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. 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.

WCCC asks all riders to comply with local Covid-19 guidance, including wearing a mask and social distancing if you have not been fully vaccinated.

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 (1)

WCCC Blue Island Trail Loop

Blue Island Beer Company

Let's try this again, got rained out last time and cancelled event...
Fall colors should be near peak!

RIDE DETAILS: We will meet in Blue Island and leave promptly at 9:30am from Blue Island Beer Company. Our ride pace will be roughly 16-18 MPH.

Ride is 78 miles total

If you drive, I suggest street parking along Old Western Ave near Blue Island Beer Company. Feel free to offer a ride in comments if you have room.

Or take Metra Rock Island line ($3 each way) from LaSalle Street station to Blue Island-Vermont station. Use bike car or bring bungee.
The brewery is less than a mile away (take Chatham St. bridge).
LaSalle Street station
Sun. Depart 8:30am, Arrive Blue Island –Vermont St. 9:10am
Return times: 3:06pm, 4:56, 5:06, 6:56, 7:06pm, etc.

Expect ~5 miles traffic near start getting to Homewood but after that we will enjoy 75% of ride in trail bliss: Thorn Creek, Plank Road, I&M Canal, Centennial, and Cal-Sag Trails. The I&M is ~7 miles crushed limestone (can be avoided if you choose to navigate yourself around) but the rest are paved. A road bike and road tires will work fine.

Subject to change based on riders, but at minimum we will plan stops at
32 mi. - The Creamery - ice cream, taco bowls, Italian beef, sloppy Joes, etc.
52 mi. - Toilet stop and snack on whatever you brought
74 mi. - Chick-fil-A or Portillo's -optional get food to go & ride 4 mi. to end of ride
78 mi. - end ride at https://blueislandbeerco.com outdoor seating (beer/craft sodas, BYOFood)

***Please note that any rider who is not a paid member of Windy City Cycling Club must complete and submit the following waiver at this link before riding: https://forms.gle/BfSfpE46z4MGNnLx9

To become a member (for only $25/year), click here and follow the prompts: https://wccc.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=60&club_id=770347&sl=875903113. The cost of an annual membership helps pay for club insurance and gives you access to other club perks and private events.

If you'd like a cue sheet for ride, please print and bring with you or download route to your device. Paid members have full access to the RidewithGPS club account, which includes turn-by-turn audio navigation.

This ride may be canceled or postponed if weather is bad. Please check this event the night before and morning of the ride for any last-minute updates.

1) Your bike (be prepared to ride 16-18 mph for 78 miles)
2) A helmet (this is required)
3) Water bottles
4) Materials to fix a flat and knowledge to do so
5) A snack (such as a power bar)
6) Money for food/drink stops and/or public transport if you think you may need it
7) A mask

See http://www.windycitycyclingclub.com for more information about the club and to see our full member calendar.

Past events (282)

Casual lakefront bike ride to Hyde Park


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