Friday, September 28, 2012

late season rides

As the ride season winds down, we still have beautiful riding days ahead, but the weather can be a little less predictable.

As each weekend approaches, take a look at the ride schedule.  We have the option of making last minute additions to the schedule if the forecast looks good, or we find ourselves with a bit of available time.  It doesn't have to be a formal, researched route.

Show and go rides are an option.  If you're not familiar with the concept, it's a ride that doesn't necessarily have a destination or route planned in advance.  The group that shows up to ride decides where to go - an improvised route.

If you've got time to lead a ride on one of these late season weekends, but you don't necessarily have time to research and pre-ride a route, please consider adding a show and go with an approximate speed range and distance, and perhaps a general direction where you'd like to go.

   -- Anne Alt

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Bloomingdale Trail walking tour coming soon

Save the date.  A walking tour is planned for October 20th on the Bloomingdale Trail - actual legal access, with a preview of things to come.  We'll have more details soon.

   -- Anne Alt

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

South Chicago Bike Lanes Repaved

Yesterday Joe Dickstein & I rode with Phil Procida and others for Phil's last EBC ride this year in Chicago. With Phil's lead, we traveled to Whiting, IN for lunch. On the way back, Joe & I decided to split from the group at Calumet Park to catch the remainder of the Sox game. To our surprise, our choice was rewarded substantially. 

Workers were finishing up the painting on bike lanes on new pavement on our reroute choice: SOUTH CHICAGO. So if you need to avoid Rt. 41 & the Lakefront Path, try South Chicago and some new pavement.

-  Tom Grose

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Pampered Century: you can do it

Whether you have many centuries to your credit, or this would be your first one, you should come along on the Pampered Century next year.  It was previously called the Slower Century, but over the years that has changed.  The pace for this year was 15 to 19 mph. 

There were 23 riders on the 2012 edition of the Pampered Century, which featured ideal summer weather, including a tail wind on the way home and sunny skies. 

Why call it the Pampered Century?  We have rest stops at least every 17 to 19 miles along the way, so you have a chance to recharge for that next 18-mile ride - real rest stops, just like an invitational ride.  Jim Kreps has his truck stocked with juices, water, energy drinks and bars, bagels, fruit, pretzels and chips, cookies and more.  In addition, Jim is the mobile bike shop and can take care of that problem that develops along the way. 

McClory Trail, Lake Bluff
Jim made a grocery stop along the way to buy lunch for the mid point at the Kenosha Velodrome.  We feasted on at least a half dozen different types of meats, cheese, peanut butter/jelly, chips, chocolate milk, soda and more stuff than I can remember.  

In case you don’t feel you can make it or your bike lets you down, you can ride in the truck to the next rest stop or all the way back if needed.  A couple people did so, but most everybody made it.  We had four riders doing their first century.

Stopping at the Kenosha velodrome
I change the ride every year and made a few tweaks this year too.  It’s not your usual century route, because I look for the offbeat routes to make the ride as interesting as possible.  However, I still have several segments of four to six miles straight, which lets you open up too.

Come along on the Pampered Century next year!   Look for it sometime in August.
    -- Art Gilfand