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hey spoke wrench and other MO/IL riders(13 posts)

hey spoke wrench and other MO/IL ridersJS Haiku Shop
Oct 31, 2002 6:34 AM
i'm aiming to complete a 200-600 km brevet series in 2003, and st. louis looks like the most likely venue. have any of you participated in or have any info on the route (etc.) for the st. louis brevet series? STL rides begin/end in edwardsville, IL. alternatives are lexington (georgetown), KY, and atlanta, (alpharetta) GA. i hear the GA rides are "challenging". looks like the date options range from february to june.


Edwardsville, Il.Spoke Wrench
Oct 31, 2002 6:41 AM
First of all, thank you for thinking that I might be up to riding that far.

The Edwardsville area is basically flat with maybe just enough rolling hills to make it interesting. I've not ridden the brevet route myself, but I seem to recall some riders using that route description.

If you decide to come to St. Louis, please let me know.
Edwardsville, Il.pben
Oct 31, 2002 7:13 AM
here's to riding in St. Louis. I now live in Chicago (truly the flat land) but when I raced, and rode alot, I lived in St. Louis. I really miss the rides out Clayton Road. At the time I didn't really think of it as "hilly", but ride in Chicago once, and you will come to appreciate them.
Hey Spoke WrenchColorado Ron
Oct 31, 2002 8:06 AM
I'm originally from Dupo, Ill and last lived in Waterloo, Ill before moving to Colorado 5 years ago. We are moving back to the Waterloo area next summer. I know the Illinois backroads in that area like the back of my hand. We should hook up for a ride when I get back. Where is St. Louis are you?
Oct 31, 2002 9:01 AM
My great grandfather helped found Dupo, my grandfather taught at Dupo High forever, my dad grew up there, and my uncle and grandmother still live there. I'm across the river in Des Peres.

Go Tigers!

Dave Dyroff
Yep, I"ve heard that name many timesColorado Ron
Oct 31, 2002 9:43 AM
I too graduated from DCHS. Ron Davis, Class of 1975.

Can't wait to get back to Ted Drewes. I used to live on that stuff.
Always a favoritevindicator
Oct 31, 2002 10:52 AM
Drewes, that is.

As a '75, you probably either just caught or just missed my Grandfather's social studies class at DCHS. He retired early to mid '70s.

You've obviously seen how Dupo, Columbia, and Waterloo have changed since then. Some for the better, some for the worse, some just different.

I've got a buddy who lives fairly close to me (he's in Kirkwood) but who grew up in Columbia (booo....) and always talks about moving back to "God's Country." Enjoy Waterloo!

Enjoy your move back to Waterloo and let me know if you and SpokeWrench set anything up - I'll see if I can keep up with you guys.


St Chuck (nm)Spoke Wrench
Oct 31, 2002 11:34 AM
thanks!JS Haiku Shop
Oct 31, 2002 8:17 AM
will do. glad to hear that it's mostly flat. not sure if i'm wanting to do any major climbing on my first 400 and 600k rides! then again, i'm always up for "character building opportunities".

seems the 600k overnights in vienna, IL. not sure what riding 372 miles unsupported without sleep might be like, and not sure i want to find out just i guess sleep is part of the equation.

the series looks to be as follows (of course, i'm only looking to do 1 each of the 200, 300, 400, and 600k rides):

MO: St. Louis RUSA populaire 2003/02/15 150k
MO: St. Louis ACP brevet 2003/03/01 200k
MO: St. Louis ACP brevet 2003/03/15 200k
MO: St. Louis ACP brevet 2003/03/29 300k
MO: St. Louis ACP brevet 2003/04/12 300k
MO: St. Louis ACP brevet 2003/04/26 400k
MO: St. Louis ACP brevet 2003/05/10 400k
MO: St. Louis ACP brevet 2003/05/24 600k
MO: St. Louis ACP brevet 2003/06/07 600k

edwardsville is 320 miles from home--over 100 miles closer than any of the other ride series.
I looked at thatvindicator
Oct 31, 2002 9:10 AM
I live across the river in St. Louis. I haven't ridden in Southern IL, but given the route map I've seen for the 200, I wouldn't expect too many challenging climbs (which is good for me, as the distance is enough!).

I may try this series one year, but I'm not ready for the whole shebang yet. I was hoping to do just the 200 in 2003, but I'm not sure I'll be ready by March. If only the 200 was in June!

Keep me posted, though, about your plans. You never know.

will do...nmJS Haiku Shop
Oct 31, 2002 10:57 AM
Used to live in So. Illdave woof
Oct 31, 2002 1:20 PM
I used to live in So. Ill - Carbondale area. There are some really beautiful rides around there - Giant city, Fern cliff, around all the lakes. Mostly flat except for the state parks - then small rollers. Couple good climbs in Makanda (Sen. Paul Simons home town)

Dave Woof
You call Giant City Park small rollers!Spoke Wrench
Oct 31, 2002 2:26 PM
I remember riding into Giant City from some little town that had a cemetery on a hill. I only saw one other rider, other than my son and I on a tandem, make it up that hill. It wasn't necessarily that they wern't strong enough, but the hill was so steep that if they weren't careful to keep enough weight on your handlebars, they'd pop a wheelie and that was as far as they went. That doesn't happen on a tandem.

Coming into Giant City from the opposite direction, I remember seeing the water tower that marked the end of the ride on the next ridge. It seemed like it couldn't be more than 1/4 mile away. Actually two miles was more like it. One glorious mile long coast down, and a mile long continuous grinder back up. Small rollers indeed!