Submitted by: Dave Ring
Camden Centre in Milan was again the site of the QCBC Annual Awards Banquet last Sunday November 4th. Nearly 60 attendees braved the weather to hear Andrea Cohen formally of Davenport talk about her ultra-cycling experiences tackling the 2,740-mile Tour Divide mountain bike race starting in Banff National Park and concluding at Antelope Wells, NM.

A social hour proceeded the dinner with attendees able to view the club’s history display as well as electric bikes provided by TREK and Healthy Habits bike shops. The Quad Cities bike shops provide gifts that were used as door prizes for drawings which were conducted throughout the evening.

Kathy Storm presented “First Century” plaques to Evan Qualls, Chris Lohse, Carol Brooks and Steve Powell. David Thompson then followed and handed out “Around the World” awards to Trent Thompson 25,000, Dixon Novy 50,000, John Harrington 100,000 and Rod Hawk 150,000.

Dave Ring was award “Volunteer of the Year” by President Jim Hudson. Dave Thompson came back on stage to announce the “Award of Merit” recipient for 2018 but first, ask previous winner in attendance to come forward to be recognized. Award of Merit winners in attendance were John Harrington (2015) Deb Mathias (2011) Bill Weibel (2002) David Thompson (2016) Kathy Storm (2010) Dean Mathias (2011) and Ken Urban (2013). David then announce the 2018 Award of Merit winner as Charles Curry.

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Submitted by: Dave Ring
Ten brave QCBC club members braved the rain to attend a yoga session for cyclist at the ZENBOX in Eldridge on Saturday November 2nd. Kate Stoefen led the club members through a series of yoga exercises for cyclists. Following the session members reconvened at Lynn’s BBQ and Saloon.
Submitted by: Dave Ring
Begun in 2002 this year marks the 16th annual QCBC holiday luncheon which will be held on Wednesday December 12th, 11:30 am at the Machine Shed 7250 N.W. BLVD in Davenport. The luncheon has moved several times over the years due to the increasing number of attendees. For the last several years the luncheon has been held at the Machine Shed. Last year the event saw record numbers and the club is nearing capacity for the Machine Shed to handle the group. For many this is the last opportunity to see old friends before they head to warmer climates. The event is open to club members as well as friends. It is recommended that you make reservations by emailing Dave Ring at dlring52807@gmail.com. Deadline to register is Wednesday December 6th.
Submitted by: Don Luth
The riders that participated in this year’s Chili Ride faced challenging winds with gusts in the 40 mph category. It was challenging for the ride leaders to come up with routes that had some protection from the wind.

Thanks to Dean Mathias for leading the Leisure Paced Ride and Dave Kealey for leading the Mid Paced Ride.

A big thanks to Becky Luth for setting up the shelter at Bettendorf’s Middle Park Lagoon shelter and making vegetable soup, muffins, pumpkin bars and scotch-a-roos.
Submitted by: Dave Kealey
Over 100 riders came out to enjoy the great weather and roads around the city of Geneseo for the 2018 Heartland Tour. The Tour had great attendance, with ridership up 50% over last year. Riders of all ages taking on 25, 50, 75, and 100 mile routes for the day, a few riding past the quitting time just to get that last loop for their century. A tip of the hat to those that refused to quit!

The weather, support staff, road routing, lunch provided by Geneseo Brewing Co, and music provided by Corey Wallace all led to a day enjoyed by all.

Dave and Melinda Thompson, Walt Dethlefs, Les and Robyn Nepper, Jason Kratz, the Crew at the Geneseo Brew Co. all put a lot of effort into the event and made a memorable day for all attending. Give them a thanks when you next see them.

Next year is planned for September 14, 2019, anyone with ideas for improvement or time to volunteer, please contact Quad City Bike Club and we will make use of you!
Submitted by: Jim Hudson
The Quad Cities Bicycle Club is very pleased to announce that we are expanding our 2018 club race schedule to include Road racing. Our race calendar begins April 19th with a Road race on Campbell's Island. From May through July there will be both Road and Time Trial races held on Tuesdays (TT) and Thursdays(RR). Our races give cyclists a chance to develop their technique and racing skills without the need for a cycling license and without having to travel away to attend a race..Come out and try something new this year with one or all of the race opportunities we have to offer. Race information is available at the Club Racing link at QCBC.org or check the ride schedule. Contact club president, Jim Hudson 309-787-9660, for more info.