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Old 06-10-05, 10:14 AM   #1
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Chicago Century

The intention of this post is to get a read on the enthusiasm for an idea I have been thinking about for awhile. Is anyone interested in doing a Chicago Century? The idea is to have an organized ride that covers the city of Chicago; from the North to the South, from the Lake to the West. Wed do it on a Sunday morning late summer, have breaks for beer, sausage, whatever, make it as fun as possible. Plot out a course, pass out maps, distances. Make a flier promoting the ride. Ride at a pace that would keep the group together.

I dont think I can do it alone. Id need help with fliers, maps, routes, other things. Id like to see a turnout of, what, say 20 riders?

Let me know what you think. Please post ideas and willingness to help and/or ride.


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I am down for this Mayo - as per our discussion. I can assist with the flyer production and drinking of beer. The latter has rarely been a problem for me.

PM me for my email address.

NYC had one last week (or was it two weeks ago?) - and gave some really good advice. Thanks Big Apple.
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Old 06-10-05, 10:53 AM   #3
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i'd be all about this
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I'm down.
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I would definitely consider coming up from chambana for it Ive been wanting to do a century for some time now...don't have a fixie yet(still working on it) but I have a singlespeed
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i will volunteer any services i may have to offer i run a coffee shop so maybe that will help with bev and food??oh yah and beer drinking might be fun do you have any idea on a date yet??
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Ill come down from MKE if we can take tofu and propel breaks
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yeah i'm in!
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hey kids -- i've been wanting to come up to chicagoland for a while now to visit some friends. if you guys do the chicago century, i'd love to come up for it. keep me posted on the happenings.
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hey kids -- i've been wanting to come up to chicagoland for a while now to visit some friends. if you guys do the chicago century, i'd love to come up for it. keep me posted on the happenings.
that makes two of us.
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Down like two flat tubulars. I'd love to help with the route, flyers, beer, rest stop/bbq location....basically whatever.
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With all of these people talking about coming into town I couldn't help but to wonder...

Does anyone know what's up with the CCC this year?
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I would drive down from MN for this in a heartbeat.
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I'm sure the DCC would be down and help out, etc. I'm in.

As for the CCC - labour day is the word.
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I'm in. How can i help? the ol'man runs a taco spot on the north side and i'm sure i can work out a deal
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count me in. i would be willing to help with whatever is needed...
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I would do the ride, schedule ( British pronunciation ) permitting.
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looks like you got enough interest - let us know what you need to get started.

you have my info mayo
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i'm totally in. this is full of awesomeness
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hey kids -- i've been wanting to come up to chicagoland for a while now to visit some friends. if you guys do the chicago century, i'd love to come up for it. keep me posted on the happenings.
let me know if you want crash space.
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Sign me up. It looks like there'll be a strong showing from the Buckeye State... This sounds awesome; keep us updated on the when and where....
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Very Good. Next step. Date. I'm going to just pick one. How about Sunday, August 14th. We'll meet at The Bean at 7:00AM.

Next Step:
Route. My initial plan was to ride the Lake up North to Evanston, perhaps further, then head west. At some point we turn South and go Lake Calumet then turn back North riding the Lake as much as possible.

I've got the South Side covered since I know it well, but I don't know anything Northwest. Further, I'd love to hear ideas or suggestions for things we need to see along the way. Also, if you've got a place that we could use as a water/bathroom stop, chime in too. We need a place to stop for lunch and a place to stop for beer.

Remember that old McDonalds ad about the hot side hot and the cold side cold? Looking at the map it seems the North Side should be as beautiful as possible, trees, birds, peace and quiet and the South Side as industrial and gritty as possible. We want everything on our sandwich.

Does anyone know where Mr. T lives? We could ride past his house, check out the trees he cut down.

Be creative people, let's own this and make it a blast. Make it an annual event on the second Sunday in August. PM me for cell phone number.

One week from today we need the route planned so we can get the flier made.

Let's Roll

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I'm in. Sounds like a great idea for a ride.
Are you going to push FG/SS attendance specifically?
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Mr T = Lake Forest. That is north of E-town, east of where I work in Mettawa.
Look for the house with NO trees...
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Hey, I got an idea!

Fishing at Wolf Lake!

Like a contest, who ever catches the biggest 3-eyed fish or body part wins!
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