Jeff Bradley used to wait at the edge of the driveway as his dad, Mel, and older sister, Debie, rode off on their bikes on a training ride.

Marlene Bradley, Jeff's mother, remembers it all very well.

Jeff, only 8 years old at the time, wanted so badly to join them.

In about a year or so, he was soon riding with them on long training rides in a sport that 18 years later - in 1987 - would see him ride in the sport's premier event, the Tour de France. Three years earlier, he was an alternate for the U.S. in the 1984 Olympics for the four-man team time trials event.

Bradley, the premier cyclist in the history of the Quad-Cities, will be enshrined May 3 in the Quad-City Sports Hall of Fame in ceremonies at the 36th annual Quad-City Times Salute to Sports at Bettenforf High School Performing Arts Center.
Ready for May and Bike Month and Bike to Work Week (May 15 - May 19th)?

Stepping Stones to Bicycling for Commuting/Transportation Workshop

This is the first of three similar workshops, one per each week leading up to Bike to Work Week, to help energize new commuters by providing a bridge to the commuting experience.

Locations and times for the other two "Stepping Stones to Bicycling for Commuting/Transportation" will be forthcoming on the QCBC website and Facebook.
  • Wednesday, April 26th, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Fresh Deli... 421 West River Drive...Davenport
  • Any and all interested in gaining a tip or two about bicycling for commuting/transportation during Bike to Work Week and beyond!
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If you are a current/past cycling commuter feel free to join us and pass on those "lessons learned"!

We will have Metro maps on hand to help you plan your route!

Cost? No participation cost but as a courtesy you may want to purchase a beverage, etc.

Ride or bring your bike so we can talk commuting/transportation specifics.

Please send an email to me at or via my Facebook if you can attend the Wednesday, April 26, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m workshop. I will be at Fresh Deli at 3:00 p.m. on April 26th to catch a bite to eat if you want to stop in prior to the official start of the workshop.

Workshop presenter: Dean "Bareback" Mathias of the QCBC and QC TAG with the indispensible help of any and every available cycling commuter!

Bareback 309-737-8429
The annual Get Out And Trail ride (GOAT) sponsored by the Davenport, Bettendorf, Moline, and Rock Island Parks will be held Saturday, May 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on area QC trails. There is no fee to participate as a walker, jogger, or cyclist. The QCBC will have their usual table for information and refreshment off of the Government Bridge on the Davenport Mississippi River Trail.

If you would like to help at the table for some or all the time and/ or donate some snacks, water, drink, or ALL of the above, please contact

Dean "Bareback" Mathias

Great way to meet a wide spectrum of trail uses. Thank you QCBC! Bareback
Here is how you can help...
  • Sunday, May 28th afternoon pre-set up
  • Course set up and tear down
  • Work one of 4 shifts during the Crit as a Crossing or Corner Marshal or be a Flagger.
  • Volunteer to work two shifts or all shifts as an at-large helper to fill in any gaps that occur
  • Be a Post Crit trash clean-up leader or volunteer to tidy up the course afterwards
  • Support of working volunteers...making sure volunteers have...water...snacks
Join us at our annual pre-Crit meeting with all volunteers at the Mounds St. entrance of 11th St. Precinct on Tuesday, May 2nd.

I will be there at 5:00. Pizza will start at 5:30 and the official beginning time will be 6:00 p.m.

Contact Dean "Bareback" Mathias
How you can help during Bike to Work Week and build the QC bike culture.
  • Volunteers are needed during Bike to Work Week Monday, May 15, through Friday, May 19th to help at energizing stations.
  • Sponsor a day of snacks and drinks at a particular energizing station.
  • Donate apples and oranges and snacks for the energizing stations.
  • Be a energizing station leader and help to expand the number of stations we have.
Contact Dean "Bareback" Mathias
River Action is looking for individuals and teams to help assemble specially adapted Tryke's, for physically challenged children. The QCBC helped to fund one of the trykes.

The trykes will be assembled with volunteer help on Saturday, June 17th, at Ride the River's Packet Pick-Up at the Quad City Times. You will need to bring tools! Trykes vary in design.

If you would like to help individually or put together your own team of volunteers for wrenching, contact
Noah Truesdell
VILLAGE OF EAST DAVENPORT, Iowa, March 8, 2017 - The Quad Cities Criterium, an annual Memorial Day weekend tradition run by the Quad Cities Bicycle Club, will be known as the Kwik Star Criterium this year as Kwik Trip, Inc. has signed on as title sponsor.

"Kwik Star is proud to be involved with the Quad Cities Criterium. The race has a great history and long tradition so we are grateful for the opportunity to help support an event which benefits the Quad Cities and our surrounding communities," said Carl Rick, Public Relations Specialist and Third Generation Owner of Kwik Trip, Inc.

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"We are excited to have Kwik Star become the title sponsor of the Quad Cities Criterium, a staple of Midwest bike racing for many years," said Quad Cities Bicycle Club member John Harrington. "While our race draws racers from all over the country, the core of our ridership and spectators are from Iowa and the surrounding states."

The Quad Cities Criterium was first run as the Moline Criterium in 1965 and has evolved over the years, eventually landing on Memorial Day in 1975. Since then it has joined with other area races to form the Memorial Day Bike Race Weekend series.

In 2014 the race moved to its current location in the Village of East Davenport and features a challenging hilly circuit. New for 2017, all of the weekend races are part of the Midwest Flyover Series, which consists of bike races in Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri and Minnesota, and features overall prize purses for each category.

About Kwik Trip, Inc.

Kwik Trip, Inc. operates its Iowa stores under the Kwik Star banner and is one of the largest independently held convenience store chains in the United States, with more than 550 Kwik Trip and Kwik Star stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa and employs over 18,000 people. In 2016, Kwik Star was ranked #1 on the Des Moines RegisterŐs Top Work Places list by its 1700 co-workers in Iowa. They currently operate six Kwik Stars and one Kwik Star Express in the Quad Cities area.

For More Information:

John Harrington
Quad Cities Bicycle Club

Carl Rick
Kwik Trip, Inc.
Would you like to learn CPR or refresh your skills? You never know when the knowledge you have may be needed to save the life of another. Will you be ready when your child, spouse, parent or friend needs someone to provide CPR?

Classroom Training

Genesis - Genesis provides CPR training at least monthly at various locations around the Quad Cities. Minimum cost is $30 without book. Classes are from 5-7 pm with a follow on class of First Aid from 7-10 pm. Class registration is conducted on line.

United Point Health - Trinity does CPR/AED training monthly also. Cost is $50. Which includes the AED training. Classes are conducted at the Jardine Center in Rock Island from 8-10 am. Class registration is conducted on line.

Henry County Health Department - conducts a class on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Health Department building in Kewanee. Cost for March & April class- $35, The cost goes to $45 in May. Classes are from 4:30-7:30. Class size is limited. Call 309-852-0197 ext. 222 to register.

Black Hawk College - American Heart Association CPR classes are offered at various times from March through May 5th. Cost is $55. Register at http://www.

Online Classes

American Red Cross - offers on line classes for $25.00 Register for classes at

American CPR Care Assoc - offers on line classes for $19.99 or less. Register for classes at

American Healthcare Academy - offers on line classes for $19.99. Register for class at

There are many options available to learn a skill that can save a life. Now it's up to you to step up and get the training.
Come join us for the Spring Tailwind Ride and start your 2017 by riding a Century.

It will be held Saturday, May 6th. Registration for this ride will be open from April 3rd through April 30th through Get Me Registered. The entry fee is $35.