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Chain of Rocks Park Grand Opening Celebration Ride

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We are excited to celebrate the grand opening of the new Chain of Rocks Bridge Park! On April 14th, 2024, we will celebrate the opening with an five-mile family-friendly bike ride that begins at Chouteau Island Trailhead and ends at the grand opening celebration in the beautiful new grounds on the MO side of the Chain of Rocks Bridge. There, you will enjoy a wonderful celebration of the progress that Great Rivers Greenway and its partners are bringing to the region.

For more information and to register, visit: https://runsignup.com/Race/IL/GraniteCity/ChainofRocksParkGrandOpeningCelebrationRide

Public Art Community Ride

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Public Art Community Ride: Trailnet’s favorite tour guide and art consultant Dana Gray (Tower Grove Neighborhoods Community Development Corp.) is back to show us more of St. Louis’ artistic marvels!

This year’s ride will highlight public art and places to gather, featuring the St. Louis Art Museum, The Kemper Art Museum, and Bill Christman’s sculpture garden in the Skinker DeBaliviere neighborhood. (with the man himself present to answer questions) Pedal with us from sculptures to paintings to public exhibits on this, our final ride of 2023!

 

Ride the Rivers Century presented by SSM Health

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Trailnet’s 2023 Ride the Rivers Presented by SSM Health is the most unique 100-mile ride in the Midwest. Challenge yourself on Trailnet’s flagship ride while experiencing some of the most amazing landscapes the area has to offer.

The route is the experience. Starting in the early hours of the morning, your adventure will take you all over the region. You’ll ride river ferries, rolling hills, and urban trails past orchards, prairies, small towns, and larger cityscapes. At your journey’s end, arrive at a block party at The Streets of St. Charles, featuring food, drinks, and a well-earned rest. This supported ride gives you a unique chance to crush 100 miles!

Want to join in on the century fun with fewer miles? The 100km Metric Century comes in at 64 miles! You’ll ride through many of the same landscapes as the 100-mile Century while enjoying the same benefits and support. The Metric Century isn’t lacking in beauty or difficulty.

What is included with my registration?

2023 limited edition Ride the Rivers socks
Chip timing
Professional photos
Rest stops and SAG support
Ferry rides
Goody bag with Trailnet stickers, local merchant coupons, and other fine swag
Post-event celebration including live music, award-winning food trucks, Urban Chestnut beer, and post-ride chiropractic adjustments by Logan University

Take advantage of early registration now, as prices will increase on August 1st.
Schedule

Check-in begins at 5:30 a.m.

Ride start time: 7:00 a.m. for full century | 7:15 for metric century

Start location: The Streets of St. Charles | 1520 S 5th St, St Charles, MO 63303

Routes Lengths: 104 miles, 65 miles (route may change slightly due to construction at the time of marking)

Terrain: flat, rolling hills | mixed pavement

 

A HUGE thank you to this year’s sponsors: 

SSM Health, Streets of St. Charles, Logan University, Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., Pickle Juice Co., Kaldi Coffee

There is still time to join us as a sponsor! Click here to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

Don’t wait to sign up! The best pricing is early in registration. The cost will increase the closer we get to Sept. 30th.

 

Trailnet Members

Trailnet members receive a $15 discount on registration.* Members must claim their account in the Trailnet Members Club on Run Sign Up to receive the discount. Instructions here. Peloton Society members can register for 50% off. Check your email for a coupon code, or email memebrship@trailnet.org for assistance. Please note that free ride membership vouchers are not valid for the Century.

Thank you. We look forward to seeing you on Sept. 30th!

 

*Thank you for being a Trailnet member! Trailnet is a non-profit charity, so we rely on your generosity to give back to our community. Your membership comes with free ride vouchers, which can be used for any regularly-priced Trailnet Classics ride. Ride the Rivers is our premium fundraising ride, priced to provide a higher quality ride experience than our other Classics AND to generate critical funding for our mission.

Two Lifetime Advocates Making St. Louis Better for People Who Bike, Walk and Roll

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Q&A with Bill and Carla Sauerwein, owners of Pedego St. Louis

Conducted by Trailnet Marketing & Communications Coordinator Justin Seaton

Justin: Hi Bill! I understand you and Carla have long histories as bike/walk advocates. Tell me about how you got involved in this world.

Bill: Both Carla and I have been cyclists all of our lives.  Carla is a pediatric RN and for years ran the St. Louis SAFE KIDS Coalition.  She led education and advocacy to prevent childhood injury, including supplying and promoting bike helmets and car seats.   I served as Mayor of the City of Oakland form 1997 – 2001 and with the idea of providing safe streets and walkways for residents, constructed almost all of the sidewalks you see in the city of Oakland and redesigned many of the streets.  As Mayor, our city-wide capitol improvements plan was nominated for a state-wide landscape architect design award.

