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Monday, May 28, 2007

BABES in the news

Today's St. Louis Post-Dispatch features a story in its Healthy & Fit section about St. Louis-area groups that heed the call of the great outdoors, and the Belleville Area Bicycling and Eating Society, better known as the BABES, happen to be a part of the story.

The print version of the story includes photos of ride leader Jerry Whittle going over the route with the riders and cyclists Glen Peterson and Cecile Desair riding on the MCT Schoolhouse Trail near Collinsville. Unfortunately, the online version of the story doesn't include those photos.

Longtime ride leader Arlene Willmann also is quoted in the story. She does a good job of summing up what we're all about:
"We like to ride. We like to have fun. And, of course, we like to eat."
For those of you who aren't familiar with the BABES, we're a loosely organized group of cyclists that conduct rides in St. Clair, Madison, Clinton and Monroe counties in Illinois. The core of our activities are our Wednesday Evening Rides, which give riders the option of going from 12 to 25 miles. After the ride, we have dinner at a local restaurant.

This Wednesday evening, we meet at 6 p.m. at Scheve Park in Mascoutah and take off at 6:15 to see the "Mountains of Mascoutah" Actually, the hills aren't all that bad on the route. They just seem big because the vast majority of the surrounding countryside near Mascoutah is flat.

During the month of June, we'll meet for our Wednesday Evening Rides at 6:15 p.m. at the Turner Hall parking lot in Smithton and take off at 6:30. You can visit our Ride Calendar for more details.

From time to time, we also have rides out of metro-east wineries such as the Ravissant Winery in Belleville, the Hidden Lake Winery near Aviston and Vintner's Cellar in Edwardsville. We also will be scheduling slower-paced Ice Cream Social Rides over the course of the cycling season.

The BABES are affiliated with the Gateway Council of Hostelling International. Our rides are free for members of the organization and $3 for non-members.

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