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Trailnet’s Ride the Rivers Century – September 21, 2014

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logo-5555Trailnet’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.

logo-5565Set-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.

2014CenturyRS36With 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.

Atlogo-5502 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.

DCIM101GOPROAt 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.

2014 Ride the Rivers Century was funded, in part, by The Great Rivers Greenway District and Missouri American Water and in partnership with Chipotle Mexican Grill, Morgan Street Brewery, and Hammer Nutrition.

Special thanks to photographer, Mark Schwigen.

2014 Ride the Rivers Century Lodging


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 steve@trailnet.org or 314.436.1324 x 138 if you have any questions at all.