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Cycling in the Champaign County Area.

From Champaign County Bikes

No Fooling...

April is the start of the cycling season in Central Illinois.  Activities are ramping up and ride groups are taking to the road.  The Prairie Cycle Club is hosting its annual kickoff party and Champaign County Bikes with a coalition of community organizations are busy planning a month full of activities for National Bike Month in May.  It is also the start of construction season and there are a number of road projects that may affect your favorite cycling routes.  This issue is chock-full of events to kickstart your cycling season in the greater Champaign County area.
Advocacy... become involved!
CHAMPAIGN - Bradley Avenue between Bluegrass and Alpine (essentially Duncan to Staley) closed March 20 to Nov 15

SAVOY/CHAMPAIGN - Prospect between Windsor and Curtis closed on March 25. Road and bike path will be reconstructed.

MAHOMET - Sunny Acres Rd between US 150 and South Mahomet Road closed March 25
This class will teach you emergency maneuvers, roadway safety skills and more. The 9-hour course is organized into two parts:

Part  1:   4.5-hour online classroom instruction available for free at 
Part 2: 4.5-hour on-bike instruction includes: basic bike handling skills, emergency maneuvers, and a supervised road ride to practice new skills
Traffic Skills 101 Sign Up Here
May 18th 9:30-12:00
Leonhard Recreation Center
2307 Sangamon Drive, Champaign
Playing It Safe, is Carle's free annual safety fair, featuring more than 50 activities and exhibits that focus on safety awareness for the entire family. One of the biggest activities is the C-U SRTS Project Bike Rodeo. We usually have over 100 children go through the bike rodeo and learn new safety skills. Plan to join us this year. Bikes and helmets are provided.
Playing It Safe Bike Rodeo Information
The Champaign-Urbana Bike Month Planning Team and Urbana Park District are coming to your neighborhood this spring to help neighbors get ready for C-U Bike Month 2019!

When: Saturday, April 13, 10:30am-12pm Where: Lierman Neighborhood Community Garden, 1603 E Washington, Urbana

Stop by our information table to:
• Register for Bike to Work Day, happening Wednesday morning, May 1
• Register for Bike to School Day, happening Wednesday morning, May 8
• Take a bike map and safety materials
• Bring your bike for basic help to get it ready to ride
• Enjoy snacks and crafts
Find Your Bike-to-Work Station Here
Bike Month Calendar of Events
Events in the Area...
All are welcome!!  Come one come all, from Indiana from Illinois from Wisconsin or from wherever you are... We'll be heading to the lovely Walnut Point State Park. Choose your adventure, by bike or auto (if that's your preference) Been hosting this delightful shebang for about 8 years now!
Free Registration and Bike Camping Extravaganza Info Here
Come Join Us!
Tuesday, April 16th for our cycling season kickoff pizza party at Jupiters at the Crossing basement from 5:30pm- 7:30pm with Pizza served at 6:00pm for round 1 and 6:10pm for round 2. Meet with fellow cyclists and ride leaders. Learn about all the weekly rides as well as the upcoming Metric Century in May and the PCC Tour in August.
Check out the weekly rides offered by the

Prairie Cycle Club
Including the Friday Recumbent Ride and Monday Mahomet Ride.

Saturday May 4, 2019
10:00A - 5:00P

Champaign Cycle
506 S Country Fair Dr
Champaign, IL
The fourth annual Bike Travel Weekend will take place during the weekend of May 31 – June 2, 2019, to encourage people throughout the world to go on a one- or two-night bicycle trip with friends or family — or solo — to a campground, hotel, cabin B&B, hostel, or friend’s house—all on the same weekend. In the past three years, Bike Travel Weekend included over 2,700 trips with more than 27,000 participants in all 50 U. S. states and two dozen countries. 

There are a wide range of possibilities for short overnight or weekend trips right here in East Central Illinois. Kickapoo, Walnut Point and Weldon Springs State Parks and the Middle Fork Forest Preserve offer camping opportunities while local B&Bs and the Allerton Park and Retreat Center offer indoor accommodations.   

Stay tuned for a group camping opportunity heading to Kickapoo....
More About Bike Travel Weekend
Rides in the Area...
Prairie Cycle Club’s Spring Metric Century
& Family Fun Ride on the Kickapoo Rail Trail

2205 E Main St, Urbana, IL 61802 (Smith Rd & E. Main St.)

8:45am – Meet-up and Socialize at Weaver Park
9:00am - Departure

Fun for the experienced cyclist or for the whole family.  Choose a self supported ride of 35 or 65 mile routes or a 13 mile ride to St. Joseph and back on the Kickapoo Rail Trail. 

For more information visit

Sunday - June 16, 2019 - Apple Pie Ride 1:30 - 4:00 pm

Sunday - July 14, 2019  - Ride to the Depot 7 am - 4 pm

Sunday - August 4, 2019 - Cherry Pie Ride 1:30 - 4 pm

Sunday - Oct. 6, 2019 - Pumpkin Pie Ride 1:30 - 4 pm cycling seminars throughout the year.
The Ride for Ray has something for everyone, and this years ride is a USA Cycling Gran Fondo. To kick things off, we will have a banquet the night before the ride. We have three courses to choose from and there will be individual and team events for the timed 62 mile and 124 mile routes.  The 30 mile route will take riders through historic downtown Sadorus, which is the oldest town in Champaign county and has some great shops along main street. The 62 and 124 mile timed routes will take riders out to beautiful Allerton Park in Monticello. 
Video Inspiration???    Maybe....
Funny guys Matt Dennison and Jason Lucas went bikepacking for the first time (hence the title ), so what could go wrong? A little bit of everything, as they ride across BC’s Sunshine Coast.
One Last Thing....
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