2014 Crystal Lake Night Owl Bike Ride

Pedaling into the Night for a Bicycle Friendly Crystal Lake

In collaboration with The Land Conservancy of McHenry County, the McHenry County Bicycle Advocates are again planning for the 2014 Crystal Lake Night Owl Bicycle Ride! The purpose of the 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 healthful activity for area residents to experience the streets, landmarks and people of Crystal Lake and to further make Crystal Lake a bike friendly community.

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Update: July 27, 2014- The 2014 Ride is this coming Saturday, August 2 and will start at 11:00 PM at the Crystal Lake City Hall, 100 W. Woodstock Street. Free parking is located one block east of City Hall in the Metra Railroad lot.

Online registration is OPEN until Friday, August 1st @ 5:00 PM - click here to register online. "Night of ride" registration will begin at 9:30 PM on Saturday. To help facilitate a quick process, please print and complete as many registrations forms as necessary.

Thanks to Bob Olsen of Wheel Werks Bicycles in CL for the donations to the "Night of Ride Raffle". All riders who register online will receive a raffle ticket in their goody bag. Bring the raffle ticket with you. Raffle will start at 10:30 PM.
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Singer/songwriter Ryan Cooper will again be performing at the ride's start so plan to arrive early and catch his set.
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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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