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Rest of Schedule From 07/18/18
2016 EBC Ride Schedule

   

RIDE

PACE

Casual

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: 06/01/18

 

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

 

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” are not scheduled!

 Details:Yes  No   Pace:  Include:60 Days Rest All From: 
Date Time/Miles Pace Destination~Leader
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+
Burlington, WI - Remote: Bristol Woods Park, WI ~ John Chisholm
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.
07/21 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.
07/21 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 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!
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.
07/26 Thu 9:00 AM
27             C
Seafood City: Chandler start ~ Connie Uselman
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.
 
07/27 Fri 
             Any
Amishland and Lakes: July 27-29 ($) - 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.
 
07/28 Sat 
             F
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
07/28 Sat 8:00 AM
75             F
Lake Geneva, WI - Remote: Bristol Woods Park, WI ~ Steven Schoenfeld
Remote Start: Bristol Woods County Park.  Take I-94 North.  A few miles past the Wisconsin border, take Exit #347 Hwy 165/Cty Q.  Turn left (west) at the end of the exit ramp and go west 2.5 miles on Qty Q.  Turn right (north) at Cty MB and go 0.5 miles.  Turn left into the park entrance.  Park at the Pringle Nature Center - follow the park road about 1/4 mile past the picnic shelter at the top of the hill.  Allow an hour from Evanston.
 
We will ride from Bristol Woods to Lake Geneva, circling counter clockwise around the scenic lake, stop for lunch in Fontana, then return to Bristol Woods.  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.
07/28 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.
07/28 Sat 8:45 AM
65             F
Waterford Factory Ride - Remote: Waterford, WI ~ LEADER NEEDED
Remote Start: Waterford Precision Cycles 816 W. Bakke Ave, Waterford, WI
Get out of the city and head to Wisconsin for some beautiful, rural riding!   See how top quality, custom bicycles are built.
 
This will be a joint ride with Milwaukee's Cream City Cycle Club.  Come early for the factory tour.  Richard Schwinn will give a tour of the Waterford Precision Cycles Factory from 8:00 am to 8:30 am.  The ride will start at 8:45 am.  The route will be on beautiful, quiet Wisconsin roads with rolling hills.
 
Allow 1.5 hours from Evanston to Waterford:  take I-94 to WI-20 west (exit 333), turn left on Jefferson St (Cty W), go south 1 mile, turn right on Bakke.
07/29 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.
07/29 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!
07/29 Sun 8:30 AM
42             F+
EBC Picnic Ride - Remote: Lighthouse Park, Central & Sheridan ~ Brian Montigney
The picnic will be at Lighthouse Park, Sheridan Road and Central Street in Evanston. From Chandler ride 0.4 miles east on Lincoln, turn left on Sheridan.  Ride 0.2 miles north to Lighthouse Park.
07/29 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.  
07/29 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.
08/02 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.
08/03 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.
08/04 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.
08/04 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.
 
 
08/05 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.
08/07 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).
08/09 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.   
08/11 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.
08/11 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
08/11 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 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.
 
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.
08/12 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.
08/12 Sun 8:30 AM
25             M
Breakfast Club to Lincoln Square: 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 at Fork, 4600 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, www.forkchicago.com,  the farm to table restaurant in Lincoln Square voted as having the #1 rated chicken and waffles.  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 card for breakfast, a lock for your bike, and a helmet for your head.
08/12 Sun 9:00 AM
25             C
Highland Park's Sweet Side: Panera start ~ LEADER NEEDED
 
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.
08/12 Sun 11:30 AM
66             F+
Bristol Woods dinner ride - Remote: Bristol Woods Park, WI ~ Melissa Gattuso
Remote Start: Bristol Woods, Wisconsin
 
This is an afternoon ride from Bristol Woods County Park to Lyons WI. We will go in the opposite direction then 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 tor a sit down lunch during the ride. 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.
08/14 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.
08/14 Tue 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: Topic to be announced ~ Sharon Kaminecki
08/16 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.
 
08/17 Fri 
             M
Mad City Weekend - REMOTE: Fitchburg, WI $ ~ Sharon Kaminecki
Mad City Weekend
Fri 8/17 to Sun 8/19 Moderate
 
Join us for one, two, or three days of cycling in Madison, WI and see why Madison was awarded Platinum, and Fitchburg Silver, Bicycle Friendly Community status by the League of American Bicyclists.  This year we are partnering with Bike Fitchburg, who will help us experience the best roads and trails, innovative bike infrastructure (including a "bicycle roundabout"), and scenery for cycling in the area as only a local can know.  Sharon will be leading moderately paced rides Fri., Sat., and Sun but she has also created a cue sheet for a 70 mile hilly ride on Sat for anyone who would like to do a self-directed long fast ride.  We will meet each day at the Panera Bread, 2960 Cahill Main, Fitchburg, and have optional group dinners Fri. and Sat. nights.  Further details will follow, but for now, save the date, and make your hotel reservation at the Wyndham Garden Madison Fitchburg, 2969 Cahill Main, Fitchburg, 608-274-7200 (Wyndham Garden Madison-Fitchburg), or other digs.  RSVP to Sharon via text at 773-442-2549 or email at Sharon@earthridercycling.com so we know you are planning to join the fun!
 
