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Remote Ride: Tinley Woods - Old Plank Trail
Monday May 29, 2017
Closed
Social
Brian Bird, email: b_t_bird@yahoo.com
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 30 miles 12 to 16 mph
Ride FAQ (please read)

A CCC Memorial Day tradition!  Come out and join the club'sresident southwest sider Brian Bird as we go on a 30-mile round trip to Frankfort, IL via the Old Plank Bicycle Path.  Turnaround point will be at or near the downtown Frankfort village green.  Endpoint rest stop will be next door to the start site at Tinley Park's Aurelio's Pizza and its universally-acclaimed pizza buffet.  Please note that the remote location start site is accessible by car and a 4-mile bike ride from the Metra - Rock Island line's Oak Forest or Tinley Park-Oak Park Avenue stations  (NOTE:  Metra will run its holiday schedule on Memorial Day - please check the website for outbound and inbound train details).  Bring your fully-functionng bicycle, helmet, $$$ for food-drink, and come out on the ride!

Event 3036
Edwin's EPiC Send-Off
Tuesday May 30, 2017
Active
Social
Bob Hsiung, email: bob@dr-bob.org
4:45 PM - 9:45 PM 30 miles 12 to 15 mph Rotary Centennial Garden
Ride FAQ (please read)

The Rotary Club of Chicago is sponsoring the official send off party for Edwin Velarde's EPiC Journey Through America’s Diabetes Belt. The send off party will take place on May 30th, 2017 at 3:45 p.m. The bike ride will begin at 4:45 p.m. Guests are welcome to ride alongside with Edwin for the first 30 miles, from the Rotary Centennial Garden (adjacent to the Adler Planetarium) to Three Floyds in Munster, Indiana, for dinner, of his 1300-kilometer journey through America’s Diabetes Belt to Atlanta. For those that need it, a ride back in a vehicle will be arranged. Space is limited. Edwin’s ride will create awareness about the diabetes epidemic and critical funds for the American Diabetes Association. Print the flyer. Contact the EPiC team.

Event 3052
Wednesday Morning Workout Ride
Wednesday May 31, 2017
Active
Touring
Take Yamamoto | Phone: (773) 528-7812
8:45 AM - 2:00 PM 45 miles 15 to 17 mph
Ride FAQ (please read)

Join me for a Wednesday morning workout ride.  Note that sometimes the leader can't make it.  Check the website around 7:30 am the morning of the ride for cancellations.   No rest stops are planned except for a break for lunch.  Be at the start location at the start time for sign-in.  The ride will start 15 minutes later on the dot.  In the case of inclement weather or icy conditions, the ride will be cancelled.

Event 3051
Wednesday Night Training Ride
Wednesday May 31, 2017
Active
Training
Bevan Brookfield, email: bevanbrook@hotmail.com | Mobile: (224) 548-6173
6:30 PM - (not specified) 32 miles 18 to 35 mph
Ride FAQ (please read)

Its back. The wednesday night training ride returns for another year of fast road training. Same time, same day, same focus on disciplined group riding, always hotly contested set sprint points and the same friendly atmosphere.

So join us for a fast-paced training ride aimed at increasing your speed and improving your group riding skills. Practice rotating pace lines, close proximity riding and advanced bike handling while building race pace fitness.  Ride paces range from 18-22 warm-up, 25+ for extended periods with planned leadouts for sprints; re-grouping occurs after all sprints.

Due to the need to ride in a tight pack, the fast pace and training specific nature of this ride, use of traditional style road bikes is strongly recommended. Recumbent, hybrid and mountain bikes will not be allowed, time-trial handle bars are discouraged.  A certain level of experience with group riding and fitness is expected. The actual pace of the ride will be determined by the ride participants.

Heres the route we take:

https://www.strava.com/routes/4134946

This is not a no drop ride, but a range of abilities is expected (and welcomed). After a 5 mile warm up the pace will heat up and the group may fragment, chase groups will form allowing riders to continue riding together. The ride always stops for red lights and all or some of the ride will always stop to assist you with mechanical problems&punctures. Please bring tools and the ability to fix a puncture fairly quickly.

