Save the date Saturday, August 13, for one of Trailnet’s biggest fundraisers of the year, held alongside our most famous bicycle ride. The Ride the Rivers Century and Share the Street Party are an opportunity for the dynamic St. Louis population to come together downtown and celebrate art, music, food, craft beer, and active living.
August 13 from 1 to 6 p.m. is your chance to party for a cause. Don’t miss out on live music with the South City Troubadours, a high-energy 3/4-mile Dance Walk along shaded sidewalks, delicious food from Urban Eats, at least 9 craft beer vendors, and art and craft vendors. We’ll also have a chalk-art balance bike course for kids and a community ride with one of our favorite guides, Harold Karabell. Most importantly, this party helps us make it easier for everyone to get from place to place. Your support helps Trailnet push for better walking and biking policies, plan for safer streets, and enable and empower people to travel by foot or by bike. So save the date and stay tuned!
Volunteer! Our party and fundraiser draws thousands of people downtown. You can join the fun and help with set-up, registration, merchandise, advocacy or membership, bike valet, refreshments, our bike balance course, or tear-down. Share the Street volunteers are hugely appreciated and get a free shirt (pictured) and drink ticket.
Click here to see all the opportunities. Questions? Contact Marcia Quint at 314-436-1324 ext. 116 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trailnet’s 10th Ride the Rivers Century was another outstanding success. More than 480 participants admired the scenic confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi rivers at the new event location in beautiful Pere Marquette State Park. We had 46 amazing volunteers help assemble ride packets, set up registration, welcome riders at rest stops all along the route, and assist with teardown.
Set-up began before sunrise at the Marina Pavilion where riders picked up their packets and sipped hot chocolate and coffee supplied by Mississippi Mud Coffee Roasters. Morning temperatures were in the upper 50s but the sky was clear and the sun was bright.
With the new location, riders boarded the Brussels Ferry in the first mile and traversed the challenging hills of Calhoun County. The new location also offered a metric century option that crossed the eastern section of St. Charles County and rejoined the full “traditional” century after crossing the Clark Bridge into Alton, Illinois.
At the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, riders enjoyed buffet-style lunch and entertainment provided by Big Chief and the Smoke Signals. Riders faced their biggest challenge of the day along the Mississippi River Road – a 20mph headwind. This obstacle entitled riders to bragging rights at the finish and a much-deserved celebration.
At the after-party, hungry riders were in for a treat. Riders enjoyed a fresh fish dinner courtesy of master fish fryer Joe Beck. Beer was provided by Morgan Street Brewery and Noe & Diekemper entertained with live music. Dropping their wristband tabs in bins at each of the four rest stops, riders listened as winners were announced for prizes (two $100 gift certificates and two $125 entries to the Southern Illinois Fat Tire Festival) from our shop sponsor Bike Surgeon. As dusk approached, the day wrapped up welcoming the final riders to the party.
Beautiful Pere Marquette Park is our start location this year. Choose from a traditional or a metric century – two of the best rides in the Midwest. The traditional century takes in two states, six counties, five trails, three rivers, two bridges, two ferries, and one arch. Registration fee includes century socks or patch, a filling lunch, SAG support, and food and beverages at all rest stops. After the ride, stay for music, food, and drink (available for purchase).
Bike Shop Sponsor
Funded, in part, by
100 km (62 miles)
Flat to rolling hills, some big hills
Costs and Registration
Through April 15 – $50
April 16 through July 31 – $60
August 1 through September 1 – $70
After September 1 and day of ride – $75.
Registration fee includes Century socks or patch, a filling lunch, and food and beverages at all rest stops.
Preregister online (closes September 17th) here.
Day of ride registration is from 6:30 to 8:00 a.m.
START: Pere Marquette State Park
DIRECTIONS: From Alton, take Illinois Route 100/ Great River Rd. through Grafton and go 6 miles to the park. Park in the marina lot on the left (river side) and cross the road to the ride start.
PERE MARQUETTE LODGE: rooms are sold out for Friday, September 19 and Sunday, September 21; a limited number of rooms may still be available for Saturday, September 20. Camping arrangements can also be made through the Lodge. Click here or call 618.786.2331 for information and reservations.
GRAFTON AREA LODGING: Rubel Hotel (618.786.2315)
Grafton Inn (618.786.2222)
ALTON AREA LODGING: Super 8 Alton (618.465.8885)
Best Western Plus Parkway Hotel (618.433.9900) Holiday Inn Alton (800.465.4329)
Comfort Inn (618.465.9999)
Be a part of the excitement! Volunteer opportunities include helping at Pere Marquette to set-up and register riders; providing food, drinks and encouragement at rest stops along the route; helping at the after-ride celebration and cleaning up. We could not make this great event happen without our terrific volunteers. Click here and scroll down to 9/21/2014 for volunteer options.
Get excited for the best century in the Midwest and drop by Morgan Street Brewery from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Enjoy the company of other riders as you peruse through your ride packet and check out large maps of the course. Trailnet staff will be available for questions and to chat about century details. Snacks provided and beer and other drinks available.
If you've been watching Trailnet’s Facebook posts you have seen that we have set our 2014 Ride the Rivers Century date. In 2014 the ride will be almost a full month earlier than it was in 2013. The date is Sunday, September 21, 2014.
The location of the ride has also changed. Beautiful Pere Marquette Park is our new start location. For those of you who may be interested in staying in a hotel room or cabin at Pere Marquette we have some information for you.
We were told on January 31 that all of their available rooms are booked for Friday, September 19 and Sunday, September 21. Obviously, their rooms sell out fast and far in advance. We were told that they had 61 available rooms (including cabin rooms) for Saturday, September 20. The rate is $149 per night. They told us they will “absolutely” sell that date out, probably within the next week.
Click here to go to Pere Marquette’s website. Their phone number is 618.786.2331. Camping may be an alternative there if you’d like to discuss that with them.
Other hotel options in the Grafton area are the Rubel Hotel, 618.786.2315 and the Grafton Inn, 618.786.2222.
Hotel options in the Alton area are the Super 8 Alton, 618.465.8885; the Best Western Plus Parkway Hotel, 618.433.9900; the Holiday Inn Alton, 800.465.4329; and the Comfort Inn, 618.465.9999.
Click here to see the event on our Ride the Rivers Century Facebook page.
If you haven't “liked” that page yet, you may want to so that you'll receive updates about the ride as soon as we post them.
Our 2014 Calendar of Rides will be available at our Beans, Bikes & Brews party on March 8 and in our members' mailboxes around March 10.
Please contact Steve at email@example.com or 314.436.1324 x 138 if you have any questions at all.