The Easter Ride

Join us for our 36th annual Easter Ride on Sunday, April 30, 2017

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The FOS Easter Ride is a one-day bicycle tour sponsored by the Folks on Spokes Bicycle Club, an Illinois not for profit organization. Since 1982 this ride has grown in popularity despite sometimes imperfect spring weather.

Join us on Sunday, April 30, 2017, for the 36th annual Folks on Spokes Easter Ride, a one-day bicycle tour sponsored by the Folks on Spokes Bicycle Club, an Illinois not for profit organization.

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Since 1982 this ride has grown in popularity and remains the “Opening Day” for Chicagoland cyclists, drawing hundreds of riders each year. The longer routes follow lightly traveled paved roads and a few miles of paved trail. The shorter routes are mostly on paved trails. All routes are clearly marked. Routes range in distance from 17 to 70 miles.

The ride features rest stops with fruit, drinks, sandwiches and homemade cookies. After the ride, food (including a traditional Easter Egg salad sandwich), music and massages (fee) are available.

The Easter Ride was listed as the Best Biking in America in Bicycling Magazine’s April 1999 issue.

The success of this invitational ride enables our Club to make generous donations to the League of American Bicyclists, Ride Illinois, Bicycle Indiana, Active Transportation Alliance, and others.

Your fee entitles you to a map of the routes, access to all rest stops, SAG support, and parking. A limited number of t-shirts may be available on the day of the ride. Please plan to pick up your rider packets and T-shirts by 10:00 AM. If you plan on riding the 53 or 70 mile route, we ask that you start by 9:00 AM. Sag support ends at 3:30.

Each route follows lightly traveled paved roads and a few miles of paved trail. All routes are fully marked.




Easter Ride 2016 Report

by Al Sturges

The 35th Annual Easter Ride was held on a bright, sunny Sunday, April 24. Bernie O’Reilly, our Pre-registerer-in-chief reported that we had a final count of 512 riders paid. Of those, 163 signed up through active.com, 39 mailed in registrations, and 310 registered day of ride. With eight no-shows, we had 504 riders.

Arrivals at Village Hall were greeted by Easter Bunny April Haffner and Dale Johnson’s registration crew: Barb Barnes, Susan Carlsen, Dick Chisholm, Lee Chung, Joan Dietrich, Carol O'Bryan, Dan Rumishek, Roger Stoub, and Chuck Vasile. Howard Pence of the Compleat Cyclist was there to help those who need quick repairs or equipment. Bruce Haffner again organized his ham radio operators for communications and to provide rest stop help.

The rest stop for the short routes was organized by Ellen Kratofil and staffed by Joe Helsel’s wife and daughter, and Barbara Sturges. Dan Meadows helped with set-up and packing up. Thanks to the Crete Park District for waiving the fee for use of the park.

At Willowbrook long route riders were greeted by Bob Rapacki, Mary Lynn Mysz, Tony Loukota, Sallie Vloedman, Fern Bienias, Frankie Newcom, Wes Cunningham and the Easter Bunny. Jim Barnish helped Fern and Tony with set-up. Bob Rapacki and his guitar provided entertainment.

At Goodenow Grove, team leader Marty Hayes was helped by Mary Bohlen, Jane Botta (who also ordered the T-shirts), Ken Hackmon, August Lentz, Faye Philips, ham operator Michael Kiely plus Marty’s spin class teacher, Heather. , who Marty recruited from her spin class. The weather was good enough that the South Suburban Dulcimer and Folk Music Society with our own Dan Meadows were able to play. Graham from Goodspeed Cycles in Homewood was set up to handle any mid-ride repairs.

For the after-the-ride party at Park Forest Village Hall, Irene van der Hoek’s crew included Nancy Walsh, Candace McFadden, Cynthia Marks, Michelle Deering, Hugh Hillebrand, Chris Oldanie, Maria Lynch, Norman Reno, and Sally Kleinschmidt. Scott Oldanie contributed a Texas-sized pan of his Texas caviar. The Joe Williams and Friends band entertained downstairs and Kendall (Kendall at the Keys) Parish provided music upstairs at Village Hall, where Allen Walker provided massages.

On the road, Larry Mysz’ small but efficient SAG crew of Ricky Marks, Dennis Newcom, Keith Kleinfeldt, and Bob and Peggy DeRolf helped the lost and otherwise in-need riders. Juan Gomez patrolled the Thorn Creek Trail on his bike.

A big thanks goes to Rick Deering who, assisted by his wife, Michelle, bought the food, organized it, delivered to Goodenow Grove, collected uneaten food and delivered it to the New Lenox food pantry. And thanks to Dave DeGroot, who determined that the routes from last year were still good, and marked most of the routes, assisted by Scott Oldanie. Dan Meadows reserved the park in Crete, and Bernie reserved Goodenow Grove.

Thanks to logo designer Jim Tomaszewski who took pictures out on the route, so now we have pictures of riders actually riding on their bikes for future publicity.

A big thanks goes to Rick Deering who, assisted by his wife, Michelle, bought the food, organized it, delivered to Goodenow Grove, collected uneaten food and delivered it to the New Lenox food pantry. And thanks to Dave DeGroot, who determined that the routes from last year were still good, and marked most of the routes, assisted by Scott Oldanie. Tony Loukota and I marked the rest. Dan Meadows reserved the park in Crete, and Bernie reserved Goodenow Grove.

Tony Loukota ordered porta-potties, helped organize supplies at Village Hall on Saturday afternoon, delivered the Willowbrook supplies, helped at Willowbrook, brought unused supplies back to Village Hall, and helped paint the short routes. Other than that, he didn’t do much.

And finally, thanks to Irene van der Hoek who helped me recruit last-minute help to replace people who were out of town or otherwise unable to help. There was real concern that we’d be short workers. But it turned out fine.

Thanks to all for a really good job.

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