Participants in a HOT! 2018 Swedish Days Worker's Ride take a break and hydrate.
As usual this season, the weather forecast keeps changing hour to hour. Progressing up the hierarchy of riding weather there’s: Overcast, Light drizzle, Heavy drizzle, Rain.
Then the un-rideable weather kicks in at Thunder & Lightning.
I plan on being at Kaneland Harter Middle School ready to roll at 7:00am and if that doesn’t work, I’ll hang around till 9:00 as needed. We will always err on the side of safety and cancel the ride if needed due to weather.
Check the website often to see where we stand.
4:30 PM Friday - Optimistic that it will be all rainbows and unicorns!
6:42 PM Friday - I put the fenders on the bike "just in case".
5:45 AM Sat. - Sidewalks dry in Batavia!
Everyone is invited to participate in the 2019 Swedish Days Worker's Ride.
This well received event is a FVBSC tradition.
The Worker's Ride provides an opportunity for those working the Swedish Days event to experience the route first hand. It also allows us to check some of the roads for any last minute issues.
The ride is held a week prior to the actual event; this year on Saturday, June 15th.
Although termed the “Worker's Ride,” all club members as well as our extended "Friends of the FVBSC," who have offered to volunteer are welcome. If you have already volunteered to support the actual event on Sunday June 23rd, then this ride is your chance to experience the route with almost the same level of rest stop support as the day of the ride. Of course if you have not yet volunteered, then your participation is our way of some gentle arm twisting to do so. No club member will be turned away.
This year's Worker's Day Ride will be starting at a NEW LOCATION! All Worker’s Day routes will start at the Kaneland Harter Middle School. (This will be the main and only rest stop location on the 2019 Swedish Days Ride). The school is located at 1601 Esker Drive, Sugar Grove, IL 60554 (corner of Harter & Esker Roads). We'll have a selection of fresh fruit, breads, trail mix, energy drink mix and water.
Two start times are offered. Your choice depends on the pace and distance that interests you.
- 7:00 AM; fast-paced 23.6 mile loop (Pace: 16mph. plus. We need to get back before 9:00 with some buffer to get the 9:00 groups off on time AND have a snack.) Get there early so that we can roll at 7:00am sharp.
- 9:00 AM; Your choice of routes ridden at your pace:
21 mi Loop
23 mi Loop
26 mi Loop
We’ll target closing down the Rest Stop at ~1:15pm. That’s 4-6 hours of riding depending on your start time. Plan your route(s) accordingly. You are welcome to ride longer; there just might not be refreshments when you finish.
Fast riders starting at 7:00 can easily get a metric century plus in (23.6 + 21.3 + 26.2 = 71.1 miles)
Possibly a full century if highly motivated (23.6 + 29.1 + 26.2 + 21.3 = 100.2 miles)!
A recreational pace of 12mph will still let you do 45miles (23.6 + 21.3 loops) in ~3 hrs 45min.
Ride with GPS Route Files
21 Mile Loop
23 Mile Loop
26 Mile Loop
29 Mile Loop
Think about which loops you might like to ride on. Save them to your bike computer and/or print out a map and cue sheet and bring with you.
These awesome maps were created by Jerry Shields and shows all the loops which are part of the 127 mile route. Note that the start location is at Kaneland High School this year (top of page) and the Rest Stop location (Kaneland Harter Middle School) is in the middle of the page to the right.
2019 Swedish Days Ride - 127 mile poster
We’ll have a ride leader for the 7:00 a.m. ride. To be determined for the 9:00 start time. We’re hoping that many people will have some similar mileage and pace desires and we can form some impromptu groups. If you have a specific distance and pace in mind and you want to lead a group. Let us know and we’ll post your information.
We hope to see a big turnout and beautiful weather.
Wally Moran - 2019 Swedish Days Worker’s Ride Leader