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September 15, 2010

Tour de Coal, Miles and Smiles

Filed under: Uncategorized — Roger @ 11:38 am

I suppose because of my 13 years of experience running the Tour de Stooges and my experience leading rides for the Belleville Area Bicycling and Eating Society, I get called on to assist with other rides in Southwestern Illinois.

Here’s two rides I’m happy to lend a hand to:

Tour de Coal: The 5th annual Tour de Coal takes place Saturday, Sept. 25, in Benld, Ill. The ride is an effort by bicycle enthusiasts in Macoupin County — the county where I spent my childhood — to promote the sport in the rural county nestled between the St. Louis and Springfield, Ill., metropolitan areas.

The Tour de Coal consists of routes of 15, 36 and 64 miles on flat to rolling roads in Macoupin County. All of the routes go past the sites of old coal mines in the region, he long route includes a jaunt on an old alignment of Route 66.

This year, Tour de Coal riders can camp Friday night at Benld City Park. For more information about that, contact Mickey Robinson at 217-839-4888 or

Miles and Smiles Bicycle Ride and Rally: BABES member Harry Ford, the director of institutional development for the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias, has come up with a ride to support the Mascoutah, Ill.-based charity.

The Miles and Smiles Bicycle Ride and Rally takes place Saturday, Oct. 2, at Scheve Park in Mascoutah. Routes of 7, 15, 30 and 60 miles will be available.

Here’s a short statement from NFED about the ride:

Put Some Teeth Into It: You can help give smiles to individuals who don’t develop teeth by riding in the 1st Miles & Smiles Bicycle Ride and Rally on Saturday, October 2 in Mascoutah, Illinois. It benefits the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias (NFED) and their patients of the Dental Treatment Centers at Saint Louis University and Southern Illinois University.  A choice of four routes of varying lengths will be suitable for all – families with children, fitness riders and serous trainers. With its world headquarters in Mascoutah, the NFED serves families affected by ectodermal dysplasias in 72 countries. Individuals with ectodermal dysplasias manifest abnormal development of teeth, hair, nails and sweat glands. Join us. Combine a great ride with our goal of raising awareness for these rare conditions and funds for the excessive dental treatment they require. Register online at

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  1. Roger – Thanks.

    Everyone: 1) Support this dedicated cyclist’s blog.
    2)Please come join us on October 2. A good ride for a good cause.

    Comment by Harry Ford — September 16, 2010 @ 10:38 am

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