Going to the Vuelta a Espana?

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I am planning to ride/watch the last 11 days of the Vuelta a Espana this year. If anybody is interested in going along they can contact me. I can be reached by email or phone.

Jack Welch

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watchLAB – Cyclists Needed for Paid Research Study! ($225)

We received this email:


My name is Daphne, and I’m a project manager for watchLAB a market research company with offices in Chicago & San Francisco. We put together research studies for clients and find the right people for studies, and pay them for their feedback and opinions.

We are currently looking for interested individuals, ages 25-45, in the San Francisco & Chicago metro areas to participate in an online study, and we specifically need those that are avid mountain and/or road cyclists, to provide insights and opinions on bicycles and
accessories, as well as share your own experiences with cycling.

Please note that participation in these research studies is completely confidential and used only for research purposes. There are absolutely no sales involved.

Here are the details:
Dates: February 5-14
Length of time: ~2 hours
Location: Online
Incentive: $225 total

If interested, please call our office at 312-235-6179 and reference Project Cypress. A customer representative will ask you a series of pre-qualifying questions, and the call should take about 15 minutes.

Note that availability is limited, so please call as soon as possible to see if you qualify for the research! Referrals are welcome – feel free to also share this information with anyone you know who might be interested!

Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you!


Daphne Hussey | Project Manager
o. +1 312.235.6179
e. daphne.hussey@watchLAB.com
201 Post St, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108

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2016 Lakes of Northern Italy Bike Tour

We received this email:

2016 our overall offering: http://www.gpsvarese.it/i_vacanze_bicicletta.asp

Lake Maggiore – Lake Como – Lake Varese – Lake Lugano – Madonna del Ghisallo

We have something for everyone, from the casual rider to the “well seasoned” rider, and for non-rider too.

For any information and reservation, please contact directly Eco Bike Hotel Ungheria at Varese, your cycling base in Italian Lake District:

Viale Borri 98 – 21100 Varese VA (Italy) – Phone +39 0332 264 325
For cycling tips, please get in touch with GPSVarese: info@gpsvarese.it

No matter what your fitness level is, every day the ride can be designed to challenge you or alternately give you an easier day, if needed. All daily rides start from our Eco Bike Hotel Ungheria located in the town of Varese.

The hotel is family owned and operated for three generations. All the family works here. Eco Bike Hotel Ungheria and GPSVarese are composed by the same team that works together.

Shrine of Madonna del Ghisallo the Patroness of cyclists:
The small Chapel is at Magreglio (CO) between the two branches of Lake Como. It is venerated by international cycling as patroness of cycling and the place has become the focus of many riders’ pilgrimages.

We look forward to having you on tour ! Best regards,
Stefano Argenti

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Fiji and Jasmine Pedal Around the World

Fiji and Jasmine

Bike Peoria Presents: Fiji and Jasmine Pedal the World!
Here is info for calendar/public service announcements for two events: one on 2/26 and one on 2/27


Date: 02/26/2016
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Ear in the Envelope, inc. 820 SW Adams Peoria, IL
Presented By: Bike Peoria (http://www.bikepeoria.org/)
For More Info Contact Tim Beeney at (309)323 1404
All ages welcome and admission is free. However, donations are welcome and encouraged. All donations go towards supporting Jasmine and Fiji’s journey.

On March 1, 2016 Jasmine Reese and her dog Fiji will embark on a ’round the world bicycle tour. Jasmine will be in Peoria to share stories of her previous cross country bicycle tour, tell about her upcoming adventure and also play some violin. Did I mention she is also a violinist? Part of her plan is to play with and learn from as many fellow musicians musicians as she can meet along the way. Please join us at Ear in the Envelope for this special evening and check here for other chances (soon to be confirmed) to meet Jasmine.
here are a couple of Jasmine’s links if you would like to follow her adventures: www.facebook.com/FiJaPAW.official and www.FiJaPAW.com/support-us
This event is free. However, donations are encouraged, greatly appreciated and will go completely towards helping Jasmine on her journey.

