After years of planning and investments, the city of Bettendorf has become one of only five cities in Iowa to reach bronze-level status as a Bicycle Friendly Community, the League of American Bicyclists announced Monday.

Bettendorf, now the most-"bikeable" community in the Quad-Cities according to the national organization, joins Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and University Heights with bronze designations.

The upcoming 2016 QCBC Criterium will be held on Monday, May 30 and we are adding a new feature that will hopefully attract more race teams. In conjunction with the Melon City Criterium in Muscatine, we are looking for host families to house both men and women racers who will travel to Iowa in May for one or two days of bike racing. Host families would house racers on Sunday, May 29 for our local Criterium and if possible, on Saturday, May 28 for the Muscatine race.

What does being a Host Family entail? We ask you to provide:
  • a comfortable sleeping space, bed or air bed
  • the use of a bathroom and shower
  • use of kitchen to prepare meals
  • counter and refrigerator space
  • use of your washer and dryer
  • a secure place for the cyclist(s) to store their bicycle at night
Note: You are NOT expected to provide food or transportation.
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John and I hosted 4 young male riders from the Midwest last year and they were great guests. They were able to eat dinner with us a couple of times and we got to hear the inside scoop on their riding experiences as well as team racing tactics. Because they were "our team", we went to their race in Muscatine that Sunday to cheer them on and of course we supported them at our Criterium on Monday.

Many racing teams have a very small budget so providing housing relieves them of a big expense. Please consider being a host family and ask your neighbors if they would like to host as well. This will allow teams to stay in the same local area. We will start putting the host family list together in January 2016.

Look for more detailed information on the QCBC website and if you have any questions, you can contact me at

Janette Harrington

The League of Illinois Cyclists is excited to introduce themselves as Ride Illinois. It's a name that reflects the growing popularity of bicycling statewide and aligns a broad range of people with their mission. It's a name that clearly demonstrates what happens when their work succeeds and bicycling becomes safer and more accessible across the state. It's an action-oriented name that embodies the goal of their organization and will inspire everyone who rides a bike to Ride Illinois.

TOMRV is the Tour Of the Mississippi River Valley, a Midwest cycling tradition since 1978. Every year 1,500 bicycling enthusiasts come to ride the TOMRV tour. They enjoy a well supported, challenging ride on scenic roads, through Midwest farmland, and along the Mississippi River.

RAGBRAI, the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, is a seven-day bicycle ride across the state. Heading into its 44th year, RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest and longest bicycle touring event in the world. The Quad Cities Bicycle Club RAGBRAI Charter provides "quiet" family friendly campsites. Our reserved campsites for the week include cold beverages for sale, multi- tier charging stations, new floor pumps, basic tools and our camp's own private, portable sanitation units (KYBOS) in-camp at each overnight town.

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We finally have a Design we are ready to show the world! YEAH. It took a number of months collecting various graphics files, figuring out colors, etc. The design of the NEW 2016 QCBC Jersey is different from what we have had in the past.

The main graphic feature on the front and the back of the jersey was based off of a photograph Ken Urban took of the Centennial Bridge from LeClaire Park in downtown Davenport earlier this year. The Quad Cities is a river based area and we wanted to portray that in the jersey design. A silhouette of 3 Riders appears along the Riverfront Trail. Green and blue are the main colors.

The back of the jersey states that our club was established in 1964, over 50 years ago. The logo below this wording is our club logo (the letters QCBC forming a cyclist). The event logos on the pockets are from the 2105 events of the QC Criterium, TOMRV (Tour of the Mississippi River Valley) and the Heartland Century.

The right sleeve contains an outline of the states of Iowa and Illinois with a star in the center indicating the location of the Quad Cities. The left sleeve features a graphic that Ken Urban, Deb Rogers and Shelly Brown (from Des Moines) created to represent the arches of the Centennial Bridge using bicycle parts and the waters of the Mississippi River below.

46 people met on a cool and very windy morning at the east end of the Ben Butterworth Parkway. The bikes were loaded on the truck and we all hopped on the bus and headed east to Shabbona Lake State Park near DeKalb, Illinois.

When we got to Shabbona Lake State Park the wind was blowing at 24 mph and was supposed to gust at 35 mph during the ride. The skies were overcast for a chilling start but about an hour into the ride, the sun started shining and it warmed up nicely.

We had a recumbent rider and a father with his 7-year old son on a tandem bike riding on this Century. We even had someone visiting from Connecticut who rode the tailwind with her son.

Thanks to Dave Thompson for coming up with a new, very flat route based on this ENE wind and marking the roads for us. Thanks again to Kevin Smith for checking everyone in and Janette Harrington and Denise Clark for all the good food and manning the SAG stop at Prophetstown State Park. Another thanks to Janette for gathering all the food and drinks for the SAG. Thanks to Joe Jamison for the use of his trailer.

Please come and join us for the Spring Tailwind in early May.

Don Luth


November 26, 2015
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