The ride completes at PKs Pantry convenience store close to the start point (<0.5 mile) with enough room in its car park for a large group to hang for a recovery drink and socializing with your fellow rider.

Lights are required by all in april&sept, and recommended year round if you ride home any distance after the route. Ride ends by 8:00pm if there are no mechanical problems, but has been known to stretch to 8:30.

Event 3024
Monday Training Ride: Intro to Training Rides
Monday Jun 5, 2017
Active
Training
Rich Baumgarten, email: rbjr47@hotmail.com | Phone: (773) 759-8690
6:30 PM - (not specified) 28-30 18 to 23 mph
Ride FAQ (please read)

                                                  Power to the pedal!

                                                                                                                                                      Are you looking to bring your cycling up a notch? Don't know where to start? Monday Night maybe the kick start you need. Fast group rides can be intimidating if you have never participated in one before. Technique and etiquette is what will learn, but at much more moderate pace than our Wednesday Night ride. The ride will still be athletic but emphasis will be about learning new skills and building your confidence to join the faster groups. This is not the Wednesday Night Ride  and disruption of the pace line will be  frowned upon. 

Safety is also important. Helmets are required for this ride.

Due to the training specific nature of this ride, use of traditional style road bikes is strongly recommended. Recumbent, hybrid and mountain bikes will not be allowed, time-trial handle bars are discouraged. 

Note: Please be sure your tires are pumped to right pressure, this helps to prevent flats.

Bring your lights! Tail lights/head lights what ever you have to make yourself visible. Early season rides gets dark fast.

Event 3046
Wednesday Night Training Ride
Wednesday Jun 7, 2017
Active
Training
Bevan Brookfield, email: bevanbrook@hotmail.com | Mobile: (224) 548-6173
6:30 PM - (not specified) 32 miles 18 to 35 mph
Ride FAQ (please read)

Its back. The wednesday night training ride returns for another year of fast road training. Same time, same day, same focus on disciplined group riding, always hotly contested set sprint points and the same friendly atmosphere.

So join us for a fast-paced training ride aimed at increasing your speed and improving your group riding skills. Practice rotating pace lines, close proximity riding and advanced bike handling while building race pace fitness.  Ride paces range from 18-22 warm-up, 25+ for extended periods with planned leadouts for sprints; re-grouping occurs after all sprints.

Due to the need to ride in a tight pack, the fast pace and training specific nature of this ride, use of traditional style road bikes is strongly recommended. Recumbent, hybrid and mountain bikes will not be allowed, time-trial handle bars are discouraged.  A certain level of experience with group riding and fitness is expected. The actual pace of the ride will be determined by the ride participants.

Heres the route we take:

https://www.strava.com/routes/4134946

This is not a no drop ride, but a range of abilities is expected (and welcomed). After a 5 mile warm up the pace will heat up and the group may fragment, chase groups will form allowing riders to continue riding together. The ride always stops for red lights and all or some of the ride will always stop to assist you with mechanical problems&punctures. Please bring tools and the ability to fix a puncture fairly quickly.

The ride completes at PKs Pantry convenience store close to the start point (<0.5 mile) with enough room in its car park for a large group to hang for a recovery drink and socializing with your fellow rider.

Lights are required by all in april&sept, and recommended year round if you ride home any distance after the route. Ride ends by 8:00pm if there are no mechanical problems, but has been known to stretch to 8:30.

Event 3028
The Road to Hegewisch - Part 22
Saturday Jun 10, 2017
Active
Touring
George Vrechek, email: vrechek@ameritech.net | Phone: (312) 654-8909
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM 36 miles 15 to 18 mph
Ride FAQ (please read)

REMOTE START: 31st Street Beach House The first ride of the year to that crazy town of Hegewisch, founded as a separate town in the 1880s and now part of Chicago. We'll start at the 31st Beach House and head southeast to the most remote corner of Chicago, The pace will be brisk (depending on the weather and wind) but not impossible. We'll stop for lunch at Skyway Dogs on the way back. Paid parking is available at the 31st Street Beach lot. Free parking is usually available on South Rhodes Ave just west of the lakefront and south of 31st Street, or ride your bike to the start to add some more miles to your trip. We'll shoot for getting back by 1 PM.

