What we're about

The Windy City Cycling Club (WCCC) is a primarily Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Allies bicycling club which encourages fellowship through recreational, road, and off-road bike rides. Throughout the year, our social events are purely fun ways to meet people and provide some ways to give back to the community. During the winter we organize outdoor and indoor recreational activities, including ice skating, wine tasting or museums. WCCC members take advantage of the many road and off-road cycling venues throughout the Chicagoland area and beyond! See descriptions of our rides and see what is scheduled in the Calendar on our website at http://www.windycitycyclingclub.com ! Come join us - we welcome everyone from the most seasoned rider to newbies.

Rider Guidelines

Both members and nonmembers are welcome to join most rides. Non-members of Windy City Cycling Club will be asked to sign a waiver form at the ride.

Choose rides that are right for your ability and interests. Use the Ride descriptions, or contact the organizer if you have questions. Arrive well before the start of the ride. Rides will depart on-time.

Approved helmets are required. Earphones are not permitted. It is a good idea to carry identification. While cycling during the COVID-19 period is not without risk, it is generally viewed as lower risk. Masks are optional while riding, but recommended when making stops for snacks/water/coffee. They are required during times when participants cannot maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing. While riding, we encourage riders to maintain sufficient distance to avoid transmissions, though at the time of this posting there does not appear to be a scientific consensus on that distance. Use good judgment. Please do not ride if you are experiencing symptoms and any potentially transmissible illness.

In most cases, bikes should have a water bottle, pump and spare tube, but members will gladly pitch in if help is needed on a ride. For some urban rides, a lock and bus or cab fare will do in a pinch.

Know about bicycle safety and rules of the road. See safety web links (http://windycitycyclingclub.com/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=770347&module_id=19229).

Upcoming events (5)

Casual Lakefront Bike Ride to Hyde Park with Coffee

Queen's Landing

About This Saturday Ride THE PACE OF THIS RIDE IS VERY MODERATE AND RECREATIONAL - BEGINNERS AND EXPERIENCED WILL ENJOY! FOR ATHLETIC TRAINING, See the Sunday Morning Rides. This is the ride that EVERYONE is welcome to join! Member or not, check out the WCCC on this ride! The Start of the Ride WCCC members and their friends meet at the Queen's Landing in Grant Park (across Lake Shore Drive from Buckingham Fountain) around 9:45am on Saturday morning and leave promptly at 10:00 am toward the south side. At the landing, look for a group of cyclists, dressed casually (and stylishly). Queen’s Landing: We will ride from the Landing to the South Shore Cultural Center at the end of the marked bike path. Note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, the center is not currently open. After a brief stop, we will ride back north to Hyde Park. Brunch in Hyde Park We will stop in Hyde Park to get coffee and pastries to enjoy in a local park while maintaining social distance. Back to the Queen's Landing After brunch we head back to the Queen's Landing. Some people break off along the way depending on where they live, but if you ride from the Totem Pole and back you’ve traveled about 20 miles. Bring a Friend All WCCC members are welcome to bring their friends along. We all understand that it’s hard sometimes to come to a group alone, that’s why we encourage everyone to bring friends. Our recreational rides are meant to be social, so we strongly encourage everyone to come ready to meet someone. The more cyclists…the merrier! What about the Weather? This recreational ride is usually a fair-weather ride, though sometimes you’ll find that really brave cyclist willing to ride in the rain. Just don’t ride in thunderstorms! We’ll may cancel for bad weather, so please check back on this page for updates the morning of the ride if the conditions are questionable. What Do I Bring? 1) Your bike! Any bike will do, this ride is Easy to Moderate Pace (10-14mph). 2) All WCCC rides require a helmet. 3) Water bottle. 4) Bike lock. 5) It’s a good idea to bring materials to fix a flat. Usually there is a good-natured soul who will help you, but it’s good to be prepared. 6) Money for lunch or public transport. The path is fairly close to public transportation the entire route, so the CTA is always an option to get back if you’re too tired or your bike has malfunctioned. 7) A friend if you want, and 8) your desire to relax and have fun! NOTE: masks are optional while riding, but we ask that participants bring a mask for the Hyde Park stop. It will be needed for any purchases. Depending on the seating in the park, riders may or may not wish to wear the mask during that part of the stop. While riding, please also maintain appropriate social distancing with your fellow riders. We hope to see you on the WCCC Hyde Park Ride!

WCCC Sunday Morning Ride

Winnemac Park

Weekly ride of the WCCC club, we will gather at Winnemac Park (parking lot off Damen) until the Lakefront maybe again used for gatherings. Please use this ride to come and see what WCCC is all about and what a paying membership has to offer over-and-above our weekly rides. If you enjoy this ride please consider being a member. The low price of an annual membership will offset the costs of running the club. Join here: https://wccc.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=60&club_id=770347&sl=875903113 Traditionally: On this ride we may split into two groups, depending on interest and attendance : Group 1: 16-18 MPH and 40-45 miles. Usually, this route will go north to Highland Park, later in the year to Fort Sheridan and late in the season, additional distance may be added such as the McCrory Bike path north of Fort Sheridan. This is the standard route north, reverse to come home: WCCC Fort Sheridan Route. (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33117323) but routes may vary to provide some variety depending on the ride leader (details to be posted beforehand). Until further notice in 2020, we will NOT follow this route exactly due to the temporary Winnemac Park meeting location. Group 2: 12-15 MPH and 25-35 miles. This route will likely go north as well but with a turn-round location south of Highland Park. If you decide to try Group 1 but it's too much for your Sunday morning, you can rendezvous with the shorter route. NOTE: there are not always enough riders interested in a second group at the slower speed and shorter distance Both groups will leave promptly at the meet time, so arrive 5-10 minutes early! Depending on interest, a group lunch location and time will be organized before leaving so we can come back together as a club and share stories. (Note: due to COVID-19 restrictions, the group will not stop for lunch at this time.) (The following cue sheet is not applicable until rides resume from the lakefront meeting place. Paid memberships to the club have access to the club account on RidewithGPS, which allows members to download any routes in the WCCC library with turn by turn directions.) If you'd like a cue sheet for ride, please print and bring along: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1T_1m-6DJspRB5YK6e4fR-Exbai0aNtx6/view?usp=sharing See http://www.windycitycyclingclub.com for full member calendar.

