What we're about

We ride.

We're an organized, loosely structured group of cyclists who are "slightly" obsessed with cycling. We typically ride no matter the time, no matter the terrain, and no matter the weather. We enjoy all aspects of our sport - all aspects except haughty derision.

LC3 is based in, and operates out of Lake County IL. We host weekly group rides that challenge your abilities in an atmosphere of camaraderie and support. Ride with us and, over time, you'll become a better cyclist while making new friends.

If you're a developing rider interested in bettering your competence, confidence, and capacity, you may fit well here. We're an eclectic group of mixed heritage, culture, and gender that enjoys cycling events from charity sportives, to tours, to endurance rides.

Whatever the goal, fitness and fun are our objectives.

For more information - (https://www.meetup.com/Lake-County-Cycling-Collective/about/)

Upcoming events (4+)

Midweek Mischief • The Fellowship of the Wring • BCB...

Buffalo Creek Brewing

One wring to train them all. One wring to time them.
One wring to sap them all, and on the up-slopes grind them.

This week's Midweek Mischief ride is a joint effort between the LC3, Let's Ride!, and LCBG groups.

We're all starting at Buffalo Creek Brewery, at the same time. That way, whatever pace, "wrings you out", you're bound to find someone's wheel (or they'll find yours). Either way, ride like you're the Wring-Bearer and the Nazgul are on your wheel. The suffering only lasts an hour and a half, and it'll put your day (possibly your week) into proper perspective. Aprés Vélo...we'll hang out for beers.

For those who can make it, our next installment is planned thusly:

Training Ride - Intermediate. This is a drop ride (see Remarks below).

Time - Be at the start and ready to roll at the advertised time, sharp.

Distance - Approximately 30 miles.

Pace - A • 17mph average or better. This is an Intermediate training ride. While our actual rolling speed will vary with terrain, it'll generally be above our average.

Terrain - Varied, but generally flat with 2% - 3% grades.

Duration - approximately 1.5 hours

GPS Route - 25.LC3 • Long Grove Largo-Petit • BCB (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37522891)

Rest Stops - none planned.

See our Ride Guide for more information. (https://www.meetup.com/Lake-County-Cycling-Collective/pages/21924852/Ride_Guide/)

Remarks

• Guest riders - Non-member guest riders are generally welcome. However, if you invite and bring non-member guests, you're their ride leader. It's your responsibility to marshal your guests and stick with them if they can't keep up. First, it's not cool to your guests to leave them solo at the back. Second, it's not cool to expect the ride leader to focus their attention away from the regular group as a whole.

• Common courtesy - No spit, and no snot from the front of the line. If you have to clear the pipes come off the line, go to the rear, and do what you must. No-one wants to participate in your bodily fluids.

• Self sufficiency - You must be navigationally self sufficient. Download the route to your app of choice, or print the cue sheet.

• Stay with the group - The Ride Leader is the "front", even if they're behind everyone else. If you're off the front (i.e. ahead of the leader) and you go off course, or get lost...that's on you.

• Self support - We're On Our Own. Bring what you need for nutrition, hydration, mechanicals, and punctures.

• Drop - Gaps will open up, and when they do, they'll be difficult to close. We'll keep visual contact as much as possible, but everybody does hammer this ride and it is difficult...It's also fun. There are sections for recovery and we try to regroup before finishing, but such effort is opportunistic and ad-hoc. Whatever happens, we wait for everyone to finish before leaving at the end. Please be prepared to maintain the advertised pace for the entire distance.

• Pace groups - By consensus and based upon fitness, and ability. With enough riders who can lead, splitting into multiple, ad-hoc pace groups is possible. If you want to try this ride and you're unsure if you can keep the advertised pace, message the Host/Ride Leader and discuss your concerns. Sometimes accommodations can be made for developing riders.

• Foul weather cancellation - I'll cancel the ride only in the event of thunderstorms, or torrential rain at the time of the start. The call will be made day of. Confirm status here prior to traveling to the start.

• Safety - Helmets are required.

• Personal responsibility - Ride at your own risk.

• Self-awareness - Know your threshold. In my experience riders who haven't actually measured their average pace, typically underestimate their rolling speed, and overestimate their average speed. To help you decide whether you're up for this ride; be aware that while it is challenging, it's not impossible.

• The Tao of Cycling (https://www.meetup.com/Lake-County-Cycling-Collective/pages/21983176/The_Tao_of_Cycling/).

Ride of Crankenstein • Rollin' a Fatty.

Deer Grove Forest Preserve - No.5

Let's get into the woods, and roll a fatty. It's all perfectly legal, as a fat bike is neither contraband, nor a controlled substance.