J: How did you first become involved with Trailnet? Tell me about your partnership with us over the years.

B: I suppose my first connection to Trailnet came when I attempted to acquire a small strip of abandoned railroad property within the City of Oakland in order to construct a park.  In that process, I met Ted Curtis, then the Director of Trailnet, who introduced me to Trailnet and its mission.  Trailnet ended up completing the northern leg of the Grant’s Trail with the property and the City constructed a park around the trail.  Our store is adjacent to the park.  Thereafter, Carla and I became supporters of Trailnet, participating in Trailnet rides and learning about the many projects undertaken by Trailnet.

More recently, as we met the dedicated staff of Trailnet—Cindy, Corrine, Kevin and others—and witnessed firsthand their hard work and dedication, we knew that Trailnet was an important organization to support.  We share its mission…. and over the years we have helped raise funds so that they can continue to make streets and trails safer and available to all.

J: When/How did you open Pedego St. Louis, and how has your business connected you to the St. Louis cycling community?

B: We opened Pedego St. Louis in June, 2019 by rehabilitating an old, run-down building adjacent to Grant’s Trail in Oakland.  From our location, we meet and talk to cyclists and trail users every day.  We have greatly expanded the cycling community by putting people back on bikes that had for one reason or another gotten away from cycling.  We have gently introduced the St Louis cycling community to electric bikes which are now widely used for commuting,  leisure riding, trail riding and for the all around enjoyment of bicycling.

J: Speak briefly about the E-Bike that you are contributing to Trailnet’s upcoming raffle (winner to be announced at the 2023 Paving the Way Soiree)

B: The bike we have donated to Trailnet this year is a Pedego Avenue.  Since this model was introduced a year ago, it has become the number one selling Pedego Electric bike.  The Avenue utilizes a “hybrid style” frame that is familiar to everyone  and is a great bike for riding and commuting on streets and paved trails.  It is quality-designed, lightweight and balanced. Like all Pedego Electric Bikes, it comes with a 5 year warranty that includes the electrical components.  Everyone loves this bike.

Try the Boschert Greenway

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Try the Boschert Greenway with us! Family-friendly, slow, and social, all ages and abilities are welcome on this ride. Our “Try the Greenways” series of rides are intended to introduce local Great Rivers Greenways trails to folks who don’t know about or use them.

 

The Boschert Greenway is in St. Charles County and links the Missouri River and Katy Trail, goes through Historic Downtown St. Charles, through Fox Hill Park, and up to New Town, a planned community within the city of St. Charles. You can also connect to St. Louis County and the Missouri Greenway: Earth City Levee via a new protected walking and biking path on the 370 Discovery Bridge.

 

FREE. No registration is required.

Email Trailnet Bicycle Educator Sarah at sarah.heyman@trailnet.org with questions.

Bike Maintenance Class | University City Public Library

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Bike Maintenance Class | University City Public Library – Join us for a basic bike maintenance course! We’ll cover: how to fix a flat, brake adjustments, shifting adjustments, fitting a bicycle, and any related topics that come up in questions from participants.

We will be specifically working from the League of American Bicyclists’ Smart Cycling curriculum.

The clinic will take place at University City Public Library. It will last no longer than 2 hours. With questions or to reserve your spot email sarah.heyman@trailnet.org

Spire and Trailnet Collaborate on New Bike Path at Bayless Elementary

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A team of Spire volunteers constructed an all new walking and biking path on the property of Bayless Elementary School this summer!

The project was the result of a collaboration between Trailnet, Spire and Bayless Schools, funded by Spire Serves and carried out by volunteers through Spire’s Day for Good program.

The trail will connect the surrounding neighborhood with the school and provide awesome opportunities for bike education and recreation for Bayless students.

“We love opportunities like this,” said George Godat, Vice President and General Manager MoEast at Spire. “We provide opportunities for our employees to do a day of good in the community each year, and we also have dollars that we put into the community. Trailnet was able to apply for some funds from our Spire Serves program. We gave them $10,000 to provide the materials and labor, then our team came out and got to work. It was the perfect partnership for us and something we’re really excited about.”

Thanks to the Spire Team for cranking out a beautiful path that will result in years of recreation and bike education for our young neighbors!

Giro Della Montagna

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The Giro Della Montagna (“Tour of The Hill” in Italiano) is our showcase of the City of St. Louis. Giro is less forest green and more red brick, featuring unique, bike-friendly routes through neighborhoods like St. Louis Hills, Carondolet, and the Central West End. The Giro is the perfect complement to our rural rides but with more big-city charm. 

