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Rest of Schedule From 02/18/19
2016 EBC Ride Schedule

   

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Winter 2019 Rides   Effective: 12/15/18

DRAFT RIDE SCHEDULE 2019

 

Please see each ride for start location:

“Panera start” = Panera Bread, 1199 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette

“Chandler start” = Chandler Center, 1028 Central St, Evanston

Other Starting Locations as shown

 

PLEASE: NO BIKES ON PANERA PATIO OR LEANING ON WINDOWS!

Do NOT park in the Panera parking lot:

On weekends, parking is available in the Metra lot along Poplar Drive south of Greenleaf.

On weekdays, parking is available a few blocks east on Greenleaf Ave: make sure signs allow all-day parking where you park!

  

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.

 

NOTE: Rides showing “LEADER NEEDED” or Leader with “?” are PENDING!

 Details:Yes  No   Pace:  Include:60 Days Rest All From: 
Date Time/Miles Pace Destination~Leader
02/19 Tue 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: Electric Scooters by Maggie Melin ~ Sharon Kaminecki
February 19 – Electric Scooters by Maggie Melin
The Chicago area has not yet permitted scooter companies to start ride-sharing services that are available in other cities.  Proponents say that electric scooters could be useful for trips to and from transit and to fill the gap in options for short-hop trips and could help more households do without a car although there are critics. Leading a discussion of the pros and cons and what we might expect in micro-mobility transportation options will be Maggie Melin, an Advocacy Manager at the Active Transportation Alliance, an advocacy group for bikes, pedestrians, and transit
02/23 Sat 
420-500   VF
Tucson's CycleMania VIII Feb 23rd thru Mar 3rd, 2019 - Remote: Tucson, AZ ~ Felix Angelov
Tucson's CycleMania VIII 2019 trip: 2/23/2019-3/3/2019
 
We are planning our annual winter trip to meet up with Phil Procida 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 2/23/19 and returning to Chicago on 3/03/19.  If you are planning to join us, please contact Felix at vikfel@yahoo.com.
 
 
03/03 Sun 3:30 PM
             
2019 Ride Schedule Meeting ~ Will Heelan
Location:  1606 Elmwood Avenue, Wilmette, IL
 
Calling all Ride Leaders!!
 
We will be meeting to discuss the 2019 EBC Ride Schedule.  Come share your ideas for new and exciting rides.  Lead a ride: you decide when and where we start, where we go, what we see, how fast (or slow) we ride, and ... where we eat!
 
Any member who would like to share their ideas for the Ride Schedule is encouraged to attend this meeting, even if you have never led a ride.
 
Yes, I am making those cookies again!
03/10 Sun 12:00 PM
             
Going Green Matters Environmental Fair ~ Alvin Spector ?
Sunday, March 11th, 2018 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.
 
 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP STAFF EBC TABLE!
 
 
03/19 Tue 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: March 19 - Let’s go that way! Planning a Self-supported Bike Tour by Robb Geiger and Peter Glaser ~ Sharon Kaminecki
March 19 - Let’s go that way! Planning a Self-supported Bike Tour by Robb Geiger and Peter Glaser
 
Is there a place you’ve always wanted to explore by bike but didn’t know how to plan the trip? Can you really just step off a plane, train, or automobile with your bicycle and start riding? EBC club members Robb Geiger and Peter Glaser will share their experience in planning a self-supported bike tour. They’ll cover the essentials: route planning resources, equipment, finding places to stay and eat, navigation, and more.
 
03/23 Sat 9:00 AM
33             M
St. Patrick's Day Ride to the Curragh Irish Pub in the Glen: Panera start ~ Ed Culp ?
Start:  Panera Bread, 1199 Wilmette Ave,  Wilmette
We will ride to the Curragh Irish Pub in the Glen 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 out and join the fun!
03/23 Sat 9:00 AM
35             F
St. Patrick's Day Ride to the Curragh Irish Pub in the Glen: Panera start ~ Jeff Miller ?
Start:  Panera Bread, 1199 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette

We will ride to the Curragh Irish Pub in the Glen 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!
03/23 Sat 9:00 AM
36             F+
St. Patrick's Day Ride to the Curragh Irish Pub in the Glen: Panera start ~ Will Heelan
Start:  Panera Bread, 1199 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette
 
We will ride to the Curragh Irish Pub in the Glen 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!
03/23 Sat 9:30 AM
24             C
St. Patrick's Day Ride to the Curragh Irish Pub in the Glen: Panera start ~ Dave Barish ?
Start:  Panera Bread, 1199 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette
We will ride to the Curragh Irish Pub in the Glen 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.
03/24 Sun 2:00 PM
             
Ride Leader Training ~ Will Heelan
Evanston Public Library, Community Meeting Room, 1st Floor
 
We will hold two sessions of Ride Leader training:
 
     - 2:15 pm for new Ride Leaders:
 
 
     - 3:30 pm for all Ride Leaders
 
RSVP Required: Please watch for posting on Rides Forum for more details!
04/07 Sun 9:00 AM
22             M
Back by Noon / North Shore Channel: Chandler start ~ 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 Tue 9:00 AM
40             M
Riverwoods: Panera start ~ Neal Ney ?
This week's Tuesday Moderate Ride: A slightly circuitous route through Riverwoods with lunch at Greek Feast.
04/16 Tue 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: Bring your Bike with You: Car Racks Demystified by William Wakefield ~ Sharon Kaminecki
Bring your Bike with You:  Car Racks Demystified by William Wakefield
 
At some point everyone wants to go on a bike ride a distance from your front door and that is where a car rack becomes a useful utility.  From roof, trunk, hitch, spare tire, and truck, which rack is the right one to get you around with your bike?  What are the cost and installation considerations?  William Wakefield, Store Manager at Rack Attack in Skokie will share tips for selecting and installing the best rack for you, your bike, and your car.
04/20 Sat 8:30 AM
40             M
Lake Front Trail to new 35th St Bridge/ visit Stephen DouglasTomb /Balbo Monument: Panera start ~ 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 Manny's Deli, 1141 S Jefferson St, Chicago.
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
04/20 Sat 9:00 AM
50             F/F+
Century Training #1 - Libertyville: Panera start ~ Jeff Miller (F), Jay Twery (F+) ?
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 Picnic Basket.
 
Jeff Miller will lead a Fast group (15-17 mph) and Jay Twery will lead a Fast Plus group (17-20 mph).
 
04/21 Sun 9:00 AM
32             M
Lake Forest College Easter Brunch: Panera start ~ Sara Polonsky ?
LEAVING PANERA  @ 09:00 AM.
Join us at 9:00 am on Easter Sunday for a Moderate ride (13-15mph) to Lake Forest College for brunch.  If the Easter Brunch Fast Ride is too fast for you, but you still want to enjoy the abundant brunch (for only about $11) join us at Panera in Wilmette @ 9am for the Moderate version!  Note: the ride will not go if it is raining.

Don`t eat breakfast before you leave for this ride! The brunch is huge & the price is only about $11!
04/21 Sun 9:30 AM
40             F
Lake Forest College Easter Brunch: Panera start ~ 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 & the price is only about $11!
 
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.
04/27 Sat 9:00 AM
60             F/F+
Century Training #2 - Cuba Road: Panera start ~ Steve Schoenfeld(F), Melissa Gattuso ?
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.

Steve Schoenfeld will lead a Fast group (15-17 mph) and Melissa Gattuso will lead a Fast Plus group (17-20 mph)
04/28 Sun 9:00 AM
             
Advanced Cycling Clinic: Panera start ~ Alvin Spector / Rachel Wills ?
Meet at Panera @ 09:00AM.  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/ .
05/04 Sat 8:00 AM
52             F
G.O.A.T.S. Ride the Ups and Downs ($) - Remote: Elizabeth, IL ~ Alvin Spector
Our friends in Galena, The G.O.A.T.S. (Go Out and Tour Somewhere) Bicycle Club - www.goatscycling.com - invite EBC members to join them for their first challenging ride of the season, Ride the Ups and Downs 2019 on Saturday, May 4th.  Enjoy a full day tour of beautiful Galena Country featuring spectacular views and just a few hills. (well maybe more than a few). This is a beautiful ride with good challenges and an appropriate number of rest stops.  Check the ride out at Visitgalena.org.
 
The fee is $25 for the ride.  For complete information on the ride please click on this link: http://www.goatscycling.com/events.html.  There are three routes - 32, 52 and 63 miles.  Start is at CTE Academy, 950 U.S. HWY 20, Elizabeth, IL.  For more info please eMail Alvin Spector at aspec@aol.com.
 
Alvin will be leading an EBC group on the 52 mile route at Fast Pace (15-17mph) but if you want to ride a different distance or at a different pace, this ride accommodates riders on whatever route and speed they choose.
 
05/04 Sat 9:00 AM
20             M
Back by Noon / Super H - Remote: Chandler start ~ 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.
05/04 Sat 9:00 AM
70             F/F+
Century Training #3 - Gurnee: Panera start ~ Brian Montigney (F), Will Heelan (F+ ?
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 Culver's restaurant in Gurnee.
 
Brian Montigney will lead a Fast group (15-17 mph) and Will Heelan will lead a Fast Plus group (17-20 mph).
05/05 Sun 7:30 AM
14-62       F
Tour de Hope ($) - Remote: Kansas City, MO ~ Tom Witt ?
The Tour de Hope is an annual fully-supported charity fundraising ride in Kansas City, Missouri with 14, 36, 50 and 62 mile routes (as well as several challenging climbing options that can be added on), with the routes taking riders past Kansas City’s favorite landmarks and many interesting neighborhoods. The ride begins and ends at the country’s only official national World War I museum, and wraps up with a post-ride party. Online registration is $40 per rider at https://tourdehope.org where you will also find downloadable route maps and cue sheets and other information about the ride. Tom Witt is planning to ride one of the longer routes at Fast pace (15-17) but riders can choose any option and ride at whatever pace they wish.
 
