juice and more!  There will be a silent auction, raffles and music.  All proceeds go to support CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) of South Lake County serving Hawthorn Woods, Kildeer, Lake Zurich and Ela Township - all communities we frequently ride through.
05/16 Tue 9:00 AM
45             M
Dutch Windmill in Elmhurst ~ Neal Ney
We will ride to the oldest windmill in Illinois located in Mt Emblem Cemetery in Elmhurst.
05/16 Tue 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: TOPIC TO BE DETERMINED ~ Shel Orkin
TOPIC TO BE DETERMINED
05/17 Wed 7:00 PM
10             C
Ride of Silence - REMOTE: Wheel & Sprocket ~ Dave Barish
Evanston will again participate in the International Ride of Silence, www.rideofsilence.org on May 17th at 7 pm. On this date, riders all over the world will ride in silence to remember riders who have been injured or killed on the roads and to support cyclists and cycling.
 
Remote Start: Wheel & Sprocket, 1027 Davis, Evanston.
Please be at Wheel and Sprocket before 7 so we can all  talk before we silently leave on the 11 mile ride. Wheel and Sprocket will host us for some refreshments after the  ride.  If you are riding home you will need a light as it will be dark by the time we are done. Need a light? You can get one at the shop. Rides all over the world leave at 7pm to honor and remember people injured or killed on the road.  There is a listing for the ride at http://www.thechainlink.org/events/evanston-ride-of-silence-1.  Come ride with us. This will be at a very casual pace. If you want to ride but are not near Evanston at 7 pm, you can try one of the other Rides of Silence in the Chicago area.  They are also listed on the calendar on The Chainlink. 
05/18 Thu 9:00 AM
13             C
Explore Evanston North ~ Barbara Miller
Explore Evanston North is an 13 mile meander through northern/central Evanston along marked bike routes, bike paths and protected bike lanes with a stop at a point of interest in each of five wards.  There will be more stops than the typical EBC ride - but the last one will include food, as usual, at a downtown location.
05/20 Sat 8:00 AM
90             F
Century Training #5: Volo Bog ~ RIDE LEADER NEEDED! ?
90 This is the fifth of a series of rides to prepare for a 100 mile ride. 
We're almost up to a century!  This week's century training ride takes us out to Volo Bog.   We will pick up sandwiches at Subway, picnic at Volo Bog, take a short hike around the Bog and then ride on down the road to dessert at either the Deerfield Bakery or Culver's.
 
If there is enough interest and another ride leader, there may also be an F+ section.
05/20 Sat 9:00 AM
22             C
This Old Bike Ride - Remote: Bucephalus Bikes ~ Joanne Davis
 Remote Start:  Bucephalus Bikes, 1424 Lake St, Evanston
Are you still fascinated and enthralled by your old (or current) bike?  Do you experience that "knees-in-the-breeze" freedom?  Feature your old, vintage or new steed and meet at Bucephalus Bikes, where we will be treated to some retro snacks of our childhood.  (Rest assured, we couldn't find any Tang.)  Curious?  Join us as we roll out to the Corner Bakery in the Glen.
All bikes are welcome - be it your old bike, your other bike or your only bike.  Maybe it would be fun to wear or bring a vintage or sentimental item or article of clothing.  We will probably be back between 12:30 and 1 pm.  Join us on this sentimental journey.
05/21 Sun 8:00 AM
28-69       V
Arlington 500 Ride ($) - Remote: Barrington High School ~ Felix Angelov
Remote start: Barrington High School - West Parking Lot, 616 W. Main Street, Barrington, Illinois 
Details are available on the Arlington Heights Bicycle Club website -  Arlington 500 ride
Email Felix  vikfel@yahoo.com if you are planning to ride with us, so he can keep you updated about what time we plan to start and where to meet.
05/21 Sun 9:00 AM
20             C
Chicago Botanic Garden Paved Trail Ride! - Remote: Harms Woods ~ Bill Benjamin
Remote Start: Harms Woods - Central (Groves 3&4) parking lot, 1/2 mile north of Golf on Harms Rd.  The parking lot is adjacent to the North Branch Trail.  We will ride the North Branch Bike Trail at a casual pace to the Chicago Botanic Garden.  Stop for a short walk and a snack then return by the trail.
 
05/23 Tue 9:00 AM
50             M
Lake Bluff ~ Neal Ney
We'll take a scenic route through Lake Forest and Lake Bluff to lunch at the famed Bluffingtons.
05/25 Thu 9:00 AM
11             C
Explore Evanston South - Remote: Levy Center ~ Barbara Miller
Remote Start:  Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave, Evanston
 
Explore Evanston South is an 11 mile meander through southern/central Evanston along marked bike routes, bike paths and protected bike lanes with a stop at a point of interest in each of six wards.  There will be more stops than the typical EBC ride - but the last one will include food, as usual, at a downtown location.
05/25 Thu 6:30 PM
25             M
Northbrook Velodrome Dinner Ride - Remote: Panera ~ Jeff Miller
EBC is sponsoring a night of racing at the Northbrook Velodrome on Thursday, May 26th.  The first race begins at 6:45 pm and the night wraps up around 9:30 or 10:00 pm.  The "showcase" races, the 5 & 10 Mile Record Attempts, are the second races of the evening and usually start about 8:15 pm.
The races on May 26th are:   ♦  Tempo (everyone)   ♦  10 Mile Record Attempt Scratch Race (Cat 1/2)   ♦  5 Mile Record Attempt Scratch Race (Cat 1/2/3 women)   ♦  1 Mile Scratch Race (all other categories)   ♦  Belgian Win & Out (everyone)
Descriptions of the different races are located here www.northbrookvelodrome.org/information/glossary-of-racing-terms
They do not sell food at the Velodrome, but you are allowed to bring your own (no alcohol permitted).  Sunset Foods Northbrook is just down the street, as well as other restaurants.
The entrance fee is $2, but if tell them you are with EBC, you will get in for free on May 26th.  You can either bike there on the dinner ride or meet us there on your own.
If you ride to the Velodrome with the dinner ride, expect to arrive about 7:30 pm.  We'll stay for a few races and leave between 8:30 and 9:00 pm.  If we have rain, sleet or snow, the ride will be canceled.  However, dark of night is in the plans.  If you plan to ride to this event, you must have proper lighting on your bike.
Any question, contact Jeff Miller  312-354-0080
05/27 Sat 
             F
Horsey Hundred May 27-28 ($) - Remote: Georgetown, KY ~ RIDE LEADER NEEDED! ?
Experience the rolling hills in Kentucky’s Bluegrass on a Bicycle! The annual Horsey Hundred will be held the weekend of May 27-28, 2017, in Georgetown, KY (just north of Lexington).  A wide variety of distance options are offered (25, 41, 62, 82,102) on Sat and several shorter routes are offered on Sunday (26, 35, 53, 75).  Cost is $65 in advance and includes a post-ride meal both days.  A limited number of dorm rooms at Georgetown College are available for $50 for Friday & Saturday night.  Some may prefer a motel in the Georgetown area for a few more creature comforts.  If you arrive early, you are invited to join one of five open rides with the Bluegrass Cycling Club on Friday, May 26th in the Lexington area.  Website for the Horsey Hundred is http://horseyhundred.com/
 
The EBC Ride Leader will be riding at Fast pace but this ride accommodates riders at all paces and distances.
 
Please contact Ride Leader if you plan to participate and let them know when you plan to arrive.
 
05/27 Sat 
             
Beyond Plainfield ~ Brian Montigney ?
Description to follow.
05/27 Sat 8:30 AM
40             M
Lake Bluff ~ Joanne Davis
Low end of moderate pace (about 13 mph). Come join us as we journey up to Panera at Route 176.  We'll travel through the Botanic Gardens, Ridge Ave, skirting Lake Forest Hospital.  Returning via the Bike Path and Ft. Sheridan route.
05/28 Sun 6:00 AM
40             M
Bike The Drive ($) - Remote: Dunkin Donuts, Howard & Western ~ Dana Taylor
Dana & Cons will be leading a group of EBC riders to "Bike The Drive" on Sunday, May 29th.  The group will meet at the Dunkin Donuts at Howard & Western and ride down together to the start at Bryn Mawr. The pace will be moderate 13 - 15 mph. Once we get onto Lake Shore Drive, we will split up as speeds may vary.
For details about Bike the Drive and to preregister go to http://www.bikethedrive.org/  

Please email or phone Dana or Cons if you plan to come so they know how many people to expect.  Contact Dana at danataylor1@comcast.net.  Or, contact Cons at consgattuso@comcast.net or 312.513.8894.   In the event of questionable weather they will post a cancellation by 5 am that morning. 
 
You should preregister for the ride.
05/28 Sun 9:00 AM
30             M
"Remembering Memorial Day"/ Visit to Ft Sheridan Cemetery ~ Joanne Davis
"Remembering Memorial Day"/ Visit to Ft Sheridan Cemetery
 
I think that it is fitting that we pay our respect to service members over this Memorial Day Weekend, so I'd like to lead a ride to the cemetery at Fort Sheridan.  While there we can explore the cemetery, be humbled and show our gratitude to those deceased members Bring a poem to read if you wish. Taps may be sounded.  Please join me to "put remembrance back into Memorial Day."
 
This will be a low end of moderate (12-13 MPH) pace, and around 30 miles round trip.  Back around 1:30 or 2PM.  If there is enough interest and another leader, then there will also be a casual group.
 
Lunch at Once Upon a Bagel in Highland Park
05/29 Mon 7:00 AM
100           F
Century Training Finale: Butter Burger Century to Pleasant Prairie, WI ~ John Chisholm
100   This is the last of a series of rides to prepare for a 100 mile ride.

This ride is on mostly rural roads after Gurnee and includes a few hills along the way.  Lunch will be at Culver's, home of the famous Butter Burger.

