BMX Illinois State Qualifier $500 Open: Sunday, August 30!

East Moline BMX Speedway will be featuring 2015 triple points Illinois qualifiers. The $500 cash open, sponsored by QCBC, will again be brutally competitive for all ages. In 2014, Sean Thompson, 44, took first, with race director Paul DePauw 45, in third.

Over 250 very quick riders from Illinois & surrounding states are expected, in what is becoming a Midwest classic BMX race. Registration is from 11:00 AM to 12:30PM, with races to follow ASAP.

On Saturday, August 29, Pre Race Double points registration is from 5:30PM to 7PM, followed by races.

Spectating and parking near Rock Island County Fairgrounds are free!

For further information call 309-791-1670 or see

Come join us for 2015 Fall Tailwind Century Ride which will be held Saturday, October 3rd.

Ride like the wind. It's fun and very rewarding to ride 100 miles with the wind at your back. A bus will take the riders out 100 miles and we will ride back to the Quad Cities.

This year's Chili Ride will be held Sunday, Oct. 18th and will start and end at Bettendorf's Middle Park Lagoon shelter.
  • The fast and mid paced rides will start at 9 a.m.
  • The leisure/social ride will start at 10 a.m.

The 2015 edition of the Heartland Century will be happening again with 2 distance options of roughly 60 and 100 miles. Both courses start at Illiniwek Park in Illinois. There will be a sag stop in Geneseo at the Gazebo in the city park, for the short route, and you'll hit it twice for the long route. The lunch stop for the long route will be in Andover. Both stops will be stocked with Sandwiches, fruits, beverages and energy bars, and there will be Snacks at the end also.

Let's Move Quad Cities caught up with Leonard Jefferson, III of Davenport while he was taking a short break on the road during Day 2 of RAGBRAI. He's an experienced and enthusiastic rider and has some helpful words of advice for those riders who get a little hot on the pavement in the middle of July.

Melon City Bike Club is hosting a new type of Ride and/or Century and we are calling it the "Melon City Fundo" A "Fondo" is an Italian term from the early 1900s meaning great distance or great endurance. It can be a full-on race or just a ride. It is both a sporting event and a cultural experience. So we are calling our ride a "Fundo" instead of a fondo. This ride will be 25 miles in distance. You can ride the same loop one time or up to four times.

For those early morning people, you can start as early as 7:30 a.m. Otherwise, sleep in and ride later. This ride does not require an entry fee, you don't wear a timing chip on your shoe, and there are no post-ride-t-shirts. You don't even have to sign up. Just show up and ride. However, we would like everyone to be finished riding by 4:00 p.m.

RAGBRAI, Day 3 - I had biked alongside Dean Mathias for maybe a few hundred feet Tuesday morning when he insisted that we pull to the side of the road so he could oil my dry chain.

I hadn't even noticed the persistent squeak. But spotting the breakdowns and frailties of his fellow riders is this guy's self-proclaimed mission.

Mathias, 64, from Milan, Ill., is popularly known by his nickname "Bareback" because he rides without a bike seat.

You read that correctly: He stands the entire time he pedals. As he has done for 4,000 miles already this year. As he does for an average of 10 miles daily, even through a Midwest winter.

He has ridden 17 consecutive RAGBRAIs and rode a few before his current streak.

He went seatless after he switched to riding a mountain bike and realized that he couldn't keep pace with his road-bike buddies unless he stood.

But Mathias, who rides with the massive, historic Quad Cities Bicycle Club - 51 years old and 328 strong in its charter this year - is much more than that.

Dear QCBC Members,

Each year the Quad Cities Bicycle Club edits, prints and mails a 60+ page General Information and Membership Directory to each member. The Directory includes contact information for Board Members and Key Contacts, general information about the club, our rides and cycling laws. It also includes the names and addresses of members that chose to be in the Directory. Because of the time and expense it takes to produce the Directory, we are surveying our membership with a few questions. It takes less than 5 minutes to take this anonymous survey.

Thanks for your help,
John Harrington
QCBC President

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