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: February 2, 2015:

Thanks to the 425 participants of the 2014 Ride. We have started planning the 2015 ride. Initial meetings with the City of Crystal Lake are under way and all looks good. We should have an announcement in early March about the 2015 ride.

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 be a 13 mile family-friendly route this year and a 23 mile route. You can review a high level description of the 2014 routes by clicking here 2014 Night Owl Route Narrative.

Registration Info Registration opens on April 1, 2014. 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! - Suburban Life FIT Magazine, Hogan Exteriors, The Northwest Herald, Country Donuts in Crystal Lake, Eisenmann, Think-Ink, Wheels Werks Custom Bikes, Lucky Brake Bike Shop.

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The proposed route will start and end in the downtown area and traverse points of interest such as the:


The organizing group is currently lead by representatives from the McHenry County Bicycle Advocates, Wheels Werks Bike Shop, Lucky Brake Bikes and other individuals. Anyone is welcome to join us plan! Please contact Ron Eberle via e-mail or at 815-639-7197.

Watch for updates throughout the year

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