John will be riding at the high end of Fast (17 mph) but if there is enough interest and another ride leader, there may also be an F+ section.
05/30 Tue 9:00 AM
40             M
Estate Lane ~ Neal Ney
We will ride through the former estate of Albert Lasker.  In the 1920s he built his Lake Forest home and the 7,000 yard Mill Road Farm golf course, which was comparable to courses used in the majors.  Many professional and celebrity golfers played the course as Lasker’s guests. The golf course/estate existed from 1927 to 1942.  It had its own clubhouse in addition to Lasker’s private home – a 25,000 square foot French provincial mansion.  Among the 26 outbuildings were a horse barn, cocktail house, and an air conditioned theater.  We will take a look at a few of the remaining buildings.
06/01 Thu 9:00 AM
25             C
Georgie V's in Northbrook ~ RIDE LEADER NEEDED! ?
Destination - lunch at Georgie V's in Northbrook.  This ride is mostly on residential streets and in the forest preserve. 
06/03 Sat 8:00 AM
40             M
Mettawa and St. Mary's Road ~ Dave Barish
This ride will be at the cusp of casual and moderate.  Casual riders, fear not, you can make this distance.  Moderate riders, fear not, you will get in some good miles and we will have some paths where you can blaze ahead.  We will stop at Once Upon a Bagel in Highland Park before heading back.
06/04 Sun 7:30 AM
100           V
The Udder Century ($)- Remote: Union, IL ~ Felix Angelov
Remote Start: McHenry College, 8900 US Hwy 14, Crystal Lake, IL
 
We will do the 100 mile route on the Udder Century at a Very Fast pace. You must pre-register online at the link below!  If you are planning to join us, let me know so I can look for you.  Contact Felix at vikfel@yahoo.com.
 
Udder Century Website:  mchenrybicycleclub.org/udder-century
06/04 Sun 7:30 AM
100           F+
The Udder Century ($)- Remote: Union, IL ~ Melissa Gattuso
Remote Start: McHenry College, 8900 US Hwy 14, Crystal Lake, IL
 
We will do the 100 mile route on the Udder Century at a Fast Plus pace. You must pre-register online at the link below!  If you are planning to join us, let me know so I can look for you.  Contact Melissa at melissa.gattuso@icloud.com or at 847-343-1422.

Udder Century Website:  mchenrybicycleclub.org/udder-century
 
06/04 Sun 9:00 AM
20             C
Highland Park's Sweet Side ~ Cynthia Karabush
 
Join Cynthia for a casual bike tour of artisanal Cupcake and Gelato shops in Highland Park.  If you still have room, we'll stop for lunch in Highland Park.
 
 
06/04 Sun 9:00 AM
24             M
Back by Noon / Willow Hill - Remote: Chandler ~ Jack Weiss
Remote Start:  Chandler Center, 1028 Central St, Evanston 
We’ll ride through south Wilmette, use the North Branch Trail and lightly traveled city streets, passing near The Glen on Ravine Way – only to face the HILL at Willow Hill.  There will be a rest/food stop at IHOP on our return from the Hill.  We’ll return through scenic Southeast Glenview.
06/08 Thu 9:00 AM
25             C
Edgebrook & more ~ Marty Horn
Our casual loop ride starts with a beautiful view of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline from Northwestern University.  We then head west and travel south on the McCormick bike path through the Skokie Sculpture Park.  Next, we head west on Pratt and stop for a snack in Edgebrook at either the Edgebrook Coffee Shop & Diner or the Corner Bakery up on Touhy.
 
Finally, we return via the North Branch bike trail through the forest preserves, then east via Glenview Road and the Wilmette Community Playfields.  We will ride at a casual pace of 10-12 mph.
06/09 Fri 
100-150   F
June 9-11 Fight for Air Ride ($) - Remote: Crystal Lake ~ RIDE LEADER NEEDED! ?
Remote Start: McHenry College, Crystal Lake
 
The Fight for Air Ride is a fundraising event for the American Lung Association. Ride for a personal achievement, a new cycling experience or to honor a loved one affected by lung disease.  This is a two or three day event.  Cyclists of all levels ride 50 miles per day. Cycle the rolling hills of northern Illinois, and around the lakes of southern Wisconsin.  Three day riders depart on Friday morning and ride from Crystal Lake, IL to Lake Geneva, WI.  On Saturday, they enjoy a loop ride around the sparkling waters of Lake Geneva. On Sunday, the ride returns to Crystal Lake.  Two day riders depart on Saturday for Lake Geneva and return to Crystal Lake on Sunday.  Included in the ride are overnight accommodations at the beautiful Abbey Resort and Spa in Lake Geneva, buffet meals and full SAG support.
 
EBC Ride Leader will be riding at Fast pace (15-17 mph) but this ride accommodates riders at any pace.
 
For more details and to register for the ride go to - Fight for Air Ride
 
06/10 Sat 
339           F
Bicycle Across Missouri, June 10-16 - Remote: Weston, Missouri $ ~ Scott Schaedel
Bicycle Across Missouri, June 10-16. Big BAM is Missouri's cross state bike tour and music festival. Over six days of riding you'll experience the stunning hospitality of small towns, gorgeous roads, and incredible live music every night. Six days of riding across some beautiful pristine countryside. We’ll stay on hard-surfaced roads with minimal traffic. And don’t forget the parties at each of the seven overnight towns where we will have a concert and festival every night. Total mileage is 339 miles over 6 days of riding. (Note: this is a camping trip; but there is an optional tent service which will do all of the work for you! Just arrive at your daily destination, shower, and plop down in your luxurious accommodations!) Cost is an economical $249 for the week, not including food and a nominal bus shuttle to the starting point.  Scott will be riding at Classic Fast speed around 15-16mph but the ride is open to riders at all speeds.  For more info, see www.bigbamride.com.  Ride Leader: Scott Schaedel at svschaed@gmail.com, 847-239-2879.
06/10 Sat 9:00 AM
45             F
Lake Forest Tollway Oasis ~ Jeff Miller
Don't worry, Jeff will get you there without going on the tollway.
06/10 Sat 10:00 AM
25             M
Hot Dogs in Highwood ~ Jo Gayle/Vicki Zickenheiner
 
Join us for a ride to Highwood, where we will stop for lunch at the Mean Wiener.  We will ride at the low end of Moderate, about 13-14 mph.
06/11 Sun 
300           Any
Grand Illinois Bike Tour - June 11 to 16 ($) - Remote: Byron, IL ~ Barbara Miller
Experience scenic northwestern Illinois on a fully-supported, loop ride through Byron, Dixon, Savanna, Quad Cities, and Sterling. Bike along the Rock River and Mississippi River valleys on quiet rural roads and some trails (mostly paved). Ride at your own pace with daily routes ranging 43-59 miles and longer route options available. Choose between camping or motel options; most meals included. Proceeds benefit Ride Illinois and support its mission to make Illinois a better, safer, and more enjoyable place to ride. For more info and pricing, check out the website:  http://rideillinois.org/events/grandillinoisbiketour/
06/11 Sun 8:00 AM
70             F
Barrington Hills & Beyond - Remote: Village Green Park, Northbrook ~ RIDE LEADER NEEDED! ?
Remote start:  Village Green Park in Northbrook (corner of Walters & Meadow).  If you drive, many streets have parking restrictions. There is a parking lot on Walters, just southeast of the park, where you should be able to park.

We will ride through the rolling hills of Barrington Hills, passing horse farms and mansions.  After Barrington, our route continues along the scenic Fox River, then onto the Prairie & Fox River Bike Trails - which are flat, nicely paved and frequently shaded by a canopy of trees.  Lunch will be at a small cafe along the bike path in East Dundee.  After lunch, we return on the bike trail and then onto some different hills and more horse farms and mansions.
 
The pace will be Fast (15-17 mph).  Fast Plus riders are welcome to form a separate group and ride ahead.
 
Anyone looking for a longer ride can start at Panera in Wilmette at 7 am and meet us in Northbrook for a total of 90 miles.
06/11 Sun 8:00 AM
             Any
Ride 2 Recovery Honor Ride Chicago ($) - Remote: Evanston Subaru of Skokie ~ Tom Witt
 Remote Start:  Evanston Subaru of Skokie, 3340 Oakton St, Skokie
 
Tom will be leading an EBC group at Fast pace (15-17mph) but this ride accommodates riders at all speeds.
 
The Honor Rides Series raises awareness and is the funding arm for Ride 2 Recovery.  All funds raised support Project HERO (Healing Exercise Rehabilitation Opportunity) programs throughout the US.  The mission of  Project HERO is to make a difference in the lives of Healing Heros by providing a routine rehabilitative cycling experience that will impact their lives forever.  
 
Ride alongside our nation's injured veterans on one of three great routes.  Enjoy a fun-filled day of riding, followed by live music and a delicious lunch provided by Village Inn Pizzeria.  Registration includes:  Cool goodie bag with event shirt, fully stocked rest stops, SAG support, finishing medal and lunch served by Village Inn Pizzeria.
 
For more details go to:  www.evanstonsubaru.com/honorridechicago.htm
Register at:  https://www.raceit.com/Register/default.aspx?event=30683
 
06/11 Sun 9:30 AM
45             F
Lyons WI - Ye Olde Hotel Remote: Brighton Dale Golf Course ~ Ken Schulein
This ride goes on rural roads with rolling hills to the town of Lyons where we stop for lunch at Ye Old Hotel which was once a stagecoach stop. The pace with be Classic Fast (15-16 mph) but slower on the hills. The 9:30 start is timed so we get to the restaurant after it opens.

Remote Start: Brighton Dale Golf Course. Take I-94 North. 7.5 miles past the Wisconsin border, take Exit #340 WI-142 West toward Burlington. Turn left (west) at the end of the exit ramp and go west 8.5 miles on WI-142. Turn right (north) at WI-75 (248th St) and go 0.7 miles. Turn left into golf course entrance. Follow the park road about 0.5 mile to the parking lot next to the club house. Park at an empty area of the lot. Allow an hour and 15 minutes from Evanston.
06/13 Tue 9:00 AM
45             M
Middlefork Savanna ~ Neal Ney
A savanna is open woodland with grasses and forbs growing under the trees.  We will ride at a moderate pace to this rare remnant from Illinois' pre-settlement past.  We'll ride a bit more than four miles on the limestone trail in the preserve at a slow pace with some stops for nature gawking. The trail is suitable for road bikes (as long as you are not in a hurry).  After lunch we will resume our moderate pace on the roads and paved paths back to Evanston.
06/15 Thu 9:00 AM
22             C
Butterfly Garden at Chicago Botanic Gardens ~ Ken Schulein
Ride to Botanic Garden via the new trail connecting the Green Bay Trail to the Chicago Botanic Gardens and view the Butterfly Garden ($6/$5 Senior). Bring snack/sandwich or buy one at our rest stop at Bob's Deli. We will stop at a shelter to eat our snacks then view the butterfly garden or just explore the gardens if you prefer.
 
