C-U Across the Prairie

Approximately 140 riders enjoyed the Aug 27 2016 CUAP.
Information about next years’s ride will appear in Spring, 2017

C-U ACROSS THE PRAIRIE RIDE (CUAP), Prairie Cycle Club’s 45th Annual Cycling Extravaganza, is scheduled for Saturday August 27, 2016 and will coincide with downtown Urbana’s annual Sweet Corn Festival. A portion of the ride’s proceeds will be donated to the Bike Project to purchase bicycle lights for low-income cyclists and youth.

Ride choices from 15-100 miles, over flat to gently rolling terrain (maps here).
and a 7 mile family ride departing at 10am

Departure point: Parasol Records, 303 W Griggs, Urbana IL. Registration 7-10am, although 63 (100) mile riders should leave by 9:00am (7:30am)

Bagel breakfast, all pre-registrants entered in a drawing for bicycling-related prizes (merchandise and gift certificates).
First 150 pre-registrants get a free rain poncho, compliments of Yelp.
SAG vehicle support until 4PM.
All riders under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
The Prairie Cycle Club strongly encourages all riders to wear helmets.

Call For volunteers We need volunteers to help with the ride, starting around 6:00 AM on ride day. The various easy-to-do jobs involve setting up, staffing and dismantling the registration areas and and rest stops. Volunteers can participate in the ride before or after their shifts. Ride fees are waived for all volunteers. Rest stop volunteers might wish to bicycle to and from their assignments. To review the list of available volunteer positions and sign up as volunteer, click here.

Directions and Parking: The ride starts from Parasol Records, 303 W Griggs in Urbana (Map). To get from I74 to University and Race: (Zoom out on the map to see I-74.) Exit at either the Lincoln Av or Route 45 exits and head south appox 1.5 miles towards University Avenue. From Lincoln turn left(east) onto University; from Route 45 turn right (west) onto University for one block. Once at University and Race, turn south onto Race. Make first right onto Griggs. Then take first right just past Parasol Records onto Central which dead ends into the CUAP parking area.


Registration fees by August 20 & after August 20
PCC member: $22 & $27, PCC family: $40 & 45
Non-member: $27 & $32, Non-member family: $45 & $50
Non family groups of five or more individuals registering together on line get a $5/rider discount

7 mile family ride:: $10/household

PCC memberships for 2016-2017 can be purchased in conjunction with registration.

On line registration has ended. Participants can now register when arriving at the departure point.

Post-ride options:
(a) Snacks and drinks at the departure point (Parasol Records) and/or
(b) A 5 minute stroll or one minute ride to the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival for lunch from various vendor booths or at a downtown Urbana eatery. There will be secure bicycle parking at Parasol Records until 5pm. Cyclists can also lock their bikes at the parking garage at Main and Broadway in downtown Urbana. All riders will be given a coupon for a free ear of corn at the Sweetcorn Festival
(c) Downtown Urbana restaurants to visit after the ride.

Hotel rooms
For the night before the ride, Prairie Cycle Club has arranged for a discounted rate at the Hampton Inn in Urbana, the nearest hotel to the departure point. Click here to get this rate. The Hampton Inn provides free hot breakfast and bicycle storage.

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