WEEKLY RIDES – Season starts Saturday April 16, 2016
Over the course of the riding season, as riders become more fit, the average speeds of most rides gradually increase by 1-2 mph. The rides intended for new and leisurely riders, “Wednesday Pedaling for Pleasure” and “Saturday Saunter,” maintain the same speed all season.
To email ride leaders, remove the #’s from the email addresses shown below.
Cancellation Policy: Rides will be cancelled if it is raining 30 minutes before the scheduled time at the ride starting place. A ride leader determining that dangerous conditions exist may cancel a ride by email notification a minimum of two hours before the starting time. Rides will be considered Show and Go at temperatures of 40° or less. Ride distances may be substantially reduced due to high winds.
Monday Moderate Ride– (12-15 mph, under 20 miles at start of season, gradually increasing with available daylight) 6:00 P.M. from Savoy Rec Center,, 402 W Graham Dr, Savoy, IL, north end of parking lot. Head south on Route 45 from Windsor Rd, take first right turn past Sonic Drive-In, then west 1/4 mi. Emphasis on socializing, not speed. One of the most popular rides. Leaders: Jim Witte (jim#@#thunderingbison.com) and Anne Robin (arobin#@#uiuc.edu)
Tuesday Morning Ride – (10-13 mph, 30+ mi) 9:00 am from Savoy Rec Center, 402 W Graham Dr, Savoy, IL, north end of parking lot. Head south on Route 45 from Windsor Rd, take first right turn past Sonic Drive-In, then west 1/4 mi. For retirees or those who can afford to take a morning off. This ride often includes a breakfast stop at a restaurant. Leader: Ed Bondurant (bonduran#@#illinois.edu)
Tuesday Faster Ride – (16-18 mph, 20-25 mi) 5:30 pm from UI Research Park parking lot1800 S. Oak Street (corner of First Street and St. Mary’s Road). This is an advanced level ride. Speeds definitely increase as the season progresses. Leader: John Prince (johnmprince#@#hotmail.com)
Tuesday Women’s Ride – (13-15 mph, 15-30 mi) 6:00 pm, from Zahnd Park, SE corner of Windsor and Staley Rd, Champaign. A medium paced, social ride for the ladies only. After the ride, meet for dinner and drinks at Sunsinger. Leaders: Lorrie Pearson (lorrie.bikes#@#gmail.com), Angela Holcomb (adhcpa#@#yahoo.com) and Annette Stumpf (als319#@#sbcglobal.net).
Wednesday Pedal for Pleasure – (9-12 mph, 12-14 miles) April through Aug 6:30 pm, from Champaign Cycle, 506 S. Country Fair Drive, Champaign. Suitable for beginners and any rider who wants to meet people and enjoy a leisurely ride. Mountain bikes and board shorts welcome. Leader: Peter Davis (peter#@#champaigncycle.com)
Thursday Evening Ride – Two rides depart simultaneously: (12-15 mph) and (15-17 mph) 6:15 pm, from Zahnd Park, SE corner of Windsor and Staley Rd, Champaign. Leaders: Ellen Hedrick (ellenh1965#@#gmail.com), Rich Furr (rfbike#@#sbcglobal.net), Nancy Parker (parkerna#@#comcast.net) and Teri Stoerger (stoerger#@#shout.net).
Thursday Bridge Ride – (17-20 mph, 30-40 miles) 6 pm from Meadowbrook Park, (Race St parking lot) Urbana. Bridging the gap between the fastest PCC riders and the Wild Card Racing Team. Focus is on advanced rider development via challenging techniques and terrain. Leaders: Kelley Wegeng (kwegeng#@#gmail.com) and Daniella Birch (daniellabirch#@#gmail.com).
Saturday Morning Rides Meadowbrook Park, (Race St parking lot) Urbana 9:00 in April and May; 8:00 June-Sep; 9am Oct.
Saturday Saunter– (10-20 miles, 10-13 mph) Common destinations are Philo, St. Joseph or Tolono, with water and rest stops. A smaller group riding at level 2 (12-15 mph) often breaks off for an additional 10-20 miles after a designated stop. All frame types of cycles and riders welcome. Leader: Sue Jones (siouxgeonz#@#gmail.com)
Housework Avoidance Ride (40-60 miles, 16-18 mph) This ride will offer several options ranging from 40-60 miles and meander through some of the more interesting (read challenging) roads in the area at a quick, but not anaerobic clip. Those on longer rides should expect a lunch stop at a small-town restaurant. Ride Leaders: Tom Ward (tjw#@#illinois.edu), Richard McClary (rmcclary#@#gmail.com) and John Prince (johnmprince#@#hotmail.com)