 

After the ride, stick around on The Hill to watch some exciting bike racing during The Gateway Cup brought to you by Big Shark Bicycle Company

 

Giro Della Montagna General Information

Ride Start Time: 8:00 am Group Start

Check-In Begins: 6:30 am

Start Location: Eastern corner of Botanical and Marconi, 2400 Block of Marconi Avenue

Routes Lengths (in miles): 4, 17, 31, 50

Terrain: Flat with some hills | Mixed Pavement

 

Giro Della Montagna Open Start

Riders will be allowed to start anytime after 6:30 am check-in but must leave before 8:00 am. If we allow riders to start later than 8:00 am, we have to keep rest stops open much later in the day which puts a strain on our amazing volunteers who have given their time to keep you hydrated and fed. They appreciate your cooperation and so do we. 

 

Moonlight Ramble

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JOIN US FOR THE LONGEST-RUNNING NIGHTTIME BIKE RIDE IN THE U.S.!

Organizers of the Moonlight Ramble® bike ride are excited to announce that the race will return on Saturday, August 26th, 2023 for its 59th edition. The Moonlight Ramble® is the longest-running nighttime bike ride in the US and a great source of pride for St. Louis. The ride that began with one rider has grown into an annual tradition with thousands of riders taking to the streets of St. Louis at night under the light of the moon.

Registration Costs

  • Rider fees:
    • $35 with T-shirt, $75 with Cycling Jersey (Open – 5/31)
    • $40 with T-shirt, $80 with Cycling Jersey (6/1 – 7/31)
    • $45  with T-shirt, $85 with Cycling Jersey (8/1- 8/20),
    • $50 with T-shirt Ride week (8/21 – 8/25)
    • $55 with T-shirt on day of ride (8/26)
  • Youth Rider (Age 6-17) – $25
  • Child Rider Ages 1-5 are FREE but still must register for event

*All registrations will incur a small service fee*

Date

Saturday, August 26, 2023

Schedule

  • 7:00 PM- Moonlight Festival Opens with vendor tents, merchandise, bike mechanics, and more!
  • 7:00 PM- Packet pick-up and last-minute registration opens
  • 10:00 PM- Moonlight Ramble Begins (start line will be open for 15 minutes)
  • 10:15 PM- Start Line Closes (no riders can start after 10:15 PM)
  • 10:30 PM- Live Music starts playing on the Moonlight stage at Manchester and Tower Grove Ave.
  • 11:45 PM – Cut-off for long course riders at the rest stop (City Foundry)
  • 1:00 AM- Moonlight Ramble and Festival Close

 

Location

The 2023 Ramble will once again start and finish in The Grove! We can’t wait to share one of St. Louis’ hippest and happening places with you!

Registration and Packet Pickup can be found at 4247 Manchester Ave, St. Louis Mo 63110

Restaurants in The Grove!

Ladies and gentlemen, the list of amazing restaurants within the Moonlight Festival is long and delicious. You’re not going to want to miss out on trying out all of these amazing restaurants! Those include: The Handlebar, Everest Cafe, Beast Butcher & Block, Open Concept, Pie Guy Pizza, Sanctuaria, Taha’s Twisted Tiki, Sultan Mediterranean, The Gramophone, Vincent Van Doughnut, Sauce on the Side, and Grace Meat + Three!

Entertainment

We’ll have Live Music to rock your socks off from 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm and 10:45 pm – 1:00 am. This year’s band will be announced soon!

Event Shirt

Register early to guarantee yourself this stupid soft, glow-in-the-dark custom t-shirt!
Register here: https://moonlightramble.com/

2023 JCS Bike for Heroes

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Join the Joshua Chamberlain Society as we unite for a common cause and raise funds at the 2023 JCS Bike for Heroes.

If you’re reading this, you’re invited to apply Trailnet’s discount codes at checkout!

  • Trailshort – $35 fee for routes 50 miles and shorter
  • Traillong – $60 fee for routes 80 miles and longer

Come join us and tour the flat farmlands of the Mississippi valley heading south out of Columbia, Illinois with views of the bluffs as we support our adopted Heroes. Registration opens at 6:00 A.M. with a group start at 7:00 A.M.

The 2023 JCS Bike for Heroes ride offers five different routes in distances of 10 miles, 25 miles, 50 miles, 80 miles, and 100 miles. There will be several rest stops with snacks, drinks, and facilities available for your convenience. On the 25 and 50 mile routes, you will travel the flat farmlands and enjoy views of the Missouri and Illinois river bluffs.

The 80 and 100 mile routes extend through Prairie Du Rocher, Illinois where you will ride alongside bluffs and pass Fort De Chartres. Built in 1753, this site marks the location of the last of four successive French forts built during the colonization of the Illinois Country.

If you are unable to attend the event, but want to support an individual or team, or just want to make a donation to JCS click on the link below.

https://www.ms-stride.org/jcsbikeforheroes