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We have groups for RAGBRAI, beer exploration by bike, randonneuring, camping by bike and who knows what all else.  But what about just trying to hook up with someone or some ones who ride at a similar pace and might want to do all or part of a century or one of the many multi-day rides popping up on the calendar?

I am a slow-poke, but I want to do some longer distance riding this year.  Le Tour de Shore looks good; Amishland looks good.  I know there is the Apple Cider Century and I imagine there are many other multi-day rides out there that don't show up in our events but would be great fun!

Last summer a thread about the North Shore Century ended up being used to make connections between riders to ride together.  I am hoping this thread will start some connections for different rides.

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Great idea. Here's to more fun groups on out-of-town rides!

Here is probably the best collection of rides in Illinois and the Midwest, plus other assorted links that may be useful to riders in Illinois:

http://www.mikebentley.com/bike/index.html

I have registered for Tour de Shore again.

If you can still get in (spots are limited and it is more poular every year) I highly recommend it.

It is very well organized, scenic, great SAG spots, and some good free beer.

It also supports a good cause...and you take friday off work (what else could be better)

 

DB

Thanks. I always forget about that site, but so far he only has about five rides listed!
 
Duppie 13.5185km said:

Here is probably the best collection of rides in Illinois and the Midwest, plus other assorted links that may be useful to riders in Illinois:

http://www.mikebentley.com/bike/index.html

Thanks for the info! I'm hoping to do my first century this summer. Just need to get an appropriate bike, get in shape, figure out how to fix a flat, etc etc...determined not to let any of this stop me! 

Can anyone comment on what the camping is like for Tour de Shore?

Duppie 13.5185km said:

Here is probably the best collection of rides in Illinois and the Midwest, plus other assorted links that may be useful to riders in Illinois:

http://www.mikebentley.com/bike/index.html

Yes, I think I am going to register and then try to find someone who will ride at my pace.  I now that you, Dan, will be on your second or third beer by the time I finish the first day! ;-)
 
dan brown 4.4 miles said:

I have registered for Tour de Shore again.

If you can still get in (spots are limited and it is more poular every year) I highly recommend it.

It is very well organized, scenic, great SAG spots, and some good free beer.

It also supports a good cause...and you take friday off work (what else could be better)

 

DB

I am doing the Tour de Shore this year. I'm not a fast rider either.

Are you looking at the right link within? I see dozens:

http://www.mikebentley.com/bike/ilrides.htm

Lisa Curcio 4.0 mi said:

Thanks. I always forget about that site, but so far he only has about five rides listed!
 
Duppie 13.5185km said:

Here is probably the best collection of rides in Illinois and the Midwest, plus other assorted links that may be useful to riders in Illinois:

http://www.mikebentley.com/bike/index.html

Oops!  did not scroll down.  Sometimes I cannot see past the end of my nose.
 
Duppie 13.5185km said:

Your looking at the right link within? I see dozens.

http://www.mikebentley.com/bike/ilrides.htm

Lisa Curcio 4.0 mi said:

Thanks. I always forget about that site, but so far he only has about five rides listed!
 
Duppie 13.5185km said:

Here is probably the best collection of rides in Illinois and the Midwest, plus other assorted links that may be useful to riders in Illinois:

http://www.mikebentley.com/bike/index.html

I don't think you know what I mean by slow.  I am pretty sure that the fastest I have gone on my bike in no wind on the flattest flat was 14 mph, and I can't sustain it for very long. ;-)


J.A.W. 15.08 km said:

I am doing the Tour de Shore this year. I'm not a fast rider either.

The TdS is short enough that it can be done at a slow pace and not be late for dinner each day if one doesn't dally at the SAG spots too long.  It'll take all day, but it can be done at 10MPH with a few brief stops. Each stop is SUPER well stocked.  It was like the first SAG at the Northshore each time, with dinner at the campground and at the end being a massive feed -well worth the entry price, IMHO.  Even if one missed the dinner (which was pretty late) one could live on the SAG stops.   The second day is pretty short so there isn't much danger of being late or getting too tired.   I think you could do the TdS no problem at your pace.  The only hard part is getting up the next morning with no coffee and riding that first few stiff caffeine-free miles from the tent to the first stop. 

Even a "real" mile Century at a moving pace of 10MPH is still doable, but break stops better be brief.  That's 10 hours in the saddle between them.  If all breaks can be limited to another hour total that's 11 hours start to finish -totally doable IMHO. 

TdS was super fun last year.  I'm going to register for this year again as it was SUCH a blast.  

Maybe if you go Lisa, I can talk Amanda into going with you.   I seriously can not ride 65-70 miles at that pace as it will make my head go all splody but it would be fun to have her ride with someone else her speed so we could hang out at the campground. 

I will be leading a few rides in the 40-50 mile range this year at the low end of  moderate. These rides will be about 13 mph. These rides are listed at www.evanstonbikeclub.org  The rides all leave from Panera Bread in Wilmette at 8am.  If you can come you will NOT be dropped.

4-27  Ryerson Woods

5-18  Mettawa

7-20  Riverside

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