I have been trying to find someone to help with a QCBC info table at the Davenport Grace Lutheran Blessings of the Bikes on Sunday, May 31st.

Deb and I will be in Decorah, Iowa and would like to have someone from the QCBC help with the following request from Carol Keller.

Also QCBC members and the general public are invited to attend to have their bikes blessed for RAGBRAI, and riding in general. If it is raining and too wet to ride, Carol had a great idea for cyclists to drive and bring their helmets to be blessed. Might as well bless them both! I could use all the blessings I can get!

Any volunteers can contact me. I don't want to let Carol down!

Bareback 309-737-8429

Hi Dean -

Here is what we are planning for the Blessing of the Bikes at Grace Lutheran Church for Sunday, May 31st.
  1. Grace Lutheran Church address: 1140 East High Street, Davenport, Iowa. (At the corner of Bridge & High Streets)
  2. We will start to gather at 9:30 am in the west parking lot. The "Blessing" will be at 10:00 am.
  3. We will have a table for your group with information on:
    Bicycle safety (for kids & adults)
    Bike paths/trails in the QC
    Commuting to work
    Anything else you can think of
  4. Church services are at 8:30 am & 11:00 am. Everyone is welcome to join us in worship.
  5. Thank you for the "RIDE YOUR BIKE TO CHURCH" idea. This is part of our outreach to the community.
Thank you for your help.

Carol Keller
Home 332-7025

The QCBCs first Time Trial was held on May 12th. We had 19 riders race the 20K course. The wind was really howling and temperatures were in the low 60s, making for a very challenging race.

72 people met on a beautiful morning at the east end of the Ben Butterworth Parkway, hopped onto two buses and headed to our starting point at Niota, Illinois. Thank you to Kevin Smith for checking everyone in. We had a slight snafu with one of the buses getting lost and that group started 10-15 minutes later than the first bus. Once on the road it was smooth sailing with this southwest route being very flat for the first 50 plus miles. Our SAG stop was 64 miles in, at Aledo, where Janette and Justin Harrington and Denise Clark greeted us with big smiles and lots of food and drinks. Thank you guys for a great SAG. It's so appreciated. After leaving the SAG, the terrain turned into rolling hills until we reached Milan where things flattened out again. The winds gradually picked up as the day went along. We experienced nice tailwinds with some cross winds on the east sections. Many thanks to Dave Thompson and Janette Harrington for marking our route and Joe Jamison for the use of his trailer. Hope to see you at the fall tailwind on Saturday October 3rd.

Don Luth

Do you have a touring bike but do not have the time for a long self-contained bike tour? Then maybe a weekend touring ride may be just for you.

Leonard Jefferson will be leading a weekend self-contained touring ride from the Davenport Rhythm City Casino to the Rock Creek Marina& Campground in Clinton County County, Iowa on Sat Jun 6- Sun Jun 7, 2015. Total distance is 28 miles each way.

Self-contained bicycle touring is where you carry your own gear on your bike to include food, cooking equipment, and a tent for camping with no vehicle support.

For details and route information, please contact Leonard at (563) 209-7715 or email at jefferslx@msn.com.

May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling - and encourage more folks to giving biking a try. Whether you bike to work or school; ride to save money or time; pump those pedals to preserve your health or the environment; or simply bike to explore your community, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride.

May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. May 11-15 is Bike to Work Week. QCBC was interested in gathering statistics about bicycle commuting by our club members. Thank you to all who took time away from your bicycling to participate in the survey. For others, we hope you will find something here that will inspire you to do more commuting by bicycle in addition to miles you may already ride for recreation. No better time to start than now!

A total of 174 QCBC members responded to the survey. 54 members responded that they currently commute to work. The charts below present statistics for our work commuter members. In addition, 4 members responded that they are retired but had some pretty amazing days of commuting during their working years.

A number of members responded about experiences with other commuting. Bicycle commuting does not just mean an alternative means for getting to work!

Read on for some great reasons and advice from fellow cyclists for commuting by bicycle!

Beginner Rides - Thursdays @ 5:30pm

This is a ride that we will ride 30-45 minutes out in one direction and then turn around and come back. This will be at the pace of the group. No rider will be dropped.

For those that would like to be included on the weekly email, please send your request to lyndsey.elbahi@hotmail.com.

Thank you!


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