06/16 Fri 
130-150   F+
Peninsula Century ($) - Remote: Bailey's Harbor, WI ~ Melissa Gatuso
Remote: Bailey's Harbor Town Hall, 2392 Cty F, Bailey's Harbor, WI.
 
Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17-  Extend your fun in Door County!  Melissa Gattuso is leading a Fast Plus 17-19 mph, 30-50 mile ride on Friday, June 16, the day before the Peninsula Century (Time and location TBD). We will meet at the start of the Century in Bailey’s Harbor on Saturday, June 17.  Group will decide on an optional Sunday, June 18, ride.  More information on the Century can be found at peninsulacenturyspringclassic.com.  Other groups may form at other speeds if ride leaders are present.  Contact Melissa Gattuso at melissa.gatttuso@icloud.com if you are interested.
 
Peninsula Century Spring Classic - A Door County Century Ride:  peninsulacenturyspringclassic.com
 
The Peninsula Century Spring Classic bike ride is the only spring Door County century ride offering routes of 25, 50, 62, and 100 miles through beautiful northern Door County.
06/16 Fri 6:30 AM
12             C
One-way ride to Bike To Work Day Rally - Remote: Dunkin Donuts, Howard & Western DATE TO BE CONFIRMED! ~ Dave Barish
Remote Start: Dunkin Donuts at Howard and Western
 
Bicycles are a great means of transportation.  Sure, its fun to ride.  But we also ride because we have somewhere to go.  The City of Chicago's Bike to Work Day Rally celebrates bicycles as a commuting option.  Many club members commute to work. Let's get up early, ride through the city and celebrate with other commuters.  The City always gives away cool T shirts and free stuff to eat. This ride ends at Daley Plaza. There are no planned food stops.
06/17 Sat 
350           M
Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure ("GOBA") Remote: Findlay, Ohio ~ Bill Benjamin
GOBA, June 17 - 24
 
"The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure" is a bicycle-camping tour.   The tour is 7 days of riding about 50 miles per day.  Your gear including your tent and sleeping bag will be waiting for you to set up at the end of each day's ride.  The start and finish is in Findlay, Ohio which is about 300 miles from Evanston.   The ride is limited to 1500 participants so pre-registration is mandatory.   Meals are not included in the cost of $300.  More information is at Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure.  Let Bill Benjamin know at benj623@gmail.com if you are interested in the ride.
06/17 Sat 8:45 AM
65             F
Waterford Factory Ride - Remote: Waterford, WI ~ Brian Montigney
Remote Start: Waterford Precision Cycles 816 W. Bakke Ave, Waterford, WI
Get out of the city and head to Wisconsin for some beautiful, rural riding!   See how top quality, custom bicycles are built.
 
This will be a joint ride with Milwaukee's Cream City Cycle Club.  Come early for the factory tour.  Richard Schwinn will give a tour of the Waterford Precision Cycles Factory from 8:00 am to 8:30 am.  The ride will start at 8:45 am.  There will be three route options - 25, 40 or 65 miles.  Both routes will be on beautiful, quiet Wisconsin roads with some rolling hills.
Allow 1.5 hours from Evanston to Waterford:  take I-94 to WI-20 west (exit 333), turn left on Jefferson St (Cty W), go south 1 mile, turn right on Bakke.
 
Brian will be at the factory at 8:00 a.m. and plans to lead the 65 mile route at high end of Fast (17 mph) leaving at 8:45.  The ride does accommodate riders at different speeds and distances if you want to ride at a different speed or distance.  If you are planning to attend please look for Brian at the factory entrance so you can sign in.  If you are planning to do the shorter rides it is expected that the routes should be well marked and you should not have any problems staying on course.  Please RSVP to Brian at whippetsx2@gmail.com if you are planning to attend so he can look for you.
06/17 Sat 9:00 AM
45             M
Lake Forest ~ Dana Taylor
Join Dana for a moderate ride to Lake Forest.  Lunch will be at Ferentino's - enjoy pizza, pasta, sandwich or salad before your return to Wilmette.
06/18 Sun 8:00 AM
70             F+
Lyons, WI - Remote: Bristol Woods, WI ~ Jay Twery
Remote Start:  Bristol Woods, WI
 
This ride will be on quiet rural roads with little traffic, some rolling hills, and a few steep ones.  This is one of my favorite club rides, and is surprisingly scenic given it's just a one hour drive from Evanston.  Total mileage for the ride will be about 70 miles with around 1,700 feet of elevation gain.  There will be a food stop in the middle at the Lyons Grocery store and a short break around mile 25 and mile 55 (Dairy Queen.)  Please email Jay at jaytwery@gmail.com if you plan to come along on the ride.
 
Directions to start:  Take I-94 North.  A few miles past the Wisconsin border, take Exit #347 Hwy 165/Cty Q.  Turn left (west) at the end of the exit ramp.  Go west 2.5 miles on Cty Q.  Turn right (north) on Cty MB for 0.8 miles.  Turn left into the Bristol Woods park entrance.  Follow the park road about 1/4 mile past the picnic shelter at the top of the hill to the Pringle Nature Center.
 
If the weather looks bad, ride leader will post a cancellation on the list serve by 6:30 am in the morning on Sunday.
06/18 Sun 9:00 AM
25             C
Glencoe ~ RIDE LEADER NEEDED! ?
We'll do much of the NSC 25 mile route.  Mostly quiet, residential streets.
06/20 Tue 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: TOPIC TO BE DETERMINED ~ Shel Orkin
TOPIC TO BE DETERMINED
06/22 Thu 9:00 AM
10             C
Sweet Thursday ~ Barbara Miller
We'll meander through Evanston, Skokie or Wilmette and stop at several points of interest (historical, architectural and/or commercial) on our way to/from a locally owned coffee shop/bake shop for a short mid-morning nosh (not a meal).  Total mileage will be 10-12 or so.  Bring a lock for your bike and perhaps a small backpack, pannier or basket to take a tasty delight home.  Back before noon.
 
06/24 Sat 7:30 AM
70             F
Jelly Belly Ride - Remote: Lake Forest Northcroft Park ~ RIDE LEADER NEEDED! ?

Remote Start: Northcroft Park - located at the southeast corner of Old Elm & Ridge in Lake Forest. The main entrance is on Ridge, south of Old Elm.

We will ride up to Pleasant Prairie, WI to visit the Jelly Belly distribution center. Our lunch stop will be at Culver's in Pleasant Prairie. After lunch, we will head over to the Jelly Belly center where you will find a plethora of sugary snacks. Make sure you have some way to carry your Jelly Belly purchases home with you. And, just to ensure you don't lose weight on this ride, we will stop at Culver's in Gurnee on the way home for an ice cream sundae or root beer float!

06/24 Sat 8:30 AM
37             M
Lake Forest, A Unique Mickey D's Experience ~ Joanne Davis
Yes, it is true we are going to McDonald's to have a different type of experience.  There is an omelet station and the chef will prepare it to your personal liking.  This is quite the facility - you need to see it to believe it!  May even visit Estate Lane on the return trip!  Back around 1 pm or 1:30.
06/24 Sat 9:00 AM
20             C
Chicago Botanic Garden ~ John Burger/Joyce Riffer
We will ride to the Chicago Botanic Garden and spend about an hour walking through the gardens and having lunch.
06/25 Sun 9:00 AM
25             C
Coffee and Ice Cream Ride ~ Jo Gayle
The Coffee and Ice Cream Ride Sunday is going to First Slice Pies in Ravenswood, and it'll be at a high casual/low moderate pace (11-13 mph).. 
06/25 Sun 9:30 AM
30             M
Bridgeport Chinatown Ride - Remote: Clocktower ~ RIDE LEADER NEEDED! ?
Remote Start:  Clock Tower in Lincoln Park in Chicago.  Along the lakefront between Irving Park and Addison Streets, just south of the Marovitz Golf Course.  New and improved with the 606 Trail.

This ride will be a social ride, about 30 miles, into lots of cool neighborhoods in Chicago.  As always, we'll take the usual tour into Ukrainian Village, East Village and Pilsen.  We will also spend more time in Logan Square and visit some surprising new homes in Bridgeport along Bubbly Creek, with some good views of the bubbles.  We will also cruise down the 606 Trail.  Of course, we'll stop for Dim Sum in Chinatown.  Please bring good locks and, of course, currency of the realm.  This is a joint ride with the Evanston Bike Club and the Chicago Cycling Club.
 
Questions:  Please send them to chicubz2006@yahoo.com or call the Chicago Cycling Club hotline at 773-509-8093.

There is paid parking near the Clocktower or you might find street parking in the park north of Montrose.  If you come by CTA, it is close to the Addison station (with elevator) on the Red Line.
06/27 Tue 9:00 AM
40             M
Riverwoods ~ Neal Ney
We'll take a scenic, but less than direct route to Riverwoods.  Lunch will be at Greek Feast.
06/29 Thu 9:00 AM
20             C
Glencoe & Homer's Ice Cream ~ Ed Culp
We will ride through residential streets up to Glencoe, stop at Homer's for ice cream, then ride back to Chandler
07/01 Sat 8:30 AM
42             F
Cantigny Park, Wheaton - Remote: Villa Park ~ Brian Montigney
The ride starts in Villa Park and travels roads through scenic western suburbs until circling the Fermilab in Batavia. After that we stop at Cantigny Park in Wheaton for lunch and a tour of the First Division Museum and/or McCormick Mansion and the Park Gardens. There is a Dairy Queen on the return route shortly before the end of the ride.
 
The ride is relatively short – 42 miles – so that we have time to explore this hidden treasure of a park/museum. Here is the link to the Cantigny website:  http://www.cantigny.org/
 
One way to get to the start of the ride is:
Go South on the Tollway (I-294)
Exit West onto I-290 towards Rockford/IL 64  
Immediately, at the first interchange, go West on North Ave (IL 64)
Go Left (south) at IL 83 
Go Right (west) at St. Charles Ave
Go Left (south) in three blocks at Villa Ave
Go Right (west) in two blocks at Kenilworth Ave. (If you cross railroad tracks you have gone too far)
Shortly after turning onto Kenilworth, you'll find public parking on the right, from which the ride will start. It is a U-shaped parking lot around a little park, which doubles as a trail head for the Great Western Bicycle Trail.  
To drive from Wilmette takes 45-60 minutes, depending on traffic. 
 
