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Belleville Area Bicycling and Eating Society

January 2018 Club Newsletter – January Meet’n’Eat and Expo

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Special Thanks to our 2017 Ride Leaders: Ellen and Bill Dunham and Arlene Willmann. Also, Special Thanks to Jason Warner our Web Administer

Jan. 10 Meet’n’Eat – Our first 2018 Meet ‘n’ Eat will be Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Papa Vito’s Pizza, 318 Washington Street, Belleville, Illinois 62260. or 618.277.6200. Meet at 6:30 p.m. If you need more information, contact Arlene Willmann, or 618.401.9513.

Feb. 7 Meet’n’Eat – Our second Winter Meet ‘n’ Eat will be Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 4204 Main Street Brewing, 4204 Main Street, Belleville, IL. or 618.416.7261. Meet at 6:30 p.m. If you need more information, contact Arlene Willmann, or 618.401.9513.

March 18 Meet’n’Eat – Our March Winter Meet ‘n’ Eat will be held on a Sunday afternoon, March 18, at either Copper Dock Winery, 498 White Oak Lane, Pocahontas, Illinois 62278 or Hidden Lake Winery, 10580 County Road 400 E, Aviston, IL. If you are interested in lunch meet at 1:00pm. Possible ride before the Meet’n’Eat. If you need more information, contact Arlene Willmann, or 618.401.9513.

The club does not have a booth, but many of us will be attending:
2018 Mississippi Valley Bike + Outdoor Expo, Sunday, Jan. 14 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Gateway Convention Center, Collinsville, Illinois 62234. Tickets are $8 when ordered online and $12 at the door.

Club Rides:
April Wed Evening Rides, Collinsville The MCTrails – April 4, 11, 18 and 25
May Wed Evening Rides, Mascoutah – May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
June Wednesday Evening Rides – June 6, 13, 20 and 27
July Wednesday Evening Rides – July 4 (no ride), 11, 18 and 25
August Wednesday Evening Rides – Aug 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
September Wednesday Evening Rides Sep 5 and 12

Weekend Club Rides To-Date:
Saturday, June 2 Jakey in June Ride, St. Jacob, IL – more info to follow
Sunday, Oct 30 7 Gates of Hell Ride (Winery Ride), Maryville, IL more info to follow

Other Rides:
B.A.B.E.S. ride the Horsey Hundred 2018
The Annual Horsey Hundred will be held the weekend of May 26-27, 2018, 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

Become a member or renew your B.A.B.E.S. membership for 2018!
We will have the new 2018 form available at any of our Winter Meet ‘n’ Eats. The new 2018 form will be available on club website by Jan 1. Club dues are $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 2018!

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