"May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling - and encourage more folks to giving biking a try. Whether you bike to work or school; ride to save money or time; pump those pedals to preserve your health or the environment; or simply bike to explore your community, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride." (from http://bikeleague.org/bikemonth)

Following is a list of QCBC Bike Month activities in addition to the many weekly rides that can be found on the QCBC ride calendar. Watch the QCBC website and Facebook for the most current details!
  • Saturday, May 7 Get Out And Trail (G.O.A.T.) - bike, walk, run sponsored by QC Parks' Depts
  • Saturday, May 7 QCBC Spring Tailwind Century
  • Sunday, May 8 QCBC Spring Ride and Picnic at Illiniwek Park, Hampton, IL.
    Join us on one of many rides offered to fit all levels of riders:
    • 9:00 Fast Paced Ride. 50-60 miles
    • 9:00 Mid Paced ride. 35-40 miles
    • 10:00 Combined Leisure/Beginner Ride 15-20 miles
    • 11:00 Family Ride. 12 miles
    • Join the camaraderie of fellow cyclists after the ride for a picnic in the park - free of charge to members and guests!
  • May 16-20 Bike to Work Week - watch our website and FB for commuter breakfast details & supporting businesses
  • Wednesday, May 18 Ride of Silence
  • Monday, May 30 Quad Cities Criterium in the Village of Davenport.
    Other races will include:
    • Kohler Electric Kids' Race
    • Faterium (Fat Tire Bikes w/ > 3.5" tires)

On weekday mornings, if you frequent the separated trail along Middle Road in Bettendorf, you've probably seen him.

He's the one with black rectangular-frame glasses pedaling south - typically before 7 a.m. - toward Pleasant Valley High School. While most of his classmates drive to school, Sam Lundry opts to ride his bike most days.

DATE: April 21, 2016
SUBJECT: Detours on Mississippi Riverfront Trial
CONTACT: Steve Grimes, Parks and Recreation Director, 563-344-4115 or sgrimes@bettendorf.org

BETTENDORF: Due to construction activities at the Isle of Capri Casino, the Mississippi Riverfront Trail users will experience some detours in the vicinity of the Isle of Capri Casino and parking garage. Cyclists and pedestrians must use caution in these areas. Beginning Sunday, April 24 until approximately the first week of June, cyclists will be redirected to an on street route in these areas and must be aware of the mixed use between automobiles, pedestrians, and cyclists on various portions of the trail.

Please contact City Hall at 563-344-4113 with any questions.

This year's event will be held free of charge for members and guests at the Illiniwek Park Shelter in Hampton, Illinois on Sunday, May 8.

Hy-Vee will prepare hamburgers, chicken breasts, brats, and veggie burgers, along with macaroni salad, cole slaw and a variety of sodas and water. Please bring a dish to share.
  • 9:00 Mid Paced ride - 35-40 miles
  • 9:00 Fast Paced Ride - 50-60 miles
  • 10:15 Leisure Ride 2 hour ride
  • 11:00 Family Ride.
  • 12:30 Lunch catered by Hy-Vee
Don't forget to invite a friend; especially one that might like to join the club.

Please email Darlene Moritz (dmoritz@access.net) to let her know that you are attending so that she can plan for the cookout.

There are less than 2 weeks to go to sign up for the QCBC Spring Tailwind Century on May 7. The ride is limited to the first 90 people.

Visit http://qcbc.org/tailwind/spring/ for more information and how to register.

The QCBC will be hosting four individual Time Trials starting in May and continuing through August.

The railroad has repaired the unsafe transition area on the north side of the rail road tracks at the base of Mound Street in Davenport. They inserted two large bolts at each end of the transition area to pin it in place so that the earlier gaps don't re-appear.

I strongly recommend walking bicycles across the rubber transition strips separating the railroad track from Mound Street just south of the Village of East Davenport. The attached pictures show gaps up to 2" wide, 6" deep and 12" long.

Longtime QCBC club member Mike Giudici crashed while riding across this section today.

I have contacted Davenport's Public Works Department to repair the problem ASAP. This unsafe crossing is within several feet of the Riverfront Bike Path and will be used by local riders, racers for the Quad Cities Criterium and riders for Ride the River.