Please send Brian, whippetsx2@gmail.com or Diana Montigney, dmontign@gmail.com an email if you decide to enjoy the outing with us, so no one gets left behind if they are running late!
07/02 Sun 8:00 AM
70             F
Ye Olde Hotel in Lyons WI - Remote: Bristol Woods Park, WI ~ Jim Heller
Remote Start: Bristol Woods County Park. Take I-94 North. A few miles past the Wisconsin border, take Exit #347 Hwy 165/Cty Q. Turn left (west) at the end of the exit ramp and go west 2.5 miles on Cty Q.  Turn right (north) at Cty MB and go 0.8 miles.  Turn left into the park entrance. Park at the Pringle Nature Center - follow the park road about 1/4 mile past the picnic shelter at the top of the hill.  Allow an hour from Evanston.

The ride will include several rustic roads on the way to the small town of Lyons.  We will have lunch at Ye Olde Hotel in Lyons, an old stagecoach stop or at Lyons Grocery .

The terrain will be rolling hills through rural areas with little traffic.  There are a few more challenging hills near Lyons.
 
If there is enough interest and another ride leader, there may also be an F+ section.
07/03 Mon 6:30 PM
             M
Monday Night Fireworks & Feast Ride ~ John Chisholm
Remote start:  Panera Bread, 1199 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette
 
EBC Fireworks Enthusiasts:
 
On Monday, July 3rd, we will have a triple action-packed night of cycling, eating, and ohing-ahing. Once again Wilmette will be celebrating the '3rd of July' in grand style.  This includes a spectacular fireworks display at Gilson Park at the lakefront, starting at 9:30 pm.
 
This ride will start at Panera in Wilmette at 6:30pm.   We will meander around the North Shore at a very moderate pace, and will arrive at 7:30pm at the highly acclaimed Ridgeville Grill (at high Ridge Road and Lake Avenue in Wilmette) for a pre-fireworks feast and general bacchanal.   After those festivities, we will proceed under our own power to the Wilmette fireworks.
 
We plan to sit on the eastern lawn (near the public sidewalk) of the Baha'i Temple, on Sheridan Road just south of the Wilmette harbor, for an unobstructed view of the fireworks. 
 
Feel free to join us for one or more of these activities.   Lights and helmets are mandatory, mosquito repellent and something to sit on are recommended.   It should be an enjoyable Summer night and pre-Independence Day celebration.
 
07/04 Tue 7:00 AM
105           F
Crystal Lake Century ~ Cliff Hoffman
We will ride through the hills near Barrington and north of Crystal Lake before having lunch at Andy's Restaurant in downtown Crystal Lake.
07/04 Tue 9:00 AM
55             M
Libertyville ~ Neal Ney
We will celebrate Independence Day with a ride to Libertyville and lunch at the Liberty restaurant. 
07/06 Thu 9:00 AM
25             C
Northbrook and Georgie V's ~ Ken Schulein
07/08 Sat 9:00 AM
23             M
Back by Noon / Bryn Mawr - Remote: Chandler ~ Jack Weiss
Remote Start:  Chandler Center, 1028 Central St, Evanston
A new route for BBNers - Into the city on the North Branch Trail to Edgebrook for a lunch stop.  Then, we'll weave our way on street bike lanes to the North Branch Trail and home.
07/09 Sun 8:45 AM
50             F
Civil War Days at Lakewood Forest Preserve($) - Remote: Village Green Park in Northbrook ~ Nancy Warren ?
 Remote Start - Village Green Park in Northbrook, located at the corner of Walters & Meadow Rd
 
We will ride out to Wauconda for lunch at Lindy's or Bulldogs.  After lunch, we will enjoy a visit to Civil War Days.
 
The boom of cannons, the crack of rifle shots, and the galloping of horse hooves will welcome you to the Civil War Days encampment at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda.
Admission is $5 for seniors and $10 for other adults.  Get $1 off admission with this coupon
Bring a lock for your bike.
• Meet President & Mrs. Lincoln, Civil War era generals, Harriet Tubman & Sojourner Truth.
• Wander through civilian camps to see artisans and tradesmen at work.
• Experience a soldier's life with reenactments of pay day, weapon checks, drills and mail call.
• See drills and demonstrations by cavalry, infantry and artillery units.
• Explore public amusements and horticultural and domestic arts exhibitions at the 1863 Summer Fair.
• Shop Civil War era vendors.

If there is enough interest and another ride leader, there may also be an F+ section.
07/09 Sun 9:00 AM
50             M
Buffalo Grove - 50 ~ Dana Taylor
07/11 Tue 9:00 AM
40             M
EBC Pool Party ~ Shel Orkin
Shel Orkin will be hosting his annual EBC pool party on Tuesday.   We’ll leave from Chandler.  Bring a swim suit, towel and lunch money.  Shel will bring in lunch and the cost will be shared by the group.  Please RSVP to Shel at: shelorkin@gmail.com by mid-day on July 11th, so he knows how much food to get.
07/13 Thu 9:00 AM
22             C
Restaurant To Be Determined in Glenview ~ Marty Horn
We will be riding to a Restaurant To Be Determined in Glenview and maintaining EBC's alternative moniker, Eating Biking Club.  Their bar comes with salad, soups, bakery treats and frozen yogurt.  Seniors 60+ receive a 10% discount.  Except for eating, this ride is casual: 10-12 mph & 22 miles.
07/13 Thu 6:30 PM
25             M
Taste of Park Ridge Dinner Ride - Remote: Panera ~ Jeff Miller
Remote Start:  Panera Bread, 1199 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette
This week the Thursday dinner ride will go to Taste of Park Ridge featuring a variety of local restaurant food vendors and live entertainment.
 
DATE TO BE VERIFIED
07/15 Sat 7:00 AM
104           F+
Bull Valley ~ Steven Schoenfeld
The total distance is about 104 miles. This is one of the more challenging rides on the EBC schedule.
 
Alternative remote start for a 68 mile ride: Deerfield Panera on Milwaukee @ 08:30am.  Please notify ride leader if you intend to meet there!
07/15 Sat 9:00 AM
40             F
Discover Deerfield ~ Jeff Miller
We are stopping for lunch in Deerfield, a town we often ride past, but not through.
07/15 Sat 9:00 AM
45             M
Middlefork Savanna ~ Neal Ney
We will ride at a moderate pace (13 – 15 mph) to this rare remnant from Illinois' pre-settlement past.  We'll ride a bit more than four miles on the limestone trail in the preserve at a slow pace with some stops for nature gawking. The trail is suitable for road bikes (as long as you are not in a hurry).
Lunch will be at the Panera in Lake Bluff.  After lunch we will resume our moderate pace on the roads and paved paths back to Evanston.  Our total distance will be around 45 miles.
07/16 Sun 8:00 AM
70             F
Barrington Hills & Beyond - Remote: Northbrook Village Green ~ Jeff Miller
Remote start:  Village Green Park in Northbrook (corner of Walters & Meadow). 
 
The pace will be Fast (16-17 mph).  Faster riders are welcome to form a separate group and ride ahead.
 
We will ride through the rolling hills of Barrington Hills, passing horse farms and mansions.  We will continue beyond Barrington, riding along the scenic Fox River.  Then, we pick up a few miles of the Prairie & Fox River Bike Trail which is flat, nicely paved and surrounded by lovely wooded areas.  Lunch will be at a small cafe along the bike path in East Dundee.  After lunch, we return on the bike trail and then onto some different hills and more horse farms and mansions
 
07/16 Sun 9:00 AM
25             C
Logan Square Farmers Market ~ Dave Barish
We will ride to the Logan Square Farmers Market at a casual pace.  We will stay at the market for a while to walk around, listen to music, eat and buy fresh things to bring home.  Bring a lock for your bike and panniers to carry home your purchases.  Much of the ride will be on the North Shore Channel Trail.
07/18 Tue 9:00 AM
40             M
Lake Forest ~ Neal Ney
Our route to Lake Forest and back will be mostly familiar, with a route variation on the final approach to Lake Forest that will take us along some streets we seldom ride.  Lunch will be at Caputo Cheese Market in Lake Forest.
07/18 Tue 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: TOPIC TO BE DETERMINED ~ Shel Orkin
TOPIC TO BE DETERMINED
 
NOTE CHANGE IN MEETING LOCATION: Instead of our usual venue, the July 19 meeting will take place in the ITW Executive Meeting Room located in the Ford Engineering Building on the Evanston campus of Northwestern University, 2133 Sheridan Road.
 
07/20 Thu 9:00 AM
25             C
Superdawg ~ Bill Benjamin
Ride will be mostly on a trail through the forest preserves.  Destination is Superdawg, a drive-in that is a Chicago Landmark. 
07/22 Sat 8:30 AM
60             F
Burlington, WI Hill Loop - Remote: Bristol Woods Park, WI ~ Nancy Warren ?
Remote Start: Bristol Woods County Park.  Take I-94 North.  A few miles past the Wisconsin border, take Exit #347 Hwy 165/Cty Q.  Turn left (west) at the end of the exit ramp and go west 2.5 miles on Qty Q.  Turn right (north) at Cty MB and go 0.5 miles.  Turn left into the park entrance.  Park at the Pringle Nature Center - follow the park road about 1/4 mile past the picnic shelter at the top of the hill.  Allow an hour from Evanston.

There will be some rolling hills and maybe a few not so rolling.  We will ride at the high end of Fast / low end of Fast Plus.  Most of the route is on scenic rural roads.  Lunch will be at a lovely cafe in Burlington - The Coffee House at Chestnut & Pine.  We will also stop for root beer floats at the Dairy Queen in Silver Lake.
 
If weather is questionable check the Rides Forum after 6:30 AM.

