REMINDER: 2015 Ride of Silence – May 20th – 7 PM

2015 Ride of Silence – May 20th – 7 PM – Glen Oak Park; Peoria, Illinois

Once again, the Illinois Valley Wheelm’n are organizing our 2015 edition of the Ride of Silence in Peoria, IL. The Ride of Silence is a globally-recognized movement on the 3rd Wednesday in May to remember those cyclists who have been killed or injured while enjoying the sport they love. The goal through this event is to bring together ALL cyclists in the Peoria area regardless if they are mountain bikers, roadies, casual, long distance, trick, etc…. and show the community how much of an impact we can make. We are needing your help in three different areas ->

1. Please attend the event on May 20th (Wednesday) at 7 PM in Peoria’s Glen Oak Park, and bring a friend (or two) if possible. Poster is attached with all the ride details. We have been stuck at 150 participants for the past few years – our goal this year is to break 200!

2. Print out a few copies of the attached poster, and place them where you work, your church, favorite coffee shop, etc..

3. Our ride will need a few additional volunteers to be successful. Volunteering responsibilities will require you to arrive at the event early and make sure all participants sign the waiver clipboards. Once the ride has begun, you will be dispersed as ride marshals within the group and look for others who might need assistance/help. We’ll also need help with those who would want to take pictures/video. If you are interested at all, please contact Mike Honnold at 309-696-2591 or

Thanks! See you at the ride!

Mike Honnold

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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‐programs/ican‐bike.html or please contact Jessica Brack at Easter Seals 309‐686‐1177 or 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 or contact me at 303-459-5467 /

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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May Is Bike Month

May Is Bike Month

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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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Ride of Silence Promotional Materials

Where: Peoria’s Upper Glen Oak Park (begin & end)
When: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
Assemble 6:30 P.M. – Ride 7:00 P.M. – sharp
The Ride: 8.2 miles at NO FASTER than a 10 MPH pace on Nebraska Avenue. The police-escorted ride will take place on open roads, and those participating will be expected to ride safely, & obey all traffic laws, and wear their bike helmets!
Why: To honor those who have been killed or injured while riding. Our ride honors local
cyclists Diane Matuska, Jessie “Jay” Jackson, Rev. Thomas Triebel, and Dave Tomlinson

Download the poster here.
Download the press release here.

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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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