“That Old River Beach Drive” ride will start at 9 am

ride update graphicNote the time change on the 4/24 “That Old River Beach Drive” ride. It will now start at 9:00 AM.

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Spring Breakout Ride

This year’s Spring Breakout Ride will be on Saturday, April 22nd with a rain date on April 29th. The ride starts at 9:00 am at Russell’s parking lot in Washington. We will have coffee, juice and donuts before the ride at 8:30 am. Club kit and bottle cap mirrors will be available for sale as well. We are looking for volunteers who are familiar with area to lead a causal pace group, a medium pace group and a fast pace group. Contact Fai (faimok534@gmail.com) if you would like to help. Joe Russell will provide snack and sandwiches after the ride.

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2017 Ride Schedule Is Posted!

ride update graphicOur calendar is here.

The text listings are available on the main site > IVW Rides.

Let me know if you spot any errors. See you on the road!

 

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2017 National Bike Challenge is right around the corner

Incidentally, this is how we track and recognize mileage for our club’s end of the year recognition. Join and specify the Illinois Valley Wheelm’n as your club affiliation and you are automatically in the running for our recognition as well as that of the National Bike Challenge. If you configure it, this service can automatically connect to your Strava account as well.  

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The National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event uniting thousands of current bicyclists and encouraging countless new riders to use bicycle to improve their health, save money and help the environment. In its simplest form, it is a logging center for users to record miles ridden and be part of the national community of bicyclists. It is a free and easy way to challenge yourself, friends, family, coworkers and the greater community to ride more. It doesn’t matter if you’re riding hundreds of miles a week or just getting back in the saddle, everyone is welcome to join.
The National Bike Challenge aims to unite 75,000 riders to pedal 35 million miles from May 1, 2017 until September 30, 2017. It is also a fun way for participants to interact with other riders in the online community, track improvement on a local, state and national level and win prizes. Yes, NBC has monthly prize giveaways just for participating. All mileage counts towards getting you to qualify the next level of prizes regardless if you ride your bike for fitness, commuting or grocery shopping. Even if you don’t get selected for the monthly prize, every participant is a winner with improve health, saving money and helping the environment by reducing carbon footprint. The Challenge is a successful partnership between PeopleForBikes and Kimberly-Clark’s Scott Natural Brand. To join in the fun for this year’s event, go to www.nationalbikechallenge.org.

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Illinois Valley Wheelm’n Spring Social

Illinois Valley Wheelm’n Spring Social
(Evening of the Breakout Ride)

April 22, 2017 at 6:00 PM
(Rain date April 29, 2017 at 6 PM)

at

Bernardi’s Pub
12200 N. Brentfield Drive
Dunlap, IL

Menu Options:
Family Style Fried Chicken Dinner (includes Tortellini, Spaghetti, Green Beans, Baked Potato, Salad, Coffee and Tea) $16.00

Vegetarian Option (includes Pasta selection of diner’s choice, Green Beans, Salad, Coffee and Tea) $14.00

The club will provide everyone with one drink ticket (beer, wine or soft drink) and appetizers.

Please reply by email to Bev Ketel, b.ketel434@comcast.net, with number attending. $$ will be taken at the event in form of cash or check made out to IVW.

Deadline for Reservation: April 18, 2017

Dinner will be held on April 29, 2017 at 6 PM if Breakout Ride postponed until April 29, 2017 because of rain.

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Last reminder for Membership renewal

This will be the last reminder for membership renewal as the club is prepping for the 2017 riding season. The email list will be updated in April and you will be left off the list for any club communication. Please use this link and follow the instructions on the page. You can print out a paper form and mail it in if you choose to do so though it will take longer to process. If you have any questions regarding your membership status, contact Membership Data-keeper Steve Kurt (kurtsj0011@gmail.com).