08/17 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.
08/18 Sat 8:00 AM
38             C
Oak Park: Panera start ~ 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. 
08/18 Sat 9:00 AM
57             F+
Melissa's Bday Ride! - Remote: Bristol Woods Park, WI ~ Melissa Gattuso (F+), Jeff Miller (F)
JOIN MELISSA GATTUSO FOR HER 57 MILE BDAY RIDE IN SCENIC SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN!
 
Remote Start: Bristol Woods County Park.  Take I-94 North.  A few miles past the Wisconsin border, take Exit #347 Hwy 165/Cty Q.  Turn left (west) at the end of the exit ramp and go west 2.5 miles on Qty Q.  Turn right (north) at Cty MB and go 0.5 miles.  Turn left into the park entrance.  Park at the Pringle Nature Center - follow the park road about 1/4 mile past the picnic shelter at the top of the hill.  Allow an hour from Evanston.

There will be some rolling hills and maybe a few not so rolling.  We will ride at the high end of Fast.  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.  This 2017 route uses the detour to avoid construction on Rt. 142.
 
If weather is questionable check the Rides Forum after 6:30 AM.

Melissa will lead a Fast Plus section (17-20mph) and Jeff Miller will lead a Fast section (15-17 mph).
08/19 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 19th 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
08/19 Sun 8:30 AM
20-25       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!
08/21 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.
08/21 Tue 7:30 PM
             
Antique Bicycles by Carey Williams ~ Sharon Kaminecki
Carey Williams is the National Captain of The Wheelmen, an international group dedicated to the research, preservation, collecting and riding of antique bicycles from 1931 and before. The organization seeks to preserve early bicycles, many of which were instrumental in The Good Roads Movement from which America has benefited to this day, and encourages cycling as a part of modern living. Carey will share the history of early bicycles and will bring an old bicycle to the presentation.
 
08/23 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.
 
08/25 Sat 9:00 AM
60             F
DeKalb Corn Fest - Remote: St Charles, IL ~ LEADER NEEDED
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 Kupiers Family Farm for the start of apple season on the way to Corn Fest and a rest stop at Hill's General for ice cream on the way back.
 
This 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.
08/26 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.
08/26 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.
 
08/28 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.
08/30 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.
09/02 Sun 9:00 AM
20             M
Back by Noon / Super H: Chandler start ~ Jack Weiss
Remote Start:  Chandler Center, 1028 Central, Evanston
This is an easy ride to Niles with a rest/food stop at the Super H, a wonderful Korean food market.  Bring your backpacks so you can take home fresh seafood, vegetables, or dumplings.  We’ll travel on quiet streets for the most part, and the North Branch Trail.  Back by noon, unless you shop too long.
09/02 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 on 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.
09/03 Mon 9:00 AM
28             C
Fort Sheridan: Panera start ~ Connie Uselman
09/04 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.
09/05 Wed 7:00 AM
100           F+
Century Ride to Wisconsin: Panera start ~ Steven Schoenfeld
This ride will pass by the golden Pyramid House and its Colossus and by Lake Shangri-La with its life extending waters.
09/05 Wed 8:30 AM
35             M/C
Dim Sum Plus Some, Minus Chinatown: Chandler start ~ Joanne Davis (M), Connie Uselman (C)
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'll probably 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!
 
09/06 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.
09/08 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.
09/09 Sun 7:00 AM
25-100     V
Harmon Hundred ($) - Remote: Wilmot, WI ~ Felix Angelov
Remote Start: Wilmot High School, 11112  308th Ave, Wilmot, WI
 
This ride thru rural Wisconsin is sponsored by the Wheeling Wheelmen.
 
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
 
09/09 Sun 7:00 AM
100           F+
North Shore Century Preview - Remote: Dawes Park ~ Melissa Gattuso
100 Preview the North Shore Century. 

Remote start: Dawes Park near Sheridan Rd & Church St in Evanston
09/09 Sun 7:00 AM
100           F
North Shore Century Preview - Remote: Dawes Park ~ Brian Montigney
100 Preview the North Shore Century. 

Remote start: Dawes Park near Sheridan Rd & Church St in Evanston
09/09 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
09/09 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
09/09 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
09/11 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.
09/13 Thu 9:00 AM
25             C
Lola's in Park Ridge: Chandler start ~ Marty Horn
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.
 
