Check this page often for updated listings of all types of cycling events in and around our area. Rides require, at minimum, an appropriate bike in good working order, water, and a helmet. We suggest a spare tube, energy food, maybe a little cash in case we stop, and your biggest smile! Many rides are held subject to weather. It's a good idea to confirm dates, time and any specific requirements, too. We'll see you out there — and have fun!
Here are some cycling related events happening in the Quad Cities area:
Sunday, April 22, 2018, Milledgeville, Illinois
The Farm, 5493 Otter Creek Dr., Milledgeville, Illinois
The 6th riding of the Grumpy Grind will be Sunday April 22nd starting at The Farm. Riders can expect 80 miles of self-supported gravel riding. Riders need not try to use cue cards from the past because the course will once again be tweaked for your riding pleasure. There is no field limit or deadline for registration, but proper etiquette for participation is to mail in a postcard ahead of time to get your name on the "official rider list." Delicious food and beverages will be waiting at the finish.
As always, the Grumpy Grind is a FREE event.
Sunday, April 29, 2018, Newburg, Wisconsin--179 miles
Firemen's Park, 508 Main Street, Newburg, Wisconsin
9am start to this 63-mile cyclosportive ride in the style of the cobbled Spring Classics of the pro racing calendar. The route features almost 10 miles of dirt and gravel and runs on open public roads.
You are responsible for yourself. There are no SAG vehicles and a few opportunities to refuel/rehydrate. Free snacks and drinks will be available at the halfway point in Belgium.
There is no entry fee.
Saturday April 28, 2018, Adel, Iowa--183 miles
Island Park and Campground, 2400 Nantucket Road, Adel, Iowa
This is not a race, this a 100k/62 mile fairly hilly, mostly gravel fun ride. This is a self-supported, on-your-own type of semi-organized ride. The expectation is a group of people who want a fairly challenging ride, but also could care less about finishing first or last. The route will take you past four of the famous Bridges of Madison County. Just over 3,000 feet of elevation. Nearly 70-80% gravel. Also expected? Lots of BS, sarcasm, shenanigans and a good time.
Illiniwek Forest Preserve in Hampton, IL.
The course consists of a 5 mile loop of wooded singletrack along the Mississippi River bluffs. These trails are jam packed with flowing corners, large berms, and ripping descents that are sure to please riders of all skill levels! There are also multiple sections of doubletrack per lap to make passing easier. The race course will be marked and available for pre-riding Saturday afternoon before the event.
Offering seven race classes including a free kids race, there is cash payouts in the top four classes. Preregistration and more information is at www.qcforc.org
Tour De Brew is a 40+ mile bike ride along the Mighty Mississippi River based in the Quad Cities. The scenic bike ride boast great views of the river and country side as cyclist traverse the bike path between Illinois and Iowa.
The 2018 ride will feature the MOST number of brew stops since its 2014 inaugural ride. With a total of 12 stops and over 40 miles of bike path to ride, the tour will also return to Port Byron!
Register at www.qctourdebrew.com
Friday, May 25, 2018
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Sunday, May 27, 2018
Registration is open for the 2018 Kwik Star Criteriam at www.quadcitiescriterium.com or day of registration will be available at the Village Theater at 2113 E. 11th St. Davenport.
The Kwik Star Criterium, contested each year on Memorial Day, provides a challenging and exciting course in the Village of East Davenport. This setting gives cyclists from across the U.S., Canada, and Europe as well as fans alike a great day of racing and fun.
This full day of 12 races features competitive men and women riders from novice to professional on a hilly course providing exciting chases and thrilling speeds. There will also be a free Kids Race The Village bars and restaurants are opening up shop to all spectators and racers for food and refreshments with many providing outdoor viewing areas and beer gardens! A Kids Play Area with a bouncy house will be available.
Saturday June 9-Sunday June 10, 2018, Bettendorf/Goose Lake to Dubuque--local
Saturday: Bettendorf to Dubuque-106 miles or Goose Lake to Dubuque-69 miles
Sunday: Dubuque to Goose Lake-46 miles or Dubuque to Bettendorf-90 miles
A Midwest cycling tradition since 1978, every year thousands of cyclists enjoy this well-supported, challenging two-day ride on scenic roads through Midwest farmland and along the Mississippi River. Whether you are an experienced rider or just getting started, you're invited to experience a great weekend of riding.
Swim 600 yards, Bike 15 miles, Run 3.1 miles
Conveniently located at Davenport, Iowa's West Lake Park
Individual: $73 registration (USAT membership number required)
2 or 3-Person Team: $140 registration (USAT membership number required)
If you cancel your registration on or before April 19th,
you will lose $10.00 plus all online processing fees.
(This applies to Team or Individual)
There are no refunds or cancellations after April 19th.
You are Not allowed to transfer, give, or sell your entry
to another person. If you cancel your entry, we will open your spot
to the next individual or team on the waiting list.
Saturday Aug. 5th, 2018: 500 yard swim - 15 mile bike - 5k run
Race as an individual or team, $45 or $90. Prices increase by $10 after June 1st. The event will be capped at 250 participants.
The Starved Rock Cycling Association presents the 29th Annual Pumpkin Pie Ride Sunday, Oct. 7th, 2018. Registration prior to 9/15/18 is $23 for adults, $5 kids 12 and under.
Routes include (but are not limited to) 27, 45, 66 or 103 miles along lightly traveled roads and rolling hills. Registration opens at 7am, 103 mile riders are encouraged to start by 7:15am, all rest stops close at 3 pm and SAG ends for all riders at 3:30 pm.
Visit www.starvedrockcycling.com for more information.
The Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa--July 22-28, 2018, will begin Sunday in Onawa and end the following Saturday in Davenport.