Quad City Get Out And Trail (GOAT) Event

May is Bike Month! To celebrate, the Bettendorf, Davenport, Moline, and Rock Island Parks and Recreation Departments invite you to participate in their annual GOAT event! This "Get Out And Trail" event will be held on Saturday May 9th from 8am - 1pm. Enjoy the many trails in the Quad Cities with your family and friends. The majority of the routes are on separated trails along the Mississippi River and Duck Creek in Iowa and the Rock River in Illinois.

We encourage you to walk, jog, bike, or rollerblade as much or as little of the many trails as you want and in any direction, starting from any location. Enjoy the outdoors as well as the many scenic views along the trails. The trails pass through many beautiful parks and other areas with a wide variety of amenities. If you need encouragement to take a rest during your ride, various hosts will be located throughout the trails from 9am - 1pm with refreshments available. There will also be raffle tickets given out to anyone visiting any of the rest stops, so be sure to stop by as many as you can to help your chances of winning great prizes!

This is a free event and no registration is needed. Maps of the routes are available at any of the web sites below.

If you need further information please contact
Bettendorf Parks and Recreation at (563)344-4113
Davenport Parks and Recreation at (563)328-7275
Moline Parks and Recreation at (309) 524-2424
Rock Island Parks and Recreation at (309) 732-7275

For the second year - and the 50th running of the race - the Quad-City Criterium is returning to the Village of East Davenport.

The hilly, 3/4-mile race course through the Village and neighboring McClellan Heights was a hit with the hundreds of cyclists who tried it out for the first time last Memorial Day. The Criterium was held in Moline's Olde Towne from 1965 to 1996. The Quad-City Bicycle Club then relocated its race to the District in Rock Island, moving to Davenport to give riders more challenge.

"Once we had it in the Village, there was no doubt we would have it in the Village again this year," Bicycle Club president John Harrington said Tuesday. "The City of Davenport was fantastic. One of the engineers with Public Works is a cyclist as well, so he knew what we needed.
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Tour de Brew QC is a bicycle ride of Quad Cities Breweries and Pubs along or close to the Mississippi River Trail in both Iowa and Illinois. The Inaugural ride was organized in 2014 to raise awareness and support for cancer patients and their families. All profits from last year benefitted the LIVESTRONG Foundation that gives back to our community through programs such as LIVESTRONG at the YMCA and Gilda's Club. With the overwhelming support from the community that contributed to the success of lasts years ride, we are so pleased to be able to add two more organizations to the recipients this year: S.A.M. (Sharing America's Marrow) and the Camp Kessem/Augustana chapter.

We are excited to start the tour at a new venue, Rock Island Brewing Company in The District of Rock Island, Illinois, which will be opening early at 10 a.m. for Tour de Brew QC.
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After checking in for registration riders will journey across the historic Rock Island Arsenal bridge to a new stop on the tour, BREW in the Village of East Davenport, where they can choose between a wide variety of brews, both coffee and craft beers, or maybe even a glass of vino.

Since we had so much fun last year, we have ordered another round at Great River Brewery.

From there riders will follow the trail along the scenic Mississippi River out to The Edge Eatery and Drinkatorium in Rapids City, Illinois. This will be our lunch stop with food/drink specials AND LIVE MUSIC! Don't miss out on your first opportunity of the day to swab and become a potential bone marrow HERO/donor as part of our Donor Jam in support of S.A.M. and their 50 states, 50,000 donors in 2015.

The next stop will be Steel Head Tavern in Moline, where tour participants can gather on the plaza of Bass Street Landing. Don't forget that Steel Head Tavern will open at noon for Tour de Brew QC just in case riders get thirsty and choose to make a pit stop on the way out to The Edge.

As riders leave the trail, they will travel a few blocks to "Get Bent" at our favorite local brewery, Bent River in Moline. If you have never tried their Uncommon Stout, the brew that is responsible for making them famous and creating the friendship of the Tour de Brew QC ride organizers, we promise, you will not be disappointed.

SOUND LIKE RAGBRAI TRAINING YET?

Well, we are just getting started! The after ride party will greet you as Tour de Brew QC takes over the District. At RIBCO there will be all day festivities, including special beer tappings, raffles & silent auction at 6 pm, more bone marrow donor swabbing and LIVE MUSIC!!! Come early, stay late...you don't want to miss out!

Did we forget to mention that each destination on the tour will have a special raffle basket of BREW SWAG, you will receive those raffle entries in your registration packet, to disperse at each location throughout the day.

Get your calendars ready, here's what your club is doing in 2015.

Tuesday, March 10Spring General Meeting
Saturday, March 14Cruisin' the Celtic Isles
Saturday, March 28QCBC Spring Into Bicycling Open House New!
Saturday, May 2Spring Tailwind
Sunday, May 3Spring Picnic and Donation Ride New!
Monday-Friday, May 11-15Bike to Work Week activities New!
Wednesday, May 20Ride of Silence
Monday, May 25Quad Cities Criterium
Saturday-Sunday, June 13-14TOMRV
Saturday, June 27pEDaling for Pancreatic Cancer
Sunday-Saturday, July 19-25RAGBRAI QCBC Preferred Charter Service
Saturday-Sunday August 22,23Campout Ride
August date TBDTour de Grand Detour New!
Sunday, September 13Heartland Century
Saturday, October 3Fall Tailwind
Saturday-Sunday, October 10-11Fall Foliage Ride
Saturday, October 17Chili Ride
Tuesday, October 20Fall General Meeting
Saturday, October 31Annual Dinner
Date TBDQCBC Time Trial New!

See you on the road.
John Harrington

Come join us for 2015 Spring Tailwind Century Ride which will be held Saturday, May 2.

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 cover/protect your bike during transportation.

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.
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March 30, 2015
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