2015 Crystal Lake Night Owl Bike Ride

Pedaling into the Night for a Bicycle Friendly Crystal Lake

In collaboration with the The Land Conservancy of McHenry County, the 2015 Crystal Lake Night Owl Bicycle Ride will be held Saturday night, August 1, 2015. The purpose of this late evening ride is to benefit The Land Conservancy of McHenry County and promote bicycling as an alternate means of transportation and exercise within the City of Crystal Lake. The idea is to have a unique, fun and healthy activity for area residents to experience the streets, landmarks and people of Crystal Lake and to further make Crystal Lake a bike friendly community. The ride will start at 11:00 PM at the Crystal Lake City Hall complex (100 W. Woodstock Street). There is a 500 rider limit.


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Update: July 1, 2015:

The 2015 Crystal Lake Night Owl Bike Ride will take place on Saturday, August 1st at 11:00 PM. This year's ride will be $15 per rider (regardless of age) with a 500 rider limit. Registration is open- click here to register.

Introducing the Crystal Lake Night Owl Slow Roll group training rides:
Each year we hear from a number of folks wondering about the length of the Night Owl Bike Ride. At first pass, the 24-mile route seems overwhelming for those who jump on a bicycle once or twice a year. Fear not, with a couple of simple, Slow Roll training rides, everyone can join the 2015 Crystal Lake Night Owl Bike Ride.

The Night Owl Ride we'll host a Slow Roll group ride at 6:30 PM on the following Wednesdays: 6/24, 7/8 and 7/22. We'll meet and head off from the downtown gazebo (pictured below) which is located across from the downtown Metra railroad station. By Slow Roll we mean an average speed of 10 to 15 mph.


Lights and helmets are encouraged. Figure on 1 to 1.5 hours total riding. Let us know if you have any questions.

As always, all riders are required to wear a helmet and have appropriate lights on their bicycles. This is NOT a race, but a RIDE. The Crystal Lake Police Department bike patrol will ride along with us to insure a safe and fun ride for all participants. The following links provide additional information..

Route Info There will again be a 13 mile family-friendly route and a 24 mile route. You can review a high level description of the 2015 routes by clicking here 2015 Night Owl Route Narrative.

Registration Info Registration is open. Paper registration forms can be found here.

Volunteer Info We need a dozen of you!

Sponsor Info Support those who support the Crystal Lake Night Owl Bike Ride! - Sliver Level Sponsors: Blazing Star Nursery, Dr. Gregory Kubik DDS, The Crystal Ice House, Centegra Health System

In kind Sponsors: Country Donuts in Crystal Lake, Davey Tree, Eisenmann, Think-Ink, Wheels Werks Custom Bikes, Lucky Brake Bike Shop.

The routes will start and end at the City of Crystal Lake City Hall and traverse points of interest such as the:


The organizing group is currently lead by representatives from the Wheels Werks Bike Shop, Lucky Brake Bikes, The Land Conservancy of McHenry County and other individuals. Anyone is welcome to join us plan! Please contact Ron Eberle via e-mail or at 815-354-3428.

Watch for updates throughout the year

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