Submitted by: Don Luth
Our ride got moved from Saturday to Sunday due to rain. Sunday turned out to be a beautiful day with bright sunshine and light winds to start. Those winds increased as the day progressed to push us home. The 33 riders started in Lewistown, Illinois and our route included some lightly traveled highways but mostly county roads. We navigated through the Spoon River Drive Fall Festival for the first 30 or so miles, dodging cars as we rode through. The SAG was in the small town of Wataga where we had sub sandwiches, chips, cookies, fruit, drinks and other assorted goodies.

Big thanks to Janette Harrington for organizing the SAG and thanks to Becky Luth for helping to setup, serve food and tear down the SAG. Thanks to all the other volunteers that make this ride possible: John Harrington for helping Janette get the van loaded and setting up the SAG, Kevin Smith for checking everyone in, Dick Wolbers for helping load the bikes on the truck and driving the truck to Lewistown and Joe Jamison for the use of his trailer to store our blankets and bags. A big thank you to Dave Thompson for the route and going out Saturday dodging the rain and marking the course.

Come join in the fun on the Spring Tailwind May 2018.
Submitted by: Ken Urban
Do you have some favorite memories to share from QCBC rides and events from 2017? A digital slideshow is being put together that will play during the social hour at the QCBC Annual Banquet.

Please collect some of your favorite photos with a brief description. Forward to Ken Urban at by Friday, October 27.

Submitted by: Dave Thompson
It's time for the QCBC around the World awards for lifetime mileage.

We give out plaques starting at once around the world:
  • once: 25,000 miles
  • twice: 50,000 miles
  • 4 times: 100,000 miles
  • 6 times: 150,000 miles
  • 8 times: 200,000 miles
These miles don't necessarily have to be ridden as a QCBC member. If you have kept accurate records of outdoor riding, those miles count.

If you qualify, contact me by October 29, 2017 to let me know your mileage award.

The awards will be handed out at the annual dinner in November 2017. If you are not planning on attending, please let me know so I can get your award to you.

Contact info: David Thompson or 309-752-3266 leave a message. Anyone who has verbally informed me over the course of the year please call, text or email with and refresh my memory.
Submitted by: Dave Ring
Guest speaker Chris Sweet, from Illinois Wesleyan University is standing with an 1898 Sylph Model S bicycle. Chris will be the clubs featured speaker at the Sunday November 5th QCBC Annual Banquet being held at the Camden Centre in Milan IL. The event will kick off with a social hour from 4:00 - 5:00 pm followed by a buffet dinner from Bridge's Catering of Rock Island. Professor Chris Sweet will present "The History of Cycling in Illinois". In addition Steve Depron owner of Bike & Hike of Rock Island will have a display of vintage bike at the banquet.

Following Professor Sweet's presentation the club will recognize club members having ridden their first Century, Award of Merit, Volunteer of the Year, as well as the Hall of Fame recipient.

To register on line go to which is the Get Me Registered Web Site for this year's banquet. Attendees have until October 23rd to register at the $15.00 price. Online registration will then continue until October 29th at $20.00 per person. Club members wishing to register by mail must do so by October 23rd - send checks to QCBC Banquet 4814 Hamilton Drive, Davenport IA 52807. There will be no "walk-in" registration at the event.

For additional information contact Dave Ring at

Submitted by: Don Luth
This year's Chili Ride will be held Saturday, Oct. 21st and will start and end at Bettendorf's Middle Park Lagoon shelter (2098 Parkway Drive Bettendorf, Iowa 52722).
  • Fast and mid paced rides will start at 10 a.m.
  • Leisure/social ride will start at 11 a.m.