09/15 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.
09/16 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 Tue 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: Topic to be announced ~ Sharon Kaminecki
 
09/20 Thu 9:00 AM
22             C
Tour de Glen: Chandler start ~ Mike Krueger
This week's Thursday Casual Ride: This is a leisurely tour of Glenview, past Wagner Farm, the Loyola Fields (hill climb optional), the 1.25 mile path around Techny Basin, The Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie Preserve, and Lake Glenview.
09/22 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.
 
09/22 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.
 
09/23 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.
 
09/26 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.
09/27 Thu 9:00 AM
30             C
River Cafe (formerly Mrs.V's) in Des Plaines: Chandler start ~ Ed Culp
This week's Thursday Casual Ride: We'll head out west to Des Plaines to River Cafe (formerly known as Mrs. V's.)
09/29 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
09/30 Sun 8:00 AM
100           Any
Apple Cider Century ($) - Remote: Three Oaks, MI ~ RIDE LEADER NEEDED
Remote Start: Three Oaks, MI
 
The Apple Cider Century is one of the largest one-day century events in the Midwest.  Route options ranging from 15 to 100 miles travel through orchards, forests, wine country and along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan.
For complete details see their website -  http://www.applecidercentury.com/
You must pre-register, as the event usually sells out.
 
RIDE LEADER TO BE DETERMINED will be leading an EBC Fast group (15-17 mph) on the 100 mile route @ 08:00am from the sidewalk just west of the school near the start/finish line (but the Apple Cider Century does have riders at all speeds if you do not wish to ride Fast with RIDE LEADER TO BE DETERMINED). If you plan to join the ride, please contact RIDE LEADER so they know you are coming.
09/30 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.
10/04 Thu 9:00 AM
25             C
Casual Thursday Ride: Chandler start ~ Bill Benjamin
This week's Thursday Casual Ride: Bill will find somewhere fun to go and some place good to eat, for a 25 mile casual ride.
10/05 Fri 
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.
10/06 Sat 9:00 AM
45             M
Knollwood: Panera start ~ Dave Barish
10/06 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.
10/07 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/
10/07 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.
 
10/07 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.
10/07 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. 
10/09 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.
10/11 Thu 9:00 AM
25             C
Casual Thursday Ride: Chandler start ~ Bill Benjamin
This week's Thursday Casual Ride: Bill will find somewhere fun to go for about a 25 mile casual ride!
 
10/13 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.
10/16 Tue 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: Topic to be announced ~ Sharon Kaminecki
10/20 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 good change of pace ride during fall foliage season.  Lunch at Egg'lectic in Rolling Meadows.
10/20 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.
10/21 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 Sat 9:00 AM
35             M
Old School to Van Patten Woods Trail Ride - Remote: Old School Forest Preserve in Lake County ~ Ed Culp
Remote Start: Old School Forest Preserve.  From Hwy 41 or Tri State tollway, go west on Hwy 60 to St Marys Road, north on St Marys Rd 2 miles.  Park at the Old School parking lot.  From Evanston, allow about 35 minutes for driving about 22 miles to Old School F.P.
Most of the ride is on the Des Plaines River trail but there will be a section on quiet roads so we can eat at a restaurant.
More info: Ed  e_culp@sbcglobal.net
10/28 Sun 9:00 AM
45             M
Ryerson Woods: Panera start ~ Dave Barish
10/30 Tue 9:00 AM
36             M
Halloween Lake Forest Mystery Ride: Panera start ~ Neal Ney
This week's Tuesday Moderate RideOctober 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.

11/07 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.
 
11/10 Sat 9:00 AM
69             F
Will's Birthday Ride (17mph): Panera start ~ Will Heelan
This 69 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 travels south on the McCormick bike path to Foster & Bryn Mawr west to Forest Glen where we head north on the North Branch bike path through the forest preserves to the Botanic Gardens and over to Max's Deli for our lunch stop.  After lunch we head up the Skokie Valley Trail and Waukegan 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.
 
11/20 Tue 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: Topic to be announced ~ Sharon Kaminecki
01/01 Tue 10:00 AM
28             M
2019 New Year's Ride: Lincoln Park Conservatory: Panera start ~ Peter Glaser
Help roll in 2019 on the bike!  Ride from Panera down to the Lincoln Park Conservatory, with a lunch stop at a nearby Thai restaurant.  Both the Conservatory and restaurant are open on New Year's Day.  DRESS WARM AND BRING A GOOD LOCK!
 
The Lincoln Park Conservatory's Show House turns into a Winter Wonderland filled with poinsettias, holiday trees, sparkling lights and model trains that traverse through the plantings, all themed around the colors black and white.
 
Lunch: Nine Thai Cuisine, 2349 N. Clark St.
 
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