Prior to the day of the ride, there are these other activities nearby so you can make a weekend of it:
 
Friday night (May 4) - 1st Friday in the crossroads district . . . unique art stores, 30+ food trucks, live music on the streets
Saturday night (May 5) - Martin City Brewery Shrimp Boil . . . $25 for craft beer sampling (proceeds benefit Tour de Hope)
 
Please eMail Tom Witt at wittto@comcast.net if you’re planning to go.
05/05 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.
 
05/08 Wed 8:30 AM
45             M
Visit to Osaka Japanese Garden: Chandler start ~ Joanne Davis ?
This week's Wednesday Moderate Ride: Visit to Osaka Japanese Garden and viewing of Yoko Ono's "Sculpture of the Phoenix" in Hyde Park. 45 Miles. Lunch at Valois Cafeteria in Hyde Park.
05/11 Sat 8:00 AM
80             F/F+
Century Training #4 - Almost Algonquin via Cuba Rd: Panera start ~ Peter Glaser - F, Melissa Gattuso - ?
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.

Steven Schoenfeld will lead a Fast group (15-17 mph) and Melissa Gattuso will lead a Fast Plus group (17-20 mph).
05/11 Sat 8:30 AM
18             C
Rosehill Cemetery ride and walking tour: Chandler start ~ Joanne Davis ?
Founded in 1859, Rosehill is Chicago's oldest and largest non-sectarian cemetery. This free 2 hour walking tour will highlight cemetery art, architecture, symbolism and pioneers of Chicago commerce and politics. If you're not able to ride with us then please consider meeting us at the Rosehill main entrance at 5800 N Ravenswood Ave at 10 AM. Please wear a good pair of walking shoes, and bring a strong lock and cable.
 
Roundtrip 17-18 miles.  Pace (city ride) around 11-12 MPH  If you stay for lunch expect to be back by around 3PM.
Lunch will be at the nearby Fireside Grill Restaurant  5739 North Ravenswood. Fireside Menu   
Fireside Brunch Menu
 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosehill_Cemetery
 
https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170417/west-ridge/rosehill-cemetery-map-graves-where-oscar-mayer-sears-john-shedd
05/12 Sun 9:00 AM
50             M
Forest Home Cemetery: Panera start ~ 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.
05/14 Tue 9:00 AM
45             M
Dutch Windmill in Elmhurst: Panera start ~ Neal Ney ?
This week's Tuesday Moderate Ride: We will ride to the oldest windmill in Illinois located in Mt Emblem Cemetery in Elmhurst.
05/14 Tue 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: TOPIC TO BE DETERMINED ~ Sharon Kaminecki
05/15 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 16th 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 Ride of Silence- Evanston.  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. 
05/16 Thu 9:00 AM
25             C
Superdawg - first Casual Thursday ride of the season! Chandler start ~ Connie Uselman
This week's Thursday Casual Ride: Finally the Thursday Casual riding season is upon us. Let's go to Superdawg - an old time hot dog stand in Chicago. We will do a loop ride on established trails and through gentle neighborhoods. Let's look forward to a great year of riding!  See you on the trail.
05/18 Sat 8:00 AM
90             F/F+
Century Training #5 - Volo Bog: Panera start ~ Peter Glaser (F), Will Heelan (F+) ?
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 have lunch at Z's Café in Round Lake before heading over to Volo Bog.  After an optional short hike around the Bog we will return for dessert at either the Deerfield Bakery or Culver's.  Back around 4:30pm.
 
70 mile option: meet the group at the Village Green in Northbrook around 8:45 am.  Please let the Ride Leader know if you plan to do this so they can look for you.
 
Peter Glaser will lead a Fast group (15-17 mph) and Will Heelan will lead a Fast Plus group (17-20 mph).
05/18 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.
05/19 Sun 8:00 AM
28-69       V
Arlington 500 Ride ($) - Remote: Barrington High School ~ Felix Angelov ?
Remote start: Barrington High School - West Parking Lot, 616 W. Main Street, Barrington, Illinois 
Details are available on the Arlington Heights Bicycle Club website - http://www.cyclearlington.com/arlington500.php
Email Felix  vikfel@yahoo.com if you are planning to ride with us, so he can keep you updated about what time we plan to start and where to meet.
05/19 Sun 9:00 AM
42             M
Arlington 500 Ride ($) - Remote: Barrington High School ~ Joanne Davis ?
 
9:00 AM Remote start: Barrington High School - West Parking Lot, 616 W. Main Street, Barrington, Illinois 
Details are available on the Arlington Heights Bicycle Club website - http://www.cyclearlington.com/arlington500.php.  $20 pre-registration required.
 
Joanne will lead an EBC group at Moderate (13-15 mph) Pace on the 42 mile route.
05/21 Tue 9:00 AM
50             M
Lake Bluff: Panera start ~ Neal Ney ?
This week's Tuesday Moderate Ride: We'll take a scenic route through Lake Forest and Lake Bluff to lunch at the famed Bluffingtons.
05/23 Thu 9:00 AM
25             C
Botanic Garden: Chandler Start ~ LEADER NEEDED
This week's Thursday Casual Ride: A nice ride up to Botanic Garden.
05/23 Thu 6:30 PM
25             M
Northbrook Velodrome Dinner Ride: Panera start ~ Jeff Miller ?
This week's Thursday Moderate Dinner Ride: EBC is sponsoring a night of racing at the Northbrook Velodrome on Thursday, May 24th.  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 25th 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: https://www.northbrookcyclecommittee.org/race-descriptions/
 
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 24th.  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
 
05/25 Sat 
             Any
Horsey Hundred May 27-28 ($) - Remote: Georgetown, KY ~ LEADER NEEDED ?
Experience the rolling hills in Kentucky’s Bluegrass on a Bicycle! The annual Horsey Hundred will be held the weekend of May 26-27, 2018, 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/
 
Ride Leader still needed to lead an EBC group at _____ pace,  but this ride accommodates riders at all paces and distances if you prefer a different pace.
 
Please contact Leader Needed if you plan to participate and let them know when you plan to arrive.
 
05/25 Sat 8:00 AM
59             F+
Burlington, 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 it's surprisingly scenic given it's only about 1 hour drive from Evanston.  It will be go at your own pace during the hilly sections, with a possible stop to regroup if people get spread out. There will be a lunch stop in the town of Burlington, and short break at miles 15 and 44. Please email me if you are going to come on the ride at jaytwery@gmail.com. I do not plan on bringing any cue sheets; please print your own using the Route link if you want one. 
 
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, I'll post a cancellation on the forum by 6:30 on the day of the ride.
05/26 Sun 6:00 AM
40             M
Bike The Drive ($) - Remote: Dunkin Donuts, Howard & Western ~ Dana Taylor ?
Dana will be leading a group of EBC riders to "Bike The Drive" on Sunday, May 27th.  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 may split up as speeds may vary.
For details about Bike the Drive and to preregister go to http://www.bikethedrive.org/  

Please email Dana if you plan to come so he knows how many people to expect.  Contact Dana at danataylor1@comcast.net.  In the event of questionable weather he will post a cancellation by 5 am that morning. 
 
Be sure to pre-register for the ride!
 
05/26 Sun 9:00 AM
30             M/C
"Remembering Memorial Day"/ Visit to Ft Sheridan Cemetery: Panera start ~ Joanne Davis (M), Cynthia Karabush ( ?
"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."
 
Joanne will lead a group at the low end of Moderate (13 MPH) pace and Cynthia will lead a group at Casual pace (10-12 mph), with around 30 miles round trip.  Back around 1:30 or 2PM.
 
Lunch at Once Upon a Bagel in Highland Park.
05/26 Sun 9:00 AM
54             F
Plainfield & More - Remote: Mather Woods Forest Preserve ~ Brian Montigney
A lovely 54 mile ride through the farmlands beyond Plainfield with a stop for lunch at a very cute diner in Newark, the Newark Country Kitchen. 
 
The ride will begin and end in the parking lot for the Mather Woods Forest Preserve. To get to there: 
1. travel South on I-55.
2. Turn right (NW) onto W Lincoln Hwy/US-30 W. 
3. Turn left onto W Renwick Rd/County Hwy-36. Continue to follow W Renwick Rd.
4. After crossing over the DuPage River, Mather Woods is (quickly) the second entry on your right. 
 
Estimated travel time is 75-85 minutes with low traffic on a Saturday morning.
 
Please let Brian know at whippetsx2@gmail.com beforehand if you wish to join the ride so we know if we need to wait for anyone at the start.
05/27 Mon 7:00 AM
100           F
Century Training Finale - Butter Burger Century to Pleasant Prairie, WI: Panera start ~ Peter Glaser (F), John Chisholm ( F+ ?
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.

Peter Glaser will lead a group at Fast pace (15-17 mph) and John Chisholm will lead a group at Fast Plus (17-20 mph).
05/27 Mon 9:00 AM
59             F
Mundelein Caboose Restaurant: Panera start ~ Jeff Miller ?
We will start at Panera and ride to Mundelein at a Fast pace.  Total distance is 59 miles.  Lunch is at Caboose Restaurant in Mundelein.  We will return via the 176 trail to the North Branch Trail.  A link to the route on Ride with GPS is above.  Caboose Menu.
05/28 Tue 9:00 AM
40             M
Estate Lane: Panera start ~ Neal Ney ?
This week's Tuesday Moderate Ride: Join Neal for his expanded tour of the former Albert Lasker estate in Lake Forest.  We will be making lots of stops for building gawking.  If you would also like to know more about the estate you can find the publication at: Lasker Estate Tour Booklet
 
We will ride at a steady moderate pace to and from the estate, but some patience will be necessary as we explore the estate because of the frequent stops. It is possible that lunch will be a bit later than usual, so breakfast and snack accordingly.
 