Casual Lakefront Bike Ride to Hyde Park with Coffee

Queen's Landing

About This Saturday Ride THE PACE OF THIS RIDE IS VERY MODERATE AND RECREATIONAL - BEGINNERS AND EXPERIENCED WILL ENJOY! FOR ATHLETIC TRAINING, See the Sunday Morning Rides. This is the ride that EVERYONE is welcome to join! Member or not, check out the WCCC on this ride! The Start of the Ride WCCC members and their friends meet at the Queen's Landing in Grant Park (across Lake Shore Drive from Buckingham Fountain) around 9:45am on Saturday morning and leave promptly at 10:00 am toward the south side. At the landing, look for a group of cyclists, dressed casually (and stylishly). Queen’s Landing: We will ride from the Landing to the South Shore Cultural Center at the end of the marked bike path. Note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, the center is not currently open. After a brief stop, we will ride back north to Hyde Park. Brunch in Hyde Park We will stop in Hyde Park to get coffee and pastries to enjoy in a local park while maintaining social distance. Back to the Queen's Landing After brunch we head back to the Queen's Landing. Some people break off along the way depending on where they live, but if you ride from the Totem Pole and back you’ve traveled about 20 miles. Bring a Friend All WCCC members are welcome to bring their friends along. We all understand that it’s hard sometimes to come to a group alone, that’s why we encourage everyone to bring friends. Our recreational rides are meant to be social, so we strongly encourage everyone to come ready to meet someone. The more cyclists…the merrier! What about the Weather? This recreational ride is usually a fair-weather ride, though sometimes you’ll find that really brave cyclist willing to ride in the rain. Just don’t ride in thunderstorms! We’ll may cancel for bad weather, so please check back on this page for updates the morning of the ride if the conditions are questionable. What Do I Bring? 1) Your bike! Any bike will do, this ride is Easy to Moderate Pace (10-14mph). 2) All WCCC rides require a helmet. 3) Water bottle. 4) Bike lock. 5) It’s a good idea to bring materials to fix a flat. Usually there is a good-natured soul who will help you, but it’s good to be prepared. 6) Money for lunch or public transport. The path is fairly close to public transportation the entire route, so the CTA is always an option to get back if you’re too tired or your bike has malfunctioned. 7) A friend if you want, and 8) your desire to relax and have fun! NOTE: masks are optional while riding, but we ask that participants bring a mask for the Hyde Park stop. It will be needed for any purchases. Depending on the seating in the park, riders may or may not wish to wear the mask during that part of the stop. While riding, please also maintain appropriate social distancing with your fellow riders. We hope to see you on the WCCC Hyde Park Ride!

WCCC Sunday Morning Ride

Winnemac Park

Weekly ride of the WCCC club, we will gather at Winnemac Park (parking lot off Damen) until the Lakefront maybe again used for gatherings. Please use this ride to come and see what WCCC is all about and what a paying membership has to offer over-and-above our weekly rides. If you enjoy this ride please consider being a member. The low price of an annual membership will offset the costs of running the club. Join here: https://wccc.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=60&club_id=770347&sl=875903113 Traditionally: On this ride we may split into two groups, depending on interest and attendance : Group 1: 16-18 MPH and 40-45 miles. Usually, this route will go north to Highland Park, later in the year to Fort Sheridan and late in the season, additional distance may be added such as the McCrory Bike path north of Fort Sheridan. This is the standard route north, reverse to come home: WCCC Fort Sheridan Route. (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33117323) but routes may vary to provide some variety depending on the ride leader (details to be posted beforehand). Until further notice in 2020, we will NOT follow this route exactly due to the temporary Winnemac Park meeting location. Group 2: 12-15 MPH and 25-35 miles. This route will likely go north as well but with a turn-round location south of Highland Park. If you decide to try Group 1 but it's too much for your Sunday morning, you can rendezvous with the shorter route. NOTE: there are not always enough riders interested in a second group at the slower speed and shorter distance Both groups will leave promptly at the meet time, so arrive 5-10 minutes early! Depending on interest, a group lunch location and time will be organized before leaving so we can come back together as a club and share stories. (Note: due to COVID-19 restrictions, the group will not stop for lunch at this time.) (The following cue sheet is not applicable until rides resume from the lakefront meeting place. Paid memberships to the club have access to the club account on RidewithGPS, which allows members to download any routes in the WCCC library with turn by turn directions.) If you'd like a cue sheet for ride, please print and bring along: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1T_1m-6DJspRB5YK6e4fR-Exbai0aNtx6/view?usp=sharing See http://www.windycitycyclingclub.com for full member calendar.

Past events (227)

WCCC Ride to 18th St Brewery in Hammond

18th Street Brewery

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