We are also hosting Jasmine earlier in the day at the NAACP building. Details are not yet final for that visit

Bike Peoria Lunch and Music Potluck for Jasmine Reese
101 N MacArthur Hwy, Peoria, Illinois 61605
Bike Peoria will be holding a lunch and music potluck with soon to be world bicycle traveller, Jasmine Reese. “What does this mean?” you ask. Well, please bring lunch food to share- healthy and/or vegetarian encouraged, but not required. If you are a musician, please bring your instrument and jam with Jasmine! This will be “unplugged”- accoustics only, please. She plays violin, by the way. Plenty of bicycle parking! see you there!
10:30am- 2:30pm on Saturday February 27, 2016
call 509 323 1404 for more info

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Peoria Museum presentation on History of Bicycling in Peoria

WCBU mentions a presentation at the Riverfront Museum on the Early History of Bicycling in Peoria. This event is January 10. The lecture is at 1pm, and the gallery is open from 12:00PM-5:00PM; More details may be on their website page here.

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Cycling film Inspired to Ride coming to Peoria on Jan. 30

From an e-mail…

Cycling film Inspired to Ride coming to Peoria on Jan. 30

Hi. You are receiving this email because you have previously attended one of our film events in Peoria, probably a cycling film. Thank you for your patronage as we could not continue to bring these films your way without your support.

We are pleased to be coming back to Peoria with another adventure film when we screen the cycling film Inspired to Ride, about last year’s inaugural self-supported 4,200-mile cross-country bike race, on Saturday, Jan. 30 at the Apollo Theatre. This event is sponsored once again by the Peoria Area Mountain Bike Association.

Please find all the information in the attached press release or in our Facebook event:


Tickets are $12 in advance at www.imathlete.com/events/inspiredtoride or $15 at the door the night of the show.

Thank you.

Garry Harrington, Promoter

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LIB is now Ride Illinois

Ride Illinois Logo
October 19, 2015
New name, new logo, new website

Since 1992, the League of Illinois Bicyclists has been dedicated to one mission – to improve bicycling conditions around the state so that more people can safely and easily ride in Illinois. Over the years, we have evolved from a state chapter of the League of American Bicyclists to an independent organization with a strong advocacy voice in Springfield and municipalities all around the state. In that time, our membership has increased from a few hundred people to more than 2,200 Illinois residents thanks to your support!

Today, we are excited to introduce ourselves as Ride Illinois. It’s a name that reflects the growing popularity of bicycling statewide and aligns a broad range of people with our mission. It’s a name that clearly demonstrates what happens when our work succeeds and bicycling becomes safer and more accessible across the state. It’s an action-oriented name that embodies the goal of our organization and will inspire everyone who rides a bike to Ride Illinois.

We’re also excited to present our new logo and website. We’ve modernized our logo and put a bicycle front, center, and in motion against the distant background of one of our state’s most bike friendly cities. Our new website is technologically up to date and offers us abundant opportunity to visually showcase how people throughout our state Ride Illinois.

Our mission remains the same, and we will continue to work for more bike friendly roads and trails, more favorable policies and legislation, and more education on sharing our roads safely. Our new name will help position us for future growth and inspire stronger support from new partners – individuals, businesses, peer organizations, and communities across the state. We also hope that this exciting change strengthens your interest in our mission, and that we can count on your loyal support!

We will continue to work statewide for better bicycling, so you can get out there and Ride Illinois!

Special thanks go to Someoddpilot for working with us through the rebranding process and creating a modern and friendly website we hope you’ll enjoy visiting often. We were very lucky to work with a team who care about our mission and are as enthusiastic about riding as we are.

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Cycling Tuscany

Dear Club Members,

We would like to introduce Cycling Tuscany on the Road to you. This is a fresh cycle tour agency aimed at those who want to enjoy the pleasures of Tuscany on a bike and at the same time being immersed in the culture and flavours of a beautiful region at an affordable price.

Our tours are ideal for the recreational/touring cyclist. We hope you take the time to go to our site www.cyclingtuscany.co.uk and discover for yourself a choice of amazing cycling holiday experiences in this beautiful area of Tuscany.

Many thanks and kind regards,
Derek and Luca

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2016 GITAP Details Are Available

Ride Illinois Logo

Check it out on their website.

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Bike Fridays for sale

Blue(1)and Green(1) Bike Fridays American made in Eugene, Oregon.  Purchased in 2003 for $862.30 each.  Bikes were used on about 5 airplane vacations.  Bikes were ridden about 30 to 40 days.  Sale includes all accessories which were all part of the original sales price:  1 air pump, 2 travel hard plastic cases, and 2 under seat accessory bags.  Asking price:  $550. Each.  One owner and well maintained.  Call Sandi or George Burrier, 309-266-5085
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