Seasoned riders share their biking resolutions for 2021

Seasoned riders, novices, store proprietors and club officers throughout the suburbs give their 2021 plans, some certain and person, others broad and common. All are worthy no issue what sort of rider you are.

Individual objectives

Popular aims are length difficulties, e.g., 2021 Tour de France mileage — 2,102 — from Kevin Keehn of Palatine, who also indicates, “riding my age in miles on my birthday.”

Centuries — solitary-day 100-milers — are respectable targets that a number of mention. Peter and Tracy Flucke, co-authors of “Coastline to Coastline on a Tandem,” include special twists to century objectives. Hers is to ride a century on a tandem, in addition a second on her street bicycle. His is to end a single-day double century.

Yearly mileage goals submitted incorporate 3,500, 5,000-moreover (Sheri Rosenbaum, Buffalo Grove) and 5,800 miles. Bob Thomson, St. Charles, owns the latter, his eighth 12 months exceeding the prior year’s mileage.

Bill Kragh, Arlington Heights Bicycle Club, programs “to average 10 miles a working day to preserve the health care provider absent … 3,650 miles for the seventh straight calendar year.”

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My riding aim brings together distance and elevation, i.e., steeper routes — 10% extra climbing feet for each mile, while adding 7% to 2020’s mileage (5,200). A journey-logging app, recording distance and elevation, will hold me on observe.

Adopting a tracking resource is a aim some newbies noted. An odometer or a phone app certainly retains you sincere. Even though it felt like 20 miles, figuring out your trip was only 10 can be a jarring, however motivating, actuality check.

Other personal aims include things like using for a established time. For Sue Montgomery, Bike Palatine Club secretary, 30 minutes day-to-day from March via September, climate permitting, is her goal, as well as “using my bicycle to Plenty of destinations I have not usually or ever ridden!”

Allison Albrecht, Schaumburg director of communications and outreach, shares that one particular. Other than “growing my mileage, I have a objective to bike in Busse Woods this summer months. To be able to bike there, examine trails, and have adequate strength to bike house!”

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

Patrick Knapp, village of Schaumburg transportation planner “wants to guarantee we get out for a spouse and children bicycle trip at minimum as soon as weekly for the duration of the summer season. I also want to function on replacing short car or truck journeys with bicycle journeys when doable.”

Experience Illinois Executive Director Dave Simmons echoes that strategy. “I will enhance the amount of trips I acquire by bicycle. Someday soon, I hope to be automobile free of charge!”

Moreover finishing two hundreds of years, Tom Southall of Arlington Heights ideas to “use my bicycle instead of my motor vehicle for as many errands as doable.”


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Thinking massive, Tom Lucas of Hoffman Estates is penciling in RAGBRAI, assuming the weeklong Iowa bicycle tour is a go this July. Armaline Mirretti, Elmhurst Bicycle Club advocacy co-chair, aspires “to get started the Rails to Trails Experience Throughout America with one more club member … and to do it in parts. It will get us a handful of decades to entire.”

Berton Travis, originator of the “Start out Seeing Bicycles” garden symptoms, hopes to cycle the roughly 270-mile, four-day Tour de Pressure. This journey out of New York Metropolis, originating following 9/11, fundraises for people of regulation enforcement officers killed in the line of obligation nationwide.

Broader targets

The Illinois I & M Canal State Trail, part of the Rails to Trails Ride Across America.

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Why not sign up for a bike club? For amateur riders expanding their practical experience, community bike golf equipment offer you scheduled outings with veteran bikers supplying handy tips along the route.

Rob Weiss, Joliet Bicycle Club, notes, “Our goal is generally to be accident-free and make our smiles match our miles.”

For its once-a-year July ride, his target is 750 contributors.

Wayne Mikes, president of the Bike Palatine Club, hopes to host an soon after-university trip for pupils and family members, and persuade a nearby university to introduce the Bike Basic safety Quiz.

Concerning advocacy, Sheri Rosenbaum, TrekHP Women’s Advocate program (Highland Park), seeks to “convey extra diversity to biking” and to “increase my women’s cycling group, encouraging them to get out of their consolation zones.”

Ginger Wheeler, who is on the East Department DuPage River Path Leaders Committee, hopes to collect 10,000 petition signatures at www.eastbranchtrail.org to display community support for a new bike trail through DuPage County.

Dave Simmons of Journey Illinois needs to join with Illinois cyclists of all kinds and “to alter the perception of cycling from a activity enjoyed by Lycra-clad men and women and weekend warriors to every day, practical transportation.”

• Have a specific riding target? Email Ralph Banasiak at [email protected]