Event 3004
Wednesday Night Training Ride
Wednesday Jun 14, 2017
Active
Training
Bevan Brookfield, email: bevanbrook@hotmail.com | Mobile: (224) 548-6173
6:30 PM - (not specified) 32 miles 18 to 35 mph
Ride FAQ (please read)

Its back. The wednesday night training ride returns for another year of fast road training. Same time, same day, same focus on disciplined group riding, always hotly contested set sprint points and the same friendly atmosphere.

So join us for a fast-paced training ride aimed at increasing your speed and improving your group riding skills. Practice rotating pace lines, close proximity riding and advanced bike handling while building race pace fitness.  Ride paces range from 18-22 warm-up, 25+ for extended periods with planned leadouts for sprints; re-grouping occurs after all sprints.

Due to the need to ride in a tight pack, the fast pace and training specific nature of this ride, use of traditional style road bikes is strongly recommended. Recumbent, hybrid and mountain bikes will not be allowed, time-trial handle bars are discouraged.  A certain level of experience with group riding and fitness is expected. The actual pace of the ride will be determined by the ride participants.

Heres the route we take:

https://www.strava.com/routes/4134946

This is not a no drop ride, but a range of abilities is expected (and welcomed). After a 5 mile warm up the pace will heat up and the group may fragment, chase groups will form allowing riders to continue riding together. The ride always stops for red lights and all or some of the ride will always stop to assist you with mechanical problems&punctures. Please bring tools and the ability to fix a puncture fairly quickly.

The ride completes at PKs Pantry convenience store close to the start point (<0.5 mile) with enough room in its car park for a large group to hang for a recovery drink and socializing with your fellow rider.

Lights are required by all in april&sept, and recommended year round if you ride home any distance after the route. Ride ends by 8:00pm if there are no mechanical problems, but has been known to stretch to 8:30.

Event 3025
Book launch of "Chicago's Fabulous Fountains"
Wednesday Jun 14, 2017
Active
Other
Julie Sherman, email: bikegoddess@hotmail.com | Mobile: (312) 401-8631
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 0 miles 0 to 0 mph Harold Washington Library - lower level
Ride FAQ (please read)

Come join CCC Member and Chicago author Greg Borzo for the launch of his newest book, Chicago's Fabulous Fountains, downstairs at the Harold Washington Library for a free evening presentation. 

Did you know that Chicago has over 400 fountains? Greg will speak about his inspiration and discovery of so many unique, known and unknown fountains, some still here and some long gone,  and the stories behind them. 

Greg is also the author of "RAGBRAI: America's Favorite Bicycle Ride;" "Chicago Cable Cars;" "Where to Bike Chicago: Best Biking in City and Suburbs;" and "The Chicago 'L'. Greg is an excellent speaker and this will be another delightful and interesting presentation. 

Greg will also follow up this new book launch with a special CCC ride later in the year. Greg led a fountain ride last year and even native Chicago residents will be delighted and surprised at some of the great finds on this tour. 

Event 3041
Sixth Step Ride
Saturday Jun 17, 2017
Active
Touring
Bob Hsiung, email: bob@dr-bob.org
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM 42/45/50/55/70 mi 16 to 20 mph
Ride FAQ (please read)

No, this isn't about being entirely ready to have God remove all defects of character.

It's about riding to Three Floyds and boosting our cognitive function every month this year! There's a somewhat consistent schedule -- usually the 4th Saturday of the month -- and you can qualify for the F-12 Award.

The ride takes the lakefront trail south from the Clock Tower. You can join up anywhere along the trail. Just let the group know where so they can look for you.

