The Quad Cities Bicycle Club, the sixth-largest cycling club in the United States, celebrated their 50th Anniversary this past year while also celebrating the life of one of the most memorable riders who helped shaped the club. The Quad Cities Bicycle Club is this year's winner of the prestigious 2014 RAGBRAI Rider Cup.

It was quite a year for the club that boasts over 1,200 members from both sides of the Mississippi River from honoring the late Carter LeBeau on "Carter LeBeau Day" on RAGBRAI to hosting the "Carter LeBeau Tribute Ride" this past September. The club also hosts four RAGBRAI Training Rides leading up to the big summer event, RAGBRAI for Rookies seminars and fundraisers for the Dream Team and other worthy causes. The QCBC is also always willing to help out from serving as RIDE RIGHT ambassadors on the road during RAGBRAI, fixing flats and repairing bikes or volunteering to lead morning bike rides during the National Bicycle Tourism Conference.

"This is quite an honor!" exclaimed Dixon Novy, the Quad Cities Bicycle Club liaison to RAGBRAI. "We really enjoy being involved with RAGBRAI, especially our work to help with the Dream Team."

For the past twenty three years, the Rider Cup Award has been presented to the club or team that best promotes the RIDE RIGHT philosophy before and during RAGBRAI. The Rider Cup will be presented to the Quad Cities Bicycle Club at the RAGBRAI Route Announcement Party on Saturday, January 24, 2015 in Des Moines.

Well it is time to start planning for this year's Challenge Ride, and I am finding it hard to believe it will be the Tenth Annual Challenge Ride. So on August 15, 2015 we will be ready for everyone to enjoy all of the interesting routes from Wilton IA to the Wapsi River area and back. With the ride shifted to August we have found not only warmer weather, but some fairer skies. Last year we were teased with promised rain but were lucky enough to have mother nature on our side with some fair skies and winds. As always it will start and end at the Wilton, IA, Swim-Play Park. With this being the tenth year of this ride, I am once again hoping that it will be bigger and better than past years. Plus I hope to raise more money for the boy's ranch.

On December 17th, QCBC members met for the 11th annual Christmas bicycle lunch.
Members enjoyed a lunch and reminisced about 80 degree temperatures and clear blue skies.

The Quad Cities Bicycle Club invites you to join them on the following Winter Hikes during January. All you need are a pair of hiking boots or other sturdy shoes, something to carry a small container of water in and a snack. If there is snow on the ground, please feel free to wear your snowshoes.

We'll plan to hike for 1.5 - 2.0 hours, depending upon the interest of the group. Come out and join the group as we engage in a "cross training" activity.

Saturday, January 10th
Location:Scott County Park
(Just north of Parkview, IA)
Glynn's Creek Nature Trail
Enter at the south entrance to park. Take the 2nd road on the right. Park in parking lot on left just before one-way traffic pattern begins.
Leader: Kathy Storm
563-340-2142 - C

Sunday, January 18th
Time: 1:00pm
Location:Wild Cat Den State Park
(Between Muscatine and Buffalo, IA)
Meet at The Mill Parking Lot
Leader:Ken Urban
563-343-9118 - C

With this early winter weather, now is the time for QCBC members to apply for RAGBRAI.

Preferred Charter Registration is open for QCBC members only.

You must be a QCBC member by December 31st 2014 in order to qualify for our club rates. Our non-club member charter application will not be available until after the lottery results are released, approximately April 2015.


December 25, 2014
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