Submitted by: Mark Jerson
Join thousands of others around the world on September 29, 2018 to explore your parks and public lands by bicycle. Ride any distance on roads or trails and make a day of it: stop to enjoy a picnic, pause by a river to cool your toes, or take a break at a visitors center to learn something new. What better way to spend a fall day celebrating our public lands?

Visit Adventure Cycling for more information.
Submitted by: Dave Ring
The fall General Meeting of the Quad Cities Bike Club will be held on Wednesday October 10th at the Crawford Brew Works 3659 Devils Glen Road in Bettendorf (Next to Healthy Habits). The evening will begin with a social followed by a light snack and then club business of electing officers and board members, general club business and guest speaker.

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This year’s speaker is Greg Rowland of Alaskabike will be presenting a slide show of cycling in Alaska. Greg’s father – Walt started the company in 1992 after working on the Alyeska Pipeline during the summer while attending college. Following a career as a stockbroker and a cross-Alaska cycling trip with a friend Walt started his Alaska Bike Touring company. Greg a native Alaskan joined his father as a full partner in 2016.
Walt and Greg’s tours take riders away from the tourist traps and brings cyclists to the “real Alaska” and onto the back road and small lodges that large companies simply can’t go to. Greg will bring a wealth of information on Alaska cycling along with some great pictures.

5:45 – 6:45 pm Social
6:45 – 7:30 pm Light lunch
7:30 pm Election of Board Members
Club Business
Guest Speaker – Greg Rowland
Submitted by: Dave Ring
The QCBC and THE ZEN BOX in Eldridge are teaming up to provide members a free cyclist-oriented yoga class at THE ZEN BOX yoga studio at 602 S. 16th Avenue Eldridge IA on Saturday afternoon beginning at 4:00 pm. Kate Stoefen, owner and instructor will lead club members through a series of exercises that are oriented toward cyclists. Kate, a cyclist herself, also provides post ride yoga sessions for her father’s cycling tours in the south east. If you have your own yoga mat bring it, although the studio has mats you can use if you do not have one.
Following the session, we will reconvene over at Lynn’s BBQ & Saloon 1151 East Iowa street in Eldridge for a social and refreshments.

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Read less... Not convinced yoga is for you? Here are two links that discuss why yoga is good for the recreational cyclist.
https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4737/How-Yoga-Helps-Cyclists.html

https://www.wildernessireland.com/blog/yoga-cycling-combination/

For those who follow professional cycling, yoga is not a new concept. Most of the cyclists on the World Tour do some amount of yoga. American Pro Cyclist Taylor Phinney is an avid believer. Follow this link to see Taylor’s stretches https://blog.skratchlabs.com/blog/yoga-for-cyclists-with-taylor-phinney/
Submitted by: Don Luth
more info to come
Submitted by: The Tailwind Committee
Come join us for our 2018 Fall Tailwind Century Ride which will be held Saturday, October 6th. 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. There will be one bus, with a limit of about 45 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. The entry fee is $35. There will be a basic sag stop about 50 to 60 miles into the ride, with water, Gatorade, sub sandwiches and other goodies. Every route has plenty of small towns with services along the way if you need a full lunch. You can register for this ride through Get Me Registered. Registration will be open August 1st through September 30th. Hope to see you there. The Tailwind Committee (Dave Thompson, Janette Harrington and Don Luth).
Submitted by: Deb Mathias
Start making plans to join Deb and Dean Mathias and other fellow cyclists for the 2018 QCBC Fall Foliage Ride on the hills in the Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin, area. The Mathias’ will drive to Mt. Horeb on Friday, October 12th. The Grumpy Troll is a hub of activity on Friday nights and a great place to meet up with other Fall Foliage cyclists for dinner.

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Read less... Saturday’s ride starts at 9:00 a.m. from the Military Ridge Bike Trail parking lot in Mount Horeb and will be 50 to 60 miles. We will have maps and directions. A link to the route on Ride with GPS will be available for interested parties. Schubert’s, on Main Street, is a charming old-fashioned soda fountain/restaurant with healthy options and the perfect place to fill up in the morning before setting out to conquer the hills of troll country. A group dinner is planned for Saturday night at Schubert’s.

Sunday’s ride starts at 8:00 a.m. from the same location and will be 40 to 50 miles.

Cycling routes on quiet country roads promise to offer more than a few hills for both days. So keep up your hill training regimen. Each day’s ride will be a loop with lunch opportunities at a town midway along the route. Mazomanie on Saturday; New Glarus on Sunday.

You will experience spectacular views that are a pleasant change from the corn and bean fields that you have been looking at on your cycling outings all summer. You have an option to ride just one day or both. Travel distance to Mt. Horeb is about 140 miles from Davenport – close enough to drive up and back the same day if you cannot get away for an entire weekend.

The Military Ridge Bike Trail (crushed limestone) offers an option for those cyclists that prefer flat terrain. The trail runs west to Governor Dodge State Park and east to Verona and beyond toward Madison. A trail pass is required.

Mt. Horeb is known for life-size trolls carved into tree trunks scattered throughout the village. Visitors are encouraged to take a leisurely "Troll Stroll" to seek out these unique characters using the Troll Spotter field guide.

Contact Deb and Dean Mathias at 309-737-8429 or mathiasdebdean@peoplepc.com if you plan to join the ride so that we know how many people to expect. Also give us a head count of all individuals that will be joining the group for dinner on Saturday night. Individuals that are not riding are welcome to join us for our group dinner.

You are responsible for making your own room reservations. Mt. Horeb can be busy in October so we encourage you to reserve early. Rooms are available at Village Inn Hotel which is physically attached to the Military Ridge Bike Trail - call 608-437-3350. Mention the Quad Cities Bicycle Club. Some Bed and Breakfast facilities are also available in the area. Check out Mt. Horeb’s website for more information.

2 nearby parks provide camping possibilities:
  • Brigham Park – 112 acre park with a spectacular panoramic view about 7 miles west of Mt. Horeb.
  • Blue Mounds State Park about 10 miles west of Mt. Horeb – for information, call 608-437-5711.

Bring along non-cycling family members or friends to enjoy points of interest in or near Mt. Horeb:

PLAN NOW TO ENJOY A FUN-FILLED WEEKEND OF CYCLING ADVENTURE
& OTHER ACTIVITIES OF YOUR CHOICE!

Submitted by: Jim Hudson
The Quad Cities Bicycle Club is very pleased to announce that we are expanding our 2018 club race schedule to include Road racing. Our race calendar begins April 19th with a Road race on Campbell's Island. From May through July there will be both Road and Time Trial races held on Tuesdays (TT) and Thursdays(RR). Our races give cyclists a chance to develop their technique and racing skills without the need for a cycling license and without having to travel away to attend a race..Come out and try something new this year with one or all of the race opportunities we have to offer. Race information is available at the Club Racing link at QCBC.org or check the ride schedule. Contact club president, Jim Hudson 309-787-9660, for more info.