Well, the weather is on the verge of breaking and I don't know about you guys, but I am already adding weekend rallies to my calendar. I'm planning my summer rides and starting to think about getting out there and training. Some of the best ways to get out and ride is to join a club. I belong to two clubs, the Hawkeye Bike Association in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and the Illinois Valley Wheelm'n in Peoria, IL. Both would be happy to have your membership and provide a regular riding schedule to keep you fit.
Whether you ride with a club or not, you probably ride on your own and are looking for some good training route or looking for a casual Sunday ride to somewhere new. I have a great solution for you. The IVW, Routes & Recipes Book!
The IVW has put together a book of 50 routes for the Central Illinois area. It also includes 72 recipes submitted by club members, Great Harvest Bread, Not Your Average Joe and Tanners’ Orchards.
What You Get:
The routes are from 26 different cyclists and area bike clubs covering a total of 1,740 miles with a variety of distances (11-70 miles with 35 miles the average distance) and starting points, such as: Brimfield, Bureau Junction, Chillicothe, Dunlap, East Peoria, Farmington, Goodfield, Hopedale, Hudson, Kewanee, Lacon, Mackinaw, Morton, Mossville, Pekin, Peoria, Princeville, Sparland, Washington and Wyoming. Each route consists of a map, cue sheet, items of interest & an area for personal notes.
The book will have a laminated cover with a coil binding. All proceeds will be used to promote the club’s advocacy programs. These books can be ordered for delivery at a cost of $20 each or pickup for $15.
Please contact Mike Honnold at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or send $ directly to:
Mike Honnold, Routes & Recipes Book Order, 1822 West Bel Aire Avenue, Peoria, IL 61614.
You can also pick one up at Russell's Cycling and Fitness in Washington. I've been told they have a few left.
Here is a Sample Route From the Book:
"Scenic Peoria County Route"
Location: Peoria County; Peoria; Nelson Sprinkler Factory
1 Sprinkler Lane, Peoria, IL 61615
Location Note: Please park near the north side of the main employee parking
lot. Do not park in the lot used for semi truck trailers!
Distance: 30 Miles
Terrain: Moderate route with rolling hills – flat at the end
Features: Nice rural ride passing through the scenic Jubilee College Park
along the way. Jubilee does offer opportunities for filling up
water bottles or using the bathroom.
Here is the link to this ride on Map My Ride (we will be featuring online routes in the near future).
Now how awesome is that? You get great recipes, great route ideas and you get to put some money into the local community to help with advocacy for things like new trails and bike paths!