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Spring Breakout Ride

This year’s Spring Breakout Ride will be on Saturday, April 22nd, 8:30 am coffee / juice / snacks and a 9 am start. Once again, we are meeting at Russell’s Cycling & Fitness in Washington, Illinois. The ride will be weather permitting with a rain date of Saturday, April 29th. This ride typically splits into a casual pace group, a medium pace group, and a faster pace group

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Dangerous Situations to Avoid When Cycling

As a cyclist, you understand the importance of ensuring drivers can see you so you don’t get involved in a crash. You also know that you need to be alert when riding so you can act defensively and avoid a crash at the last minute. You know that you face numerous risks when you are riding, but some situations are much more dangerous than others. Here are few dangerous situations that you need to try to avoid so you don’t end up injured because of a crash.

Parked Cars

When you are cycling past parked cars, you need to be extra cautious. Drivers might not see you approaching and turn right into you. In this situation you should watch for turning wheels and listen for engines starting up so you can get out of the way if the need arises. If possible, avoid areas where there are plenty of parked cars.

Avoid the Right Side

You should never stop on the right-hand side of a vehicle. If you ar on the right-hand side of a car, you are stopped in the driver’s blind spot. If the car is planning on making a right turn, the driver might turn right into your bike. Always stop behind the car even if there is a bike lane. Wait until the car in front of you proceeds before you approach the intersection.

Don’t Get Doored

You are aware of the dangers of riding through areas where there are many parked cars. There is also a risk of getting doored when someone either enters or exits a vehicle. To prevent being hit by an opening door, you should ride at least four feet out in the lane so the door won’t reach you. Riding too close to the right of the street can increase the chances of being hit by a door and being injured.

Intersection Crashes

Intersections can be very dangerous. Make sure you keep your hand on the brake and make eye contact with all the drivers so they will notice you.  You should be ready to ride defensively and get out of the way if the need arises.

Side-Swiped

There can be problems when judging the distance between a car and a bicycle. In order to decrease the chances of being side-swiped, you should approach the area as “loud and proud.” Get in the center of the lane so cars passing you will have to go over in the other lane. By placing yourself in a visible spot, you are significantly reducing your chances of being side-swiped. If you ride over toward the right-hand side by the curb you are more likely to be hit.

Additional Safety Tips

By knowing what to do when you encounter these dangerous situations and by working to make sure you are visible when cycling, you can keep yourself safe while on the roads. Adhere to the traffic laws, and always research the traffic laws when you are going to be riding in a new area. Safety is the key to years of safe, fun, and healthy riding.

This article was created by Personal Injury Help, an organization dedicated to providing the public with information about personal injury and safety information. Nothing in this article constitutes legal advice or opinion, and is intended for informational use only. To find out more about them, you can go to www.personalinjury-law.com or contact them at help@personalinjury-law.org

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Bike Auction to Benefit the Kickapoo Rail Trail

Two incredible opportunities rolled into one! Get an awesome bike AND help build the Kickapoo Rail Trail!!

Neutral Cycle of Champaign is teaming up with the Forest Preserve Friends Foundation to offer a beautiful Surly Cross-Check at auction. The bike was built by hand with only the highest quality parts and utmost attention to detail, by the cycling experts at Neutral Cycle. The bike is valued at $2,400 with bids starting at $1,450. All proceeds, in excess of parts costs, will help to build the Kickapoo Rail Trail. Get yourself a great bike just in time for the first phase of the KRT to open in July, and help build future phases in the process!

To access the online auction go to: http://bit.ly/2mWbdEP

To learn more about the Kickapoo Rail Trail, please see http://www.ccfpd.org/forest-preserve/kickapoo-rail-trail.

*** PLEASE SHARE THIS EMAIL WITH YOUR BIKE CLUB OR CYCLING GROUP ***

Thank you,
Mary Ellen

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Mary Ellen Wuellner, Deputy Director
Champaign County Forest Preserve District
PO Box 1040, Mahomet, IL 61853
(217) 586-3360

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Urge Congress to include funding for bicycling

Click here to participate in Ride Illinois’ mailing to Congress.

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