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2019 Frisco Hill Challenge
September 14 @ 6:30 am - 6:30 pm
This ride/event is hosted by the Jefferson County Heritage and Historical Society to raise funds to replace the missing 100 year old Frisco Hill cycling monument (Imperial, MO), and to support the new Jefferson County Historical Museum (Festus, MO).
The historic Frisco Hill monument commemorated an interesting time period in St. Louis Cycling Club’s history, and that of Jefferson County, MO.
A legendary bicycle race took place in 1887 during an era when bicycles had a large front wheel, commonly known as Penny Farthings and the Ordinarys. This race between Percy Stone of the Missouri Bicycle Club, and Hal Greenwood of the St. Louis Cycling Club, began in Chesterfield, followed alon
Word continued to spread, and the route became a sought after scenic stop over for cyclists as biking grew in popularity. By 1919, the St. Louis Cycling Club, the oldest/longest running cycling club in existence in the United States, placed a granite monument at the intersection of Frisco Hill and Old Lemay Ferry Roads designating the location which held years of historical significance to the cyclists.
An archived newspaper reports cyclists celebrated during a midnight cookout, along with numerous Jefferson County boys who had just returned from WWI. Several young soldiers are shown with the cyclists in a 1919 photograph, gathered around this Frisco Hill monument.
An endeavor to locate the now missing Frisco Hill monument was made, but to no avail. Although, its possible the monument now rests below the expansion of Frisco Hill Road, it seems more likely that someone may know of its existence and will hopefully become the hero in aiding in its return.
Between 1920-1923, 3 additional markers were placed by the club denoting other areas of interest. The Hilltown Marker, originally located in Chesterfield at Lindell Hotel, the St Louis Cycling Club’s meeting place during the late 1880’s/early 1900’s, also had been missing. This monument has now been located, and will be placed in its new location at Faust Park, in Chesterfield.
Routes for the Frisco Hill Challenge include 50, 75, or 100 mile scenic rides past these 4 monuments. Each sites will have a rest stop area provided for cyclists during this event. All routes end at the newly unveiled replica Frisco Hill monument, and the
There is also a shorter route planned for area middle & high school students, and their families.
Be Sure to Save the Date & Plan to Join the historic Frisco Hill celebration on Saturday, Sept 14th. Food, beverages, vendors, and a band will be at Frisco Hill.
Contributions to assist us in the cost of replacing and relocating these monuments is very much needed & appreciated.
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to be part of this exciting event.
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|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.|
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|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.|