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Sub-5 Ride

The Sub-5 Ride is for serious cyclists who endeavor to ride a hundred miles in less than five hours. The ride is held each year on the Sunday following Labor Day weekend. This year the ride is on Sunday September 7th, 2014 and will include both a regular and metric century timed ride.

Location: Hampshire, Illinois
Members: 16
Latest Activity: Apr 10, 2014

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Sub -5 September 8, 2013 1 Reply

Well the organizing committee is hard at work plannning the 2013 ride.  We already have 80+ riders signed up and looking forward to the being the better then ever.  We have added the option to ride…Continue

Started by david struck. Last reply by Chris Thornton Aug 26, 2013.

Top-Ten Reasons to Ride the Sub-5 Century Challenge

The following list was the basis of a registration update I wrote for this upcoming event on Sunday September 12th, 2010. It can be viewed along with other news stories at the following URL:…Continue

Tags: Parkinson's disease, five hours, ride, road, century

Started by Chris Thornton Aug 24, 2010.

The Attraction of a Sub-5 Century

Whether measured as total time or saddle time, riding an imperial century at an average speed of 20 mph or greater is an impressive accomplishment for any recreational cyclist. For those who are…Continue

Tags: five, hours, 20mph, ride, century

Started by Chris Thornton Jun 5, 2010.

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Comment by Chris Thornton on April 10, 2014 at 10:09pm

In a press release dated April 3rd the Paul Ruby Foundation (principal beneficiary of the Sub-5 Ride) will be joining forces with the Davis Phinney Foundation. The new organization will operate as the Davis Phinney Foundation. 

In the release, Paul Ruby, Chicago hotelier and Parkinson’s advocate, stated, “I am very excited about the potential impact the partnership will have. The Paul Ruby Foundation has focused primarily on funding research. Though I’m confident a cure will be discovered, it’s vital that we help optimize quality of life now for people suffering with Parkinson’s. The Davis Phinney Foundation has championed this mission, and I proudly support their efforts. I can’t imagine a better fit than the Davis Phinney Foundation to continue what our grassroots organization has started. Davis is a former professional cyclist, and the Sub-5 Ride has become a huge fundraiser with potential to grow. The cycling connection will be a boost with regard to credibility, marketing and attracting sponsors.”

In further comment, Eileen Mullin-Gasteier, DPF National Vice President of Development said, “This partnership embodies the collective spirit of the Parkinson’s community. The collaboration with the PRF and the Sub-5 Ride team will allow us to significantly broaden our impact and help more people living with Parkinson’s to live well today. Paul Ruby's legacy will be honored as the efforts of the PRF transition under DPF. Revenue generated by future Sub-5 Rides will exponentially increase our ability to fund research and to develop best-in-class programs that support quality of life for people in Illinois and across the US that are living with Parkinson’s. Our goal is for everyone who can benefit from our programs to have access to them, wherever they are.”

The DPF has invested more than $2 million in research since its inception in 2004. Since 2007, the PRF has raised more than $700,000 to fund Parkinson’s research at Northwestern University’s Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center (PDMDC). The DPF is committed to continuing the PRF’s relationship with the PDMDC. Dr. Tanya Simuni, Director of the PDMDC stated, “We at Northwestern Medicine look forward to remaining close partners with this organization, whose research funding tremendously benefits the Parkinson’s community.”

To read the full content, click on the following link: DPF Press Release.

Comment by Chris Thornton on August 26, 2013 at 9:05pm

Vision Quest Coaching is hosting a "Cocktails for a Cure" event at Little Ricky’s, 540 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka, IL.

"Mixologists-in-training" Dave Noda, Amelia Katz, Dave Harrison and Santa Claus will there on Thursday, August 29th from 7 PM to 10 PM for a guest bartending evening to raise money for Parkinson’s disease. All tips made that evening will be donated to Parkinson’s.

Over 80 Vision Quest athletes will be riding 100 miles for the Sub-5 Ride for Parkinson's on September 8th with a goal completion time of five hours! For some this will be the first time they complete a century in less than five hours, while others are trying to break the course record. Irrespective it is for the same goal; raising money for Parkinson's.

Anyone is welcome to join Vision Quest for a fun filled night of laughs with friends. Share this with others, it's going to be a blast!

Comment by Chris Thornton on June 21, 2011 at 10:24pm

This year's ride is leaps ahead of last year as far as registration numbers are concerned. In addition we have as many as ten fast-paced teams being formed to take on the end-of-season challenge of completing a century distance in less than five hours.

If you're intrigued but still undecided about whether to register for this great ride, check out our promotional video on YouTube via the following link.

2011 Sub-5 Century Video Promo

Remember that if you don't feel up to the timed century, one can always enjoy a more relaxed pace by signing up to participate in the untimed recreational ride.