John Harrington

Dean Mathis with the Quad Cities Bicycle Club explain the benefits of enjoying a bike ride outdoors along with the many events and happenings locally thanks to the QC Bicycle club.

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Ribbon cutting for Riverdale trail.

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Our 2016 Criterium Host Housing signs are in. They'll look great in your front yard. Host racers at your home on Saturday, May 28 and/or Sunday, May 29 and yo
u too can be the envy of your neighborhood.

Contact Janette Harrington at jkhjwh@gmail.com for more info about becoming a host family.

Registered Pro/Cat 1 and Cat 2 male and female racers should also contact Janette to request host housing accommodations.

In hopes of drawing more professional and top amateur racers to the 51st annual Quad-Cities Criterium this Memorial Day, organizers are offering host housing for out-of-town competitors.

In conjunction with the Melon City Bike Club in Muscatine, which will host the Melon City Criterium on May 29, members of the Quad-Cities Bicycle Club will open up their homes for male and female racers this summer.

Come join us for the Spring Tailwind Ride and start your 2016 by riding a Century. It will be held Saturday, May 7th.

We'll start to load bikes at Ben Butterworth Parkway at 6:30 a.m. and leave at 7 a.m. for our starting destination. Please bring a blanket to protect your bike during transportation to our starting point. There will be two buses, with a limit of about 90 people. The drive normally takes about two hours. Once there, we’ll unload the bikes and send you on your way after handing out cue sheets. We will have a secure area (probably a locked trailer) for any gear you don't want to haul back on your bike.

Registration for this ride will be open from March 14th through May 1st through Get Me Registered

February 12, 2016

The 51st Quad Cities Criterium will be held on Memorial Day, May 30, 2016 in the Village of East Davenport by the Quad Cities Bicycle Club (qcbc.org). Tom Schuler, Race Director confirms that "Racing will begin at 9AM for the Junior racers aged 9-14. After another eight exciting amateur races featuring local and Midwest licensed racers, the Kimberly Crest Veterinary Hospital Pro Women's race starts at 2:30. A crowd favorite, the Koehler Electric Kids Race starts at 3:30. I am thrilled to announce that at 4:00 we will run the first ever Healthy Habits Faterium Race featuring dozens of fat tire bicycles. The final race of the day features the Pro Men competition."

A complete race schedule can be found here.

Also new for 2016 is the Quad Cities Criterium T-shirt design contest. Flyers have been sent to local schools with an April 1 submission deadline. First prize is $300 with $150 for the runner-up. Details can be found here.

John Harrington
Quad Cities Bicycle Club

Tom Schuler
Race Director

Bobby Parker
Healthy Habits Faterium Manager

The upcoming 2016 QCBC Criterium will be held on Monday, May 30 and we are adding a new feature that will hopefully attract more race teams. In conjunction with the Melon City Criterium in Muscatine, we are looking for host families to house both men and women racers who will travel to Iowa in May for one or two days of bike racing. Host families would house racers on Sunday, May 29 for our local Criterium and if possible, on Saturday, May 28 for the Muscatine race.

What does being a Host Family entail? We ask you to provide:
  • a comfortable sleeping space, bed or air bed
  • the use of a bathroom and shower
  • use of kitchen to prepare meals
  • counter and refrigerator space
  • use of your washer and dryer
  • a secure place for the cyclist(s) to store their bicycle at night
Note: You are NOT expected to provide food or transportation.
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John and I hosted 4 young male riders from the Midwest last year and they were great guests. They were able to eat dinner with us a couple of times and we got to hear the inside scoop on their riding experiences as well as team racing tactics. Because they were "our team", we went to their race in Muscatine that Sunday to cheer them on and of course we supported them at our Criterium on Monday.

Many racing teams have a very small budget so providing housing relieves them of a big expense. Please consider being a host family and ask your neighbors if they would like to host as well. This will allow teams to stay in the same local area. We will start putting the host family list together in January 2016.

Look for more detailed information on the QCBC website and if you have any questions, you can contact me at jkhjwh@gmail.com.

Janette Harrington

May 02, 2016

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