If there is enough interest and another ride leader, there may also be an F+ section.
07/23 Sun 8:00 AM
42             F+
EBC Picnic Ride - Remote: Lighthouse Park, Central & Sheridan ~ Brian Montigney
The picnic will be at Lighthouse Park, Sheridan Road and Central Street in Evanston. From Chandler ride 0.4 miles east on Lincoln, turn left on Sheridan.  Ride 0.2 miles north to Lighthouse Park.
07/23 Sun 8:00 AM
40             F
EBC Picnic Ride - Remote: Lighthouse Park, Central & Sheridan ~ Tom Witt
The picnic will be at Lighthouse Park, Sheridan Road and Central Street in Evanston.  From Chandler, ride 0.4 miles east on Lincoln, turn left on Sheridan.  Ride 0.2 miles north to Lighthouse Park.
07/23 Sun 8:00 AM
70             V
EBC Picnic Ride - Remote: Panera Bread, Wilmette ~ Felix Angelov
Remote: Panera Bread, 1199 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette.
The picnic will be at Lighthouse Park, Sheridan Road and Central Street in Evanston.
07/23 Sun 9:00 AM
25             C
EBC Picnic Ride - Remote: Lighthouse Park, Central & Sheridan ~ Marty Horn
The picnic will be at Lighthouse Park, Sheridan Road and Central Street in Evanston. From Chandler ride 0.4 miles east on Lincoln, turn left on Sheridan.  Ride 0.2 miles north to Lighthouse Park.

We'll leave from Lighthouse Park for a ride through the northern suburbs.  
07/23 Sun 9:00 AM
35             M
EBC Picnic Ride - Remote: Lighthouse Park, Central & Sheridan ~ Ed Culp
The picnic will be at Lighthouse Park, Sheridan Road and Central Street in Evanston. From Chandler ride 0.4 miles east on Lincoln, turn left on Sheridan.  Ride 0.2 miles north to Lighthouse Park.
07/25 Tue 9:00 AM
40             M
Mitsuwa ~ Neal Ney
We'll ride to this popular Japanese food court in Arlington Heights.
07/27 Thu 9:00 AM
20             C
Sweet Thursday ~ Barbara Miller
We'll meander through Evanston, Skokie or Wilmette and stop at several points of interest (historical, architectural and/or commercial) on our way to/from a locally owned coffee shop/bake shop for a short mid-morning nosh (not a meal).  Total mileage will be 10-12 or so.  Bring a lock for your bike and perhaps a small backpack, pannier or basket to take a tasty delight home.  Back before noon.
 
07/28 Fri 
160           C
Bike to Beverly Shores, July 28-30 ~ Tom Grose
For the 12th year in a row, EBC members Harvey and Lynn Lyon are inviting us to spend a summer weekend at their lovely home in Beverly Shores Indiana.

We'll ride to Beverly Shores on Friday 7/28, stay with the Lyons Fri & Sat nights, and ride back on Sunday 7/30.  There will be a sag vehicle on the ride to carry your overnight bag; for those who do not want to bicycle the full 80 miles each way, a ride in the sag vehicle can be arranged.

We'll be riding on paved roads and trails at a casual to moderate pace, the sag vehicle will carry water, snacks, boxed lunch (for Friday), and meet us at scheduled intervals.  On Sat we usually do a short ride into Chesterton in the morning, to visit the local French Market.  But it's basically a free day, many do spend part of the day on the beach, a short walk from the Lyons' residence.  We drive to a restaurant together Sat night for dinner, and start the ride home early Sun morning.

The expense for groceries, cleaning fees, fuel cost for the sag vehicle, will be divided among the participants, and normally falls below average cost of even one night stay at a hotel.

Space for this trip is very limited; if interested please contact Stanley Schwartz: phone 847-677-6978, Email: Sls8442@gmail.com
07/29 Sat 8:00 AM
75             F
Lake Geneva, WI - Remote: Bristol Woods Park, WI ~ Steven Schoenfeld
Remote Start: Bristol Woods County Park.  Take I-94 North.  A few miles past the Wisconsin border, take Exit #347 Hwy 165/Cty Q.  Turn left (west) at the end of the exit ramp and go west 2.5 miles on Qty Q.  Turn right (north) at Cty MB and go 0.5 miles.  Turn left into the park entrance.  Park at the Pringle Nature Center - follow the park road about 1/4 mile past the picnic shelter at the top of the hill.  Allow an hour from Evanston.
 
We will ride from Bristol Woods to Lake Geneva, circling counter clockwise around the scenic lake, stop for lunch in Fontana, then return to Bristol Woods.
 
Expect some very challenging hills, especially on the loop around Lake Geneva.  Be sure to bring a bike with the appropriate gearing for steep hills.
07/30 Sun 8:00 AM
77             F
Pierogi Fest in Whiting ~ Jeff Miller
JOIN US AS WE Ride from Wilmette down Chicago's Lakefront path, along part of the Burnham Greenway Bike path and past Wolf Lake to Pierogi Fest. Some street fests subsist of bad bands and overpriced beer. Pierogi Fest takes a different tack: tacky (in a good way).  Highlights include Eastern Bloc Jeopardy, THREE STAGES FOR LIVE MUSIC and, of course, a pierogi-eating contest. Go hungry. FREE ADMISSION

Option to meet us at the Clock Tower by Marovitz Golf Course on the Lakefront Path in Chicago. The Clock Tower is at the south end of the golf course at Recreation Dr. (South of Irving Park, North of Belmont Harbor.)  Metered parking  is available in the lot east or west of the tennis courts - allow at least 8 hours for the ride.  We should be there around 9:00 am.
07/30 Sun 9:00 AM
30             C
Fort Sheridan & La Casa de Isaac ~ RIDE LEADER NEEDED! ?
Enjoy a casual ride up to Fort Sheridan.  On the route back, stop for a unique Mexican brunch at La Casa de Isaac in Highland Park.
08/01 Tue 9:00 AM
44             M
Forest Park - Blue Max Coffee ~ Neal Ney
Join me for a moderately paced 44-mile ride to EBC favorite Blue Max Coffee in Forest Park.  Our route will take us along the North Branch Trail and city streets. The menu can be found here:  http://www.allmenus.com/il/proviso/279196-blue-max-coffee/menu/
08/03 Thu 9:00 AM
25             C
The Glen ~ RIDE LEADER NEEDED! ?
We will journey to the Glen. Our ride will take us around the Techny conservation basin as well as the beautiful park by the Glen. We will stop at the Corner Bakery for a snack.
08/05 Sat 
386           F
West Michigan Shoreline Ride, August 5-12. Remote; Montague, MI $ ~ Scott Schaedel
West Michigan Shoreline Ride, August 5-12. This 386 mile ride starts in Montague, MI and travels through Traverse City, Charlevoix, Harbor Springs and Mackinaw City. Camping included; motels/tent service are available at additional cost. Pedal tree-lined roadways and past breathtaking waterfront views. Enjoy local wineries, brewpubs, farmer's markets, crystal-clear lakes, historic resort towns, and the iconic Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The $435 fee includes two meals daily and shuttle bus return to Montague.  Click link for more info: League of Michigan Bicyclists Shoreline West Bicycle Ride. Ride Leader: Scott Schaedel at  svschaed@gmail.com.  Please call Scott before registering – 847-239-2879.
 
Scott will be riding at Classic Fast speed around 15-16 mph but the ride is open to riders at all speeds.
08/05 Sat 8:00 AM
60             F
Wauconda - Remote: Village Green Park, Northbrook ~ Steve Tattleman
Remote start:  Village Green Park in Northbrook (corner of Walters & Meadow).  If you drive, many streets have parking restrictions. There is a parking lot on Walters, just southeast of the park, where you should be able to park.
 
We will ride from Northbrook to Wauconda and have lunch at Lindy's Landing (on the waterfront of Bangs Lake).  Culver's ice cream on the way home.
 
 
08/06 Sun 9:00 AM
25             C
Highland Park's Sweet Side ~ Cynthia Karabush
         
Join Cynthia for a casual bike tour of artisanal Cupcake and Gelato shops in Highland Park.  If you still have room, we'll stop for lunch in Highland Park.
08/06 Sun 9:00 AM
22             M
Back By Noon / North Shore Channel - Remote: Chandler ~ Jack Weiss
Remote Start:  Chandler Center, 1028 Central St, Evanston
On this ride we'll follow the North Shore Channel Trail into the city past Riverview to Belmont, visiting Ravenswood Gardens/Ravenswood Manor. There will be a rest/food stop halfway at Beans & Bagel, Rockwell and Leland.  Most of the ride is on paved trails in parks or on lightly traveled city streets.
08/08 Tue 9:00 AM
51             M
Lake Bluff: Graffiti Grill ~ Neal Ney
A slightly meandering ride to Graffiti Grill.
08/10 Thu 9:00 AM
20             C
Chocolate Shoppe ~ Marty Horn
 Take a casual ride to the Chocolate Shoppe for ice cream.   
08/12 Sat 7:00 AM
100           F+
Century Ride to Wisconsin ~ John Chisholm
This ride will pass by the golden Pyramid House and its Colossus and by Lake Shangri-La with its life extending waters.
08/12 Sat 9:00 AM
26             C
Northbrook Court - Remote: Bucephalus Bikes ~ Joanne Davis
Remote Start:  Bucephalus Bikes, 1424 Lake St, Evanston (a few blocks west of Ridge)
 
Journey to the Corner Bakery at Northbrook Court
08/12 Sat 9:00 AM
50             F
Picnic Basket Restaurant in Libertyville ~ Jeff Miller
The Picnic Basket is known for it's distinctive gourmet sandwiches, soups and salads (Picnic Basket Menu).  The distance will be 50 miles and the pace around 16 mph.
08/13 Sun 9:00 AM
35             M
Botanic Garden Kite Festival ~ Will Heelan
Ride up to the Botanic Garden for the Kite Festival.  We will enjoy a synchronized kite flying team performance set to music by the Chicago Fire Kite Team.  There will be very simple food (sandwiches and hot dogs) available at the festival.
 
We will ride at the high end of moderate - 15 mph.
 
Our very indirect route up to the Botanic Garden will head north on Sheridan Road, taking some familiar routes to Highland Park, but with a few different twists and turns.  We will meander into some neat little sections of town and travel on a couple of little bike paths which you may not have seen before.  Around 11:30 am, we will enter the Botanic Garden from the north, where we will lock up our bikes and head out to the meadow for the Kite Festival.  Around 1:00 pm, we will leave the festival and head south through the forest preserves; then take the scenic route through Indian Hills golf course, getting back to Wilmette around 2:30 pm for an optional stop at Homer's Ice Cream in Wilmette.
 
