A Little History:
Our club was started in 1968 and was originally known as the "St. Charles Bicycle Club." For a few years, the club was called the "Self Propelled Fox Valley Bicycle Club." Then in January 1998 it merged with the "Aurora Bicycle Club" (founded in 1973) under the combined name, The Fox Valley Bicycle & Ski Club. Aside from the changes, our philosophy has always remained the same: to promote safe bicycling and cross country skiing, and to enjoy and respect our precious natural outdoor environment.
We are affiliated with the League of American Bicyclists (LAB), the Active Transportation Alliance (ATA) and Ride Illinois (LIB). We also support the Illinois Prairie Path (IPP), the Adventure Cycling Association, and the Rails to Trails Conservancy (RTC).
Our regular monthly meetings are typically held on the second Wednesday of the month at Persinger Recreation Center (Peck Farm Park), 3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva, IL at 7pm. The monthly meetings often include a guest speaker. This could be someone from a local bike shop explaining how to patch a tube without taking the wheel off the bike, a spokesperson from the "Rails to Trails Conservancy" or a professional outfitter giving details of an interesting cycle tour or ski travel package. We also have social events several times throughout the year wherein we combine food and fun.
Regular Weekly Rides
During the active summer months, we try to maintain a regular ride schedule. Check the calendar for start locations and roll time. Here are some examples of the regular rides held in past seasons.
- Monday evening trails and street, no-drop (10-15 miles, easy pace) ride with a leader. Meets at the Kane County Government Center in Geneva.
- Tuesday evening trail and streets, no-drop (12-20 miles, easy to moderate pace) ride with a leader.
Meets at the Kane County Government Center in Geneva.
- Wednesday evening trails and streets, no-drop,(15-25 miles, moderate pace) ride with a leader. Different locations each week.
- Thursday evening road ride. Keep up with a group or ride on your own following provided cue sheet ride (20-40 miles, moderate to fast pace) Meets at Wasco Elementary School; 1 block south of Rt. 64 on Old LaFox Rd.
We also regularly have longer weekend rides which include rest stops and sometimes meals.
Non-members are always welcome to try one or two FVBSC's organized rides with a signed waiver and a helmet before deciding to join our club. Consult the monthly calendar for the time and start location of all scheduled rides, as well as meetings and social activities.
In the past the FVBSC has sponsored two major invitational rides. These are the "Silver Springs 60," which was held in late April and the "Swedish Days Ride," held in June. In 2006 the Silver Springs ride was dropped from our calendar. We experienced only moderate success with it in in the latter years due to the unpredictable spring weather.
Although not affiliated, the Swedish Days Ride follows Geneva's week-long Midsummer Festival known as Swedish Days. The festival takes place each year during the 3rd week of June; the invitational is the Sunday of the event. 2019 will be the 50th anniversary of this popular ride. The week preceding the bike ride is filled with music, dancing, craft displays, food, entertainment and carnival rides. What better way to end the week's gargantuan gala than to enjoy the scenery of Kane County on a leisurely (or speedy!) bicycle ride? The ride starts at Kaneland High School, which is located on Keslinger Road close to Meredith, Maple Park, Illinois on Plato Road.
Our invitational ride is well supported with ample rest stops providing cold water, beverages, sandwiches and fruit. Maps, cue sheets, clearly marked routes, and congenial SAG are also provided.
For more information regarding the FVBSCs activities, check out the club event calendar.