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Belleville Area Bicycling and Eating Society

January 2016 Club Newsletter – Meet ‘n’ Eat on Jan. 13

Happy New Year! – January Meet’n’Eat – B.A.B.E.S. Club Membership (new lower dues) – Looking for Ride Leaders and more

First Special Thanks to our 2015 Ride Leaders: Ellen and Bill Dunham and Arlene Willmann and Substitute Ride Leader for June 10 Frank Dressel. Also, Special Thanks to Jason Warner our Web Administer.

January Meet’n’Eat – Our first 2016 Meet ‘n’ Eat will be this coming Wednesday, Jan. 13, at Papa Vito’s Pizza – Belleville Location, 318 East Washington, Belleville, Illinois 62220. Meet at 6:30 p.m. Additional parking across the street.  If you need more information, contact Arlene Willmann, or 618.401.9513.

Feb. 10 Meet’n’Eat – Our second Winter Meet ‘n’ Eat will be Wednesday, Feb 10 at TBD. Meet at 6:30 p.m.

March 6 or 13 [Date TBD] Meet’n’Eat – Our March Winter Meet ‘n’ Eat will be held on a Sunday afternoon, March 6 or 13 – date still TBD, at Copper Dock Winery, 498 White Oak Lane, Pocahontas, Illinois 62278. If you are interested in lunch meet at 1:00pm. If you need more information, contact Arlene Willmann, or 618.401.9513.

Ride Leaders and Substitute Ride Leaders Needed:

  • We need a ride leaders to lead our Club Wed Evening Training rides out of Millstadt for August and September out of Belleville.
  • We are also looking for substitute ride leaders for: Wednesday, April 27 in Collinsville MCTrails and Wednesday, July 20 in O’Fallon
  • And ride leaders to handle some weekend rides. Ride Leaders need to be STLCC/B.A.B.E.S. members

Club Rides

March Wednesday Evening Rides – Season Jump Start – March 23 and 30!

Belleville Area Bicycling and Eating Society Wednesday Evening (begin the season early) Ride. We’ll meet at the old YMCA Camp (now closed) on Mine Haul Road approximately .2 miles west of Park Road, Belleville. Meet at 5 p.m. and leave at 5:10 p.m. Again leave at 5:10 p.m. Route not marked, but map and/or que provided. No Sag. Only one route of approximately 22.7 miles. Come prepared and self-sufficient. Must be able to complete before sunset at just after 7 p.m. This ride is weather dependent. After the ride, we’ll eat at a Belleville restaurant – only if interest. Leader: Arlene Willmann at or 618.401.9513.

April Wednesday Evening Rides, Collinsville The MCTrails – April 6, 13, 20 and 27 — Arlene Willmann

May Wednesday Evening Rides, Mascoutah – May 4, 11, 18 and 25 – Bill Dunham

June Wednesday Evening Rides – June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 – Arlene Willmann

July Wednesday Evening Rides – July 6, 13, 20 and 27. Ellen Dunham

August Wednesday Evening Rides – Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 Ride Leader Needed

September Wednesday Evening Rides  Sept. 7 and 14 Ride Leader Needed

Weekend Club Rides To-Date:

Saturday, June 4 Jakey in June Ride, St. Jacob – more info to follow

Sunday, Oct 30 7 Gates of Hell Ride (Winery Ride), Maryville, more info to follow

Two Other Rides:

B.A.B.E.S. ride the Horsey Hundred 2016:

The Annual Horsey Hundred will be held the weekend of May 28-29, in Georgetown, Kentucky. Check the website for details (registration opens mid-Jan):

We have B.A.B.E.S. members already planning to register (when it opens). If you are considering doing the Horsey, come join us. Please note you will have to register through the Horsey Hundred website and make all your own housing arrangements. If you have are interested and want some Housing Options contact or 618.401.9513

B.A.B.E.S. ride the Maeystown “Oktoberfest Ride:

Sunday, Oct. 9 – Maeystown”Oktoberfest” Ride – 50 miles

Meet at the Schnucks, 1000 Columbia Centre (Market Place) in Columbia, IL 62236 at 8:30, leave at 9 am. Return route (very flat) uses the Levee Rd. instead of the busy Bluff Rd. Exactly 50 miles roundtrip.

Become a member or renew your B.A.B.E.S. membership for 2016!

Go here to become a member! New lower membership dues!

We will also have the new forms available at any of our Winter Meet ‘n’ Eats. The New Club dues are now $15 for a full adult membership (18 and over) and $20 for a full family membership.

Go to and click Join Us! …and follow the instructions.

B.A.B.E.S. membership year runs from January 1 to December 31.

NOTE: A parent or guardian must sign a waiver and release form for each child under 18 years of age.

If you have questions or need assistance with your membership application please contact Arlene Willmann at 618.401.9513 or at

Happy Cycling in 2016!


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