Rides and Events

                              

Check this page often for updated listings of all types of cycling events and other community events in and around our area.

Our goal in publicizing community rides and events is to foster these advantages of group riding as well as grow the cycling community. We want riders to meet each other and inspire each other to ride more, build a healthy lifestyle, and have fun doing it. If you have any ideas for other rides or days/times not currently showing rides, please let us know.

If you would like to have your event listed on our website, please email us at rideaway@northcentralcyclery.com. 

WEEKLY GROUP RIDES

Join us and other bike clubs on one of these fun rides. Whether you are new to cycling or an old pro, there is a ride that's right for you.

Group rides help you excel as a rider in many ways. You become a better bike handler when riding with other people, it is a good way to meet other riders of similar riding skill and interest, and it is a great way to test and increase your fitness.

Group rides are meant to be fun, and a great way to enjoy a sport with people of similar interests, however, all of our group riders will be asked to follow group ride etiquette with safety of the group and individual being first and foremost.

Rides require, at minimum, an appropriate bike in good working order, water, and a helmet. We suggest a spare tube, energy food, maybe a little cash in case we stop, and your biggest smile! Many rides are held subject to weather. It's a good idea to confirm dates, time and any specific requirements, too. We'll see you out there — and have fun!

Day Start Time Description Location Phone

TUESDAYS

5:30 PM

GROUP RIDE: Meet at the NCC parking lot before 530. We will ride roughly 23 miles southwest of DeKalb. Please invite anyone that might be interested. Times may change once daylight hours change.

Our Store

815.758.2403

THURSDAYS

5:30 PM

GROUP RIDE: Meet at the NCC parking lot before 530. We will ride roughly 35 miles southwest of DeKalb. Please invite anyone that might be interested. Times may change once daylight hours change.

Our Store

815.758.2403

SATURDAYS

8:00 AM

VARIED DIFFICULTY ride: Meeting at NCC typically @ 8am for a long ride. Distance and pace will depend on the group present and weather. Some group riders will be riding up to 50 miles. Some shorter distances or turn-arounds will happen as well for those unable to complete that distance or pace.

Our Store

815.758.2403

UPCOMING EVENTS

These are events happening in the community. Some of these events require fund-raising to benefit charitable organizations. Call for further information.

Date Event Name Location Description Phone

Sep 15, 2019

EveryBody Rides

James O. Breen Park, St. Charles , IL

Project Mobility is hosting our seventh annual Everybody Rides benefit at James O. Breen Park in St. Charles on September 15th, 2019. Riders can choose from a 10 mile family trail ride or a 29, 47, or 62 mile road ride on quiet country roads. After the ride Project Mobility will host a party in the park with live entertainment, food, drinks, raffles, games and fun. ? People of all ages and abilities are welcome and encouraged to join. Pre-register for the event individually or form a team and start fundraising today! All proceeds benefit Project Mobility's mission to bring adaptive cycling opportunities to the lives of children, adults, and wounded service members with emotional and physical challenges.

Sep 29, 2019

DeKalb Corn Classic race

Downtown DeKalb, IL

oin us for the 39th Annual DeKalb Corn Classic 10K & newly added 5K! ?Beginning and ending in Downtown DeKalb, the route will take runners through historical neighborhoods, along the Kishwaukee River via Prairie Park, through NIU's campus and Huskie Stadium and ending in Van Buer Plaza with a Post Race Celebration! ?On Course Entertainment includes the Huskie Marching Band, NIU Jazz Band and Steelband!

Oct 6, 2019

Pumpkin Pie Ride

Marquette High School, Ottawa, IL

The 30th Pumpkin Pie Bicycle Ride, is organized by the Starved Rock Cycling Association. The ride takes place in scenic North Central Illinois. Sunday, October 6, 2019, Ottawa, Illinois Pre-Registration: $23.00 on or before September 15, 2019 $30.00 if received after September 15, 2019, Children 12 and under $5.00, Late Registration Closes On 10-2-19 12:00 pm (noon). NO REFUNDS. ?2019 NEW AND REVISED ROUTES INCLUDE road rides of approximately 27, 42, 63, or 103 miles, light traffic and rolling hills. New for 2019: optional gravel loop, distance to be determined. Routes to be posted on RideWithGPS, check web page for links closer to ride. SRCA reserves the unconditional right to modify the routes & itinerary, without prior notice, due to weather, flooding, road conditions, or other unpredictable situations. ?REGISTRATION AND START: Marquette High School, Door #2, East Entrance Off of 1000 Blk. of Post St. parking lot, Ottawa, IL 61350 See www.starvedrockcycling.com

