Ride Information

DGBC rides on roads, trails, bike paths, gravel, dirt, snow, and other suspicious surfaces.

We use road bikes, hybrid bikes, fat tire bikes, mountain bikes, electric bikes, and pretty much anything with two wheels.

We wear cycle-specific clothes, street clothes, and sometimes Halloween costumes.

The only thing we ALL wear is a helmet.

Our Regular Rides

These are our regularly scheduled rides. If you're not sure which ride is perfect for you, visit our Start Here page.

Bill Chalberg

Monday Nite Ride

Leader: Bill Chalberg

  • How Long: 10-15 miles | 60-90 minutes

  • How Fast: C 10 m.p.h.

  • Season: Mid - April to late fall…riding with lights

  • Good for: beginners and more experienced riders who enjoy social ride followed by a stop at a local pub.

Why ride on Monday night? 1. To have fun. 2. To relax and chat as you ride. 3. To learn what group riding is like.

Note: if you are a woman who is new to group riding this ride offers the opportunity to learn from other women,

The ride starts Fishel Park in Downers Grove at 6:30 pm and will end there. We will ride with lights when sunset gets earlier. To use the words of transportation planners, we ride on low stress streets. If you are a woman who would like t



Wednesday Night Ride (WNFRR)

Leader: Show and Go

  • How Long: 25 miles | 1:15 min

  • How Fast: A | 20 - 21 mph

  • Season: Mid–April to Mid–August

  • Good for: Anyone who wants to ride fast in a paceline and build endurance.

The Wednesday Night Frontage Road Ride (WNFRR) starts at the main Waterfall Glen trailhead parking lot off Cass Ave. and Northgate at 6:00pm. There is no designated leader on these rides, which always follows the same route every week. The goal is to ride competitively and increase your endurance and speed. Ride re-groups at stoplights and on Davey Rd. after the Joliet Rd. climb. Riders should be prepared to make their own way back to the Cass Ave. parking lot if necessary.


Thursday Night Escape (TNE)

Leader: Gary Bolton

  • How Long: 30 miles | 1:30 min

  • How Fast: Typically 2-3 ride speeds offered | B, B+, A

  • Season: April to September

  • Good for: Newer riders looking to improve skills and intermediate riders looking to get faster.

The Thursday Night Escape (TNE) starts at 6pm at McCollum park on Main St. in Downers Grove. Gary leads a lively ride that will help you build speed and fitness. This is the most popular ride each season for the DGBC - often 25-30 riders and 3 groups…a great place to start!


Thursday Night INDOOR Escape

Leader: Colin Burke

  • How Long: 30 miles | 60 min

  • How Fast: All Speeds

  • Season: October to April

  • Good for: Anyone riding indoors on Zwift

The Thursday Night Indoor Escape (TNiE) is a spin off from our most popular ride, the TNE. This is a virtual group social ride organized on Zwift with group chat on Discord. Music is provided and this provides for a great way to get to know riders and pass the long winter days while still keeping active. Zwift allows for riders of all abilities to "stay together" and ride as a group. This ride ends when the outdoor version of the TNE begins. Contact info@dgbikeclub.org for more information on riding on Zwift or DG Titans, the indoor Zwift Racing Team.



First Friday Community Bike Ride

Leader: Downers Grove Bicycle Club members

  • How Long: 6 miles (with shorter 3 mile option)

  • How Fast: Slow | 6-8 m.p.h.

  • Season: May 7, Jun 4, Jul 2, Aug 6, Sep 3, Oct 1

  • Good for: Young or Old, Slow or Fast.

This new ride is a community event for all residents, old and young and children. The goal is to offer short, fun rides through our beautiful village Downers Grove. Details and Ice Cream to follow.


Saturday Morning Ride(s)

Leaders: Various

  • How Long: Various ride lengths | B and B+ Rides: 25-45 miles | A Rides: 50-100 miles

  • How Fast: Typically 2-3 ride speeds offered | B, B+, A

  • Season: April to October

  • Good for: experienced riders who want to build speed on a longer distance ride.

Saturday Morning rides generally leave at 7am (to beat the heat) from the Downers Grove Library parking lot. The rides are usually split up among A, B+, and B ride pace. Ride distance will build over the course of the summer and these rides are rarely less than 30 miles long.


Sunday Easy Ride

Leader: Susan Hayse

  • How Long: 15-30 miles

  • How Fast: Moderately slow, 9-12 mph

  • Season: April to September

  • Good for: beginners, riders who prefer riding on bike paths, or experienced riders who want a more social ride.

The Sunday Slow ride starts at 9 am from a variety of start locations (check the calendar). The rides focus on bike trails and paths with time for a snack break. The ride is usually about 20 miles long and will increase in distance over the course of the summer.

How can I tell how fast I'm riding without a speedometer?


If you know how far you went and how long it took you, you can easily calculate how fast you rode using this formula:

D/T = R

where:

D = distance (how far you rode)

T = time (how long it took you to ride that far)

R = rate (how fast you rode)


If you rode 10 miles (D) in 1 hour 15 minutes (T), then R = 8 mph

If you rode 10 miles in 1 hour, then R = 10

If you rode 10 miles in 45 minutes, then R = 13.33

If you rode 10 miles in 30 minutes, then R = 20


Other Ride Leaders

These club ride leaders will post rides occasionally on our calendar.

Loni Wiedemann

Jeff Bolam

Jeffrey Rauch

John DeLand

Colin Burke

Paul Meier

Marie McDowell

Abe Glazer

Larry Grubart

Matt Yackley

Scott Burstein

Gary Bolton

Tom Drexler

Debra Wesley



Routes (See our Resources page)