I have no association with the ride, but I wanted to help get the word out on a new double century being offered this year -- the Metamora 200, being run August 12, 2006, out of Metamora, IL (which is just northeast of Peroria). It's 4, 50-mile loops over relatively flat terrain. Here's a link to the info. on the ride: http://www.big-dogs.org/umc/mm4X50/mm4X50home.htm.
The lack of doubles in the midwest is appalling, given how many endurance and long-distance riders there are here. I don't know if I can make this for a variety of reasons, but I'm sure going to try. In any event, I wanted to help spread the word, hoping to add to the turn-out and thus the success of the ride. I'm really hoping that this ride has a "build it and they will come" response.