Oct 23, 2019

Sycamore Pumpkin Fest

Sycamore, IL

The 2019 Sycamore Pumpkin Festival Theme is: Wild West Pumpkin Fest What started out as an idea by Wally Thurow in 1956 to offer something creative for the students of Sycamore, has grown from a neighborhood display on his front yard into the towns biggest city wide event beginning on Wednesday with the Opening Ceremony and cake cutting. The festival has over 1000 entries in the Lions Decorated Pumpkin Display, 2 carnivals, 3 indoor craft shows, many non-profit vendors, and it concludes with 90 minute parade on Sunday.

Oct 24, 2019

Sycamore Pumpkin Fest

Sycamore, IL

The 2019 Sycamore Pumpkin Festival Theme is: Wild West Pumpkin Fest What started out as an idea by Wally Thurow in 1956 to offer something creative for the students of Sycamore, has grown from a neighborhood display on his front yard into the towns biggest city wide event beginning on Wednesday with the Opening Ceremony and cake cutting. The festival has over 1000 entries in the Lions Decorated Pumpkin Display, 2 carnivals, 3 indoor craft shows, many non-profit vendors, and it concludes with 90 minute parade on Sunday.

Oct 25, 2019

Sycamore Pumpkin Fest

Sycamore, IL

The 2019 Sycamore Pumpkin Festival Theme is: Wild West Pumpkin Fest What started out as an idea by Wally Thurow in 1956 to offer something creative for the students of Sycamore, has grown from a neighborhood display on his front yard into the towns biggest city wide event beginning on Wednesday with the Opening Ceremony and cake cutting. The festival has over 1000 entries in the Lions Decorated Pumpkin Display, 2 carnivals, 3 indoor craft shows, many non-profit vendors, and it concludes with 90 minute parade on Sunday.

Oct 26, 2019

Sycamore Pumpkin Fest

Sycamore, IL

The 2019 Sycamore Pumpkin Festival Theme is: Wild West Pumpkin Fest What started out as an idea by Wally Thurow in 1956 to offer something creative for the students of Sycamore, has grown from a neighborhood display on his front yard into the towns biggest city wide event beginning on Wednesday with the Opening Ceremony and cake cutting. The festival has over 1000 entries in the Lions Decorated Pumpkin Display, 2 carnivals, 3 indoor craft shows, many non-profit vendors, and it concludes with 90 minute parade on Sunday.

Oct 27, 2019

Sycamore Pumpkin Fest

Sycamore, IL

The 2019 Sycamore Pumpkin Festival Theme is: Wild West Pumpkin Fest What started out as an idea by Wally Thurow in 1956 to offer something creative for the students of Sycamore, has grown from a neighborhood display on his front yard into the towns biggest city wide event beginning on Wednesday with the Opening Ceremony and cake cutting. The festival has over 1000 entries in the Lions Decorated Pumpkin Display, 2 carnivals, 3 indoor craft shows, many non-profit vendors, and it concludes with 90 minute parade on Sunday.

Oct 27, 2019

Sycamore Pumpkin Run 10K Road Race

Sycamore Armory

and is a 10,000 meter USATF- sanctioned and certified road race, we draw almost 1,800 registered racers from all over Northern Illinois and beyond. Starting gun goes off at 9:05 a.m. sharp! The Pumpkin Run was named a Best of Chicagoland Race by Chicago Area Runners Association. The race is also sanctioned by USA Track and Field and the course is USATF certified. Proceeds from the Sycamore Pumpkin Run help maintain our historic downtown, create opportunities to help small businesses succeed and develop area tourism through community events. This year the race will use ChronoTrack timing by Lakeshore Athletic Services. Results will be provided to all runners immediately following the race. Age divisions are: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79 and 80 and over.

IN-STORE CLINICS

North Central Cyclery is pleased to provide great hands-on programs for learning bicycle maintenance and repair. We've developed our class around a curriculum designed by the Park Tool Company, the world's largest bicycle-tool manufacturer. Classes will be monthly throughout the year. Classes that require pre registration, please sign up on our Facebook page, call or stop by the store to register.