2017 Rider Blog

TitleAuthorDate
California Is Pretty Hot Phil Kagebein Jul 31, 2017
Wyoming and Montana Were Pretty Cool Phil Kagebein Jul 21, 2017

Every day in Wyoming and Montana were a treat. We got to climb through the Grand Tetons, ride through Yellowstone, multiple national forests, and got to see some all around great views along the way. Read more…

Photo Series Maggie Benson Jul 10, 2017

Hey there everyone. Most of you probably know me as ‘frontpage’ or my adopted blog farewell of ‘MB’. I wanted to share with you all a cartoon series that my sister did while she was Read more…

South Dakota Was Pretty Terrible Phil Kagebein Jul 01, 2017

From the moment we crossed into South Dakota, until Pierre, there was nothing but flat grassland and cows as far as you could see. At least in Illinois there is some corn or trees to Read more…

Tailwinds of 20 mph All Day Are Pretty Cool Phil Kagebein Jun 23, 2017

Too bad they were headwinds. It made for a long day. Power ranking for the states gone through so far, excluding Pennsylvania and New Jersey as they were short lived: 1. New York 2. Wisconsin Read more…

6/16 – Land of 10,000 Lakes Mason Metzkes Jun 16, 2017

Today we made our way into Minnesota, our 7th state on this trip. The Midwest seems to really vary on the characteristics of its states. From hilly and bumpy Ohio to beautiful and fun filled Read more…

Coming Home To Illinois Was Pretty Cool Phil Kagebein Jun 11, 2017

After the hype of the first few weeks had died down, riding into Champaign and Chicago was something to look forward to. Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois all essentially look the same, so it was nice Read more…

21 Takeaways From 21 Days of I4K, Presented Without Context Dan Reeter Jun 11, 2017

1) The New York City subway system is not designed to accommodate 27 people and their bikes. But it can be done. 2) Bear Mountain is a real place, not just from a Bob Dylan Read more…

New York Was Pretty Cool Phil Kagebein May 30, 2017

We finally made it out of New York. It is incredible how different riding in Illinois is compared to everything east of Cleveland. Essentially it comes down the distinct lack of corn and land that Read more…

Riding Six Miles Off Route Isn’t Pretty Cool Phil Kagebein May 25, 2017

What was supposed to be a 66 mile day of minimal climbing, turned into a leisurely 78 mile ride when my group turned the wrong direction early in the morning. Thankfully the road hit a Read more…

5/24 – Getting Into a Rhythm Mason Metzkes May 24, 2017

As the days go by, I’m starting to find a rhythm in the morning and during the days that works for me. My riding has improved and I’m smoothing out my pace on the bike. Read more…

New York Is Pretty Cool Phil Kagebein May 22, 2017

I don’t remember the last time I’ve been so happy for an extended period of time. I was smiling ear to ear for at least an hour straight upon leaving NYC, until our group had Read more…

5/21 – The First Day Mason Metzkes May 21, 2017

When people think of New York, we see images of the city, of central park, of busy streets and buildings. But for me, the first thing that will come to mind when I think of Read more…

What I learned after our first 90 mile ride Phil Kagebein Apr 23, 2017

Wind sucks.

I can’t feel my legs! Julissa Nunez Apr 16, 2017

So this weekend was the longest I have ever been on a bike. Yesterday, the team biked to Allerton Park and back and completed around 70 miles, an average I4K distance…I was internally crying the Read more…

Perdon’t Arturo Woodward-Montes Apr 10, 2017

So our second weekend ride has come and gone. ┬áTraining is really coming along well. Already I can see my improvement on the road through callouts. For example, I now know what to do if Read more…

Learning to Ride Dan Reeter Mar 19, 2017

Having finally purchased my shoes, helmet, and all sorts of other gear recently, I finally had the opportunity today to go on my first proper bike ride with my Illini 4000 official Felt bike. It Read more…

Start of a new semester Mason Metzkes Jan 29, 2017

I’ve finally started to get into the swing of things in my second semester at UIUC. On top of classes and homework, I now have a job, I work on the Baja team, I have Read more…

13 Random Facts About Me Phil Kagebein Nov 11, 2016

1. I can lick my elbow. 2. I’ve been playing drums since I was ten years old. 3. I was born on my driveway (In an ambulance). 4. I can probably scream louder than you. Read more…

100 days or so??? Tyler Levy Feb 12, 2014

Right now I’m just sitting in my room doing some homework so don’t expect anything exciting from my inaugural blog post. Anyways, all I really wanted to say was “Thank you!” I want to thank Read more…