Do you want to help Davenport GO? If you are a runner, pedestrian, cyclist, or seeking better connections to access the transit system, the City of Davenport wants to hear from you!!

The City of Davenport is seeking public input to shape the City's pedestrian, bicycle and shared-use trail environment for its multi-modal transportation plan, Davenport GO. Visit www.davenportgo.com to share your thoughts!

The Davenport GO website will be the source to find project updates, schedules and reports as they become available.
The 2017 time trial series will begin in June. This years' events will be 3 races of different lengths, in different locations. These races are excellent training for Tri-athletes or anyone into time trial racing.

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This year's spring tailwind had a new route starting from Dyersville, Iowa. Once in Dyersville, we got the trucks unloaded and all the riders on their way by 10:00am. We had 86 riders sign up and 80 rode. The wind was NNE at 12-14mph at the start and turning to straight north as the ride went on. The day was sunny with temps around 60-degrees. The route was a little hilly at the start so the lunch stop in Lost Nation midway in to the ride was a welcome break.

There is no way we could put on such a unique ride without a lot of support. Thanks to Kevin Smith for checking everyone in, Janette Harrington for getting the all the food and supplies for the SAG as well as organizing it, John Harrington and Melinda Thompson for helping to setup the SAG, and Becky Luth and Braden Schlough for manning the SAG while the riders came through. Thanks to Joe Jamison for providing the storage trailer again and a big thanks to Dave Thompson for designing and marking the route.

Please join us for our next fun Fall Tailwind on Saturday, October 7th.

Don Luth
QCBC Ride of Silence
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
6:00 pm
Starting at Schwiebert Park, Rock Island
Bring bike, helmet, lights, high-vis clothing

Purpose is to Honor those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways.

We will "light the night", riding 8-10 miles in silence, at a maximum speed of 12 mph. This year's ride will be dedicated to Robert Moldenhauer - "The Can Man".

Learn more about Ride of Silence which is held worldwide.
The third annual Grace Lutheran "Bike Blessing" will be held on Sunday, May 28, 2017 from 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM. The event will be held in the north parking lot of the church at 1140 E. High St. in Davenport.

If you can't bring your bike, bring your helmet for a blessing. Adults and children are welcome. Information on safety and maintenance will be available. For those who would like to worship with us, we have a traditional service at 8:30 AM and a contemporary service at 10:30 AM.

For more information visit www.gracewelcomesyou.org.

Grace Lutheran thanks Thrivent Financial for their financial support of this event and the Quad Cities Bike Club for passing on this information to its members.
Transportation runs Dennis Platt's life.

Every weekday evening, the 59-year-old Davenport resident rides his bicycle to work in Rock Island, about 7 miles. He then drives a semi overnight to Indiana and back, about a 450-mile round trip. The next morning, within 12 hours of his takeoff, he finishes his commute with a 7-mile bike ride home.

"It's something I always had wanted to do," said Platt, referring to his commute on two wheels and his truck-driving lifestyle.

Last Thursday, however, he took a night off. Instead of following his normal routine, Platt used a vacation day to lead an organized night ride through the streets of Rock Island in hopes of educating cyclists and motorists about safely sharing the road.
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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.
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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
309-737-8429
mathiasdebdean@peoplepc.com
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
ntruesdell@riveraction.org
563-322-2969
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
jwhjkh@gmail.com
563-940-6023

Carl Rick
Kwik Trip, Inc.
crick@kwiktrip.com
608-791-7344