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Ride Schedule From 05/25/18 Thru 07/24/18
2016 EBC Ride Schedule

   

RIDE

PACE

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Moderate

Fast

(F+) Fast Plus

Very Fast

(V+) Very Fast Plus

10-12 mph

13-15 mph

15-17 mph

17-20 mph

20+ mph

22+ mph

 

Summer 2018 Rides   Effective: 05/01/18

 

Please see each ride for start location:

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

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

“Remote start” = as shown

 

NO BIKES ON PANERA PATIO and 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” are not scheduled!

 Details:Yes  No   Pace:  Include:60 Days Rest All From: 
Date Time/Miles Pace Destination~Leader
05/26 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.
 
05/26 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 Sat 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 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!
 
05/27 Sun 9:00 AM
30             M/C
"Remembering Memorial Day"/ Visit to Ft Sheridan Cemetery: Panera start ~ Joanne Davis (M), Cynthia Karabush (C)
"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.
05/28 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).
05/28 Mon 9:00 AM
59             F
Mundelein Caboose Restaurant: Panera start ~ Brian Montigney
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.
05/29 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.
 
05/31 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.
 
06/02 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.
06/02 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.
 
06/03 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
06/03 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
 
06/03 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
06/03 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
06/03 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.
06/07 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.
 
06/09 Sat 9:00 AM
50             F
Libertyville Culvers: Panera start ~ Jeff Miller
A nice big loop ride out to the Culvers in Libertyville.
06/09 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.
06/10 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.  
06/10 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
 
 
06/10 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.
06/10 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.
06/10 Sun 9:30 AM
45             M
Lyons WI - Ye Olde Hotel - Remote: Brighton Dale Golf Course ~ Ken Schulein
This ride goes on rural roads with rolling hills to the town of Lyons where we stop for lunch at Ye Olde Hotel which was once a stagecoach stop. The pace with be Moderate (14-15) but slower on the hills. Faster riders may ride ahead at there own pace.The 9:30 start is timed so we get to the restaurant after it opens. 
 
Remote Start: Brighton Dale Golf Course. Take I-94 North. 7.5 miles past the Wisconsin border, take Exit #340 WI-142 West toward Burlington. Turn left (west) at the end of the exit ramp and go west 8.5 miles on WI-142. Turn right (north) at WI-75 (248th St) and go 0.7 miles. Turn left into golf course entrance. Follow the park road about 0.5 mile to the parking lot next to the club house. Park at an empty area of the lot. Allow an hour and 15 minutes from Evanston.
06/12 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.
06/14 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 ($6/$5 Senior). Bring snack/sandwich or buy one at our rest stop at Bob's Deli. We will stop at a shelter to eat our snacks then view the butterfly garden or just explore the gardens if you prefer.
 
06/15 Fri 
130-150   Any
Peninsula Century ($) - Remote: Bailey's Harbor, WI ~ LEADER NEEDED
Remote: Bailey's Harbor Town Hall, 2392 Cty F, Bailey's Harbor, WI.
 
Friday, June 15th and Saturday, June 16th -  Extend your fun in Door County!  Fast Plus Ride Leader is leading a Fast Plus group at 18-20 mph, 30-50 mile ride on an extra ride on Friday, June 15th, the day before the Peninsula Century (Time and location TBD). We will meet at the start of the Century in Bailey’s Harbor on Saturday, June 16th.  Group will decide on an optional Sunday, June 17th ride.  More information on the Century can be found at peninsulacenturyspringclassic.com.  Note: You can ride at any pace you choose and other groups may form at other speeds if ride leaders are present.  Contact Fast Plus Ride Leader if you are interested.
 
Peninsula Century Spring Classic - A Door County Century Ride:  peninsulacenturyspringclassic.com
 
Fast Plus Ride Leader will be leading an EBC Fast Plus group at 17-20 mph for the Century itself, but the ride is open to riders at all speeds if you prefer a different pace.  The Peninsula Century Spring Classic bike ride is the only spring Door County century ride offering routes of 25, 50, 62, and 100 miles through beautiful northern Door County.
06/16 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.
06/16 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
06/17 Sun 
339           Any
Bicycle Across Missouri, June 17-22 ($) - Remote: Weston, Missouri ~ Scott Schaedel
Bicycle Across Missouri, June 17-22. Big BAM is Missouri's cross state bike tour and music festival. Over six days of riding you'll experience the stunning hospitality of small towns, gorgeous roads, and incredible live music every night. Six days of riding across some beautiful pristine countryside. We’ll stay on hard-surfaced roads with minimal traffic. And don’t forget the parties at each of the seven overnight towns where we will have a concert and festival every night. Total mileage is 339 miles over 6 days of riding. (Note: this is a camping trip; but there is an optional tent service which will do all of the work for you! Just arrive at your daily destination, shower, and plop down in your luxurious accommodations!) Cost is an economical $249 for the week, not including food and a nominal bus shuttle to the starting point.  For more info, see https://www.bigbamride.com/.  Ride Leader: Scott Schaedel at svschaed@gmail.com, 847-239-2879.
 
Scott will be leading an EBC group at Classic Fast speed around 15-16mph but the ride is open to riders at all speeds if you prefer a different pace.
06/17 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, some rolling hills, and a few steep ones.  This is a favorite club ride, 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 stop to regroup as needed if people get spread out. There will be a lunch stop in the town of Burlington, and a short break at miles 15 and 44. Please email Ride Leader if you are going to come on the ride so we can look for you. 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.
 