05/30 Thu 9:00 AM
22             C
Trail Loop Ride: Chandler start ~ Connie Uselman
This week's Thursday Casual Ride: Casual ride, 9 am from Chandler Park.  How many trails can we find in one day?  Come explore Skokie Valley Trail (south) to Sauganash Trail to the North Branch Trail and return via the Channel Trail.  We will nourish ourselves in Edgebrook or at Mariano's. Around 22 miles and return around 1:30.
 
06/01 Sat 8:00 AM
40             M
Mettawa and St. Mary's Road: Panera start ~ 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.
06/01 Sat 9:00 AM
24             M
Back by Noon / Willow Hill: Chandler start ~ Jack Weiss ?
Remote Start:  Chandler Center, 1028 Central St, Evanston
 
Jack will be leading this ride at High Casual pace, around 12 mph through south Wilmette, using 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.
 
06/02 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:  http://www.mchenrybicycleclub.org/index.php/udder-century
06/02 Sun 7:30 AM
62             F+
The Udder Century ($)- Remote: Union, IL ~ Alvin Spector ?
Remote Start: McHenry College, 8900 US Hwy 14, Crystal Lake, IL
 
We will do the 62 mile route on the Udder Century at a Fast Plus pace. If you are planning to join us, please let me know so I can look for you.  Contact Alvin Spector at Aspec@aol.com

Advanced registration with the McHenry Bicycle Club is necessary as they do not do same day registration: http://www.mchenrybicycleclub.org/index.php/udder-century
 
06/02 Sun 8:00 AM
60             M
C.E.R.T.'s Pancake Breakfast Ride in Lake Zurich: Panera start ~ 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.
 
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/barrington/community/chi-ugc-article-11th-annual-all-u-can-eat-pancake-breakfast-2018-03-13-story.html#share=email~story
06/02 Sun 8:00 AM
65             F
C.E.R.T.'s Pancake Breakfast Ride in Lake Zurich: Panera start ~ 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.
 
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/barrington/community/chi-ugc-article-11th-annual-all-u-can-eat-pancake-breakfast-2018-03-13-story.html#share=email~story
06/02 Sun 9:00 AM
20             C
Highland Park's Sweet Side: Panera start ~ 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.
06/06 Thu 9:00 AM
25             C
Edgebrook & more: Chandler start ~ Marty Horn ?
This week's Thursday Casual Ride: 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.
 
06/08 Sat 
125-196   F
Tour of the Mississippi River Valley ~ Scott Schaedel
Tour Of the Mississippi River Valley (TOMRV), scheduled for June 8-9. This ride has been a favorite of cyclists for many years because of the variety of the terrain, beautiful vistas, and the short 2.5 hour drive to the start.  There are two route options, both challenging because of the hilly terraine.  Leave on Saturday from Bettendorf, Iowa (106 miles) or from Goose Lake, Iowa (75 miles), and travel to Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. The next day we return using a different route to Bettendorf (90 miles) or to Goose Lake (50 miles). The route is varied and scenic, using lightly traveled paved roads. There are many views of the Mississippi River as we ride along it, over it on bridges, and through it on causeways. The route is hilly near Dubuque, with 6,000 feet of climbing on Saturday and 4,000 feet on Sunday.  Scott will lead an EBC group at Fast pace (15-17mph) but you can also choose which distance or pace you ride.  Check out the website below and contact Scott Schaedel @ svschaed2@gmail.com if you have any questions.
 
Registration is open.  The initial fee of $73.00 will increase to $84.00 on April 1, will increase again on May 27, as well as at packet pick-up. New this year is a $20.00 discount for active and veteran military members.  This discount runs through May 8.  The TOMRV homepage is:  http://qcbc.org/tomrv
 
Register for 2019 at: https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=130934
06/08 Sat 9:00 AM
45             M
Lyons & Burlington Wisconsin - Remote: Brighton Dale Golf Course ~ Ken Schulein ?
This ride goes on rural roads with rolling hills to the town of Lyons. Rest Stops with snacks are at mile 12 and 25. We stop for lunch at The Coffee House in Burlington at mile 35.

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.
06/08 Sat 9:00 AM
50             F
Libertyville Culvers: Panera start ~ Jeff Miller ?
A nice big loop ride out to the Culvers in Libertyville.
06/08 Sat 10:00 AM
25             M
Hot Dogs in Highwood: Panera start ~ Jo Gayle ?
 
Join us for a ride to Highwood, where we will stop for lunch at the Mean Wiener.  We will ride at a High Casual/Low Moderate pace, 11-13 mph.
06/09 Sun 
300           Any
Grand Illinois Bike Tour - June 10 to 15 ($) - Remote: Clinton, IL ~ LEADER NEEDED ?
Join us June 10-15 for the 16th annual Grand Illinois Bike Tour. The 2018 route will feature central Illinois with a special focus on Abraham Lincoln history. We’ll enjoy great bicycling on quiet country roads and visit charming towns and places from Lincoln’s life in Springfield, Decatur, New Salem, and his days as a lawyer on the 8th Judicial Circuit.
 
Our unforgettable six-day ride will make a loop starting and ending in Clinton, with overnight stops in Lincoln, Springfield (2 nights), and Decatur (2 nights). Choose among our daily mileage options for a total ranging from 200 to 370 miles. Pick between our camping and motel options, and enjoy evenings filled with good food and fellowship with riders hailing from around the country. Proceeds benefit Ride Illinois and support our mission to make Illinois a better, safer, and more enjoyable place to ride.  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/2018-grand-illinois-bike-tour/
 
Ride at your own pace with daily routes ranging 43-59 miles and longer route options available.  Let the Ride Leader know if you plan to join the ride to sign in and make sure your mileage is recorded.  
06/09 Sun 8:00 AM
70             F
Barrington Hills & Beyond - Remote: Northbrook Village Green Park ~ Jeff Miller ?
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.
06/09 Sun 8:00 AM
             Any
Ride 2 Recovery Honor Ride Chicago ($) - Remote: Evanston Subaru of Skokie ~ Dana Taylor ?
 Remote Start:  Evanston Subaru of Skokie, 3340 Oakton St, Skokie
 
Help injured and healing veterans, through cycling on Sunday, June 10 at 8am.  Dana Taylor  will be leading an EBC group at Moderate pace (13-15mph) but this ride accommodates riders at all speeds.
 
Developed by Ride 2 Recovery/Project HERO and sponsored by Evanston Subaru in Skokie and United Airlines, Honor Ride Chicago provides a life changing experience for our healing heroes.  Ride with veterans, enlisted military and hundreds of supporters on a fun, non-competitive ride along the North Shore.   
 
Ride begins in Skokie.  Three non-competitive distances: 18, 36 or 50 miles. Ride features rest stops and SAG support in case of a flat tire or if you need a lift.  Following the ride, at Evanston Subaru in Skokie, you’ll receive a finishing medal, enjoy a free lunch from Del Campo’s taco bar and live entertainment by the Humboldt Park Orchestra.  
 
Please join Honor Ride Chicago for a memorable day saluting our military heroes.  In years past, Honor Ride Chicago has been honored to have a US Senator and Congressman in attendance to support our Veterans.
 
Please register today at:
 
The first 10 EBC riders to register get $10 off with the code ROBFRIEND
 
 
06/09 Sun 8:30 AM
             M
Bicycle Club of Lake County RAMBLE ($) - Remote: Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort, Wilmot, WI ~ Joanne Davis ?
Bicycle Club of Lake County RAMBLE ($) -Remote: Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort, Wilmot WI
 
Participate in one of the Chicago-Milwaukee area’s best recreational rides through beautiful rural roads in Northeastern Illinois and Southeastern Wisconsin.  Their "Ride with GPS" maps show a RED route with an elevation of to 575 feet, and a BLUE route up to 493 ft elevation.
 
Details at:  http://bikebclc.com/ramble-ride/   Please email Joanne at jbdavis715@comcast.net to coordinate meeting and ride routes.
06/11 Tue 9:00 AM
45             M
Middlefork Savanna: Panera start ~ Neal Ney ?
This week's Tuesday Moderate Ride: 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.
06/13 Thu 9:00 AM
22             C
Butterfly Garden at Chicago Botanic Gardens: Chandler start ~ Ken Schulein ?
This week's Thursday Casual Ride: Ride to Botanic Garden via the new trail connecting the Green Bay Trail to the Chicago Botanic Gardens and view the Butterfly Garden ($8/$7 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.
 
06/15 Sat 
25-100     Any
Peninsula Century ($) - Remote: Bailey's Harbor, WI ~ Melissa Gattuso ?
Remote: Bailey's Harbor Town Hall, 2392 Cty F, Bailey's Harbor, WI.
 
Fantastic riding in Door County!  We will meet at the start of the Century in Bailey’s Harbor on Saturday.  Contact Melissa @ melissa.gattuso@icloud.com if you are interested.
Peninsula Century Spring Classic - A Door County Century Ride: peninsulacenturyspringclassic.com
 
Melissa will be leading an EBC Fast Plus group on the century at 17-20 mph, but you can ride at any pace or distance you choose and other EBC groups may form at other speeds if ride leaders are present.  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.
06/15 Sat 9:00 AM
45             M
Lake Forest: Panera start ~ 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.
06/15 Sat 1:30 PM
28             M
Taste of DesPlaines to see AMERICAN ENGLISH - Beatles Tribute Band: Panera start ~ Nancy Warren ?
Are you ready to TWIST & SHOUT?!?
Are you ready for a MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR?!?
YOU SAY YOU WANT A REVOLUTIONary bike ride?!?
Well then, SHAKE IT UP BABY and join fellow EBC riders:
 
High end Moderate, low end of Fast  -  28 miles roundtrip: Ride to Taste of DesPlaines to see AMERICAN ENGLISH - Beatles Tribute Band 3PM show.  They put on a great show!
 