42 miles total if to return you ride to Hammond and take the South Shore Line, 45 miles total if you ride to Flossmoor Station and take the Metra, 50 if you ride to 93rd and take the Metra or to 100th and take the J14, 55 if you ride to 71st and take the J14, 70 if you ride all the way. 16-20 mph. I like to get there before they open at 11:00 (it's still the eighth-best brewery in the world, so sometimes there's a line). Bring money, government-issued ID, a lock, water and snacks to have en route, and panniers for beer you can't get in Chicago.

Online resources: Google map, cue sheet, conversation about this ride, South Shore Line schedule, Metra Electric train schedules, Jeffrey Jump (J14) bus schedule, Bikes on the South Shore Line, Bikes on the Metra, Bikes on the Bus, and, to save a minute at the start, the nifty online CCC waiver.

PS: I give these rides these names because I find them humorous in an ironic way. It's not my intent to make light of addictions, efforts to recover from addictions, or 12-step peer support groups like AA. If you're trying to drink in moderation, we'll support you. If you're trying to abstain, please give this ride a pass.

Event 3053
Wednesday Night Training Ride
Wednesday Jun 21, 2017
Active
Training
Bevan Brookfield, email: bevanbrook@hotmail.com | Mobile: (224) 548-6173
6:30 PM - (not specified) 32 miles 18 to 35 mph
Ride FAQ (please read)

Its back. The wednesday night training ride returns for another year of fast road training. Same time, same day, same focus on disciplined group riding, always hotly contested set sprint points and the same friendly atmosphere.

So join us for a fast-paced training ride aimed at increasing your speed and improving your group riding skills. Practice rotating pace lines, close proximity riding and advanced bike handling while building race pace fitness.  Ride paces range from 18-22 warm-up, 25+ for extended periods with planned leadouts for sprints; re-grouping occurs after all sprints.

Due to the need to ride in a tight pack, the fast pace and training specific nature of this ride, use of traditional style road bikes is strongly recommended. Recumbent, hybrid and mountain bikes will not be allowed, time-trial handle bars are discouraged.  A certain level of experience with group riding and fitness is expected. The actual pace of the ride will be determined by the ride participants.

Heres the route we take:

https://www.strava.com/routes/4134946

This is not a no drop ride, but a range of abilities is expected (and welcomed). After a 5 mile warm up the pace will heat up and the group may fragment, chase groups will form allowing riders to continue riding together. The ride always stops for red lights and all or some of the ride will always stop to assist you with mechanical problems&punctures. Please bring tools and the ability to fix a puncture fairly quickly.

The ride completes at PKs Pantry convenience store close to the start point (<0.5 mile) with enough room in its car park for a large group to hang for a recovery drink and socializing with your fellow rider.

Lights are required by all in april&sept, and recommended year round if you ride home any distance after the route. Ride ends by 8:00pm if there are no mechanical problems, but has been known to stretch to 8:30.

Event 3026
Along Lake Michigan to Hammond, Whiting, and Marktown, Indiana
Saturday Jun 24, 2017
Active
Touring
George Vrechek, email: vrechek@ameritech.net | Phone: (312) 654-8909
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM 38 15 to 18 mph
Ride FAQ (please read)
Bridge across Wolf Lake

This is a great route without much traffic or stopping thanks to relatively new connections around Wolf Lake and the South Shore Drive extension. The pace will be usually in the 15-18 mph range if there is open road and no wind.

The route will be within a mile of Lake Michigan most of the way with Marktown, Indiana, as the final destination. We'll go down Chicago's lakefront to the South Shore Drive extension, through Eastside and through the woods to a bike bridge that crosses Wolf Lake, straight across 129th St to Marktown then back along the lakefront in Hammond and Whiting, to the Burnham Greenway, Calumet Park, and back to the lakefront. If you'd like to join the ride further south along the lakefront trail, please contact the ride leader to coordinate.