Please bring a lock for your bike and possibly shoes suitable for walking - it's about a 5 minute walk out to the meadow for the Kite Festival.  It is wise to bring a hat since we will be sitting out in the sun watching the kites.  For more info and a video, follow this link - Kite Festival
08/15 Tue 9:00 AM
42             M
Riverwoods / Greek Feast ~ Neal Ney
A slightly circuitous route through Riverwoods with lunch at Greek Feast.
08/15 Tue 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: TOPIC TO BE DETERMINED ~ Shel Orkin
TOPIC TO BE DETERMINED
 
08/17 Thu 9:00 AM
32             C
Views of the Lake from Ft. Sheridan ~ Ken Schulein
08/18 Fri 9:00 AM
20             M
Air & Water Show - Remote: South Blvd & Chicago Ave ~ Jack Weiss
Remote Start:  South Blvd & Chicago Ave, Evanston
Even on a hot August day this is an easy ride, mostly along Chicago’s lakefront bike path, following the bike route through East Rogers Park on the way.  We’ll watch the show at Fullerton Avenue.  The Friday Chicago Air & Water Show, while technically a rehearsal, is a full-blown production.  It starts at 11 am and ends at 4 pm.
08/19 Sat 8:00 AM
38             C
Oak Park ~ Dave Barish
We will ride at a casual pace to Oak Park.  Our planned destination is Prairie Bread Kitchen http://www.prairiebreadkitchen.com/ in downtown Oak Park.  We will probably get to Oak Park by 10 am and return to Panera in Wilmette by 1 pm.  Casual riders, don't forget to wake up earlier than usual - we start at 8 am. 
08/19 Sat 8:30 AM
61             F+
Burlington, WI - Remote: Bristol Woods Park, WI ~ RIDE LEADER NEEDED! ?
Remote Start: Bristol Woods County Park.  Take I-94 North.  A few miles past the Wisconsin border, take Exit #347 Hwy 165/Cty Q.  Turn left (west) at the end of the exit ramp and go west 2.5 miles on Qty Q.  Turn right (north) at Cty MB and go 0.5 miles.  Turn left into the park entrance.  Park at the Pringle Nature Center - follow the park road about 1/4 mile past the picnic shelter at the top of the hill.  Allow an hour from Evanston.
 
There will be some rolling hills and maybe a few not so rolling.  Lunch will be in picturesque downtown Burlington. We will be mostly on scenic rural roads.  On the way back we will stop in Silver Lake for root beer floats.
08/19 Sat 9:00 AM
40             F
Deerfield Annual Grillfest and Corn Roast ~ Jeff Miller
We went to the Deerfield Grillfest a couple of years ago as part of a Show and Go ride.  Everyone enjoyed the ride.  Due to popular demand, the ride has been added to the regular schedule.  Grillfest features free grilled corn on the cob and other food choices available for purchase.
08/20 Sun 
10/68       M
The Wright Ride - Remote: Oak Park ~ Jo Gayle & Cynthia Karabush
Sponsored by the Oak Park Cycle Club the 2016 Wright Ride takes place on Sunday, Aug. 21, in Oak Park.  This is the tenth year for this family friendly ride, which offers 10, 30, 50 and 68 mile supported ride options through beautiful tree-lined, architecturally rich communities.  You may contact Jo Gayle for more information at jigcsr@gmail.com.
http://www.oakparkcycleclub.org/wright-ride
08/20 Sun 8:30 AM
20-25       C
IHOP near the Glen ~ Marty Horn
For those that want, there will be an option to ride to the top of the Willow Springs Country Club. I did it and it was pretty cool!
08/22 Tue 9:00 AM
52             M
Long Grove ~ Neal Ney
Lunch at Enzo & Lucia In Long Grove: Enzo & Lucia lunch menu.
08/24 Thu 9:00 AM
22             C
Explore Evanston ~ Barbara Miller
Join me on a 22 mile meander through the City of Evanston.  We will explore neighborhoods throughout the city with a brief point of interest stop in each of the nine wards.  Our route will take us along signed bike routes, paths and protected bike lanes.  The food stop will be at Freshii on Fountain Square. If we're lucky, the owner (Eric Green) may tell us about his Schwinn bike collection.
 
We'll park our bikes in the best kept bike parking secret (secure) in downtown Evanston but be sure to bring a lock. 
 
08/26 Sat 9:30 AM
60             F
DeKalb Corn Fest - Remote: St Charles, IL ~ Brian Montigney
New Start Location - By popular demand, we will start & end the ride at a WATER PARK
 
Remote Start:  Otter Cover Aquatic Park - 3615 Campton Hills Road, St Charles, IL - use the entrance to the park from Peck Road: we will meet in the first parking lot at that entrance.
 
We will be starting at the Water Park, then we bike west on rolling hills reminiscent of our Cuba Road route.  The landscape gently transitions to classic midwest corn fields - a real treat this time of year as it appropriately sets the mood for our arrival at Corn Fest. 
 
Corn Fest Admission is free and they have: a classic car show, live music, food vendors, and lots of FREE FRESH sweet corn at the corn boil.  You also get a free 60 mile bike ride through the corn fields of Illinois!  
 
Our new improved bike route includes a rest stop at Kupiers Family Farm for the start of apple season on the way to Corn Fest and a rest stop at Hill's General for ice cream on the way back.
 
This will be a fast ride/fast + ride (16-18 mph) with many long break away sections for faster riders to go 20+ mph.
 
Please bring at least two full water bottles.
 
After the ride feel free to stay and play at the water park.  Bring appropriate water wear and $13 for admission.
 
Please RSVP to Brian at whippetsx2@gmail.com so we know you are coming.
08/27 Sun 7:00 AM
100           F
The Pampered Century ($) - Remote: Chandler ~ RIDE LEADER NEEDED! ?
Remote Start:  Chandler Center, 1028 Central St, Evanston
 
Looking to ride a century with the feeling of support behind you?  Come along on the Pampered Century.  We'll be heading north to Kenosha on mainly quiet roads on this trek across the Cheddar Curtain.
 
Jim Kreps will be providing your SAG service and caterer.  At each of the two rest stops in each direction, Jim will have his truck loaded with fruits, energy drinks and bars, juices, bagels and snacks.  He will also cater lunch at the mid-point at the Kenosha Velodrome with a variety of lunch meats, PBJ and sandwich fixings.  If something goes wrong with your bike, Jim can be there and fix most minor problems and get you moving.  If something goes wrong with you and you need a bit of a rest, he can bring you to the next rest stop or further, if needed.
 
The ride begins promptly at 7:00 am.  Plan to return between 5:00 and 6:30 pm.
 
There is a $20 charge for food and SAG vehicle costs.  Please bring cash that morning.  This ride is a joint event with the Chicago Cycling Club.  
 
If you intend to go on this ride, please RSVP by Friday August 26th to: .

If there is enough interest and another ride leader, there may also be an F+ section.
 
08/27 Sun 7:00 AM
81             F+
Phil's 81st Birthday Ride to Barrington ~ Phil Procida
Celebrate Phil's 81st birthday with an 81 mile ride to Barrington. Ride north to Ft Sheridan, then south and west thru Long Grove. Continue on Cuba Rd, then do a hilly loop thru Barrington Hills. Stop for lunch at Einstein's in Barrington. Head home via Northbrook.
 
08/29 Tue 9:00 AM
45             M
Middlefork Savanna ~ Neal Ney
A savanna is open woodland with grasses and forbs growing under the trees.  We will ride at a moderate pace to this rare remnant from Illinois' pre-settlement past.  We'll ride a bit more than four miles on the limestone trail in the preserve at a slow pace with some stops for nature gawking.  The trail is suitable for road bikes (as long as you are not in a hurry).  After lunch we will resume our moderate pace on the roads and paved paths back to Evanston.
08/31 Thu 9:00 AM
25             C
Glencoe - NSC 25 mile route ~ Ken Schulein
09/02 Sat 8:30 AM
75             F
Lake Geneva, WI - Remote: Bristol Woods Park, WI ~ Steven Schoenfeld
Remote Start: Bristol Woods County Park.  Take I-94 North.  A few miles past the Wisconsin border, take Exit #347 Hwy 165/Cty Q.  Turn left (west) at the end of the exit ramp and go west 2.5 miles on Qty Q.  Turn right (north) at Cty MB and go 0.5 miles.  Turn left into the park entrance.  Park at the Pringle Nature Center - follow the park road about 1/4 mile past the picnic shelter at the top of the hill.  Allow an hour from Evanston.
 
We will ride from Bristol Woods to Lake Geneva, circling counter clockwise around the scenic lake, stop for lunch in Fontana, then return to Bristol Woods.
 
Expect some very challenging hills, especially on the loop around Lake Geneva.  Be sure to bring a bike with the appropriate gearing for steep hills.
 
09/03 Sun 9:00 AM
20             M
Back by Noon / Super H - Remote: Chandler ~ Jack Weiss
Remote Start:  Chandler Center, 1028 Central, Evanston
This is an easy ride to Niles with a rest/food stop at the Super H, a wonderful Korean food market.  Bring your backpacks so you can take home fresh seafood, vegetables, or dumplings.  We’ll travel on quiet streets for the most part, and the North Branch Trail.  Back by noon, unless you shop too long.
09/03 Sun 11:00 AM
45             F
Taste of Serbia Ride - From Panera, Wilmette ~ Ken Schulein
We will ride to St. Basil's Church on Old School and Bradley roads in Mettawa to sample the food and listen to the music at the Taste of Serbia http://www.stbasilchurch.org/taste_of_serbia.html  We will spend at least an hour eating and listening to the entertainment before heading back. The pace will be classic fast (15-16 mph).
09/04 Mon 9:00 AM
28             C
Fort Sheridan ~ John Burger/Joyce Riffer
09/05 Tue 9:00 AM
50             M
Hyde Park ~ Neal Ney
We'll ride to this south side neighborhood and have lunch at the famed Velois Cafeteria, where Senator Obama used to breakfast.
09/07 Thu 9:00 AM
25             C
The Secret Garden ~ RIDE LEADER NEEDED! ?
We will ride up to Highland Park,  stopping along the way to visit the Secret Garden.  Lunch will be in the Roger Williams - St Johns area.
09/09 Sat 9:00 AM
40             F
Portillo's Restaurant ~ Jeff Miller
We will head west to Portillo's in Rolling Meadows.  The total distance will be about 40 miles.
09/10 Sun 7:00 AM
25-100     V
Harmon Hundred ($) - Remote: Wilmot, WI ~ Felix Angelov
Remote Start: Wilmot High School, 11112  308th Ave, Wilmot, WI
 
This ride thru rural Wisconsin is sponsored by the Wheeling Wheelmen.  For more details see http://www.wheelmen.com/harmon_hundred.asp
 
The EBC Very Fast riders will be meeting at 7:00 am and departing at 7:30 am PROMPT.
 
