This will be a mixed terrain ride of gravel and pavement. We'll will do around 50-60 miles with stops at Wishful Acres, Lena Brewing, and finishing the day at Generation Brewing Co.
We have a group campsite reserved at New Glarus Woods. Be prepared to ride 50 miles each day while carrying all your gear. We are providing a route and a campsite and you'll be on the hook for all your own meals. There's plenty of places to eat and get snacks but you can also bring food and cook if that's what you prefer. Max capacity for the campsite is 20 people so please call the shop with an RSVP. We'll be heading up Saturday morning and returning Sunday afternoon. It was an awesome time last year, this year should be more of the same.
Please join us for the annual 2017 Tour For Cancer and Gran Fondo!
Ride your Bicycle, BONK Cancer!
Saturday, June 24, 2017, YMCA, Freeport, IL
30, 75 & 105 mile Gran Fondo, 7 AM start
· Check in at the Family YMCA of Northwest Illinois at 2998 W Pearl City Rd, Freeport, IL 61032 between 6:30 a.m. and 8 a.m.
· Take the Gran Fondo Challenge - ride the 75 or 105 Gran Fondo, and tackle the infamous 18% Binkley Hill
· Our Tour rides on the generous contributions of its participants and sponsors. No registration fee ... just make a donation.
· All rider donations go directly to FHN's Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center through the FHN Foundation.
Register at https://www.firstgiving.com/391424/2017-tour-for-cancer-gran-fondo and use your fundraising page to help folks who courageously battle this dreaded disease.
* No rain dates are planned, so ride in the warm blessed rain should it come.
* Visit www.tourforcancer.org for more information or contact the FHN Foundation, 599-6900 for questions. Tmeyer1@fhn.org
The Gran Fondue cycling event coincides with Monroe’s Balloon & Blues Fest. If you like to ride bikes on quiet roads in beautiful countryside, and if you enjoy great Blues music with hot air balloons flying overhead, this is a venue for you.
The MidWest is often thought of as a vast, flat mass of land punctuated by endless fields of corn and soybeans. Though that is fairly accurate, there exists an area untouched by the glacial advances that have left much of North Central America with the dull landscape we call home. This area is the Driftless.
Ten Thousand will be 120-ish miles and roughly 10,000ft. of elevation gain with gorgeous views atop high ridges, thrilling descents into river valleys, and astonishingly difficult climbs that'll put even a mountain dwelling cyclist in pain.
If you don't think you can handle the full route we'll have shorter options available. The 70 mile route is still quite a challenge for even the most avid cyclist. Think that might still be too much? The 40 mile option gives you the opportunity have a taste of some of the most challenging terrain in the Midwest.
This is 40 mile self supported gravel road "race" put on by Freeport Bicycle Company and the Chainlink Cyclists of Freeport IL. Yeah, its a race but there won't be a podium or any prize money. You can ride any kind of bike you want, heck, bring a unicycle. (you might get a prize for finishing on a unicycle)
This ride is FREE, but we are accepting donations. There's a pretty sweet project your donations will go toward. We have some details to work out, but we'll share it with you soon.
Post ride festivities at the Railway Tap 404 Main St.
Please join us for the Freeport Chamber of Commerce After Hours on February 16th from 5-7pm.
Saturday morning road rides leave the shop at 8:00 and return by 10:00. We usually have coffee at the shop after the ride. This is a 25 mile ride and no one gets dropped.
Every Tuesday we leave the shop for a 25 - 30 miles gravel road ride. It will be dark so bring some light.
This will be a self supported 60 ish mile road ride. We'll provide maps on the day of the ride. It will be self supported and ride at your own pace. Optional stops wil be at Lena Brewing Company, the world famous Slurp and Burp, and of course Generations Brewing Company.
We're offering a free clinic to anyone interested in group road cycling. If group road riding sounds intimidating or you are just unsure about proper etiquette we are here to help.
This will be perfect for anyone that's been on our Saturday morning ride or are considering it but feel insecure about it.
Much like our "Basics" clinic it will be a laid back environment.
We'll also have drinks and snacks if you want to just come for that.