Submitted by: Dave Ring
The Spring General Meeting of the Quad Cities Bike Club will be held on Thursday March 14th at Mac’s Tavern 316 West 3rd Street, Davenport. The evening will begin with a social followed by a light meal, club business and our guest speaker.

This year’s speakers are our own Dave Kealey and Jimmie Ring. Each will talk about their recent cycling excursions. Both speakers took totally different approaches to their cycling vacations. Each will discuss their trip planning, the destination they chose and how they made their arrangements. Following the two presentations they will conduct a short question and answer session.

Also, on the agenda will be a short presentation on the new QCBC communications system. The system not only updates the web site but also ties in several formerly independent communication systems into one system that supports all of the QCBC community.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP no later than Sunday March 10th to the President Dave Ring at dlring52807@gmail.com. We want to insure we have enough food for all of those attending. There is no charge for the meal.

The evening schedule is as follows:
5:45-6:45 Social
6:45-7:30 Light meal
7:30-8:00 Cycling Tourism
8:00-8:15 Q & A
8:15 - 8:30 Communications System overview
Submitted by: Dave Ring
The FORC (Friends of Off-Road Cycling) will be having a Bike Swap March 10th. Anyone interested can buy or sell cycling items is welcome to participate. Everyone is welcome to buy and sell bike or outdoor gear. There will be a covered Bike Coral. To reserve a table RSVP at events@qcforc.org and selling space is limited. The event schedule is as follows at the Village theater 2113 E. 11th St in the village of Davenport:

11:30 a.m. Set up
12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

For additional information contact Mandy Griesenbeck.
Submitted by: Deb Mathias
Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: New Ground Theatre in the Village of East
Davenport - 2113 E 11th St, Davenport


Come join us and learn how the Quad Cities Bicycle Club (QCBC) can help you SPRING into bicycling! Learn about the many opportunities that we offer and talk to individuals who organize our events:
  • Various paced rides: Casual Rides, Leisure Rides, Mid-Paced Rides, Fast Paced & Elite Rides
  • Weekly rides: Tuesday Evening Women’s Rides, Wednesday Morning Rides, Thursday Evening Rides, Friday Morning In-Town Loop Rides
  • QCBC RAGBRAI Training Rides and Charter Service Information
  • Time Trials and Road Races
  • TOMRV
  • Criterium and Kids Races
  • Safety tips
  • Commuting tips; QC Metro Map
  • Bicycle Advocacy
  • Ride with GPS
  • Club’s new communication system

Learn about our Bike Month (May) and Bike to Work Week (May 13-17) activities.
Two group rides will be held at the conclusion of the event

CASUAL, LEISURE and MID-PACED RIDES AT 1:00

STARTING FROM THE FREIGHT HOUSE PARKING LOT, DAVENPORT
HELMETS REQUIRED!!!

Location for this event is easily accessible for all by bicycle. Ride on down, enjoy some lunch at one of the many restaurants, and enjoy some camaraderie with other QC cyclists.

Participate in bike maintenance demonstrations:
  • Changing a flat tire
  • Bike safety check
  • Bring your own bike and get some individual advice

Submitted by: Angie Morrison
Super Fun, Mostly Bike Path Ride (Irish attire strongly encouraged! Prize for BEST costume) Touring the fabulous QC Isles of: Credit, Arsenal, Sylvan and Campbell. Arrive early to enjoy the Bagpipes, pick up some Irish Swag and get your card for Poker. Pick up a card at each stop and best hand wins! We meet up for lunch (Dutch) and prizes at Fresh Deli (at Freight House complex) following the ride.

Saturday March 30th, 2019 10 A.M.

Meet and End at the Freight House 421 W. River Dr. Davenport, Ia. 52803 Gather on the river side of the bike path at 10 a.m. for a group picture and bagpipe send off.
Free Event. All welcome! Bike Helmets required. Prizes for Best Irish Costume, Newest to Cycling, Best poker hand and Best Irish Jig.

The Route: Start on Bike Path in Front of Freight House, head west to Credit Island (2.7 mi), ride park loop and head east to Arsenal Island via Arsenal Bridge (3.7 mi), Sag Stop at Sylvan Island on path near restrooms (.8mi) , on to Campbells Island (8.7 mi) with Sag stop near Lt. Campbell monument, loop Campbell’s Island and head back west to the Freight House (10 mi)

Questions? Ray (563)210-3550 Angie (563) 210-3550
Submitted by: Don Luth
Come join us for the Spring Tailwind Ride and start your 2019 by riding a Century. It will be held Saturday, May 4th. Registration for this ride will be open from March 1 until April 30 through Get Me Registered. Please use the following link to register : http://getmeregistered.com/SpringTailwindCentury. The entry fee is $35.

We’ll start to load bikes at Ben Butterworth Parkway (5466 Old River Drive) at 6:30 a.m. and leave at 7 a.m. for our starting destination. Please bring a blanket to protect your bike during transportation to our starting point. There will be two buses, with a limit of about 90 people. The drive normally takes about two hours. Once there, we’ll unload the bikes and send you on your way after handing out cue sheets. We will have a secure area (probably a locked trailer) for any gear you don’t want to haul back on your bike. There will be a basic sag stop about 50 to 60 miles into the ride.

The Tailwind Committee is comprised of Dave Thompson, Janette Harrington and Don Luth.
Submitted by: Dave Ring
Thirty club members met Wednesday December 12th at the Machine Shed for lunch.
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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: 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.