Opening Day for Trails Celebration

The Opening Day for Trails Celebration is sponsored by Rails to Trails Conservancy and Friends of the Rock Island Trail. RTC’s headquarters (based in Washington DC) had reached out to FRIT in co-sponsoring this event. RTC has slated March 28 as the national opening day for trails. IVW will be involved in helping to lead a ride. Besides bike ride, the opening day celebration will also have a hike lead by the Pimiteou Trail Club, nature & bird watching hike organized by Peoria Audubon Society along with several other activities. You can read more about it in the flyer below:

trail opening flyer

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Discounts at local bicycle shops

Have you renewed your club membership yet? One of the benefits we enjoy as club members at select bicycle shops is a discount. Discounts vary with shop and type of merchandise. Support your local bicycle shop. They make it easy with discounts!

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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

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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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A First: Central Illinois Will Host Premier Bike Tour

For the first time in its 13-year history, the Grand Illinois Trail and Parks Bike Tour will travel a route through Central Illinois. The decision to move the ride with the shorthand name of GITAP from its traditional northerly route will bring as many as 225 bikers into the Heart of Illinois from June 14 to June 19. They will eat at area
restaurants; stay in local motels, campgrounds and schools; and visit museums and tourist sites.

Ride Chairman Chuck Oestreich of Rock Island said the route was moved because this part of the state is “great country for riding” and because of the sight-seeing opportunities along the way.

“As a man who spent his career in a high school classroom teaching English, I’m excited to bring new people to a part of Illinois that produced some of America’s – not just Illinois’ – greatest writers,” he said. “Carl Sandburg, Vachel Lindsay and the wonderful Edgar Lee Masters took the world by storm – and we can’t wait to bicycle through the countryside that gave them inspiration and direction.” With that in mind, there will be a special appearance of some of the characters immortalized in Masters’ Spoon River Anthology and at least one new character, tentatively known as Bicycle Bill Jackson. The setting for the anthology is Lewistown’s Oak Hill Cemetery, where plans are in the works for special activities in celebration of the 100th anniversary of publication. Also planned are optional visits to Dickson Mounds State Museum and Emiquon Nature Preserve in Lewistown.

But most of the six days will be spent on a bike. Cyclists will be offered routes ranging from 300 to 500 miles. The ride begins and ends in Kewanee, with overnights planned for Hampton, Galesburg, Canton and Chillicothe. Travel will take place on trails and country roads. “People along our routes are jumping in to help out – finding good biking roads, organizing after-the-daily-ride activities for our bikers, and showing us what this undiscovered country (for us) has to offer,” Oestreich said. Several of the volunteers are affiliated with the Illinois Valley Wheelm’n, the local bike club. A sports masseur will travel along to massage away any aches remaining after from long days on bikes.

GITAP is the brainchild of the League of Illinois Bicyclists, which thought many of the state’s cyclists would welcome a week-long trip over parts of the Grand Illinois trail, some 550 miles of lightly traveled roads and trails that loop around northern Illinois. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has been a partner in putting the loop together, with state parks along the route a major attraction. This is the first ride to depart from the Grand Illinois Trail in search of new terrain.

GITAP typically reaches its participant early, so Oestreich urges those who are interested to sign up soon. Price for the basic ride is $460, including breakfasts and dinners, with special rates for children and League of Illinois Bicyclists members. Those who choose to stay in motels will pay more. For more information and enrollment
forms, visit

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Rough Road 100

From e-mail:

I’m putting on a 100K ride/race on April 11th 2015. Starting and finishing in the town of Morris, IL. It would be great to have some of your member be a part! 9 Sectors of ‘rough road’, it should prove to be a fun and challenging event. Check us out and email me with any questions.

Thanks and Happy Holidays!

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Ride anyone?

Ice hanging from commuter bike

I think my bikes are grateful that I’m a bit older and slower to go for a ride in the winter. This pic is from a full winter I spent commuting in 2004-2005. I was in Germany, far from my home shop, so pardon the filthy chain.

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