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Upcoming Events
2018 Upcoming Events



Come Ride With us!


Cream City Cycle Club 
is a Milwaukee-based  bike club with more than 130 active members. CCCC is locally renowned for our schedule of weekly Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday group rides, many overnight camping rides, and our annual Century Classic ride.

 

CCCC rides are suitable for beginning recreational riders and veteran long distance riders alike. Our rides start from convenient Milwaukee metro locations as well as more rural ride starts, and range from 20 miles to 100+ distances during the season.

CCCC works with the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin and is a member of the League of American Bicyclists. We support local bicycling advocacy and cycling-oriented charitable organizations.

Benefits of membership:
  • participate in scenic and challenging bike routes
  • gain proficiency as a cyclist
  • friendship and camaraderie
  • safety and support on longer rides
  • news of upcoming cycling events and bicycling lore
  • discounts at local bike shops 



The 2018 ride season brings some changes to the CCCC Events Calendar. There is a new ride color code for upcoming rides. Previously, RED = NO Ride Leader, GREEN = at least one ride leader assigned. For 2018, RED = No Ride Leader(s), YELLOW = one Ride Leader, but no Ride Leader for other route(s). GREEN = Ride Leaders for all routes are assigned. There is a LEGEND button at the upper right of the Calendar page that opens to show all the color codes used on the Calendar.

CCCC Ride policy is that if there is a ride route without a Ride Leader prior to the ride date, the leaderless route will be cancelled, and route with Ride Leader will continue as the only sanctioned, official CCCC ride that day. The leaderless route to be cancelled may be the long route or the short route, based on the Ride Leader's route choice. Therefore it is important for club members to monitor the Ride Calendar and check for future YELLOW ride dates, and volunteer as Ride Leaders for the open routes. This will promote CCCC weekend rides that will be pleasant and successful experiences for all club members.


Rider Notes and Tips

 

This club asks that you ride responsibly. Keep yourself and your bicycle in good riding condition. Obey the ‘rules of the road’ and carry necessary equipment. Stay aware at all times of what’s around you – vehicles, other bicyclists, dogs, potholes etc. and be prepared to respond accordingly. This club encourages members and guests riding with us to be courteous bicyclists. By setting an example for other riders, we can help drivers learn to respect and accept bicycles on the road. Remember: Responsible bicyclists stay safer and have more fun riding.

 

 

Cream City Cycle Club strongly promotes the following SAFETY POLICY:

  1. Learn and practice safe bicycling skills.
  2. Learn the rights and responsibilities of bicyclists and practice what you learn.
  3. Always wear a correctly fitted CPSC approved helmet that is in good condition.
  4. Headphones/earbuds are prohibited on CCCC rides


Rider Checklist

 

Necessary

Optional

Water bottles

Jacket

Spare tubes

Sunscreen

Tire tools

Snack

Frame pump / CO2 cartridges

Lip balm

Eye protection (sunglasses)

Phone

Id

Money

 

 

Some Basic Ride Guidelines / Rules of the Road

 

  • Stay out of right turn lanes when going straight
  • Do not hinder traffic
  • Ensure safe road crossings
  • Make space for cars to pass in large groups
  • Use hand signals on turns
  • Warn if stopping or slowing by using hand signals as well as calling out
  • Warn if passing on left or right
  • Call “Car Back” and “Car Up”
  • Ride single file when traffic is present
  • Point and/or call out potholes, gravel, etc. to those behind
  • Stay right and do not pass on curves or hills with limited sight lines
  • Don’t ride too close to the bicyclist in front of you in case that cyclist has to make an emergency stop
  • If stopping, move off of the road

 


 

 Cream City Cycle Club Event Photos



Slideshow
Weekly Ride Photos



 