Marktown is a historic district in East Chicago, Indiana, designed in 1917 by Howard Van Doren Shaw. The tiny residential community was to be the start of a company town to serve the nearby steel mill owned by Clayton Mark. Shaw designed the community to be like an English village with narrow streets and houses with small yards. Marktown is in need of major preservation efforts and demolition is a threat. We'll shoot for getting back before noon to the South Shore Cultural Center and from there you can set your own pace back to downtown. No lunch is planned.

Event 3005
Wednesday Night Training Ride
Wednesday Jun 28, 2017
Active
Training
Bevan Brookfield, email: bevanbrook@hotmail.com | Mobile: (224) 548-6173
6:30 PM - (not specified) 32 miles 18 to 35 mph
Ride FAQ (please read)

Its back. The wednesday night training ride returns for another year of fast road training. Same time, same day, same focus on disciplined group riding, always hotly contested set sprint points and the same friendly atmosphere.

So join us for a fast-paced training ride aimed at increasing your speed and improving your group riding skills. Practice rotating pace lines, close proximity riding and advanced bike handling while building race pace fitness.  Ride paces range from 18-22 warm-up, 25+ for extended periods with planned leadouts for sprints; re-grouping occurs after all sprints.

Due to the need to ride in a tight pack, the fast pace and training specific nature of this ride, use of traditional style road bikes is strongly recommended. Recumbent, hybrid and mountain bikes will not be allowed, time-trial handle bars are discouraged.  A certain level of experience with group riding and fitness is expected. The actual pace of the ride will be determined by the ride participants.

Heres the route we take:

https://www.strava.com/routes/4134946

This is not a no drop ride, but a range of abilities is expected (and welcomed). After a 5 mile warm up the pace will heat up and the group may fragment, chase groups will form allowing riders to continue riding together. The ride always stops for red lights and all or some of the ride will always stop to assist you with mechanical problems&punctures. Please bring tools and the ability to fix a puncture fairly quickly.

The ride completes at PKs Pantry convenience store close to the start point (<0.5 mile) with enough room in its car park for a large group to hang for a recovery drink and socializing with your fellow rider.

Lights are required by all in april&sept, and recommended year round if you ride home any distance after the route. Ride ends by 8:00pm if there are no mechanical problems, but has been known to stretch to 8:30.

Event 3027
On (To) Wisconsin! Waterford Factory Tour and Ride
Saturday Jul 8, 2017
Active
Touring
James Adgate, email: jadgate@adgateonline.com | Phone: (773) 551-8242
8:45 AM - 2:00 PM 3 route options 25/40/60 12 to 20 mph
Ride FAQ (please read)

Richard Schwinn, in conjunction with Waterford Precision Cycles, is sponsoring a factory tour and group ride at his factory in Waterford, WI. This will be a joint ride with the Kenosha/Racine Bike Club. The ride will be self-paced (queue sheets provided) with sag support.. The routes for each ride (3 options - 25, 42, or 60 miles) will start from the Waterford Factory at 8:45 so allow some time to unload and setup.  Plan to ride through beautiful Wisconsin scenery between Waterford and Waukesha, then back.

Richard Schwinn will give tours of the factory between 8:00 and 8:30. This is a great opportunity to see how top quality bicycles are built.

Note: those who are looking for auto transport to the remote start, the ride leader suggests posting to the CCC-chat list or http://thechainlink.org.

Also note the remote start location: Waterford Precision Cycles, 816 Bakke Ave, Waterford, WI - please allow 1 1/2 hours from Evanston, Take I-94 to WI-20 West (Exit #333), Turn left on Jefferson Street (Cty-W) in Waterford, Go South 1 mile, Turn Right on Bakke .2 Mile. Here are directions from the ClockTower from Google Maps:

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Addison+and+Lake+Shore+Drive,+Chicago,+IL/816+Bakke+Avenue,+Waterford,+WI+53185-4228/@42.35613,-87.93494,90622m/data=!4m8!4m7!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x88059c3e2b7f642d:0x56bead91cbb791b4!2m2!1d-88.22639799999999!2d42.755151?source=embed&hl=en&dg=dbrw&newdg=1

Event 3039