Rest of Schedule From 02/24/18
2016 EBC Ride Schedule







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Very Fast

(V+) Very Fast Plus

10-12 mph

13-15 mph

15-17 mph

17-20 mph

20+ mph

22+ mph


DRAFT: Rides showing “?” after Ride Leader or “RIDE LEADER NEEDED” are unconfirmed!


Winter 2017/2018 Rides   Effective: 12/18/17


Unless a Remote Start is listed, rides start at: Panera Bread, 1199 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette


Do NOT park in the Panera parking lot.  On weekends, parking is available in the Metra lot along Poplar Drive 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.

 Details:Yes  No   Pace:  Include:60 Days Rest All From: 
Date Time/Miles Pace Destination~Leader
02/24 Sat 
420-500   V
Tucson CycleMania VII: Feb 24th - Mar 4th, 2018 ~ Felix Angelov
We are planning our annual winter trip to meet up with Phil Procida for a week of cycling in warm & sunny Tucson, AZ.  There will be daily Very Fast rides for the entire week.  The plan is to ride 420 to 500 miles in 7 days with significant elevation changes (lots of climbing!).  We are flying to Tucson on 2/24/18 and returning to Chicago on 3/04/18.  If you are planning to join us, contact Felix at
05/26 Sat 
Horsey Hundred May 27-28 ($) - Remote: Georgetown, KY ~ RIDE LEADER NEEDED
Experience the rolling hills in Kentucky’s Bluegrass on a Bicycle! The annual Horsey Hundred will be held the weekend of May 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 $50 for Friday & Saturday night.  Some may prefer a motel in the Georgetown area for a few more creature comforts.  If you arrive early, you are invited to join one of five open rides with the Bluegrass Cycling Club on Friday, May 26th in the Lexington area.  Website for the Horsey Hundred is
The EBC Ride Leader will be riding an EBC group at Fast pace (15-17 mph) but this ride accommodates riders at all paces and distances if you prefer a different pace.
Please contact Ride Leader if you plan to participate and let them know when you plan to arrive.
06/08 Fri 
100-150   Any
June 8-10 Fight for Air Ride ($) - Remote: Crystal Lake ~ Steve Levinthal ?
Remote Start: McHenry College, Crystal Lake
The Fight for Air Ride is a fundraising event for the American Lung Association. Ride for a personal achievement, a new cycling experience or to honor a loved one affected by lung disease.  This is a two or three day event.  Cyclists of all levels ride 50 miles per day. Cycle the rolling hills of northern Illinois, and around the lakes of southern Wisconsin.  Three day riders depart on Friday morning and ride from Crystal Lake, IL to Lake Geneva, WI.  On Saturday, they enjoy a loop ride around the sparkling waters of Lake Geneva. On Sunday, the ride returns to Crystal Lake.  Two day riders depart on Saturday for Lake Geneva and return to Crystal Lake on Sunday.  Included in the ride are overnight accommodations at the beautiful Abbey Resort and Spa in Lake Geneva, buffet meals and full SAG support.
Please sign ride sheet with EBC Leader and ride at any pace.
For more details and to register for the ride go to - Fight for Air Ride
06/10 Sun 
300           Any
Grand Illinois Bike Tour - June 10 to 15 ($) - Remote: Clinton, IL ~ RIDE LEADER NEEDED
Join us June 10-15 for the 16th annual Grand Illinois Bike Tour. The 2018 route will feature central Illinois with a special focus on Abraham Lincoln history. We’ll enjoy great bicycling on quiet country roads and visit charming towns and places from Lincoln’s life in Springfield, Decatur, New Salem, and his days as a lawyer on the 8th Judicial Circuit.
Our unforgettable six-day ride will make a loop starting and ending in Clinton, with overnight stops in Lincoln, Springfield (2 nights), and Decatur (2 nights). Choose among our daily mileage options for a total ranging from 200 to 370 miles. Pick between our camping and motel options, and enjoy evenings filled with good food and fellowship with riders hailing from around the country. Proceeds benefit Ride Illinois and support our mission to make Illinois a better, safer, and more enjoyable place to ride.  Choose between camping or motel options; most meals included. Proceeds benefit Ride Illinois and support its mission to make Illinois a better, safer, and more enjoyable place to ride. For more info and pricing, check out the website:
Ride at your own pace with daily routes ranging 43-59 miles and longer route options available.  Let the Ride Leader know if you plan to join the ride to sign in and make sure your mileage is recorded.  
06/15 Fri 
130-150   Any
Peninsula Century ($) - Remote: Bailey's Harbor, WI ~ RIDE 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  Note: You can ride at any pace you choose and ther 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:
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.
06/17 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  Ride Leader: Scott Schaedel at, 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.
08/17 Fri 
Mad City Weekend - REMOTE: Fitchburg, WI $ ~ Sharon Kaminecki (M), Local Leader (F)
Mad City Weekend
Fri 8/17 to Sun 8/19 Moderate, and Sat 8/18 Fast Section led by local leader from Bike Fitchburg.
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.  Besides moderately paced rides Fri., Sat., and Sun. this year we will have a fast paced ride led by a local on Sat.  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 so we know you are planning to join the fun!
09/30 Sun 8:00 AM
100           Any
Apple Cider Century ($) - Remote: Three Oaks, MI ~ RIDE LEADER NEEDED
Remote Start: Three Oaks, MI
The Apple Cider Century is one of the largest one-day century events in the Midwest.  Route options ranging from 15 to 100 miles travel through orchards, forests, wine country and along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan.
For complete details see their website -
You must pre-register, as the event usually sells out.
RIDE LEADER TO BE DETERMINED will be leading an EBC Fast group (15-17 mph) on the 100 mile route @ 08:00am from the sidewalk just west of the school near the start/finish line (but the Apple Cider Century does have riders at all speeds if you do not wish to ride Fast with RIDE LEADER TO BE DETERMINED). If you plan to join the ride, please contact RIDE LEADER so they know you are coming.
10/05 Fri 
50             Any
Oct 5-7 Farm/Art DTour ($) - Remote: Reedsburg, WI ~ Sandra Basile
Remote Start: Reedsburg, WI.
This is one of the prettiest areas in WI especially in the 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 if you are interested.