WE WILL STAY FOR THE ENTIRE SHOW and there will also be food options at the Taste of DesPlaines
 
As another option: you could do the AM Show & Go ride, then come back to Panera for a bite to eat (we should patronize our Panera)
and then join this 1:30 PM ride!
 
http://www.americanenglish.com/the_show_scroll.html
 
https://www.desplaines.org/government/citydept/media/taste_of_des_plaines.htm
06/16 Sun 8:00 AM
70             F+
Burlington, WI - Remote: Bristol Woods, WI ~ Jay Twery ?
Remote Start:  Bristol Woods, WI
 
This ride will be on quiet rural roads with little traffic and some rolling hills, though a few of them are steep.  It will be go at your own pace during the hilly sections, and Fast Plus otherwise. We'll stop and regroup if people get spread out while riding the hills. There will be a lunch stop in the town of Burlington, and a short break at miles 15 and 54. Please email Jay @ jaytwery@gmail.com if you have any questions about the ride.
 
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, I'll post a cancellation on the forum by 6:30 on the day of the ride.
 
06/16 Sun 9:00 AM
25             C
Glencoe: Panera start ~ Bill Benjamin ?
We'll do much of the NSC 25 mile route.  Mostly quiet, residential streets.
06/18 Tue 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: TOPIC TO BE DETERMINED ~ Sharon Kaminecki
 
 
06/20 Thu 9:00 AM
25             C
Georgie V's in Northbrook: Chandler start ~ Bill Benjamin ?
This week's Thursday Casual Ride: Destination - lunch at Georgie V's in Northbrook.  This ride is mostly on residential streets and in the forest preserve. 
06/20 Thu 5:00 PM
TBD           C
Bike To Work Day Rally - Remote: Daley Plaza ~ LEADER NEEDED ?
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.  Chicago's Bike to Work Week celebrates bicycles as a commuting option.  Many club members commute to work so let's kick off the week right by joining the Chicago Bike Week Rally in Daley Plaza on Thursday, June 21 at at 5 p.m. This year offers a new evening rally featuring a Revolution Brewing Beer Garden, as well as a host of other sponsors and partners! 
06/22 Sat 9:00 AM
20             C
Chicago Botanic Garden: Panera start ~ Connie Uselman
We will ride to the Chicago Botanic Garden and spend about an hour walking through the gardens and having lunch.
06/23 Sun 8:30 AM
37             M
Lake Forest Estate Lane: Panera start ~ Joanne Davis ?
Estate Lane and view of Albert Lasker's remaining estate buildings.  Lunch stop at Bannockburn Green.
06/25 Tue 9:00 AM
40             M
Riverwoods: Panera start ~ Neal Ney ?
This week's Tuesday Moderate Ride: We'll take a scenic, but less than direct route to Riverwoods.  Lunch will be at Greek Feast.
06/27 Thu 9:00 AM
20             C
Glencoe & Homer's Ice Cream: Chandler start ~ Ed Culp ?
This week's Thursday Casual Ride: We will ride through residential streets up to Glencoe, stop at Homer's for ice cream, then ride back to Chandler.
06/28 Fri 9:00 AM
20             C
Highland Park's Sweet Side: Chandler start ~ Cynthia Karabush ?
In honor of the royal wedding and its taste of British traditions, Cynthia's revising her usual "sweet" route. Help her celebrate the U.K.'s National Cream Tea Day by searching out tea & scones on our way to Highland Park for lunch! There will be an opportunity to buy specialty teas before our return to Wilmette.
http://www.creamteasociety.co.uk/national-cream-tea-day
06/29 Sat 9:00 AM
50             F
Civil War Days at Lakewood Forest Preserve($) - Remote: Village Green Park in Northbrook ~ Peter Glaser ?
 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.
06/30 Sun 8:00 AM
61             F+
Burlington Wisconsin Scenic Cruise - Remote: Bristol Woods Park, WI ~ Melissa Gattuso ?
Melissa will lead the Fast Plus Group (17-20mph) leaving Briston Woods at 08:00AM!
 
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 Fast Plus (17-20mph).  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.
06/30 Sun 8:30 AM
40             M
Lake Bluff: Panera start ~ 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.
06/30 Sun 9:00 AM
60             F
Burlington Wisconsin Scenic Cruise - Remote: Bristol Woods Park, WI ~ Dennis Miller ?
Dennis will lead the FAST group (15-17mph) leaving Bristol Woods at 09:00AM.
 
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 Fast pace (15-17mph).  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 7:30 AM.
07/02 Tue 9:00 AM
55             M
Libertyville - Liberty Restaurant: Panera start ~ Neal Ney ?
This week's Tuesday Moderate Ride: We will celebrate Independence Day with a ride to Libertyville and lunch at the Liberty restaurant.  If there are enough riders interested and another ride leader, there may also be a Fast section.
07/02 Tue 6:30 PM
             M
Tuesday Night Fireworks & Feast Ride: Panera start ~ John Chisholm ?
Start:  Panera Bread, 1199 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette
 
EBC Fireworks Enthusiasts:
 
Wilmette will hold its annual Independence Day fireworks extravaganza on July 3rd at 9:30pm at the lakefront at Gillson Park, and we will be there to witness this spectacular event!
 
This very moderate ride will start at Panera (Wilmette) on Tuesday at 6:30pm and wander the North Shore for awhile, arriving at Tsing Tao Mandarin Chinese restaurant (537 Green Bay Road, Wilmette) at or about 7:30pm for an All-American-Chinese Reconciliation-Tariff Avoidance feast.  After dining, we will proceed to the eastern lawn of the Baha'i Temple (just off the west public sidewalk on Sheridan Road, south of the Wilmette Harbor and about 90 feet north of Linden Avenue).  It is a virtually perfect and almost entirely unobstructed viewing location.
 
Feel free to join us for any one or all of these wonderfully activities.  It will elevate your life, stimulate your heart, satiate your stomach, enliven your soul, and celebrate our nation's Independence, all to one extent or another.   Lights and helmets mandatory, mosquito repellent and something to sit on are recommended.
 
07/03 Wed 9:00 AM
30             M
DesPlaines River Trail - Remote: Libertyville ~ Peter Glaser ?
Do you enjoy riding your bike on a quiet, scenic trail? Perhaps you are a bit tired of sharing the road with cars. Join us on the north section of the Des Plaines river trail (DPRT). The DPRT has a crushed limestone surface, suitable for bikes with wider-tires. We will begin the ride on the DPRT at Buckley Road (137) in Libertyville, adjacent to Independence Grove FP. We will ride north to Rosecrans Road (173), take a quick break, and then retrace our path to Buckley Road. We will enjoy lunch at Wildberry Café at the end of the ride, so those with afternoon holiday plans can skip lunch and hop back in their cars. 
 
Parking is available in the shopping center on the SE corner of Milwaukee (21) and Buckley (137). Additional parking is available at the Wildberry Café on the SW corner of Milwaukee (21) and Buckley (137). Riders will meet on the DPRT on the north side of Buckley, 300 yards east of Milwaukee. Please note that Independence Grove charges non-Lake County residents a small parking entry fee.
 
07/04 Thu 9:00 AM
32             C
Views of the Lake from Ft. Sheridan: Chandler start ~ Ken Schulein ?
This week's Thursday Casual Ride goes to Ft. Sheridan
07/06 Sat 9:00 AM
23             M
Back by Noon / Forest Glen: Chandler start ~ Jack Weiss ?
Remote Start:  Chandler Center, 1028 Central St, Evanston
We'll head west to the Valley Line / Skokie Line Trail at Dempster and ride to Bryn Mawr, then stop iin Forest Glen for a rest stop.  We'll return to the new extension of the North Branch Trail, ride east thru the city to the Channel Trail at Argyle, then home.
07/06 Sat 9:00 AM
45             M
Waterford Loop - Remote: Brighton Dale Golf Course ~ Ken Schulein ?
This ride goes on rural roads with rolling hills while looping through scenic areas around Waterford.  We will eat at Sam's Diner at mile 20 and stop for Ice cream at Uncle Harry's at mile 33.  The pace will be Moderate (13-15) but slower on the hills. Faster riders may ride ahead at their own pace.

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.
07/07 Sun 9:00 AM
40             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 – 40 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.  The public parking lot is located right behind the More Brewing Company at 126 S. Villa Ave, Villa Park, IL, 60181.
 
Driving from Wilmette takes 45-60 minutes, depending on traffic. 
 
Please send an eMail to either Brian, whippetsx2@gmail.com or Diana Montigney, dmontign@gmail.com if you decide to enjoy the outing with us, so no one gets left behind if they are running late!
07/07 Sun 9:00 AM
50             M
To Be Determined: Panera start ~ Dana Taylor ?
Destination to be determined but certainly it will be somewhere fun to ride to and a good lunch before return!
07/09 Tue 9:00 AM
40             M
EBC Pool Party: Panera start ~ Shel Orkin ?
This week's Tuesday Moderate Ride: Shel Orkin will be hosting his annual EBC pool party on Tuesday.  Bring a swim suit, towel and lunch money.  Shel will bring in lunch and the cost will be shared by the group.
07/09 Tue 9:30 AM
28             C
EBC Pool Party: Panera Start ~ Connie Uselman
Want to bike and swim and eat? Join me for a Casual ride to Shel Orkin's annual pool party. We will depart from Panera at 9:30 am. Our route will be about 28 miles total returning around 3 pm.
 
