The Quad Cities Bicycle Club (QCBC) is hosting a contest to design the Quad Cities Criterium T-shirt. The objective of the contest is to come up with a design for T-shirts that will positively reflect the QCBC Criterium. T-shirts sales will contribute to QCBC's fund raising efforts.

Has anyone lost a vintage Paramount recently, or had taken from them? I have a description of one being ridden by someone who claims to have paid $30 for it, so I think it is stolen. It has a gatorskin front tire, so I know it hasn't been removed from its original owner too long.


Glenwood, Shenandoah, Creston, Leon, Centerville, Ottawa, Washington, Muscatine.


Please note the change of the date of this meeting.
  • Tuesday, March 8th at 7 pm
  • Moe's Burgers and Brews
  • 1524 4th Ave.
  • Rock Island, IL
Please join us for a short meeting, dinner and beverages followed by a guest speaker.

The speaker will be Mark Wyatt, the Executive Director of the Iowa Bicycle Coalition.

Hope to see you there. If you have questions, please call me.

Denise Duethman Haussler

Seventy-five thousand miles is long enough to cross the United States about 25 times. Long enough to circle the equator - three times.

And for 75 years, 75,000 miles was long enough to be legendary. Or more specifically, it was 75,065 miles - the miles-biked-in-a-year record set by Tommy Godwin in 1939 and never broken since.

But on Monday, a man named Kurt Searvogel pedaled past that mark. On Saturday - the last day of his year of extraordinary biking - he's pushing towards 76,066, a full thousand miles further than Godwin's legendary feat.

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

Janette Harrington

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We finally have a Design we are ready to show the world! YEAH. It took a number of months collecting various graphics files, figuring out colors, etc. The design of the NEW 2016 QCBC Jersey is different from what we have had in the past.

The main graphic feature on the front and the back of the jersey was based off of a photograph Ken Urban took of the Centennial Bridge from LeClaire Park in downtown Davenport earlier this year. The Quad Cities is a river based area and we wanted to portray that in the jersey design. A silhouette of 3 Riders appears along the Riverfront Trail. Green and blue are the main colors.

The back of the jersey states that our club was established in 1964, over 50 years ago. The logo below this wording is our club logo (the letters QCBC forming a cyclist). The event logos on the pockets are from the 2105 events of the QC Criterium, TOMRV (Tour of the Mississippi River Valley) and the Heartland Century.

The right sleeve contains an outline of the states of Iowa and Illinois with a star in the center indicating the location of the Quad Cities. The left sleeve features a graphic that Ken Urban, Deb Rogers and Shelly Brown (from Des Moines) created to represent the arches of the Centennial Bridge using bicycle parts and the waters of the Mississippi River below.


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