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2019 Appleknocker Gran Fondo
October 13 @ 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
Help Trailnet fulfill its mission by riding in this fall classic. The Appleknocker Gran Fondo is a challenging, timed ride through the pastoral hills and dales of rural Calhoun County, IL; a throwback in time nestled between the great Mississippi and Illinois rivers. Challenge yourself to one of three routes: the 120 mile Gala, the 60 mile Red Delicious or the 30 mile Granny Smith. Registration includes: A one-of-a-kind exclusive t-shirt, fully stocked rest stops each with its own theme, printed and digital maps, expert SAG support and Trailnet Pink marked routes. There are prizes for each finisher and special prizes for each category winner.
There are three routes, each with it’s own starting time. Don’t be late!
- 7:00 am — the 120 mile Gala
- 7:15 am — the 60 mile Red Delicious
- 7:30 am — the 30 mile Granny Smith
We have secured exclusive lodging at Pere Marquette Park in our own private group camp. Reserve your spot in registration.
Can’t participate in Appleknocker 2019? Volunteer with us! Trailnet is looking for great people to help out at this great fall ride. Volunteers have the choice of helping out at one of our many rest stops along route, at registration, or tearing down afterward. As an added bonus, all volunteers will get an Appleknocker t-shirt and entrance into the amazing after party!
Catch up on our Appleknocker email series! See pictures and receive great information on this year’s ride. See past emails here:
The post-ride party includes a carb-rich, nutritious and hearty meal, craft beer, and some rockin’ music.
Be sure to bring the family. During the Fondo, Big Shark is hosting the second cyclocross race of their Bubba Series at the Appleknocker Start/Finish. Cyclocross racing is super fun event and a great spectator sport. The closed course is a short loop with obstacles that require genuine bike handling skills.
Wait, there’s more! Trailnet is partnering with Big Shark and the Lupus Foundation to present the “MO’ Fondo Series”. Three phenomenal Gran Fondo rides around St. Louis. The first is the Vino Fondo by Big Shark on May 11. The second ride is the Wolf Ride now in Eureka, MO on August 3. The Appleknocker closes out the series. By completing all three Fondos you will be part of an esteemed club and will receive an exclusive pint glass, a victory party after the Appleknocker, discounted entry on next year’s events and recognition on our websites and social media.
Are you up for the challenge? Set a new personal record by completing the MO’ Fondo Series! Click here to join the MO Fondo Facebook group
Free Weekly Shop Rides From our Partners
|Ride Name||Start Date||Start Time||Start Location||Distance||Description|
|Saturday Ride||3/9/19||B-8:00 am, C-10:00 am||Bike Surgeon – O’Fallon||B-25+, C-20+||All groups ride through the rolling hills north of O’Fallon, IL. Great fun with good support. A well managed group ride for all levels of rider. With over 100 riders on average during the summer this is one of the best group rides in the region. Join in on the Fun! For more ride information, click here.|
|Saturday Ride||Year Round||7:30 and 8:00 am||Urban Shark, Big Bend, West||Varies||Rides differ in distance and terrain. Some rides are loops but most are out and back. For more ride information, click here.|
|Saturday Ride||3/16/19||7:00 am||Edwardsville Location||15, 40+||Country roads and bike trails with rolling hills. Optional short cuts on long route. We will teach rules of the road and proper riding technique. The rides have a leader and are no-drop. For more ride information, click here.|
|Saturday Ride||4/7/18||7:30 am||40 W. Lockwood Ave, St. Louis||18, 26, 30||This ride heads westward from the shop, and uses cycling compatible roads in Webster Groves, Kirkwood, and Ladue. There are three different start times to accommodate beginner, intermediate, and advanced riders. Many newer riders advance through the groups as their familiarity and riding skills grow. It is a ride intended for riders on road bikes, so hybrid and off-road bike riders will usually find their bikes’ wider tires make it hard to keep up the pace of the road bikes. There is no sag vehicle, but there is generally a shop-staff rider to help in case of mechanical trouble. Complimentary bagels and coffee served after the ride. For more ride information, click here.|
|Saturday Ride||6/2/18||8:00 am||40 W. Lockwood Ave, St. Louis||12 – 15||For women only, and is intended for those who are new to road riding in general and especially those who are new to riding with traffic. It is a no-drop ride, so no one will end up riding alone! Hub friend, and local road rider Sandi Barrett will lead the group and will focus on fun and learning as the miles fly by! The women’s ride is intended for road bikes, so hybrid and off-road bike riders may find their wider tires make it hard to keep up the pace of the group. If you have any questions about your bike or the ride in general, please call Alex at The Hub. Helmets are required. For more ride information, click here.|
|Tuesday Night Ride||3/13/18||6:00 pm||Bike Surgeon – O’Fallon||A-20+, B-16 to 18, C- Mellow||All groups ride through the rolling hills north of O’Fallon, IL. Great fun with good support. A well managed group ride for all levels of rider. With over 100 riders on average during the summer this is one of the best group rides in the region. Join in on the Fun! For more ride information, click here.|
|Wednesday Night MTB||Year Round||6:00 pm||Bike Surgeon Outpost, Edwardsville||15||Come and play in the woods with us at the SIUE Mtn bike trail. We meet the Bike Surgeon Outpost at 6pm. The first Wed of the month will also feature a fleet of demo bikes anyone can ride for free. For more ride information, click here|
|Wednesday Ride||3/13/19||6:30 pm||3100 Homer Adams Pkwy, Alton||10 – 15||Country roads with rolling hills. We will teach rules of the road and proper riding technique. Ride is led by experienced riders and is no-drop. For more ride information, click here.|