Bring a swim suit, towel and lunch money.  Shel will bring in lunch and the cost will be shared by the group.
07/10 Wed 8:30 AM
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Tour of Ft. Sheridan ~ Joanne Davis ?
Wed July 11 8:30 Moderate from Chandler-Newberger. Our own Cynthia Karabush will be our personal docent and take us on a tour of Ft Sheridan and here are some questions which she has posed to us:
 
What group(s) of people were the fort & its stockade built to protect Chicago from?
 
Did you know George Patton once lived at Ft. Sheridan (and married a local woman)?
 
Why did 60,000 North Shore civilians come to the fort (most camping in tents on the Parade Ground) in 1918?
 
Can you tell the difference between a Lieutenant's residence, a Captain's residence and a Commander's residence?
 
Why are 9 German WWII POW's buried at the Fort Sheridan Cemetery?
 
Please join us to SEE the answers to these questions and more...
07/11 Thu 9:00 AM
29             C
Cherry Pit Cafe in Deerfield: Chandler start ~ Marty Horn ?
This week's Thursday Casual Ride: We will be riding to the Cherry Pit Cafe in Deerfield via a nice meandering route that does not use Deerfield Rd and maintaining EBC's alternative moniker, Eating Biking Club.  Except for eating, this ride is casual: 10-12 mph & 29 miles.
07/11 Thu 6:30 PM
25             M
Taste of Park Ridge Dinner Ride: Panera start ~ Jeff Miller ?
This week's Thursday Moderate Dinner Ride will go to Taste of Park Ridge - featuring a variety of local restaurant food vendors and live entertainment.
07/13 Sat 7:00 AM
108           F+
Bull Valley: Panera start ~ Steven Schoenfeld ?
The total distance is about 108 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!
07/13 Sat 9:00 AM
45             M
Middlefork Savanna: Panera start ~ 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.
07/13 Sat 9:00 AM
41             F
Discover Deerfield: Panera start ~ Jeff Miller ?
We will take a meandering route to lunch at the Rhapsody Cafe in Deerfield, a town we often ride past, but not into.
07/14 Sun 8:00 AM
72             F/F+
Barrington Hills & Beyond - Remote: Northbrook Village Green ~ Jeff Miller (F) / Will Heelan (F+) ?
Remote start:  Village Green Park in Northbrook (corner of Walters & Meadow). 
 
Jeff Miller will lead a Fast group (16-17 mph) and Will Heelan will lead a Fast Plus group (17-20 mph).
 
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.
 
07/14 Sun 9:00 AM
25             C
Logan Square Farmers Market: Panera start ~ 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.
07/16 Tue 9:00 AM
40             M
Lake Forest: Panera start ~ Neal Ney ?
This week's Tuesday Moderate Ride: 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.
07/16 Tue 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: TOPIC TO BE DETERMINED ~ Sharon Kaminecki
 
 
07/18 Thu 9:00 AM
25             C
Superdawg: Chandler start ~ Bill Benjamin ?
This week's Thursday Casual Ride: Ride will be mostly on a trail through the forest preserves.  Destination is Superdawg, a drive-in that is a Chicago Landmark. 
07/20 Sat 8:00 AM
63             F+
Burlington, WI - Remote: Bristol Woods Park, WI ~ Jay Twery ?
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.
 
John will lead a Fast Plus group (17-20mph) leaving Bristol Woods at 08:00 AM.
07/20 Sat 8:00 AM
60             F
Burlington, WI - Remote: Bristol Woods Park, WI ~ Dennis Miller ?
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.
 
Dennis Miller will lead a Fast group (15-17mph) leaving Bristol Woods at 08:00 AM.
07/20 Sat 9:00 AM
25             C
Coffee and Ice Cream Ride: Panera start ~ Jo Gayle ?
Our Coffee and Ice Cream Ride is going to Highland Park for coffee (not sure where yet), and then to Graeter's on Green Bay Rd. in Hubbard Woods for ice cream!  We will ride at a high casual/low moderate pace (11-13 mph).
07/21 Sun 8:30 AM
70             F
Jelly Belly Ride - Remote: Lake Forest Northcroft Park ~ Steve Tattleman ?

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!
07/21 Sun 9:00 AM
30             C
Fort Sheridan & La Casa de Isaac: Panera start ~ Bill Benjamin ?
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.
07/23 Tue 9:00 AM
40             M
Mitsuwa: Panera start ~ Neal Ney ?
This week's Tuesday Moderate Ride: We'll ride to Mitsuwa, a popular Japanese food court in Arlington Heights.
07/25 Thu 9:00 AM
27             C
Seafood City: Chandler start ~ LEADER NEEDED
This week's Thursday Casual Ride: How many trails can one take in a morning ride? Let's find out. Is it possible to connect the new Skokie Valley Trail (south) to the Sauganash Trail to the Chicago River North Branch Trail to the Channel Trail? Join us and see. For fuel and refreshments we will graze at Seafood City, a Filipino Supermarket. This market contains many quick-serve grilling stations. Bring a pannier for take home treats.
 
Round trip is 25 to 27 miles, back around 2 pm.
 
07/26 Fri 
             Any
Amishland and Lakes: July 26-28 ($) - Remote: LaGrange, Indianna ~ Jo Gayle ?
Amishland and Lakes, based at Lakeland High School in LaGrange, Indiana is a two day bike tour of the Amish countryside and lakes of northeast Indiana.
 
The Amishland and Lakes bicycle tour visits a world where lifestyles have remained almost unchanged for over a hundred years. The routes range from 22 to 100 miles, offering smooth, quiet roads, where buggies are numerous and cars are few. There are wide open spaces, clean country air, friendly people and lots of great food. There is plenty to explore, experience and eat. Amishland and Lakes is famous for great SAG food (watermelons, peaches, blueberries, bananas and fresh baked cookies), and on Saturday there are Amish bakeries, restaurants and homemade ice cream parlors along the route for riders who want to sample local "home cooking".
 
ROUTES: On Saturday riders will have a choice of 22, 38, 52, 67, or 100 miles over smooth, quiet lightly traveled roads with few hills. The 67 and 100 mile routes pass through Shipshewana, and the 52, 67 and 100 mile routes loop through the lake filled scenic countryside around Wolcottville. On Sunday, we have routes of 23, 29, 39, and 50 that travel east through Amish country and the Pigeon River Nature area.  Friday Ride Option: For those who wish to ride on Friday we suggest the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail.
 
For instructions, directions, and general information follow this link. http://www.amishlandandlakes.com/index.html
 
Here's a link to lodging: http://www.lagrangechamber.org/list/ql/where-to-sleep-31
 
Jo is planning on staying at the Blue Gate Garden Inn in Shipshewana: http://www.bluegategardeninn.com/.  Her recommendation for anyone planning on doing the optional Friday ride is to stay in Shipshewana.  There's also a number of lodging options in Howe, Indiana.  If you have any questions, please contact Jo Gayle at jigcsr@gmail.com.
 
Jo will be leading an EBC group at low end of Moderate (11-13 mph) but the ride accommodates riders at any pace if you wish to ride at a different speed.
 
07/27 Sat 
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Pedal Across Wisconsin (PAW) Northwoods Tour - Remote: Rhinelander, WI ~ Bruce Miller ?
Pedal Across Wisconsin (PAW) Northwoods Tour: July 28 - August 4, 2018
Remote start: Rhinelander, WI
Fully supported one-week tour in northern Wisconsin.
 
Wisconsin's original and longest running Northwoods loop tour* since 1989...from Rhinelander to Eagle River, Nicolet National Forest, and the largest fresh-water chain of lakes in the world.  Join us for a week of cycling through this magical land of birch, pine, and lakes. Visit a logging museum. Swim in cool clear waters. Discover why the spell of the Northwoods captures the souls of young and old alike. Explore Nicolet National Forest where there are more lakes and trees than people....follow Dr. J's downhill routes to bakeries and ice cream... enjoy indoor pools and whirlpools each night.... refuel at PAW's one of a kind post ride "Happy Hour" and step up to terrific buffet dinners and relax nightly as you take advantage of your luxurious surroundings.  Two distances are offered most days (e.g., 44 or 65 miles).  Day-To-Day Itinerary
 
Bruce will be leading an EBC group on the longer distances at Fast pace (15-17mph) but the ride accomodates riders at all speeds if you wish to ride at a different pace.
 
For more info: http://www.pedalacrosswisconsin.com/Northwoods-bike-trip.html
07/27 Sat 8:00 AM
77             F
Pierogi Fest in Whiting: Panera start ~ 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.
07/27 Sat 8:45 AM
50             M
Waterford Factory Ride - Remote: Waterford, WI ~ Ken Schulein ?
Remote Start: Waterford Precision Cycles 816 W. Bakke Ave, Waterford, WI - July 27, 2019
Get out of the city and head to Wisconsin for some beautiful, rural riding!   And for a bonus, see how top quality, custom bicycles are built.
 
In conjunction with the KR Bike 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.  The route will be on beautiful, quiet Wisconsin roads with rolling hills.  Richard Schwinn will provide snacks at the factory and basic sag support.  There's no charge but helmets and a sign-off are required (in addition to the EBC Ride Sheet sign-off).
 
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.
07/28 Sun 8:00 AM
70             V
EBC Picnic Ride: Panera start ~ Felix Angelov ?
Starts at: Panera Bread, 1199 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette.
The picnic will be at Lighthouse Park, Sheridan Road and Central Street in Evanston.
07/28 Sun 8:30 AM
40             F
EBC Picnic Ride - Remote: Lighthouse Park, Central & Sheridan ~ Tom Witt & Jeff Miller ?
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.  If there are a lot of riders again for this Fast ride, Jeff Miller will lead a second section!
07/28 Sun 8:30 AM
44             F+
EBC Picnic Ride - Remote: Lighthouse Park, Central & Sheridan ~ LEADER NEEDED
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.
07/28 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.  
07/28 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.
08/01 Thu 9:00 AM
25             C
The Glen: Chandler start ~ Bill Benjamin ?
This week's Thursday Casual Ride: 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.
08/02 Fri 
             Any
Lakeshore Ski and Sports Club biking weekend in WI ~ Connie Uselman ?
Lakeshore Ski and Sports Club is inviting Evanston Bike Club to join them for a biking weekend in WI!
 
