First Trash Pickup of 2015

trash pickup
On Friday, April 24th at 5 PM, we’ll meet at the Pioneer Parkway Trailhead of the Rock Island Greenway to pick up litter along our adopted stretch from Pioneer Parkway to the Route 6 Tunnel. IVW will provide trash bags, gloves – please come dressed for possibly having to walk in the grass/weeds, etc.. Trash pickup will take approximately 1 hour or less. After the pickup, we’ll head over to either the Fox Pub and Cafe or Peoria Brewing Company for drinks/food. This will be our first pickup of 2015 – come help us start the year in style!

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The Spring Social has been cancelled

All, due to a very low RSVP for the dinner thus far, the board and I decided to cancel this year’s dinner. We will be mailing back any payment that has been submitted.

Kind Regards,

Fai Mok
Illinois Valley Wheelm’n President

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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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Bicycle Clinic Series 2015

Peoria Bicycle Club along with the Illinois Valley Wheelm’n is once again pleased to host a road bicycle race and skills clinic. We had very good feedback from last year’s participants and we hope that both of our local clubs will come out and participate and support this grassroots event. Due to scheduling conflicts we are narrowing the focus of the clinics to two Sundays afternoons, April 12, and April 26th. The format will be similar to last year’s clinics except the second half of the second clinic day we will try some informal practice races for those who are interested. As this clinic is a joint effort between Peoria Bicycle Club and Illinois Valley Wheelm’n, we will have participants divide into two main groups for skills training: those who wish to focus on basic road riding skills, and those who are interested in beginning/ intermediate racing and pack riding. All levels are welcome to participate in this series. If you are an advanced racer, we would also love for you to come out and help the coaches mentor participants. For further information, the USA Cycling flyer and our more general flyer are attached. Please pass this along to your bicycle friends from other mid-state clubs that you think would be interested.

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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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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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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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