 Wednesday Morning and Members Choice Rides

  • Wednesday Morning Rides are sanctioned by the Cream City Cycle Club
  • Wednesday rides shall be held on Wednesdays
    • Any cancelled Wednesday ride that the ride leader would like to do on a different day of the week will not be a CCCC sanctioned ride and therefore riders should not sign a sign-up sheet
  • The length of rides shall be 25 – 35 miles
  • The ride start time will be 9:30 AM April through September, 10:00 AM in October
  • The route may be taken from the CCCC ride library or be developed by the ride leader preferably in a clockwise direction
  • The route shall start at or near a restaurant where the riders can stay for lunch afterwards
  • The route shall include one or more bathroom stops preferably near the ride midpoint
  • A club member can volunteer to lead a Wednesday ride by contacting the Wednesday morning ride committee chairperson via e-mail
  • Duties of the ride leader
  • Read the Ride Leader Manual found on the CCCC website under “Ride Leaders” tab
  • Forward the address and directions to the ride start to the web master
  • If starting at a restaurant, ensure the restaurant will allow us to park in their lot while we’re riding
  • Make cue sheets available to riders
    • If the cue sheet is in the club library, have the a link put on web site by the club webmaster and, in addition, bring 5 printed copies
    • If the cue sheet is not in the club library, bring 15 – 20 printed copies
  • Provide a sign-up sheet (found on club website under “Ride Leaders” tab)
  • Verify each rider is a current club member by checking membership card at time of sign-in
  • Carry the sign-up sheet with you during the ride
  • Know and understand the safety protocol and policies as stated in the CCCC Ride Leader Manual
  • After the ride, forward the sign-up sheet to the Wednesday morning ride committee chairperson
  • In case of inclement weather, cancel the ride by 8:00 AM via the procedure on the club website under the “Ride Leaders” tab
  • A Wednesday ride will be cancelled if it does not have a ride leader identified by the previous Wednesday

Member’s Choice Rides


  • The length of rides shall be 25 – 35 miles
  • The route may be taken from the CCCC ride library or be developed by the ride leader preferably in a clockwise direction
  • The ride start location shall be near a restaurant where the riders can go for lunch afterwards
  • The route shall include one or more bathroom stops preferably near the ride midpoint
  • A club member can volunteer to lead a Member’s Choice ride by contacting the ride committee chairperson via the procedures on the club website
  • Duties of the ride leader
  • Read the Ride Leader Manual found on the CCCC website under “Ride Leaders” tab
  • Forward the address and directions to the ride start to the web master
  • If starting at a restaurant, ensure the restaurant will allow us to park in their lot while we’re riding
  • Make cue sheets available to riders
    • If the cue sheet is in the club library, have the a link put on web site by the club webmaster and, in addition, bring 5 printed copies
    • If the cue sheet is not in the club library, bring 15 – 20 printed copies
  • Provide a sign-up sheet (found on club website under “Ride Leaders” tab)
  • Verify each rider is a current club member by checking membership card at time of sign-in
  • Carry the sign-up sheet with you during the ride
  • Know and understand the safety protocol and policies as stated in the CCCC Ride Leader Manual
  • After the ride, forward the sign-up sheet to the ride committee chairperson
  • In case of inclement weather, cancel the ride one to one and a half hours before the ride start via the procedure on the club website under the “Ride Leaders” tab



2018 Camping Rides


There are six camping ride weekends planned for the 2018 ride season.

They are:


Ottawa Lake 5-18 thru 5-20

Hartman Creek 6-1 thru 6-3

Lake Kegonza 7-6 thru 7-8

Mirrow lake 8-10 thru 8-12    

Yellowstone Lake 8-31 thru 9-3

Door County 9-13 thru 9-16          

See all the details on the regular CCCC Ride Schedule.

CCCC Camping Rides

 

PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL RIDES IN ORDER TO GUARANTEE YOUR TENT SPACE.


When space is limited, priority will be given to club members up to 2 weeks before the trip. So, don’t be disappointed. Call the trip leader in advance.

 

The cost for the camp site will be $5 per person per night for all club members.  Non members of Cream City, Bay View, News Pedalers, or Spring City Cycle clubs will be charged an extra $5 per night for camping. A two night minimum charge will be required, except for the self-contained riders. 

Please contact Mark Steckhahn for more information. Mark Steckhahn 414-453-6872 or steck58@att.net.

Ride types


Looped: Also known as car camping. Drive a car or carpool to the chosen campground and put up your tent for the weekend. Self-contained: Carry all your gear with you on the ride to the campground. Everything, clothing, tent, etc. you need for yourself is contained on your bike. (No sag)