Bike Wisconsin—Elroy-Sparta Trail—Aug. 3-5
Join Lakeshore Ski & Sports Club  to bike one of the most popular trails in the country—the Elroy-Sparta State Trail in southwestern Wisconsin. This crushed limestone trail follows an abandoned railroad bed 32.5 miles through the WI countryside including three rock tunnels ranging from 1/4 to ¾ miles.  Drive on your own and stay with us at the Park Oasis Inn-Best Western, which is approximately 15 miles from the Elroy trailhead of the bike trail.  Enjoy the pool, hot tub, pool table, lounge and restaurant where you will receive a 10% discount on breakfast.
 
On Saturday we plan to ride the northern half of the bike trail route starting in Wilton.  Riders have the option of riding approximately 46 miles round trip from Wilton to Sparta on this abandoned railroad track, which includes 2 rock tunnels and a lunch break in Sparta. Riders can opt for a shorter distance with a lunch break in Norwalk on the return.
 
On Sunday we’ll drive to Elroy and ride the southern part of the route—Elroy to Wilton (approximately 38 miles round-trip)—with a lunch break in Wilton.
 
If you have boundless biking energy, the Elroy-Sparta State Trail also connects to other local trails that you could add on Friday or Sunday, such as La Crosse River State Trail, 400 State Trail and Mill Bluff State Park. 
 
Leader: Ed Hanlon  ehanlon@rgla.com  Wk: 847-916-2708  M:847-275-7452
Assistant: Jan Carlson  jan_carlson@sbcglobal.net
 
Additional Information:  
Trail passes ($5/person/day) are not included in the price.  Instructions for obtaining the passes will be sent via a separate email. Trail surface is crushed limestone. Headlights and jackets are needed for the tunnels, which are dark and cool and water from springs above can trickle onto the trail. Bikers should walk bikes through the tunnels.
 
Link to trail information and maps:
https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/elroysparta/
 
Non-Member Rate (double occupancy): $225
Details:2 night accommodation, double-occupancy at Park Oasis Inn-Best Western. Enjoy the pool, hot tub, pool table, lounge. Continental Breakfast also included. [Trail passes ($5/person/day) are not included in the price.]
Single Rm. Supplement: $180
 
Website link to the event where you can register - 
http://www.lssc.org/content.aspx?page_id=87&club_id=316133&item_id=796770
 
Connie will have the EBC Sign-in sheet and plans to ride at Casual pace (10-12mph) but riders can choose whatever pace they wish.
08/03 Sat 8:00 AM
60-80       V+
Barrington Hills - Remote: Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve ~ Felix Angelov ?
Remote Start VF+ Ride to Barrington Hills. Will start at Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve (18163 W Checker Rd, Long Grove, IL 60047) at 08:00 Sharp. We will ride in the Barrington Hills area for 60-80 miles with a short stop in the middle. Contact Felix at vikfel@yahoo.com if you plan on riding so you can get any last moment changes/updates.
08/03 Sat 8:30 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 Docks (Docks Bar & Grill - on the waterfront of Bangs Lake).  Culver's ice cream on the way home.
 
 
08/04 Sun 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.  Steven will be leading the group at Fast pace (15-17mph) If there is interest and another rider leader, there may be another group riding at Fast Plus (17-20mph).
 
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.
08/04 Sun 9:00 AM
22             M
Back By Noon / North Shore Channel: Chandler start ~ 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.
08/06 Tue 9:00 AM
48             M
Panera to Panera, the long way: Panera start ~ Neal Ney ?
This week's Tuesday Moderate Ride: A slightly meandering route from Panera (Wilmette) to Panera (Lake Bluff).
08/08 Thu 9:00 AM
20             C
Chocolate Shoppe: Chandler start ~ Marty Horn ?
 This week's Thursday Casual Ride: Take a casual ride to the Chocolate Shoppe for ice cream.   
08/10 Sat 9:00 AM
50             F
Picnic Basket Restaurant in Libertyville: Panera start ~ 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.
08/10 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
08/10 Sat 9:00 AM
35             M
Botanic Garden Kite Festival: Panera start ~ 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.  See a video here: Chicago Fire Kite Team @ Botanic.  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 and circuitous route 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 nooks and crannies and travel on a couple of obscure little bike paths which you may not have seen before.  Around 11:30 am, we will enter Botanic Garden from the north, 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 and 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 be prepared for 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 in the grass out in the sun watching the kites.  For more info, follow this link - Kite Festival
08/11 Sun 
             M
Boulevard Lakefront Tour ~ Jo Gayle ?
An Active Trans original, the Boulevard Lakefront Tour, returns on Aug 12! Bike through some of Chicago’s greatest neighborhoods while checking out historical landmarks and points of interest! Riders can choose from three rides and revisit some of the original BLT routes, which started in 1989 as the first major fundraising event for the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation.
 
Explore the city, choose the distance: a 12, 22, 32 mile route. This year we're traveling towards the south side.  Link to more info: http://bltride.org/
 
Jo Gayle is planning on riding the 32 mile route at a moderate pace.
08/11 Sun 9:00 AM
25             C
Highland Park's Sweet Side: Panera start ~ Cynthia Karabush ?
 
Join us 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.
08/13 Tue 9:00 AM
50             M
Lambs Farm: Panera start ~ Neal Ney ?
 
This week's Tuesday Moderate Ride: We'll lunch in the popular restaurant at this famed institution for the developmentally disabled.
08/15 Thu 9:00 AM
25             C
Northbrook and Georgie V's: Chandler start ~ Ken Schulein ?
This week's Thursday Casual Ride: We will ride at a casual pace (10-12 mph) to Georgie V's Restaurant in Northbrook.  On the way, we'll stop to see the velodrome and you may have a chance to ride  a loop or two if you wish. 
 
This ride starts at Chandler Center, 1028 Central St, Evanston.  We will meet at the American Legion building because of the summer camp.
 
08/16 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.  Chicago Air & Water Show.
08/17 Sat 8:00 AM
38             C
Oak Park: Panera start --TO BE RESCHEDULED! ~ 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. 
08/17 Sat 8:30 AM
60             F+
Burlington Hills - Remote: Bristol Woods County Park, WI ~ Melissa Gatuso ?
Remote start, 8:30 a.m. at Bristol Woods, WI. The ride will be 60 miles on low traffic country roads with lots of rolling hills and a few steeper ones. It will be at a low end of Fast Plus pace (17-19mph),  but in the hilly sections you can ride at what ever speed you’d like. We’ll regroup as needed after the hills. We'll have a lunch stop at The Coffee House in Burlington, WI., and a short break at miles 14 and 48. Please email Melissa @ Melissa.Gattuso@icloud.com if you have any questions. 
 
****After the ride you have the option of driving and meeting up at Petrifying Springs Beer Garden in Petrifying Springs Park. CASH ONLY.  https://www.petsbiergarten.com
 
Directions to Start at Bristol Woods:  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, Melissa will post a cancellation on the forum by 7:00 a.m. on the day of the ride.
08/18 Sun 
10  to  68 M
The Wright Ride - Remote: Oak Park - Remote: Oak Park ~ Jo Gayle & Cynthia Karabush ?
Sponsored by the Oak Park Cycle Club the 2018 Wright Ride takes place on Sunday, Aug 18th in Oak Park.  This is the 12th year for this family friendly ride, which offers 10, 30, 50 and 68 mile supported ride options through beautiful tree-lined, architecturally rich communities.  Please contact Jo Gayle for more information at jigcsr@gmail.com.     http://www.oakparkcycleclub.org/wright-ride
08/20 Tue 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: TOPIC TO BE DETERMINED ~ Sharon Kaminecki
 
 
08/22 Thu 9:00 AM
22             C
Northern Suburbs Meander: Chandler start ~ Connie Uselman
This week's Thursday Casual Ride: Let's meander though the northern suburbs, view gorgeous real estate and impeccable landscaping, repeating the 2018 casual EBC picnic route.  We will nourish ourselves at the Chicago Botanic Gardens Cafe.  Around 22 miles, back around 1 pm.
 
08/24 Sat 9:00 AM
60             F
DeKalb Corn Fest - Remote: St Charles, IL ~ Brian Montigney
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!  https://www.cornfest.com/
 
Our new improved bike route includes a rest stop at Kuipers 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 ride will be at the high end of fast (16-18 mph).  While there are several long break away sections for riders who wish to go faster, and may do so, Ride Leader will lead at the posted speed.
 
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 Ride Leader so we know you are coming.
08/24 Sat 9:00 AM
50             M
Gus's Drive In, Remote Start: Wisconsin Remote: Brighton Dale Golf Course ~ Ken Schulein ?
50 mile ride in Wisconsin hills with lunch at the famed Gus's Drive-In, 3131 Main St, East Troy, WI.  This ride goes on rural roads with rolling hills  to Gus's Drive-in for lunch at mile 25.  Rest Stops with snacks are at mile 12 and  Adrian's Frozen Custard at mile 38. 
 
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.
08/25 Sun 7:00 AM
100           F+
Pampered Century: Chandler start ~ Art Gilfand ?
Looking to ride a century with the feeling of support behind you?  Come along on the Pampered Century.   We’ll be heading north to the Kenosha Velodrome on mainly quiet roads.  You might even get to take a spin on the velodrome.
 
