Routes Book

I just updated the page on Club Information > Routes Book. I duplicated that page in this post to announce the IVW board decision to give away PDF’s of this book. I will leave this post up for a month, but the page mentioned above will continue. Enjoy.

In 2008, former IVW prez Kathy John organized a project to document favorite local riding routes of IVW members.  The goal was to create a reference manual that could be used by locals and visitors to find safe and fun places to ride.  Our project eventually evolved into a book of 50 local routes, and 50 recipes provided by those IVW members who did not know enough about local riding to provide a route.  Routes provide information such as a safe starting location, items of interest along the way, an overall-view map, cue sheet, and notes section.  As an added bonus, each book comes with a CD-Rom containing each route in PDF form, and a downloadable GARMIN route if you have the appropriate/compatable GPS unit.

The Routes and Recipes books were available in local bike shops for years, at a cost that varied with shop, generally 15-20 dollars. We also sold them directly to people that requested copies.

In 2016, with all known copies sold, the IVW board decided to allow downloading of the PDF to anyone that desired a copy. Use with care as advertisers, links, and routes will no doubt be impacted by time. Since we are giving away this PDF, we don’t plan another printing.

We hope you enjoy this book!


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Thursday Morning Ride Details

Ride Notification, June 2, 2016


WEATHER PERMITTING, there will be an IVW Thursday morning group ride on Thursday, June 2, 2016.

Here are the ride details:

Route Planner/Guide: Mike Rowe

Starting Location: Russell’s Cycling Shop in Washington, IL

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Start Time: 9:00 AM. Please be ready to ride at 9AM

Date: June 2, 2016

Planned Distance: 35-40 miles depending upon weather.

Ride Level: Level II. This is a no drop group ride. We will regroup frequently and nobody will be left behind. Average speed should be 12-14 mph, depending upon wind conditions.

Planner/Guide Phone: 309-6943150

Planner/Guide E-Mail:

Ride cancellation via: If the ride is cancelled, Tom Dorigatti will handle the cancellation. Notification will be via e-mail to those on the e-mail listing. There is no way to get cancellation notice onto the web-site fast enough. Tom will try to get ride cancellation out by 7:30AM on Thursday morning. If things are really not looking good, I’ll send a notice on Wednesdayevening.

Ride Notes: Mike has planned out a 40 mile ride that he thinks everyone will enjoy. Plans are to stop for lunch at Didley’s Place in Metamora.  That is about 10 miles from returning to Russell’s.

Tom D.

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A new source of ride listings…

I just added this link to the Illinois/Midwest Rides page. 

Central Illinois Cycling Calendar  Your guide to cycling events throughout the region. This guide is brought to you through a cooperative effort of bike clubs and bike shops throughout Central Illinois.

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June 12th, Ride 2 Recovery

Good afternoon,

On June 12th, Ride 2 Recovery will be hosting its annual Honor Ride in Chicago to benefit injured veterans on their path to recovery. We hope that your group would want to be a part of this cycling event that brings together the community in support of these healing heroes.

Ride 2 Recovery provides veterans with free, life-changing services and saves lives through its unique, cycling-based recovery programs. By participating in the Honor Ride, you will be supporting the thousands of veterans who benefit from these services each year.

We would like to offer your group a free team captain entry, plus an exclusive discount to anyone who joins your team. For more information about this event and the incredible services that Ride 2 Recovery provides, please see the link below.

Please let me know if you would like to set up a team or discuss other ways your group could get involved in support of these veterans. We look forward to working together!

Caroline Stocks
Ride 2 Recovery
Saving Lives by Restoring Hope & Purpose

818.888.7091 Ext. 106 Office
818.710.1453 Fax

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Wanted to buy: good used hybrid

Pam Hoehne is looking to buy a quality good used hybrid to fit a person about 5′ 10″ or 6′. Hers that she shared with her son was stolen. Contact Pam at 339-9777.

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Trails Day!

Trail Day Poster

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Ride Ataxia

Dear Illinois Valley Wheelmen,

I’m helping to coordinate a charity cycling event that benefits the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA). With your organization’s support of attending our charity bike ride, you can help bring people living with FA closer to treatments and a cure.

Event: rideATAXIA Chicago

Date: Sunday, July 24th

For: Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA). A non-profit organization dedicated to funding research to cure Friedreich’s Ataxia, a debilitating, life-shortening, degenerative neuromuscular disorder with no treatment or cure. Ride Ataxia is currently the biggest fundraiser for FARA.

Location: Channahon Central Park – Channahon, IL


Brief Description: 4, 12, 27, and 50 mile road route options. Fully stocked rest stops, strong SAG support, and delicious post ride food prepared by Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill and Carrabba’s. Fundraising benefits the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA). Fundraising not required but strongly encouraged. For details including route maps and registration visit:

Registration Fee: $45 Regular Priced Cyclist (No Fundraising Minimum) or $25 Reduced Price Cyclist (With $200 Fundraising Minimum); increases by $5 after 6/24/2016 and $10 for same day registration. Includes ride, Lunch, and event t-shirt.

Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) is a debilitating multi-system disease and the most common type of inherited ataxia. 1 in 100 people are carriers of the FA gene. What begins as difficulty with balance and coordination progresses over a short period of time to a life altering loss of mobility, energy, speech and hearing, robbing children and young adults of the ability to live active lives. FA also presents serious risk of diabetes and life shortening cardiac disease. As of today, there is no treatment or cure. Fundraising to support FA research is strongly encouraged, but not required.

I am 20 years old and a sophomore at the University of Illinois. I was diagnosed with FA 8 years ago. I will be riding my recumbent bike 12 miles in this years ride. We have THE best post ride food. Come on out and be a part of the cure!
I sincerely appreciate your support and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best Regards,

Emily Young

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National Bike Challenge


As a club, Fai is leveraging this service to track mileage for the end of year awards. Seamless syncing with many tracking services. Read more here.

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Cycle Classic Tours

We get mail. Here is an offer of commercial European tours.

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M & M Vineyard Bike Tour

June 11, 2016 at The Mackinaw Valley Winery, METEC will be having their annual fundraiser, M & M Vineyard Tour. 5, 15, 40 and 62 (100k) mile bike tour that starts at 6:30 AM. Lots of hills and flats. Riders have the option to participate in brunch, wine tour and tasting. New this year is the beer tasting. To register go to our website page: Come to ride or eat or to ride and eat and listen to Dexter and the Funk Yard Band.

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