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About QCBC


The Quad Cities Bicycle Club was organized in early 1964. The first QCBC letterhead displayed affiliation with the Amateur Bicycle League of America (now known as USA Cycling). Activities included racing, touring, and social riding.  In 1971 the QCBC was incorporated in the State of Iowa. During the 1970s, QCBC activities expanded into participation in RAGBRAI (the Des Moines Register’s Annual Bike Ride Across Iowa), a formal club century (the Heartland Century), as well as the Quad Cities Criterium.  The club experienced a huge increase in membership. 

Affiliation with the League of American Bicyclists (formerly the League of American Wheelmen) began in the mid-1970s.  By the 1980s, TOMRV (Tour of the Mississippi River Valley) was well on its way to be the top two-day tour in the Midwest, and the Criterium became the Midwest’s best bicycle race.  Other recreational ride activities kept pace, and the newsletter Pedalwheeling and the membership directory, rate near the top for quality.

In the late 1990s, the club created a Web page (www.qcbc.org), implemented community support for various safety projects, and initiated support of competitive cyclists.  In 2014 the QCBC was recognized by the Open Network of the Quad Cities for contributing to the "livability" within the greater Quad Cities area.  Now well into the 21st century, the club continues to pursue the goals stated on its original letterhead over 50 years ago as enthusiastically as the original members did in the 1960s.