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 lunchmeats, PBJ and sandwich fixings.  More importantly, 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 at the Chandler Community Center, 1028 Central Street in Evanston. There is street parking on Lincoln Street and you are near the Central Street station of the CTA Purple Line.  The ride begins promptly at 7:00 and we plan to return between 5:00 and 6:30.   Expect a riding pace between 15 and 19 mph.
 
There is a $20 charge for the food and SAG vehicle costs.  Please bring cash that morning.  The ride is a joint event with the Chicago Cycling Club and EBC.
 
If you intend to go on this ride or have any questions, please contact Art Gilfand at 773-871-1872 or by email at chicubz2006@yahoo.com.
08/25 Sun 9:00 AM
23             C
Brew Pub Ride: Panera start ~ Dave Barish ?
Sometimes we ride to eat (in our club that is most of the time).  Sometimes we ride for speed.  Sometimes for  distance.  Sometimes for transportation.  On this Saturday ride we will ride for beer.  Sleep in a bit later and come to Panera at 930 am when we will begin a casually paced ride to Half Acre, Revolution's tap room and finish up at Temperance in Evanston. We will stop and sample the wares at each stop.  All riders are welcome and encouraged to know their  limits.
 
08/27 Tue 9:00 AM
52             M
Long Grove : Panera start ~ Neal Ney ?
This week's Tuesday Moderate Ride: Lunch at Enzo & Lucia In Long Grove: Enzo & Lucia lunch menu.
08/29 Thu 9:00 AM
25             C
Glencoe - NSC 25 mile route: Chandler start ~ Ken Schulein ?
This week's Thursday Casual Ride will follow the North Shore Century 25 mile route to Glencoe.
09/01 Sun 9:00 AM
20             M
Back by Noon / Super H: Chandler start ~ LEADER NEEDED ?
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.
09/01 Sun 11:00 AM
45             F
Taste of Serbia Ride - From Panera, Wilmette: Panera start ~ Jeff Miller ?
We will ride to St. Basil's Church at Old School and Bradley roads in Mettawa to sample the food and listen to the music at the Taste of Serbia http://tasteofserbia.org/.  We will spend at least an hour eating and listening to the entertainment before heading back.
09/02 Mon 9:00 AM
28             C
Fort Sheridan: Panera start ~ LEADER NEEDED ?
09/03 Tue 9:00 AM
50             M
Hyde Park: Panera start ~ Neal Ney ?
This week's Tuesday Moderate Ride: The time has arrived for our annual post Labor Day ride down the Lakefront Path to the Garden of the Phoenix, a Japanese garden behind the Museum of Science and Industry. In addition we will have a chance to see Yoko Ono's "Sky Landing" sculpture just outside of the garden.
09/04 Wed 8:30 AM
35             M
Dim Sum Plus Some, Minus Chinatown: Chandler start ~ Joanne Davis ?
This week's Wednesday Moderate Ride: One of the best dim sum spots in Chicago -- MingHin Cuisine -- opened a branch downtown just off the Lake Front Path. We now have the opportunity to have Chinatown food without suffering through congested streets, pot holes and stop lights to get to Chinatown. To make things even better, this new location is in the middle of a food enclave, right next to Mariano's, Brownbag Seafood, Wildberry Pancakes Cafe, and Au Bon Pain, so if chowing down dim sums family style isn't what you fancy for the day, there are multiple other options. Those of us who choose the dim sum fare will split the check, so please consider bringing some cash to make the transactions easier. 
Bike parking will be at the security of the McDonald's bike center on Randolph ($4 fee) or you can park behind the McDonald's bike center, or at the east side of the Blue Cross Blue Shield building.  If you can't ride with us, then please meet us there. MingHin opens at 11am.
 
In order to bring this up to a 30 or 35 mile route, I may head south on the lake front trail to visit the new 35th Street Bridge and the Stephen A.Douglas tomb.
 
Thanks to Rebecca for identifying the opportunity, ordering the food and sweeping the ride!
 
09/05 Thu 9:00 AM
25             C
The Secret Garden: Chandler start ~ Bill Benjamin ?
This week's Thursday Casual Ride: 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.
09/07 Sat 9:00 AM
40             F
Buona Beef: Panera start ~ Jeff Miller ?
We will head west to Buona Beef in Rolling Meadows.  The total distance will be about 40 miles.
09/08 Sun 7:00 AM
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.
 
The EBC Very Fast riders will be meeting at 7:00 am and departing PROMPTLY at 7:30 am.
 
To preregister ($20 by 9/7, $25 after) go to http://www.wheelmen.com/harmon_hundred.asp
 
09/08 Sun 7:00 AM
100           F+
North Shore Century Preview - Remote: Dawes Park ~ Will Heelan ?
100 Leader: Be sure to get cue sheet before the ride.
 
Fast Plus preview of the North Shore Century. 

Remote start: Dawes Park near Sheridan Rd & Church St in Evanston
09/08 Sun 8:00 AM
62             F
North Shore Metric-Century Preview - Remote: Dawes Park ~ Jeff Miller ?
62 Leader: Be sure to get cue sheet before the ride.

Remote start: Dawes Park near Sheridan Rd & Church St in Evanston
09/08 Sun 9:00 AM
25             C
North Shore Quarter-Century Preview - Remote: Dawes Park ~ Jo Gayle ?
25 Leader:  Be sure to get cue sheet before the ride. 
 
Remote start: Dawes Park near Sheridan Rd & Church St in Evanston
09/08 Sun 9:00 AM
50             M
North Shore Half-Century Preview - Remote: Dawes Park ~ Bill Benjamin ?
50 Leader:  Be sure to get cue sheet before the ride.
 
Remote start: Dawes Park near Sheridan Rd & Church St in Evanston
09/10 Tue 9:00 AM
45             M
Middlefork Savanna: Panera start ~ Neal Ney ?
This week's Tuesday Moderate Ride: 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.
09/12 Thu 9:00 AM
25             C
Lola's in Park Ridge: Chandler start ~ Ed Culp ?
This week's Thursday Casual Ride: 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.
 
09/14 Sat 9:00 AM
24             M
Techny Basin Ride: Chandler start ~ 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.
09/15 Sun 6:00 AM
25-100     Any
North Shore Century ($) - 25,50,62,100 mile routes - Remote: Dawes Park ~ Evanston Bicycle Club ?
  North Shore Century
09/18 Wed 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: TOPIC TO BE DETERMINED ~ Sharon Kaminecki
 
 
09/19 Thu 9:00 AM
23             C
Tour de Glen: Chandler start ~ Steve Kimmel ?
This week's Thursday Casual Ride: This is a leisurely tour through Glenview, past Wagner Farm, the 1.25 mile path around Techny Basin, (optional stop at The Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie Preserve), and Lake Glenview with a food stop at the Corner Bakery. The return will be through the Village of Golf. 23 miles.
09/21 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.
 
09/21 Sat 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.
 
09/21 Sat 10:30 AM
66             F/F+
Bristol Woods Dinner Ride - Remote: Bristol Woods Park, WI ~ Tom Witt (F), Will Heelan (F+) ?
Remote Start: Bristol Woods, Wisconsin
 
This is an afternoon ride from Bristol Woods County Park to Lyons WI.  Riding Fast Plus (17-20 mph) but if there is interest and another leader there may also be a Fast Group (15-17 mph).  We will go in the opposite direction than most of the rides this year, and on a slightly different route. Since we will be starting late in the day, there won't be a stop for a sit down lunch during the ride but there will still be 3 rest stops and all have some sort of food  available.  This will be a beautiful hilly ride in rural Wisconsin with a few small towns, some horses, cows, and barns along the way. There are a couple of new roads to try so there could be a last minute surprise.
 
The real purpose of the ride is to go to the Colony House Supper Club for dinner, which is on the route for many club rides in the area. It's intriguing because it's in the middle of nowhere, and looks frozen in time. You are welcome to come on the ride and/or to the dinner, but you must eMail Melissa Gattuso at melissa.gattuso@icloud.com no later then Friday afternoon if you want to go to the Supper Club (6:00pm). The restaurant is about a 20 minute drive from the Park.
 
Restaurant: Colony House Supper Club
 
Directions to 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.
09/22 Sun 9:00 AM
22             C
IHOP near the Glen: Panera start ~ Marty Horn ?
For those who wish to, there will be an option to ride to the top of the Willow Springs Country Club. I did it and it was pretty cool!
09/22 Sun 9:00 AM
38             M
Oak Park "Lunch with Angela": Panera start ~ Joanne Davis ?
Leaving Panera, Wilmette at 9 AM.
I thought it would be different and fun to journey to Oak Park to have a meal with Angela May, a long time loyal bike club member who currently lives in Oak Park, who because of the distance finds it difficult to ride with us on a frequent basis - like the old days.  The pace will be as moderate as possible for an urban ride (which means that it will be the slow end of moderate.)  The food stop will be at Two Brothers Social Tap (Angela's choice).  Join us for a brew, a light lunch, and delight in her charming kiwi accent, wit and humor.
 
 
Distance around 36-38 miles RT.  Probably back around 2:30PM.
 
09/25 Wed 8:30 AM
34             M
Revolution Brewery in Logan Square: Chandler start ~ Joanne Davis ?
This week's Wednesday Moderate Ride: 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.
09/26 Thu 9:00 AM
30             C
River Cafe (formerly Mrs.V's) in Des Plaines: Chandler start ~ Marty Horn ?
This week's Thursday Casual Ride: We'll head out west to Des Plaines to River Cafe (formerly known as Mrs. V's.)
09/28 Sat 8:30 AM
45             M
Tour of Working Bikes: Panera Start ~ Joanne Davis ?
Working Bikes donates bicycles refurbished by volunteers to individuals and partner organizations here in Chicago, providing transportation to people in homeless transition, refugee resettlement, and youth empowerment programs.
 