This ride is suitable for any off-road "rig" you can control on wooded double-track and single-track (provided your rig of choice is a pedal powered bicycle).

We'll do this with limited attendance. If you RSVP yes, and your plans change, change your RSVP to NO so that your spot is available for someone else.

Anyway, our next RoC installment is planned thus:

Training Ride - Intermediate. No drop (see Remarks below). Be at the start and ready to roll at the advertised time, sharp.

Distance - 15-ish off-road miles (at least one full lap of the entire trail system).

Pace - Off Road | B • 5-6mph average, or better. While our actual rolling speed will vary with terrain, trail conditions, and weather; it'll generally be above our average (such is the nature of averages).

Terrain - Varied, wooded, double and single-track. Expect some punchy hill climbs, swift winding descents, and possibly close proximity obstacles.

Duration - Roughly 3 hours

Route - 15.LC3.OR • DG Perimeter Circuit 5 • DGFP | https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38011218

Rest Stops - All of the trails link to and through the parking area for any rest/replenishment you may need.

See our Ride Guide for more information. (https://www.meetup.com/Lake-County-Cycling-Collective/pages/21924852/Ride_Guide/)

Remarks

• Guest riders - Non-member guest riders are generally welcome. However, if you invite and bring non-member guests, you're their ride leader. It's your responsibility to marshal your guests and stick with them on challenging terrain. First, it's not cool to your guests to leave them solo, possibly stranded in the woods. Second, it's not cool to expect the ride leader to focus their attention away from the regular group as a whole.

• Self support - We're On Our Own. Bring what you need for nutrition, hydration, mechanicals, and punctures.

• No drop - Such a term has little meaning for single-track riding as it's very nature requires gaps. Regardless, we'll not leave anyone stranded in the woods.

• Pace groups - Not applicable to single-track riding.

• Foul weather cancellation - I rarely cancel rides. When I do, I make the call morning of. Confirm status here prior to traveling to the start.

• Safety - Helmets are required.

• Personal responsibility - Ride at your own risk.

• Self-awareness - Know your skill, and abilities. This is off-road riding, following the natural contours of the land, with punchy hills, winding descents, and close proximity obstacles.

• The Tao of Cycling (https://www.meetup.com/Lake-County-Cycling-Collective/pages/21983176/The_Tao_of_Cycling/)

Links

• Ride Guide (https://www.meetup.com/Lake-County-Cycling-Collective/pages/21924852/Ride_Guide/)

• LC3 RWGPS Route Library Portal (https://ridewithgps.com/groups/Lake-County-Cycling-Collective)

Mr. Moad's Wild Ride • Snow Your Roll...

Deer Grove Forest Preserve - No.5

Be a yeti, and snow your roll. There's not much, that's more fun, than riding a fat bike in the snow.

This ride is suitable for any off-road "rig" you can control on wooded double-track and single-track (provided your rig of choice is a pedal powered bicycle).

We'll do this with limited attendance. If you RSVP yes, and your plans change, change your RSVP to NO so that your spot is available for someone else.

Anyway, our next mMWR installment is planned thus:

Training Ride - Intermediate. No drop (see Remarks below). Be at the start and ready to roll at the advertised time, sharp.

Distance - 15-ish off-road miles (at least one full lap of the entire trail system).

Pace - Off Road | B • 5-6mph average, or better. While our actual rolling speed will vary with terrain, trail conditions, and weather; it'll generally be above our average (such is the nature of averages).

Terrain - Varied, wooded, double and single-track. Expect some punchy hill climbs, swift winding descents, and possibly close proximity obstacles.

Duration - Roughly 3 hours

Route - 15.LC3.OR • DG Perimeter Circuit 5 • DGFP | https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38011218

Rest Stops - All of the trails link to and through the parking area for any rest/replenishment you may need.

See our Ride Guide for more information. (https://www.meetup.com/Lake-County-Cycling-Collective/pages/21924852/Ride_Guide/)

Remarks

• Guest riders - Non-member guest riders are generally welcome. However, if you invite and bring non-member guests, you're their ride leader. It's your responsibility to marshal your guests and stick with them on challenging terrain. First, it's not cool to your guests to leave them solo, possibly stranded in the woods. Second, it's not cool to expect the ride leader to focus their attention away from the regular group as a whole.

• Self support - We're On Our Own. Bring what you need for nutrition, hydration, mechanicals, and punctures.

• No drop - Such a term has little meaning for single-track riding as it's very nature requires gaps. Regardless, we'll not leave anyone stranded in the woods.

