Cruisin' the Celtic Isles
Saturday March 19th
9 a.m.
East End of Ben Butterworth
25 miles

Ride leaders:
Ray Morrison 210-3550
Mark Doeckel 752-3033

Before October, Lisa Miller hadn't hopped on her bicycle for an extended cruise for about a decade.

She and her husband rode the Great River Trail from Empire Park in Hampton and pedaled into Port Byron and back along the Mississippi River, about a 20-mile trip.

Miller, who works with data, mapping and graphics as the director of GIS, or Graphic Information Services, at Bi-State Regional Commission, credited a work project for her inspiration.

Last April, Miller began developing a digital and interactive platform that promotes the network of recreational trails - more than 200 miles worth - in the Quad-City area.

"It got us active, so hopefully it motivates others, too," said Miller, who helped launch the mobile-friendly website, QCTrails.org , last week.
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QCBC members, please take the time to read the following information and then contact the legislators to ask them to support this important piece of legislation. This proposed passing law would help to keep all of us safer as we use the roadways in Iowa. Feel free to share this with all who would be supporters of this bill.

Jim Hudson


ACTION ALERT: Change Lanes To Pass Bicycles
Filed in Iowa Senate

Iowa Senator Bill Dotzler (D-31) has filed SF2076, the "Change Lanes to Pass Bicycles" bill. It would require motor vehicles to use the opposite side of the road or an adjacent travel lane to pass people on bicycles.

EMAIL REQUEST: Send an email to the following in the Iowa Senate Transportation Committee. ACT NOW, the first funnel date is February 19.
Copy and paste these email addresses:

tod.bowman@legis.iowa.gov, robert.dvorsky@legis.iowa.gov,tim.kapucian@legis.iowa.gov, chris.brase@legis.iowa.gov,michael.breitbach@legis.iowa.gov, jeffdanielson@gmail.com,dick.dearden@legis.iowa.gov, randy.feenstra@legis.iowa.gov,wally.horn@legis.iowa.gov, tim.kraayenbrink@legis.iowa.gov,matt.mccoy@legis.iowa.gov, herman.quirmbach@legis.iowa.gov,roby.smith@legis.iowa.gov

MESSAGE: Please write in your own words why changing lanes to pass is a good law. A few points:
  • Easy to teach, enforce, and follow.
  • Consistent with law for passing motor vehicles.
  • Already in the DOT driver's manual.
  • 50% of fatal bicycle crashes in the past 10 years are overtaking crashes
Get more info at www.iowabicyclecoalition.org/legislation

The Quad Cities Bicycle Club (QCBC) is hosting a contest to design the Quad Cities Criterium T-shirt. The objective of the contest is to come up with a design for T-shirts that will positively reflect the QCBC Criterium. T-shirts sales will contribute to QCBC's fund raising efforts.
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Has anyone lost a vintage Paramount recently, or had taken from them? I have a description of one being ridden by someone who claims to have paid $30 for it, so I think it is stolen. It has a gatorskin front tire, so I know it hasn't been removed from its original owner too long.

Don
563-349-8181

Glenwood, Shenandoah, Creston, Leon, Centerville, Ottawa, Washington, Muscatine.

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Please note the change of the date of this meeting.
  • Tuesday, March 8th at 7 pm
  • Moe's Burgers and Brews
  • 1524 4th Ave.
  • Rock Island, IL
Please join us for a short meeting, dinner and beverages followed by a guest speaker.

The speaker will be Mark Wyatt, the Executive Director of the Iowa Bicycle Coalition.

Hope to see you there. If you have questions, please call me.

Denise Duethman Haussler
309-721-7276

Seventy-five thousand miles is long enough to cross the United States about 25 times. Long enough to circle the equator - three times.

And for 75 years, 75,000 miles was long enough to be legendary. Or more specifically, it was 75,065 miles - the miles-biked-in-a-year record set by Tommy Godwin in 1939 and never broken since.

But on Monday, a man named Kurt Searvogel pedaled past that mark. On Saturday - the last day of his year of extraordinary biking - he's pushing towards 76,066, a full thousand miles further than Godwin's legendary feat.
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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 jkhjwh@gmail.com.

Janette Harrington

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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.
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