PCC and Other Local Bicycling Related Events for 2014-5

Events in italics will have more details forthcoming.

C-U ACROSS THE PRAIRIE RIDE, Prairie Cycle Club’s Annual Cycling Extravaganza, is scheduled Aug 23, 2014 and will coincide with downtown Urbana’s annual Sweet Corn Festival. (PCC's regular Saturday weekly rides will not occur on this day.)

Meeting for CUAP volunteers at Wednesday, August 13th from 6:00 PM till 7:30 PM at Black Rock Pizza (free pizza and soft drinks provided)
Click here for complete details, or here for the on-line registration form

Call For volunteers to help with CUAP
An organizational party for volunteers with free pizza and soft drinks (and cash bar bar for those wanting stronger drinks) will be held on Wednesday, August 13th from 6:00 PM till 7:30 PM at Black Rock Pizza, located in the Lincoln Mall Shopping Center, Urbana, near the mall’s southern entrance. There is lots of free parking. All volunteer instructions will be given at the party. The various easy-to-do jobs involve setting up, staffing and dismantling the registration areas and and rest stops. Volunteers are needed starting around 6:00 AM on ride day. For those wanting to ride some, there will be plenty of time before of after your shift. Ride fees are waived for volunteers. Rest stop volunteers could also ride their bikes to their assignments. Those unable to attend the party can also sign up to volunteer online, in which case an organizer will contact you with specifics.
Weekly Club rides start April 16, 2014, and continue through end of AugustFor details, Local Weekly and Other Rides
RoadworkA link describing scheduled roadwork in Champaign, Urbana and surrounding areas
Occasional Fridays
PCC Happy Hour
Various places, 5-pm. Often at Radio Maria, 119 N Walnut St, Champaign, IL 61820. Dates and time always announced on the PCC email group, and sometimes announced on this page. All PCC members and future members invited.
PCC Board meetings
Usually, but not always, 3rd Wednesdays, 5:45pm
All PCC members invited. Current location Black Rock Pizza in Lincoln Square Urbana. Check with a PCC Board member to confirm for last minute changes in time or location.

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An Unlikely Cyclist

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Also visit Cycling Stars

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Season Kickoff and Social 6-8pm, Tues April 2, 2012, …

… at Jupiter’s at the Crossing (in Village Green shopping center, at the SW corner of Windsor and Duncan Champaign). Come to pay your 2013 dues. ($20 household; $15 individual; $10 students and any individual member of Wild Card Racing, The Bike Project, and CCB.) and/or then have some pizza and soft drinks (both supplied by PCC for 2013 new and returning members) and beer (available for purchase at Jupiter’s); and socialize with new and old club and board members. Get the latest on who’s riding when, with whom. (If membership fee a financial hardship, waiver available by request.)

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PCC Happy Hour Friday, February 15, 2013

Join your fellow cyclists for the monthly PCC Happy Hour Friday, Feb 15th, 5-7pm, at Radio Maria on Walnut in downtown Champaign to enjoy tapas and a wide variety of adult and adolescent beverages. Renew your membership, plan your ride season or cycling vacations, express your ideas to the board, and maintain friendships.

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Grand Fondu Pre-Season Gathering, Sunday Feb 10

…. Trainer Session or short outdoor ride 1230pm / Potluck 2:00pm

Gran Fondo – a European tradition. An organized bicycle race/ride on a hilly course of 160-225 km for several thousand riders and racers, staffed by cheerful volunteers serving up sandwiches, fruit, and drinks at many intersections. (Read about this tradition at www.biciveneto.it/granfondo.html)

Realizing that a February afternoon in pancake-flat Central Illinois may be 20 degrees with a 25 mph wind, we can’t organize a Gran Fondo, but instead offer a Gran Fondu, PCC’s pre-season trainer session/potluck/ride, at Parasol Records, 303 W Griggs, Urbana (from Race and Main, north on Race and take first left onto Griggs).

Come at 1230pm for an indoor trainer session (bring your own trainer), or weather permitting, meet for a short outdoor ride. Or come for the 2:00pm potluck dinner.

(Note that Parasol Records has no kitchen facilities, but does have a bathroom, a music sound system, and a video projector.)

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PCC 2012 Holiday Dinner and Annual Membership Meeting …

… was held on Sunday Dec 2, 5:00pm at the Great Impasta restaurant in Urbana.
Prior to a dinner of
House Salad              Lasagna Marinara
Chicken Marsala       Green Beans and Walnuts
we elected PCC’s 2013 board members
John Prince – President     Charlie Smyth – Treasurer     Frank Modica – Secretary
Sue Jones – Publicity         Bob Morris – Activities            Richard Brannon – Membership
Michael Fuerst – webmaster

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Upcoming Nearby Sponsored Rides

For a longer list of rides through October, click here

Saturday October 13, 2012 Champaign IL Breast Cancer Awareness Ride, sponsored by Champaign Cycle. Distance options 10 and 25 miles with a post-ride celebration at Champaign Cycle. http://champaigncycle.com/

Sunday October 14, 2012 Champaign IL Cycling 4 Cancer Cures/Fritz Miericke Depot Ride to benefit the American Cancer Society. This tour of 35, 65, and 100 miles is produced by Champaign Cycle to honor our late co-worker Fritz Miericke, a great friend of local cycling. Fritz is remembered for the many cycling events he produced over the years. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs Cancer program. champaigncycle.com

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PCC Member Appreciation Ride Sunday Sept 23, Noon

How does a bike club show its gratitude for an incredible group of members?
With a ride and food, of course!
Join us on the PCC Member Appreciation group ride to Homer Lake on Sunday, Sep 23.
Leaving from Meadowbrook Park (the Windsor Rd. parking lot) at noon, the 30-mile round trip ride will stop at Homer Lake for a picnic lunch provided by the club.

To ensure there is a lunch awaits you, please RSVP to president!@!prairiecycleclub.org (remove the !’s) by noon on September 22, indicating any dietary restrictions.

If you’re a non-member who would like to be appreciated by joining for 2013, or if you’d like to renew your membership for 2013, click here

Hope to see you Sep 23rd at noon!

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Cindy and David Combs Update

On Monday March 7th, 2011 Praire Cycle Club members Cindy and David Combs were struck by a motorist on their tandem bicycle west of Champaign. Cindy Combs was killed and her husband David was gravely injured. A recovering David on July 29th visited with the Tuesday Pedaling for Pleasure Ride

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