iCan Bike is coming to Peoria July 6-10th

iCan Bike is a day camp experience that teaches children and young adults with developmental delays and disabilities how to ride a traditional two-wheel bicycle without training wheels. The camp with be at East Peoria Event Center in East Peoria. Session times vary.

Participant Information

iCan Bike uses adapted bicycles, a specialized instructional program and trained staff to enable individuals with disabilities to learn to ride a two-wheel bicycle without training wheels.

Participants attend one 75-minute session each day for five consecutive days while accompanied and encouraged by a volunteer “spotter”. Participants need to be 8 years old or older and have a diagnosed delay or disability.

The camp fee is $75. A limited number of scholarships are available thanks to the Lora DeAnn Broers Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Click here to sign up today or call Jessica Brack at 309-686-1177.


This program is made possible through the hard work and dedication of our volunteers. We need 12-15 volunteers each session. Please share this information with your school, church group and friends.

If you are interested in volunteering click here or call Jessica Brack at 309-686-1177.

East Peoria Event Ctr
4200 E Washington St
East Peoria

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Thursday Night Tandem Ride Location Change

Beginning June 4th, Dirk’s Thursday night tandem ride is moving to a new starting location. It was meeting from the Cross Point Church in East Peoria. Beginning June 4th, it will start from 2200 South Main Street in Morton. This is the strip mall that houses the Morton Cinema among other shops.

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iCan Bike Volunteer Opportunity

iCan Bike logoEaster Seals is offering an exciting volunteer opportunity for individuals who are 15 yrs. old or older. iCan Bike is a one‐week camp experience that teaches children with developmental delays and disabilities how to ride a conventional two‐wheel bicycle without training wheels. The program uses adapted bicycles, a specialized instructional program, trained staff, and enthusiastic volunteers. Volunteers are paired up with a specific child for the entire week. The Volunteer Spotter walks and runs alongside the rider, providing encouragement and physical support as needed.

Volunteers sign‐up for one or more sessions. Each session is 75 minutes. It is best if the volunteer can commit to coming the same session each day for 5‐consecutive days to encourage and support the child to accomplish this milestone. This program is made possible through the hard work and dedication of our volunteers. Without volunteers it wouldn’t be possible. Please sign up today!

July 6‐10, 2015
East Peoria Event Center ~ 4200 Washington St. ~ East Peoria

Session 1: 9:00‐10:15
Session 2: 10:35‐11:50
Lunch Break 11:50‐12:45
Session 3: 12:45‐2:00pm
Session 4: 2:20‐3:35pm

To register to volunteer online go to http://www.easterseals.com/ci/our‐programs/ican‐bike.html or please contact Jessica Brack at Easter Seals 309‐686‐1177 or jbrack@ci.easterseals.com Download the flyer here.

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Venus de Miles, Illinois’ only all-women’s road ride

Dear Cycling Friends:

Please join us on July 25th for the 4th annual Venus de Miles, Illinois’ only all-women’s bike ride in Lake Forest, IL.  Voted Best Cycling Event twice by Competitor Magazine, this non-competitive event now offers a 5k run in addition to the 25-mile and 62-mile ride courses.

From start to finish, participants are treated to healthy snacks, support from the Men-In-Drag crew, and endless entertainment.  The finish line festival features complimentary lunch, cocktails, spa services, a variety of vendors, and a lot of fun.

Venus de Miles fully benefits Greenhouse Scholars, an education organization that works with extraordinary college students from low-income communities and inspires, supports, and drives them to change the trajectory of their careers, their families, and their communities – forever.

Early bird pricing is available now through Memorial Day.  Registration is just $85 for the ride and $35 for the run but on May 26th prices will increase to $99 and $45 respectively so sign up now for the best savings!  Click HERE to register today.

We also encourage participants to organize teams and recruit their sisters, daughters, mothers, and all their friends to join in the festivities.  For the guys, we invite you to join us in one of our many volunteer roles, or for the manliest men to ride as part of our Men In Drag Support Crew.

For more information on the event or volunteer opportunities, please visit www.venusdemiles.com or contact me at 303-459-5467 /asuponcic@greenhousescholars.org.

Venus de Miles is an unforgettable celebration of sisterhood and community that leads to lifelong change for Illinois’ most promising and deserving college students.  We hope to see you there!

Warm regards,

Andrea Suponcic
Co-Director, Venus de Miles
Associate, Greenhouse Scholars

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Thinking of an Italian Tour?

Stefano Argenti sent me an e-mail advising that his organization has updated their 2015 bike tours in Northern Italy’s Lake District. Please take a look at their web site here.

They specialize in road cycling vacations in Northern Italy’s Lake District. They offer tours to suit cyclists of all abilities, from the casual cyclist to the serious amateur cyclist wanting to test themselves on challenging climbs. Their tours are guided tours by a local cycling guide who does the navigation so you can relax and enjoy the ride. There is a partnership between Eco Bike Hotel Ungheria located in Varese and GPSVarese.

All daily rides start from our Bike Hotel Ungheria (a 3 star hotel) located in the town of Varese, Italy. GPSVarese is in charge of the bike operations. They run tours at scheduled dates and tours that start weekly.

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The club has a new mailing address

Please send all future mail to Illinois Valley Wheelm’n, PO Box 9129, Peoria, IL 61612.

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Save the date: pEDaling for Pancreatic Cancer

Not an Illinois Valley Wheelm’n ride, but a lot of us enjoy charity rides. pEDaling for Pancreatic Cancer is planned for June 27, 2015 in Muscatine, Iowa. More information can be found and will be updated as they have more information at www.pEDalingforpc.com.

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Mark Your Calendars NOW for Bicycle Illinois’ 2015 Events

rider on bicycleMark your calendars NOW and put in your vacation request TODAY to attend one of our 2015 events!

We recommend you register as early as possible in order to:

  • Plan around the dates of the event and avoid unexpected work/family conflicts.
  • Be assured a spot when we reach our registration limits.
  • Have a set motivating fitness goal to work toward and train for.
  • Convince your friends and riding partners to participate with you.
  • Make sure that you and your bike will be able to physically complete the tour.
  • Sign up for potentially limited extra services and merchandise, such as supported hotels, massage therapy, and Bicycle Illinois jerseys.

If you have any questions or need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us!

BICYCLE ILLINOIS – July 4th – 11th
Starting from the town of Cairo at Illinois’ southernmost tip and ending in the heart of downtown Chicago, Bicycle Illinois is the only cycling event across the entire state of Illinois! The fully supported ride covers 500 to 600 miles with nightly stops in Cairo, Carbondale, Centralia, Effingham, Champaign, and Kankakee. A century option is also available every day of the ride!

TRI-STATE TOUR – Sat. July 11th and Sun. August 9th
The Tri-State Tour travels through three states in one day! You’ll start the ride right over the Illinois/Indiana border in Hammond, IN and finish in Kenosha, WI, travelling up Lake Michigan through Illinois. The single day event covers approximately 85 miles and a century option is available as well.

Push the limits of your endurance by riding 175 miles across the entire state of Illinois from Moline to Chicago in one day!

Push the limits of your endurance by riding 165 miles across the entire state of Illinois from St. Louis, MO to Vincennes, IN in one day!

RAGBRAI® TRANSPORTATION – July 19th and July 26th
We will be offering transportation for you, your bicycle, and your baggage from downtown Chicago to the start of RAGBRAI and also from the end of RAGBRAI back to downtown Chicago.

Robert S. Layton, Director

Bicycle Illinois
P.O. Box 8454
Chicago, IL 60680
(877) TOUR-ILL

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