Not only is the Quad-Cities Bicycle Club celebrating Davenport being the end point of an iconic bicycle ride, but also it's celebrating an award for being such a vital part of the legendary Iowa trek.

John Harrington of Bettendorf, club president, is elated that the club has earned the RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) Riders Cup. The award was given out Saturday in Des Moines simultaneous with the announcement that the end point for RAGBRAI once again will be Davenport - the same day that thousands of runners be on hand for the annual Quad-City Times Bix 7 race.
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Overnight towns:

Sioux City, Storm Lake, Fort Dodge. Eldora, Cedar Falls, Hiawatha, Coralville, Davenport

The Quad Cities Bicycle Club invites you to join them on the following Winter Hikes during February. All you need are a pair of hiking boots or other sturdy shoes, something to carry a small container of water in and a snack. If there is snow on the ground, please feel free to wear your snowshoes or spikes.

We'll plan to hike for 1.5 - 2.0 hours, depending upon the interest of the group. Come out and join the group as we engage in a "cross training" activity.

The hike at Matthiessen State Park near Utica, IL on February 8th will be a joint Winter Hike with the Elmhurst Bicycle Club. George and Pussanee (EBC) will lead a group on and off trail. They are very familiar with this park and will include some challenging segments.

A second group lead by Kathy Storm (QCBC) will stick to the marked trails. Participants can hike with either group depending upon the type of workout they are looking for. After 3 - 4 hours the 2 groups will meet up in Utica for a late lunch. Please bring ample water and snacks for this longer hike.
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Sunday, February 8th

Time:10:00am
Location:Matthiessen State Park
(Southwest of Utica, IL - about 90 miles from Davenport)
Interstate 80 to Exit 81. Rt. 178 to Utica, IL then five miles south on Rt 178
Meet at main parking lot off IL 178
Leaders:Kathy Storm - QCBC
kbstorm@aol.com
563-340-2142 - C

George & Pussanee Pastorino - EBC
george.pastorino@gmail.com
708-903-8700 - C

Saturday, February 28th

Time:1:00pm
Location:Illiniweek Park
Hampton, IL
Meet at The Parking Lot on the east side, closest to the Hiking Trails
Leader:Kathy Storm
kbstorm@aol.com
563-340-2142 - C

The TOMRV pages have been updated with 2015 registration prices and motel information. On-line registration will open Feb 1 at 6:00 CST.

The Quad Cities Bicycle Club, the sixth-largest cycling club in the United States, celebrated their 50th Anniversary this past year while also celebrating the life of one of the most memorable riders who helped shaped the club. The Quad Cities Bicycle Club is this year's winner of the prestigious 2014 RAGBRAI Rider Cup.

It was quite a year for the club that boasts over 1,200 members from both sides of the Mississippi River from honoring the late Carter LeBeau on "Carter LeBeau Day" on RAGBRAI to hosting the "Carter LeBeau Tribute Ride" this past September. The club also hosts four RAGBRAI Training Rides leading up to the big summer event, RAGBRAI for Rookies seminars and fundraisers for the Dream Team and other worthy causes. The QCBC is also always willing to help out from serving as RIDE RIGHT ambassadors on the road during RAGBRAI, fixing flats and repairing bikes or volunteering to lead morning bike rides during the National Bicycle Tourism Conference.

"This is quite an honor!" exclaimed Dixon Novy, the Quad Cities Bicycle Club liaison to RAGBRAI. "We really enjoy being involved with RAGBRAI, especially our work to help with the Dream Team."

For the past twenty three years, the Rider Cup Award has been presented to the club or team that best promotes the RIDE RIGHT philosophy before and during RAGBRAI. The Rider Cup will be presented to the Quad Cities Bicycle Club at the RAGBRAI Route Announcement Party on Saturday, January 24, 2015 in Des Moines.
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Well it is time to start planning for this year's Challenge Ride, and I am finding it hard to believe it will be the Tenth Annual Challenge Ride. So on August 15, 2015 we will be ready for everyone to enjoy all of the interesting routes from Wilton IA to the Wapsi River area and back. With the ride shifted to August we have found not only warmer weather, but some fairer skies. Last year we were teased with promised rain but were lucky enough to have mother nature on our side with some fair skies and winds. As always it will start and end at the Wilton, IA, Swim-Play Park. With this being the tenth year of this ride, I am once again hoping that it will be bigger and better than past years. Plus I hope to raise more money for the boy's ranch.
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