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. This year's ride will be $15 per rider (regardless of age) with a 500 rider limit. 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).


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Update: August 1, 2015:

Online Registration is CLOSED. There are 225 spots available as of 7:00 PM at "Night of" Registration at City Hall. Click here to register.

Saturday Night's Schedule:
9:30 PM - Rider check-in and "Night of" Registration Opens
9:30 PM - Singer/songwriter Ryan Cooper starts
9:30 PM - Local Bike Shops available for last minute air, safety checks and minor repairs.
10:00 PM - Judging for best lit bicycle contest begins
10:30 PM - Winners of best lit contest announced
11:00 PM - Ride starts
12:30 PM to 2:00 AM - Pizza available for registered riders.
City Hall restrooms will be open. Hope to see you Saturday.

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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