Comment by Michael A on May 20, 2011 at 9:30pm

here is a garmin for an average sunday turin ride

Comment by Chris Thornton on May 20, 2011 at 9:26pm

For those living in the city consider training with the Turin Bicycle Society. Turin Bicycle in Evanston is the store sponsor for the Sub-5 Ride. There's an open fast-paced ride on Sunday mornings. Use the following link to sign up and receive regular reminders.

They meet at Grove and Sherman (by the Italian Coffee Bar) in Evanston at 8 AM. The distance is 50 mi. at a steady, brisk pace (18-20mph). 

Comment by Steve Dennis on May 4, 2011 at 9:35pm
I am registered for the Sub-5 this year.  So far all the training rides have been starting way outside of the city, anyone city based looking to put in some miles in order to prepare?  Would love to hear from you, let's organize something on here.
Comment by Chris Thornton on May 2, 2011 at 9:43pm

Cyclists of all levels may be interested in this year’s 2011 Sub-5 Century Challenge Ride. This is the second year of this unique and relatively new ride that will be held at Hampshire High School on Sunday September 11th, 2011. The event is an annual fundraiser for Parkinson’s disease research. The primary benefactor is the Paul Ruby Foundation, a local 501(c)(3) registered charity located in Geneva, Illinois.

There are two facets to the event; a fast-paced timed century group ride, and an untimed recreational ride of 30 or 62 miles. Both rides seek to raise funds by providing those registered with the option to obtain individual sponsors for their participation. A portion of the $50 pre-registration fee may also represent a tax-deductible donation.

This year’s event includes improvements in response to last year’s post-ride survey. The route for the timed century ride will be the same loop repeated three times and is more sub-5 friendly. Railroad crossings have been eliminated and the number of turns and intersections reduced. Riders can also expect to have their official time recorded by a chip-based timing system and master clock. This will also allow the time of each ride group to be computed. This will be the time of the rider who represents when 60% or more of his group has finished.

This year the ride should also attract more recreational cyclists. These riders will have a more relaxing experience as they will enjoy a different route to the timed century. Registrations for the recreational ride are expected to at least equal those for the timed century.

How can you help?

Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event the organizers are again looking for riders and volunteers. If you are a serious road rider you could be one of just 200 up for the challenge of completing the century distance in less than five hours total time. Recreational cyclists may enjoy a ride with friends while raising funds for a worthy cause. Volunteers are also needed for SAG, course marshals, rest-stop support and parking.

Those interested are encouraged to visit the “Contacts” page of the Sub-5 Century Challenge Ride web site at:, where you can sign up to receive additional information.

Chris Thornton, Sub-5 Century Registration

Comment by Chris Thornton on September 18, 2010 at 10:51am
The first Sub-5 Century Challenge Ride for Parkinson's Disease Research, held Sunday September 12th was an astounding success. The event raised in excess of $12,000 in sponsor donations to The Paul Ruby Foundation, and more than 50% of those who attempted to ride the full century in under five hours total time achieved their goal.
Below René Boer, Event Coordinator is shown presenting a check for $12,025 to PRF founder, Paul Ruby at the start of the ride.

In this unique new ride the field of participants are organized in to groups of twelve to fifteen riders, and allowed to start at five minute intervals. Each ride group is then challenged to ride the century distance as a mini pellaton within their targeted time goal.

Other photos of the event can be viewed at the following URL:
Comment by Chris Thornton on September 3, 2010 at 1:17pm
If you haven't yet decided there is still time to register for the Sub-5 Century Challenge Ride, which be held on Sunday Sep 12th. The registration deadline has been extended through to midnight on Sunday Sept. 5th.
The fee is still $50 with all proceeds going to the Paul Ruby Foundation for Parkinson's Disease Research.
I should mention that the ride now accommodates a Recreational category. These riders will start enmasse after the sub-5 ride groups have departed, and ride one or two loops of the course at their own pace.
Although the registration fee appears expensive, remember that the majority of the fee is tax deductible (less an allowance for the T-shirt).
Local cycling legend, Mr. John Vande Velde will be there as the official timekeeper, as well as a professional photographer to record the events of the day. The Sub-5 concept is growing in popularity. This is the first event of this type in the Chicago area.
Note: For late registrations Tee shirts will be delivered after the event.
Comment by Chris Thornton on August 22, 2010 at 8:29pm
Three of us completed the "Full Monty" (100 miles) on this morning's training ride from Hampshire High School. Our saddle time was just 5 hrs. 11 mins., for an average speed of 19.2 mph. Seven of us started out, but not all could spare the time to complete all three loops. Now that we're up to the distance we can concentrate on bringing down the total time.
We hope to schedule two more training rides on Sunday Aug. 29th, and possibly Labor Day.

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