Individual Time Trial- July 28, West Lake Pk, Gate1, 6:30
Team Time Trial- August 25, Reynolds, IL 6:30

We are entering the 2nd half of Time Trial season with 2 events left in the season. Our races have had good turn outs and riders are seeing that their training has resulted in better times in each race. The next individual time trial for 2015 will be held on July 28th at West Lake Park, Davenport. This is a 20k (12.4 miles) out and back course. Registration 5:30- 6:15 and the first rider starts at 6:30. The races are free to club members and only $5.00 for non-members. If you haven't tried the individual TT come next Tuesday and see what fun it can be to complete with your friends.

The Team Trial will be held on August 25 in Reynolds Illinois. This unique race is the only example of a non-professional team event that I know of in Illinois. If you watched the team trials in the Tour de France you've seen the excitement and speeds that working as a team can generate. This race will be a competition between teams of 4 to 6 people. The categories will be Men's, Women's and Mixed teams. This race is also a 20k distance but the course is circular. Registration and race times are the same as above.

Talk to your friends and put a team together and show the rest of us how well you can roll. Medals will be awarded to the winning team in each category. Several local bike shops have donated very nice door prizes which will be given to participants.

Even if you aren't a racer come out and encourage the riders and give us a hand.

For more information call Jim Hudson 787-9660 (days) or 756-0953 evenings/weekends.

RAGBRAI, Day 3 - I had biked alongside Dean Mathias for maybe a few hundred feet Tuesday morning when he insisted that we pull to the side of the road so he could oil my dry chain.

I hadn't even noticed the persistent squeak. But spotting the breakdowns and frailties of his fellow riders is this guy's self-proclaimed mission.

Mathias, 64, from Milan, Ill., is popularly known by his nickname "Bareback" because he rides without a bike seat.

You read that correctly: He stands the entire time he pedals. As he has done for 4,000 miles already this year. As he does for an average of 10 miles daily, even through a Midwest winter.

He has ridden 17 consecutive RAGBRAIs and rode a few before his current streak.

He went seatless after he switched to riding a mountain bike and realized that he couldn't keep pace with his road-bike buddies unless he stood.

But Mathias, who rides with the massive, historic Quad Cities Bicycle Club - 51 years old and 328 strong in its charter this year - is much more than that.
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Dear QCBC Members,

Each year the Quad Cities Bicycle Club edits, prints and mails a 60+ page General Information and Membership Directory to each member. The Directory includes contact information for Board Members and Key Contacts, general information about the club, our rides and cycling laws. It also includes the names and addresses of members that chose to be in the Directory. Because of the time and expense it takes to produce the Directory, we are surveying our membership with a few questions. It takes less than 5 minutes to take this anonymous survey.

Thanks for your help,
John Harrington
QCBC President

Survey Link:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CZX95XX

From the desk of the Garrison Commander: Arsenal family, I have good news. We will open the Moline Bridge to bicycle traffic starting Monday morning, 20 July. All of the required improvements to make it safe have been completed. We still have a few more items to complete but nothing to cause us to further delay the opening.

Riders will only be allowed to ride on the portions of the bridge that have metal rails that extend the height of the walls. That includes the bridge itself and the up and down ramps from River Dr.

The portion of the bridge leading down to 14th street and 4th Ave in Moline are prohibited.

We will plan a formal ceremony at a later date.

All drivers please be aware that we will be practicing "share the road" with bicyclists. Please be courteous.

All bicyclists please ensure you wear all appropriate protective equipment to include helmet, reflective gear, and front and rear lights when riding in early morning and late evening.

Camp-Out Ride August 22nd and 23rd PALISADES PARK

Come join the fun at the August Camp-Out Ride.

Riders, their families, and guests are welcome to camp.

Bring your tents, sleeping bags, camp chairs, coolers of food and drinks to the east end of the Ben Butterworth Parkway where they will be loaded into vans that will take everything to the campground. The vans will be loading from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

For those riding, cars can be left just east of the Captain's Table boat landing in Moline.

Riders will take off at 8:30 as a group and head for breakfast in Albany.
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We are going to camp at the Palisades Park located North of Savanna on Route 84. Campsites are $10 each. We can have 4 people per site so maybe some can double on a site. Showers are available for campers.

Sorry to say the hotels in Savanna are all booked up.

The route to the park is approximately 70 miles.

We will have a campfire, and grills will be available for cooking out at the campground Saturday night.

Don't forget cash for eating at restaurants. On the way, there are several small towns where we can get breakfast, lunch, or whatever you need.

Please RSVP so I know how many to plan for. For more information contact me.

Darlene Moritz
(563) 210-0345
dmoritz@access.net

Tour the bicycle collection of Charlie Harper at the Muscatine Art Center. Now through August 2nd.

The exhibit "Pedal Power: Bicycles from the Collection of Charlie Harper" features 26 bicycles dating from 1886 to 1979. Among the earliest bicycles in Charlie's collection are the "highwheelers", dating to the late 1880s. An 1886 Victor Ordinary Bicycle (with a 50" front wheel) by Overman Wheel Co. and an 1888 Columbia Expert Bicycle by Pope Manufacturing Co. are among the oldest featured in the exhibition.

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