To preregister ($20 by 9/7, $25 after) go to http://www.wheelmen.com/harmon_hundred.asp
09/10 Sun 7:00 AM
100           F+
North Shore Century Preview - Remote: Dawes Park ~ Melissa Gattuso
Leader: Be sure to get cue sheet before the ride.

Remote start: Dawes Park near Sheridan Rd & Church St in Evanston
09/10 Sun 7:00 AM
100           F
North Shore Century Preview - Remote: Dawes Park ~ Brian Montigney
Preview the North Shore Century with the NSC Route Chair, Brian Montigney.  This ride will be doing a careful preview of the NSC which will necessitate occasional slowing down or stopping to gather other people's opinions and/or jot down notes and/or check route markings. 

Remote start: Dawes Park near Sheridan Rd & Church St in Evanston
09/10 Sun 8:00 AM
62             F
North Shore Century Preview - Remote: Dawes Park ~ Jeff Miller
Leader: Be sure to get cue sheet before the ride.

Remote start: Dawes Park near Sheridan Rd & Church St in Evanston
09/10 Sun 9:00 AM
25             C
North Shore Century Preview - Remote: Dawes Park ~ Bill Benjamin
Leader:  Be sure to get cue sheet before the ride. 
 
Remote start: Dawes Park near Sheridan Rd & Church St in Evanston
09/10 Sun 9:00 AM
50             M
North Shore Century Preview - Remote: Dawes Park ~ Jo Gayle
Leader:  Be sure to get cue sheet before the ride.
 
Remote start: Dawes Park near Sheridan Rd & Church St in Evanston
09/12 Tue 9:00 AM
50             M
Lambs Farm ~ Neal Ney
We'll lunch in the popular restaurant at this famed institution for the developmentally disabled.
09/14 Thu 9:00 AM
25             C
Lola's in Park Ridge ~ Marty Horn
Full disclosure: as best as we can tell, there is no one at this diner who goes by the name L-O-L-A Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola, nor will you be able to drink champagne that tastes just like cherry cola.   But if your tastes run to omelets, pancakes, waffles, or scramblers, or to wraps, burgers and BLT’s, and you like a late '50's/early ‘60’s vibe, then Lola’s Diner will definitely take you by the hand.
 
As usual, we’ll begin our ride at Chandler at 9:00.  Roundtrip to Lola’s and back is about 25 miles.
 
09/16 Sat 9:00 AM
24             M
Techny Basin Ride ~ Jack Weiss
We will visit the Techny basin in southern Northbrook and northeast Glenview. We'll see two large retention basins, discover how to get to REI or Whole Foods safely by bike, and see the Glenview Prairie Preserve.  We'll return to Evanston through southeast Glenview and Wilmette.
09/17 Sun 6:00 AM
25-100     Any
North Shore Century ($) - 25,50,62,75,100 mile routes - Remote: Dawes Park ~ Evanston Bicycle Club
  North Shore Century
09/19 Tue 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: EBC Grantees ~ Shel Orkin
The Evanston Bike Club supports many organizations by providing financial grants.  We have invited a few of those grantees to attend our monthly meeting to share information about their organizations, how these funds are being used, and how these funds have helped their organizations.
 
09/21 Thu 9:00 AM
10             C
Sweet Thursday ~ Barbara Miller
We'll meander through Evanston, Skokie or Wilmette and stop at several points of interest (historical, architectural and/or commercial) on our way to/from a locally owned coffee shop/bake shop for a short mid-morning nosh (not a meal).  Total mileage will be 10-12 or so.  Bring a lock for your bike and perhaps a small backpack, pannier or basket to take a tasty delight home.  Back before noon.
 
09/24 Sun 8:00 AM
100           F+
Apple Cider Century ($) - Remote: Three Oaks, MI ~ Jay Twery
Remote Start: Three Oaks, MI
 
The Apple Cider Century is one of the largest one-day century events in the Midwest.  Route options ranging from 15 to 100 miles travel through orchards, forests, wine country and along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan.
For complete details see their website -  http://www.applecidercentury.com/
You must pre-register, as the event usually sells out.
 
Jay Twery will be leading a F+ group on the 100 mile route @ 08:00am from the sidewalk just west of the school near the start/finish line. If you plan to join the ride, please email him at jaytwery@gmail.com or text him @ 312 925 3085 so that he knows you are coming with.
 
The Apple Cider Century does have riders at all speeds if you do not wish to ride F+ with Jay.
09/24 Sun 9:00 AM
36             M
Oak Park Breakfast with Angela ~ Joanne Davis
I thought it would be different and fun to journey to Oak Park to have breakfast with Angela May who now resides in Oak Park. I just don't get to see her as often as I would like so I figured it was time to visit her instead of expecting her to come north.  The pace will be as moderate as possible for an urban ride (which means that it will probably be the slow end of moderate.)  The food stop will be at Connolly's Public House at 1109 South Blvd in Oak Park  http://www.connollyspublichouse.com.  Distance around 36 miles RT.  Probably back around 2:30PM.
 
 
09/28 Thu 9:00 AM
30             C
River Cafe (formerly Mrs.V's) - Des Plaines ~ Ed Culp
We'll head out west to Des Plaines to River Cafe (formerly known as Mrs. V's.)
09/30 Sat 8:00 AM
45             M
Knollwood ~ Dave Barish
10/01 Sun 9:00 AM
62             F/F+
Cuba Marsh & Pumpkin Donuts ~ John Chisholm (F) / Heidi Hoppe (F+)
John will lead a Fast metric century ride and Heidi will lead a F+ section ahead.  We will stop at Didier Farms for pumpkin donuts on our way to Long Grove and Cuba Marsh.   We will cycle the beautiful, rolling hills of Cuba Road, with a quick stop to pick up sandwiches at Jimmy John's to eat at Cuba Marsh.  Those that want can explore the area on a limestone bike trail.
10/01 Sun 10:00 AM
35             M
Rural Ramble - Remote: Lake Mills, WI ~ Barbara Miller
Join me to honor the English cycling heritage and traditions in the ride described on this website: www.bicyclingbackwards.com. The organizer collects and restores (and rides) mid-20th century British bikes. But a vintage bike is not required for this ramble through London and Cambridge (Wisconsin). The oldest bike you have that will comfortably take you 35 miles on a combination of trail and road or a steel bike of any vintage is just fine (or really just about any bike you take pride in). But observation of the lycra-free dress code is requested and taking some effort to coordinate your personal kit with your steed will be appreciated! This ride is all about style and attitude and enjoying life in the slow lane and respecting bygone customs. Let me know if you're interested or have questions. Note: Lake Mills is about a 2 hour drive from Chicago, just off Interstate 94 west of Milwaukee. There is a $4 charge for a one day trail pass. 
10/04 Wed 8:30 AM
34             M
Revolution Brewery in Logan Square ~ Joanne Davis
How about something different?  A "Bike and Brew Ride."  Join the Wed ride theme of "revolution" (as in wheels and pedaling) as we travel to Revolution Brewery in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago.  We'll take the North Branch trail to Devon, then cross onto Elston, rounding the Illinois Monument in Logan Square and then visit the historic landmark of Walt Disney's birth place (under renovation.)  Finally, we'll arrive at Revolution for a well deserved brew and lunch.
 
Moderate pace, but probably slower since this is a city ride.  Round trip about 34 miles.  Probably back around 2 PM or so.  Check out the brews and menu at Revolution Brewery.
10/05 Thu 9:00 AM
10             C
Sweet Thursday ~ Barbara Miller
We'll meander through Evanston, Skokie or Wilmette and stop at several points of interest (historical, architectural and/or commercial) on our way to/from a locally owned coffee shop/bake shop for a short mid-morning nosh (not a meal).  Total mileage will be 10-12 or so.  Bring a lock for your bike and perhaps a small backpack, pannier or basket to take a tasty delight home.  Back before noon.
 
10/06 Fri 
50             M
Oct 6-8 Farm/Art DTour ($) - Remote: Reedsburg, WI ~ Sandra Basile
Remote Start: Reedsburg, WI
 
The Farm/Art DTour is a 50 mile self-guided tour through the beautiful, unglaciated hills and valleys of Sauk County, highlighting four communities.  The route is punctuated by temporary art installations and artist-built mobile roadside stands selling fresh locally grown produce.  You'll also find Pasture Performances and more!
 
There is no better way to enjoy the sights, sounds and aromas of the 50 mile Farm/Art DTour than on a bicycle.  The hilly terrain is not for beginners, but experienced riders will enjoy this unique method of traveling the route.  We have all day to complete the ride, but as an alternative for casual riders, the less challenging WI 400 Trail is accessible from Reedsburg.
 
For more details see Bike the DTour.
 
The ride takes place during the Reedsburg Fermentation Fest.  Authors, bakers, chefs, scientists, chocolatiers and cheesemakers will provide plenty of food for thought.
 
The plan is to drive up on Friday Oct 6, enjoy the Fermentation Fest, do the bike ride on Saturday Oct 7 and return on Sunday Oct 8.
 
Sandra suggests lodging at the Ho Chunk Casino Resort.  The casino is located nearby on a native American Reservation.  Rooms fill up fast - please reserve early.
 
Sandra will be leading rides at high moderate pace (14-15 mph) but the Tour supports riders at any speed.  Contact Sandra at basiles2003@yahoo.com if you are interested.
10/07 Sat 9:00 AM
56             F
NOT YOUR AVERAGE BIRTHDAY RIDE! ~ Jeff Miller
Join Jeff Miller and Sara Polonsky on a ride to celebrate the average of their birthdays!  We will take a somewhat circuitous route to Ming Hin Cuisine, 1440 Golf Rd., Rolling Meadows.
 
MingHin Cuisine (http://www.minghincuisine.com) specializes in traditional and contemporary Cantonese and Dim Sum.
 