Working Bikes donates over 6,000 bicycles each year to international and local partners.
 
https://www.workingbikes.org/
 
This remarkable organization has been a grant recipient from the EBC for a number of years and Phil Kaplan, Executive Director will lead us on a tour. 
 
Thinking about lunch at Manny's Deli.  Probably back by 2:30-3PM
09/29 Sun 8:00 AM
50             M
Apple Cider Century ($) - Remote: Three Oaks, MI ~ Nancie Coogan ?
Remote Start: Three Oaks, MI
 
The Apple Cider Century (ACC) 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.
 
Nancie will be riding the 50 mile route at Moderate Pace (13-15 mph) @ 08:00am from the sidewalk just west of the school near the start/finish line (but you may choose one of the flat 15/25/37 mile routes or the rolling hills of the 50/62/75 mile routes at whatever pace you wish). If you plan to join the ride, please contact Nancie @ nancie2268@comcast.net so she knows you are coming!
09/29 Sun 9:00 AM
62             F/F+
Cuba Marsh & Pumpkin Donuts: Panera start ~ 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.
10/03 Thu 9:00 AM
25             C
Visit to the Secret Garden in Millard Park: Chandler start ~ Bill Benjamin ?
This week's Thursday Casual Ride: Visit to the Secret Garden in Millard Park.   Ravine road is newly paved.  There will be a short hike up the bluff to the garden.   Lunch at Once Upon a Bagel.
10/05 Sat 
50             Any
Oct 5-7 Farm/Art DTour ($) - Remote: Reedsburg, WI ~ Sandra Basile ?
Remote Start: Reedsburg, WI.
 
This is one of the prettiest areas in WI especially in the Fall...plus the food and events make it a fun weekend for riders of all abilities!  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 5th, enjoy the Fermentation Fest, do the bike ride on Saturday Oct 6th and return on Sunday Oct 7th.
 
Here is the link for hotel rooms: Ho-Chunk Casino Resort.  As of 1/22/2018 there were 55 rooms available at the Ho-Chunk, but please do not wait until last minute!  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 if you prefer a different pace.  Contact Sandra at basiles2003@yahoo.com if you are interested.
10/05 Sat 9:00 AM
40             M
Knollwood: Panera start ~ Dave Barish ?
The Knollwood ride is a Panera to Panera ride. We will ride from the Wilmette Panera to the Panera off of Rte.176 in Knollwood near Lake Bluff.  
The first half of the ride will have a fair amount of trails once we get past Old Elm Rd.
10/05 Sat 9:00 AM
50             F
Corner Bakery in Vernon Hills: Panera start ~ Jeff Miller ?
Ride to the Corner Bakery on Rte 60 in Vernon Hills via Riverwoods.  Rest stop at Village Green in Northbrook both directions.
10/06 Sun 7:00 AM
103           F+
Pumpkin Pie Century - REMOTE: Ottawa, IL ~ Randy Pickard ?
The Pumpkin Pie Century is fun fall ride through the rolling hills of rural Illinois on Sunday Oct 7. Pumpkin Pie served after the ride, healthy snacks and food with home made cookies at the rest stops. SAG support all routes. Sponsored by the friendly folks of the Starved Rock Cycling Association. Road rides of 27, 45, 66, or 103 miles. Online registration closes on 10-3-18 12:00 pm (noon) $30.  Day of ride registration - $37 Remote Start: Ottawa IL.
 
 
https://starvedrockcycling.com/pumpkin-pie-ride/ppr-routes/  (routes are from 2017 but should be very similar.)
 
We will meet up at the Ottawa YMCA, 201 East Jackson St. Ottawa, Illinois 61350 @ 7:05 am.  Please contact Randy Pickard at randy.pickard@gmail.com to let him know you are coming so he can look out for you!
10/06 Sun 9:00 AM
25             C
Highwood Pumpkin Festival: Panera start ~ Cynthia Karabush ?
Ride up to Highwood for the Great Pumpkin Festival.  We'll enjoy food & pastries at Maria's in Highwood, and walk around a bit to admire the carved pumpkins. Perhaps we can find the Great Pumpkin if we're very lucky!
 
https://www.highwoodpumpkinfest.com/
10/06 Sun 9:00 AM
57             F
NOT YOUR AVERAGE BIRTHDAY RIDE: Panera start ~ 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.
 
10/06 Sun 9:00 AM
23             M
Back by Noon / Forest Glen: Chandler start ~ Jack Weiss ?
Remote Start:  Chandler Center, 1028 Central St, Evanston
We'll head west to the Valley Line / Skokie Line Trail at Dempster and ride to Bryn Mawr, then stop iin Forest Glen for a rest stop.  We'll return to the new extension of the North Branch Trail, ride east thru the city to the Channel Trail at Argyle, then home.
10/06 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 $5 charge for a one day trail pass. 
10/10 Thu 9:00 AM
25             C
Techny Conservation Area: Chandler start ~ Bill Benjamin ?
This week's Thursday Casual Ride: Ride through and around the Techny Conservation Area in Glenview.  Lunch will be at the Corner Bakery Cafe.
 
10/12 Sat 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.
10/13 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
10/15 Tue 9:00 AM
45             M
Ryerson Woods: Panera start ~ Neal Ney ?
This week's Tuesday Moderate Ride: Trail conditions permitting, we’ll take a fall color walk in this Lake Country Forest Preserve.  Lunch will be at Greek Feast.
10/15 Tue 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: TOPIC TO BE DETERMINED ~ Sharon Kaminecki
10/19 Sat 9:00 AM
44             M
Didier Farms - Pumpkin Donuts: Panera start ~ 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 in Buffalo Grove for lunch.
10/19 Sat 9:00 AM
52             F
Busse Woods: Panera start ~ Randy Pickard ?
We will ride out to Elk Grove Village to visit the elk in Busse Woods.
 
For those who enjoy seeing the fall foliage, you'll get some great views on this ride.  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. 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 nice change of pace ride during fall foliage season.  Lunch spot may have to be moved, possibly to Portillo's, as the originally planned stop Egg'lectic in Rolling Meadows appears to be closed. Please bring snack for refueling.  We will attempt a mid-ride stop at the Sugar Bowl in Des Plaines, but it may be tough to find open seats on a Saturday morning; if so, the Sugar Bowl may be just a quick restroom stop.
 
10/20 Sun 9:00 AM
48             M
Panera to Panera: Panera start ~ Neal Ney ?
 
A slightly meandering route from Panera (Wilmette) to Panera (Lake Bluff).
10/27 Sun 9:00 AM
45             M
Ryerson Woods: Panera start ~ Dave Barish ?
Fall ride to Ryerson Woods!  For this ride, it may be best to ride a bike that does not have clipless pedals so you can wear shoes that allow you to take a short stroll in the woods.  We will ride at the lower end of moderate so you will not need your best gear to do this ride. We will stop at Ryerson Woods for a short walk through the woods and then proceed to Once Upon a Grill in Northbrook for lunch. Come enjoy the crunch of fallen leaves underfoot and the fall colors before they fade away!
10/29 Tue 9:00 AM
36             M
Halloween Lake Forest Mystery Ride: Panera start ~ Neal Ney ?
This week's Tuesday Moderate Ride: October 30th – 9:00 AM – Panera
 
I recently learned about a Lake Forest mystery and ghost story, which will provide the theme for this week’s ride. We’ll visit the scene of the murder (or was it a suicide), the site of reported ghost sightings, and a few other locations including the grave of the victim/ghost. Given my extreme skepticism and the daylight hour, no ghost sightings are expected. Consequently after lunch at Caputo’s in Lake Forest we’ll make a stop to see the ghosts, ghouls, and other monsters on display at Ravinia Glen Place (just north of Lake Cook Road on the west side of Green Bay Road).
 
Our total distance will be about 36 miles. My pace will be a moderate 13 – 15 mph. With enough interest and a willing leader, we may have a second group traveling at around 16 mph for portions of this ride.
 
If you are curious about the mystery and ghost story (dating from 1916) you can take a look at this three part Chicago Tribune story about it: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ghost-story-north-shore-gallery-storygallery.html.
11/06 Wed 8:30 AM
33             M
Walnut Room at Macy's: CHANDLER START ~ Joanne Davis ?
This week's Wednesday Moderate Ride: 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 111th year of the Great Tree.  Please wear your favorite festive outfit if you wish.
 
We'll travel down the lakefront path at a moderate 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.
 
11/09 Sat 9:00 AM
70             F
Will's Birthday Ride: Panera start ~ Will Heelan
This 70 mile Fast ride will connect a lot of bike trails and run mostly at 17 mph. It will start with a view of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline from Northwestern University, then travel south on the McCormick bike path to Foster, west to the North Branch trail and north to the Botanic Gardens.  Lunch will be at Botanic Gardens café or at Max's Deli depending on the size of the group.  After lunch we head up the Skokie Valley Trail and Waukegan Rd 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 continue south through Ft. Sheridan and finish our ride via Sheridan Rd. and various side streets back down the North Shore to Wilmette.
 
11/19 Tue 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: TOPIC TO BE DETERMINED ~ Sharon Kaminecki
12/13 Fri 6:30 AM
25             C
17th Annual Amlings Cycle Holiday Toy Ride - REMOTE: Amling's Cycle, 8140 N. Milwaukee, Niles, IL ~ 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 13th, 2019 at 6:30am
 
Participants will caravan from Amling’s Cycle (8140 N. Milwaukee, Niles, IL) 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.
 
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
It costs one toy. (Of course, you’re welcome to bring as many as you want!) Drop off a new unwrapped toy at Amling’s Cycle. We’ll make sure it gets delivered to the Marines to make a kid smile this Holiday.  Note: You can drop your toy(s) off on the day of the ride.
 
The time has come to once again pull a trailer full of toys for the kids. The 17th Annual Amling's Cycle Holiday Toy Ride is ON!
 
 
 
 
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