Local Weekly and Other Rides

The official 2017 PCC weekly ride season, except for the Saturday Saunter ride, ends 31 August 2017. Some of the rides below may continue for another month or so, possibly on a show-and-go basis.  Check the ride description below or contact the ride leaders about specific rides.

WEEKLY RIDES – Season starts Saturday April 15, 2017

Over the course of the riding season, as riders become more fit, the average speeds of most rides gradually increase by 1-2 mph. The rides intended for new, beginning and leisurely riders, “Wednesday Pedaling for Pleasure” and “Saturday Saunter,” maintain the same speed all season.

Helmets and, for evening rides, lights are required. Eye protection, a water bottle, an energy snack and cash are encouraged.

Cancellation Policy: Rides will be cancelled if it is raining 30 minutes before the scheduled time at the ride starting place. A ride leader determining that dangerous conditions exist may cancel a ride by email notification a minimum of two hours before the starting time. Rides will be considered Show and Go at temperatures of 40° or less. Ride distances may be substantially reduced due to high winds.

Monday Moderate Ride– (11-15 mph, 15-25 miles 6:00 P.M. from  Savoy Rec Center, 402 W Graham Dr, Savoy, IL, north end of parking lot. Emphasis on socializing, not speed. There will be two groups, one travelling 11-13mph, and another 14-15mph. One of the most popular rides. Leaders: Jim Witte (jim@thunderingbison.com) and Anne Robin (arobin@uiuc.edu)

Tuesday Morning Ride – (10-13 mph, 30+ mi) 9:00am from Savoy Rec Center, 402 W Graham Dr, Savoy, IL, north end of parking lot. Head south on Route 45 from Windsor Rd, take first right turn past Sonic Drive-In, then west 1/4 mi. For retirees or those who can afford to take a morning off. This ride often includes a breakfast stop at a restaurant. Leader: Ed Bondurant (bonduran@illinois.edu)

Tuesday Evening Ride – (16-18 mph, 20-25 mi) 530pm from Burwash Park in Savoy. This is an advanced level ride. Speeds definitely increase as the season progresses. Leader: John Prince (johnmprince@hotmail.com) This ride will continue as show-and-go through September. Bring lights!!!

Tuesday Level 4 Ride – (17-19 mph, 25-35 miles) 5:30pm from parking lot east of Field and Stream, in Market Place mall. Focus is on advanced rider development via challenging techniques and terrain. Leader: Jeff Decker (roushaholic@gmail.com)

Tuesday Women’s Ride –  (13-15 mph, 15-25 mi) 6:00pm, from Sun Singer Wine and Spirits shop , 1115 W Windsor Rd, Champaign Leaders: Lorrie Pearson (lorrie.bikes@gmail.com), Brenda Mehnert (bbmehnert@gmail.com) and Annette Stumpf (als319@sbcglobal.net).

Wednesday Pedal for Pleasure – (9-12 mph, 12-14 miles) April through Aug 6:30pm, from Champaign Cycle, 506 S. Country Fair Drive, Champaign. Suitable for beginners and any rider who wants to meet people and enjoy a leisurely ride. Mountain bikes and board shorts welcome. Leader: Peter Davis (peter@champaigncycle.com)

Thursday Evening Ride – Two rides depart simultaneously: (12-15 mph) and (15-17 mph) 6:15pm, from Zahnd Park, SE corner of Windsor and Staley Rd, Champaign. Leaders: Ellen Hedrick (ellenh1965@gmail.com), Rich Furr (rfbike@sbcglobal.net), Nancy Parker (parkerna@comcast.net) and Teri Stoerger (stoerger@shout.net).

Thursday Level 4 Ride – (17-19 mph, 25-35 miles) 5:30pm from parking lot east of Field and Stream, in Market Place mall. Focus is on advanced rider development via challenging techniques and terrain. Leader: Jeff Decker (roushaholic@gmail.com)

Friday Evening Recumbent Ride – (social speed, 15-25 miles), 6pm Meadowbrook Park, Windsor Rd, parking lot All of the pedalings, none of the pain. For recumbent bikes, trikes, velomobiles and the recumbent-curious. Leader: Nina Paley (nina_paley@yahoo.com)

Saturday Morning Rides Meadowbrook Park, (Race St parking lot) Urbana 9:00 in April and May; 8:00 June-Sep; 9am Oct.

Saturday Saunter– (10-20 miles, 10-13 mph) Common destinations are Philo, St. Joseph or Tolono, with water and rest stops. A smaller group riding at level 2 (12-15 mph) often breaks off for an additional 10-20 miles after a designated stop. All frame types of cycles and riders welcome. Leader: Sue Jones (siouxgeonz@gmail.com)

Housework Avoidance Ride (40-60 miles, 16-18 mph) This ride will offer several options ranging from 40-60 miles and meander through some of the more interesting (read challenging) roads in the area at a quick, but not anaerobic clip. Those on longer rides should expect a lunch stop at a small-town restaurant. Ride Leaders: Tom Ward (tjw@illinois.edu), Richard McClary (rmcclary@gmail.com) and John Prince (johnmprince@hotmail.com)


UC Bike Ride Google Group – This group has been set up to organize impromptu “pick-up” bike rides in the Urbana-Champaign area. If you feel like going for a ride and want some riding partners just post a message to the group. Be sure to include when you are leaving, where from, and how far you are planning to ride — and maybe how fast you are hoping to go. Hopefully you’ll find some other folks to ride with. Join here.

PCC’s Google email group. Any day or night (sometimes under the full moon), announced 2 hours to 2 days in advance by an interested person via the PCC’s Google email group (Recently, the UC Bike Ride Google Group has been a more active source of rider organized rides than the PCC Google email group.)

Illini Cycling Club, a University of Illinois student organization, sponsors weekly and other rides during the riding season. http://illinicycling.org/rides.html

Wild Card Cycling Racing Rides depart on various days from various locations. Average speeds often exceed 20 mph, and distances may exceed 50 miles, so riders should be familiar enough with the area and be prepared to get home on their own. Lighting gear is encouraged. http://wildcardcycling.org/calendar