10/07 Sat 9:00 AM
25             C
Highwood Pumpkin Festival ~ Cynthia Karabush
  Ride up to Highwood for the Great Pumpkin Festival.
10/07 Sat 9:00 AM
42             F
Busse Woods ~ Randy Pickard
We will ride out to Elk Grove Village to visit the elk in Busse Woods.
10/08 Sun 9:00 AM
58             F
Barrington Ride - Remote: Village Green, Northbrook ~ Jeff Miller
Start at the Village Green Park in Northbrook for a 58 mile ride. The park is located at the corner of Walters & Meadow.   If you drive to this location, many streets have parking restrictions. There is a parking lot on Walters, just south-east of the park, where you should be able to park.
Lunch will be at Einstein's in Barrington.  We may stop at the Deerfield Bakery on the way back if we get there before it closes.
10/08 Sun 9:00 AM
23             M
Back by Noon / Bryn Mawr - Remote: Chandler ~ Jack Weiss
Remote Start:  Chandler Center, 1028 Central St, Evanston
A new route for BBNers - Into the city on the North Branch Trail to Edgebrook for a lunch stop.  Then, we'll weave our way on street bike lanes to the North Branch Trail and home.
10/08 Sun 9:00 AM
49             M
Lake Tichigan - Remote: Brighton Dale Golf Course, WI ~ Ken Schulein
The ride will be led at the high end of moderate (15mph). There are rolling hills. Faster riders are welcome to print a cue sheet, form a group and ride ahead.  This ride goes through a wildlife preserve north of Waterford. Our lunch stop is at Sam's Diner (262-662-4200 until 2 PM) at mile 30 and dessert is at  Uncle Harry's Frozen Custard in Waterford.  
 
Remote Start: Brighton  Dale Golf Course.  Take I-94 North.  7.5  miles past the Wisconsin border, take Exit #340 WI-142 West toward Burlington. Turn left (west) at the end of the exit ramp and go west 8.5 miles on WI-142. Turn right (north) at WI-75 (248th St) and go 0.7 miles.  Turn left into golf course entrance. Follow the park road about 0.5 mile to the parking lot next to the club house. Park at an empty area of the lot. Allow an hour and 15 minutes from Evanston.
10/10 Tue 9:00 AM
45             M
Ryerson Woods ~ Neal Ney
Trail conditions permitting, we’ll take a fall color walk in this Lake Country Forest Preserve.  Lunch will be at Greek Feast.
10/12 Thu 9:00 AM
10             C
Sweet Thursday ~ Barbara Miller
We'll meander through Evanston, Skokie or Wilmette and stop at several points of interest (historical, architectural and/or commercial) on our way to/from a locally owned coffee shop/bake shop for a short mid-morning nosh (not a meal).  Total mileage will be 10-12 or so.  Bring a lock for your bike and perhaps a small backpack, pannier or basket to take a tasty delight home.  Back before noon.
 
10/14 Sat 9:00 AM
45             M
Ryerson Woods ~ Dave Barish
10/14 Sat 9:00 AM
50             F
Corner Bakery in Vernon Hills ~ Jeff Miller
Ride to the Corner Bakery on Rte 60 in Vernon Hills via Riverwoods.  Rest stop at Village Green in Northbrook both directions.
10/15 Sun 9:00 AM
44             M
Didier Farms Pumpkin Donuts ~ Dana Taylor
Shorter and moderately paced version of the Fast paced Pumpkin Donuts ride.  Goal is Didier Farms for pumpkin donuts, see the pigs, and fall harvest displays then stop on the way back for lunch 
10/17 Tue 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: TOPIC TO BE DETERMINED ~ Shel Orkin
TOPIC TO BE DETERMINED
10/19 Thu 9:00 AM
14             C
Sweet Thursday ~ Barbara Miller
We'll meander through Evanston, Skokie or Wilmette and stop at several points of interest (historical, architectural and/or commercial) on our way to/from a locally owned coffee shop/bake shop for a short mid-morning nosh (not a meal).  Total mileage will be 10-12 or so.  Bring a lock for your bike and perhaps a small backpack, pannier or basket to take a tasty delight home.  Back before noon.
 
10/21 Sat 9:00 AM
68             F+
Bloomingdale - Roosters Barn & Grill ~ Randy Pickard
For those that enjoy seeing the fall foliage, you'll get some great views on this ride. Destination is Roosters, an iconic restaurant in a converted barn in Bloomingdale. Highlight of the ride is a trip around Busse Woods. The Busse Woods paved bike trail is the boundary for an elk preserve, and the elk are usually in pretty close proximity to the trail. The route from Busse Woods to Roosters is along the North Central DuPage Regional Trail. This route features a lots of turns and stoplights in getting west of Des Plaines, but the scenic segments of the route once west of Des Plaines make it a good change of pace ride during fall foliage season.
10/22 Sun 9:00 AM
40             M
Riverwoods ~ Neal Ney
We'll take a scenic, but less direct route to Riverwoods from Panera.  Lunch will be at Greek Feast.
10/22 Sun 9:00 AM
35             M
Old School to Van Patten Woods Trail Ride - Remote: Old School Forest Preserve in Lake County ~ Ed Culp
Remote Start: Old School Forest Preserve.  From Hwy 41 or Tri State tollway, go west on Hwy 60 to St Marys Road, north on St Marys Rd 2 miles.  Park at the Old School parking lot.  From Evanston, allow about 35 minutes for driving about 22 miles to Old School F.P.
Most of the ride is on the Des Plaines River trail but there will be a section on quiet roads so we can eat at a restaurant.
More info: Ed  e_culp@sbcglobal.net
10/28 Sat 9:30 AM
23             C
Brew Pub Ride ~ Dave Barish
We will depart from Panera at 930 am.  We will have a little something to eat before we leave and then spend the rest of the day riding and sipping.  We will ride to Half Acre and take the 11 AM tour before going to their tap room to sample their beer.  Next we will ride to the Revolution Tap Room on Kedzie in Chicago, and then back to Temperance in Evanston.  You can get something to eat at Paninos and bring it to Temperance where we can discuss the variety of brews we have been sampling all day.
 
11/05 Sun 9:00 AM
68             F
Will's Birthday Ride ~ Will Heelan
Join Will Heelan for his annual birthday ride!  The 68 mile Fast ride will connect a lot of bike trails and run mostly at 17 mph. It will start with a nice view of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline from Northwestern University, then back west to travel south on the McCormick bike path through the Skokie Sculpture Park and west on Bryn Mawr to Forest Glen where we head north on the North Branch bike path through the forest preserves to the Botanic Gardens for our lunch stop.  After lunch we head up the Skokie Valley Trail to Rte 176 and east to Lake Bluff.  We will stop by Sunrise Park beach and travel south via scenic roads to the Lake Forest beach.  Then we will continue south via the bike path and through Ft. Sheridan.  We will finish our ride via Sheridan Rd. and various side streets back down the North Shore to Wilmette.  Please bring a lock for the lunch stop at Botanic Garden cafe.
 
11/08 Wed 8:30 AM
33             M
Walnut Room at Macy's - REMOTE: CHANDLER ~ Joanne Davis
Departing CHANDLER at 8:30 to visit this iconic establishment. Let's start the pre-holiday festivities early.  The Christmas tree and all the decorations will be in their splendor! This is the 109th year of the Great Tree which is Cubbie blue and white this year.  Please wear your favorite festive outfit if you wish.
 
We'll travel down the lakefront path at a moderte pace of 13-14 mph, viewing the progress of the Navy Pier Flyover, and skirting Maggie Daley Park. We'll park our bikes in the security of the indoor McDonald's Bike Park ($4.00 cash fee/ bring your lock) and walk the short distance to State Street. If you are unable to ride with us then please consider joining us at The Walnut Room anyway.  The group should arrive prior to 11AM and there will be a wait.  Hopefully we can muscle in on the community table.  Cash payment works best for sorting through the check.
 
 
The Walnut room features a history that started when it opened in 1907 making it the oldest continuously-operated restaurant in the country. It features Circassian walnut paneling imported from Russia, Austrian chandeliers, and a 17,000 square foot dining room. Come check it out!  Back around 3:30pm or so.
 
11/21 Tue 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: TOPIC TO BE DETERMINED ~ Shel Orkin
TOPIC TO BE DETERMINED
12/15 Fri 6:30 AM
25             C
15th Annual Holiday Toy Ride - REMOTE: Amlings Cycle @ 8140 N. Milwaukee, Niles ~ Dave Barish
 
O COME ALL YE CYCLISTS
 
With the Holiday Season upon us, it’s important to think of those less fortunate than ourselves. Amlings Cycle has partnered with the Marines Corp Reserve’s Toys-For-Tots campaign to help make the Holidays brighter for some children.
 
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15TH, 2017 at 6:30am
 
Participants will ride from Amling’s Cycle (8140 N. Milwaukee) to Corcoran’s Grill & Pub (1615 N. Wells) to meet a waiting truck from the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign. We'll then enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast courtesy of Corcoran’s.
 
The time has come to once again pull a trailer full of toys for the kids. The 15th Annual Amling's Cycle Holiday Toy Ride is ON!
 
 
 
12/19 Tue 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: Holiday Party ~ Evanston Bicycle Club
There will not be a club meeting or program, but our annual holiday party will be held instead. Bring a dish to share with your fellow EBCers. There is no warming capability at the Ecology Center, so either bring your dish in a container that keeps it warm, or bring something that can be served at room temperature. Please bring a serving utensil for your dish.
 
12/21 Thu 5:00 AM
15             C
Winter Solstice Concert ($) Remote: Dunkin Donuts DATE TO BE DETERMINED! ~ Dave Barish
Remote Start: Dunkin Donuts, Howard and Western
 
We will again fight Seasonal Affective Disorder by riding city streets on one of the shortest days of the year to the Winter Solstice Concert.  This unique show is well worth the early morning departure.  
 
We will leave Dunkin' Donuts at 5 am sharp.  We should arrive at Constellation, the home of Links Hall, 3111 N Western at about 5:45 am.  The show starts at 6 am.  Your best choice is to buy tickets in advance - http://www.constellation-chicago.com/event/1377284-26th-anniversary-winter-chicago/
 
Because this is a work day we will see who shows up and where they have to be that day before deciding on breakfast and who is riding home. I will plan to eat breakfast but then ride downtown.
 
01/01 Mon 10:00 AM
20             M
2018 New Year's Ride! ~ Cliff Hoffman
Help roll in 2018 on the bike!  The destination will be determined based on weather conditions.

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