06/17 Sun 8:30 AM
30             M
Breakfast Club to Avondale: Panera start ~ Sharon Kaminecki
If you like to eat, ride a bike, meet new people, explore different parts of the north shore and Chicago, but dedicate only half a day doing it at a time, this group bicycle ride is for you!  The "Breakfast Club" will ride at a moderate pace to a different neighborhood, stop for breakfast at a pre-selected restaurant, and be back around noon.
 
Join us as we ride to brunch in Avondale at the Avondale Tap, 3634 W. Belmont, Chicago, https://www.facebook.com/The-Avondale-Tap-479714939059590/.  Fuel up with a snack before coming out to ride because we will do most of the riding before stopping for breakfast.  Bring cash/credit for breakfast, a lock for your bike, and a helmet for your head.
06/17 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.
06/19 Tue 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: Topic to be announced ~ Sharon Kaminecki
 
 
06/21 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. 
06/23 Sat 8:30 AM
70             F
Jelly Belly Ride - Remote: Lake Forest Northcroft Park ~ Jeff Miller

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

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

06/23 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.
06/24 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.
06/26 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.
06/28 Thu 9:00 AM
20             C
Glencoe & Homer's Ice Cream: Chandler start ~ Cynthia Karabush
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.
06/29 Fri 6:30 AM
12             C
One-way ride to Bike To Work Day Rally - Remote: Dunkin Donuts, Howard & Western ~ Dave Barish
Remote Start: Dunkin Donuts at Howard and Western
 
Bicycles are a great means of transportation.  Sure, its fun to ride.  But we also ride because we have somewhere to go.  The City of Chicago's Bike to Work Day Rally celebrates bicycles as a commuting option.  Many club members commute to work. Let's get up early, ride through the city and celebrate with other commuters.  The City always gives away cool T shirts and free stuff to eat. This ride ends at Daley Plaza. There are no planned food stops.
06/29 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
06/30 Sat 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 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.
07/01 Sun 8:00 AM
61             F+
Burlington Wisconsin Scenic Cruise - Remote: Bristol Woods Park, WI ~ Melissa Gattuso
Melissa will lead a 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.
07/01 Sun 9:00 AM
63             F
Burlington Wisconsin Scenic Cruise - Remote: Bristol Woods Park, WI ~ Jeff Miller
Jeff Miller will lead a 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.
07/03 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.
07/03 Tue 6:30 PM
             M
Tuesday Night Fireworks & Feast Ride: Panera start ~ John Chisholm
Remote start:  Panera Bread, 1199 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette
 
EBC Fireworks Enthusiasts:
 
On Tuesday, July 3rd, we will have a triple action-packed night of cycling, eating, and oohing-ahing. Once again Wilmette will be celebrating the '3rd of July' in grand style.  This includes a spectacular fireworks display at Gillson Park at the lakefront, starting at 9:30 pm.
 
This ride will start at Panera in Wilmette at 6:30pm.   We will meander around the North Shore at a very moderate pace, and we will proceed under our own 2-wheel power to the Wilmette fireworks.
 
We plan to sit on the eastern lawn (near the public sidewalk) of the Baha'i Temple, on Sheridan Road just south of the Wilmette harbor, for an unobstructed view of the fireworks. 
 
Feel free to join us for one or more of these activities.   Lights and helmets are mandatory, mosquito repellent and something to sit on are recommended.   It should be an enjoyable Summer night and pre-Independence Day celebration.
 
07/04 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 (176) 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 (176). Additional parking is available at the Wildberry Café on the SW corner of Milwaukee (21) and Buckley (176). 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.
 
07/05 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
07/07 Sat 9:00 AM
             M
To be determined - Remote start ~ Ken Schulein
Ride to be determined
07/07 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.
07/08 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!
07/08 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!
07/10 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.   We’ll leave from Panera.  Bring a swim suit, towel and lunch money.  Shel will bring in lunch and the cost will be shared by the group.
07/12 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.
07/12 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.
07/14 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!
07/14 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 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.
07/15 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.
 
07/15 Sun 8:30 AM
25             M
Breakfast Club to North Center: Panera start ~ Sharon Kaminecki
If you like to eat, ride a bike, meet new people, explore different parts of the north shore and Chicago, but dedicate only half a day doing it at a time, this group bicycle ride is for you!  The "Breakfast Club" will ride at a moderate pace to a different neighborhood, stop for breakfast at a pre-selected restaurant, and be back around noon.
 
Join us as we ride to brunch in the North Center neighborhood at Reclaimed Bar and Restaurant, 3655 N Western Ave, Chicago, www.reclaimedbarandrestaurant.com.   Fuel up with a snack before coming out to ride because we will do most of the riding before stopping for breakfast.  Bring cash/credit for breakfast, a lock for your bike, and a helmet for your head.
07/15 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.
07/17 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.
07/17 Tue 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: Topic to be announced ~ Sharon Kaminecki
07/19 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. 
07/21 Sat 8:00 AM
63             F/F+
Burlington, WI - Remote: Bristol Woods Park, WI ~ LEADER NEEDED (F) / Jay Twery (F+)
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.
 
LEADER NEEDED to lead a Fast group (15-17mph) and Jay will lead a Fast Plus group (17-20mph).
07/21 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).
07/22 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.
07/24 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.
 
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