• Pace groups - Not applicable to single-track riding.

• Foul weather cancellation - I rarely cancel rides. When I do, I make the call morning of. Confirm status here prior to traveling to the start.

• Safety - Helmets are required.

• Personal responsibility - Ride at your own risk.

• Self-awareness - Know your skill, and abilities. This is off-road riding, following the natural contours of the land, with punchy hills, winding descents, and close proximity obstacles.

• The Tao of Cycling (https://www.meetup.com/Lake-County-Cycling-Collective/pages/21983176/The_Tao_of_Cycling/)

Links

• Ride Guide (https://www.meetup.com/Lake-County-Cycling-Collective/pages/21924852/Ride_Guide/)

• LC3 RWGPS Route Library Portal (https://ridewithgps.com/groups/Lake-County-Cycling-Collective)

Midweek Mischief • The Fellowship of the Wring • BCB...

Buffalo Creek Brewing

One wring to train them all. One wring to time them.
One wring to sap them all, and on the up-slopes grind them.

This week's Midweek Mischief ride is a joint effort between the LC3, Let's Ride!, and LCBG groups.

We're all starting at Buffalo Creek Brewery, at the same time. That way, whatever pace, "wrings you out", you're bound to find someone's wheel (or they'll find yours). Either way, ride like you're the Wring-Bearer and the Nazgul are on your wheel. The suffering only lasts an hour and a half, and it'll put your day (possibly your week) into proper perspective. Aprés Vélo...we'll hang out for beers.

For those who can make it, our next installment is planned thusly:

Training Ride - Intermediate. This is a drop ride (see Remarks below).a

Time - Be at the start and ready to roll at the advertised time, sharp.

Distance - Approximately 30 miles.

Pace - A • 17mph average or better. This is an Intermediate training ride. While our actual rolling speed will vary with terrain, it'll generally be above our average.

Terrain - Varied, but generally flat with 2% - 3% grades.

Duration - approximately 1.5 hours

GPS Route - 30.LC3 • Long Grove Largo • BCB (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36296847)

Rest Stops - none planned.

See our Ride Guide for more information. (https://www.meetup.com/Lake-County-Cycling-Collective/pages/21924852/Ride_Guide/)

Remarks

• Guest riders - Non-member guest riders are generally welcome. However, if you invite and bring non-member guests, you're their ride leader. It's your responsibility to marshal your guests and stick with them if they can't keep up. First, it's not cool to your guests to leave them solo at the back. Second, it's not cool to expect the ride leader to focus their attention away from the regular group as a whole.

• Common courtesy - No spit, and no snot from the front of the line. If you have to clear the pipes come off the line, go to the rear, and do what you must. No-one wants to participate in your bodily fluids.

• Self sufficiency - You must be navigationally self sufficient. Download the route to your app of choice, or print the cue sheet.

• Stay with the group - The Ride Leader is the "front", even if they're behind everyone else. If you're off the front (i.e. ahead of the leader) and you go off course, or get lost...that's on you.

• Self support - We're On Our Own. Bring what you need for nutrition, hydration, mechanicals, and punctures.

• Drop - Gaps will open up, and when they do, they'll be difficult to close. We'll keep visual contact as much as possible, but everybody does hammer this ride and it is difficult...It's also fun. There are sections for recovery and we try to regroup before finishing, but such effort is opportunistic and ad-hoc. Whatever happens, we wait for everyone to finish before leaving at the end. Please be prepared to maintain the advertised pace for the entire distance.

• Pace groups - By consensus and based upon fitness, and ability. With enough riders who can lead, splitting into multiple, ad-hoc pace groups is possible. If you want to try this ride and you're unsure if you can keep the advertised pace, message the Host/Ride Leader and discuss your concerns. Sometimes accommodations can be made for developing riders.

• Foul weather cancellation - I'll cancel the ride only in the event of thunderstorms, or torrential rain at the time of the start. The call will be made day of. Confirm status here prior to traveling to the start.

• Safety - Helmets are required.

• Personal responsibility - Ride at your own risk.

• Self-awareness - Know your threshold. In my experience riders who haven't actually measured their average pace, typically underestimate their rolling speed, and overestimate their average speed. To help you decide whether you're up for this ride; be aware that while it is challenging, it's not impossible.

• The Tao of Cycling (https://www.meetup.com/Lake-County-Cycling-Collective/pages/21983176/The_Tao_of_Cycling/).

Past events (465)

Mr. Moad's Wild Ride • Snow Your Roll...

Deer Grove Forest Preserve - No.5

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