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Eclipse Ride 2024

April 8 @ 11:30 am - 5:00 pm



On April 8th, we will have the last opportunity of our lifetime to see a full solar eclipse anywhere near the St. Louis area, but we will have to ride to get there!  Join for a fun ride into the closest point to the shop in the zone of totality…..beautiful Fayetteville, Illinois!  This B-/C+ paced 23-mile ride (one-way) will depart Bike Surgeon at 11:30AM and meander through the countryside to the lovely hamlet of Fayetteville with an ETA of 1PM, just as the action starts (totality is 1:58PM).

We have secured riverside accommodations for our eclipse watch party on the picturesque southern outskirts of Fayetteville, aka Jo’s compound. AND we have talked Chef Talani from Le Ono into fixing the lunch for us! The $35 registration fee will cover the ride, food, drinks, and eclipse glasses for all.

If the ride there and festivities have you wiped out, van transportation back to the shop will be available. For those looking to ride back to the shop, a slightly longer route will be taken to give us a total mileage for the day of 64 miles (a metric century). We promise to have you home before dark.

Don’t miss out on this super fun event! The wait until the next one is LONG, the next total solar eclipse in the St. Louis area will be on June 16, 2178….so don’t miss out and join us for this once in a lifetime ride event!



Ride Guidelines:

As cycling enthusiasts, group rides offer a great opportunity to connect with fellow riders, push ourselves individually, and explore new routes together. Amidst the camaraderie and excitement, it’s essential to prioritize safety and adhere to proper ride etiquette to ensure an enjoyable experience for all. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or new to the scene, here’s a guide to navigating the pack safely:

The Basics:

  • It’s a GROUP Ride, not a Race.
  • For insurance reasons, only individuals who have agreed to these guidelines and signed the group ride waiver may participate in our rides.
  • Bike Surgeon group rides feature a “NO DROP” policy. We will not leave anyone behind, but that doesn’t mean we don’t hit the gas. There will be times for going fast and times when we all wait for a complete regroup; these are specified by the Ride Leader so pay attention.
  • All riders must wear a helmet during shop rides and must comply with all rules of the road.
  • A rear flashing red light is strongly recommended for all riders to increase visibility.
  • Bike Surgeon and the ride leaders reserve the right to ask anyone who does not follow these guidelines or rides in an unsafe manner to leave the ride. Our safety and reputation as cyclists within this community depend on you, thanks for helpinut.


Maintain Formation and Ride Safety:

  • Ride single-file or two wide at maximum. This is at the discretion of the ride leader and condition dependent, listen for specific instructions. NEVER ride in the oncoming traffic lane.
  • When waiting at the defined regroup area, move well off the right side of the road so we don’t interfere with traffic. DO NOT RIDE CIRCLES in the road. We restart only on the ride leader’s direction.


Rider Responsibly:

  • Respect traffic laws and regulations always. This includes stopping at stop signs/red lights, yielding to pedestrians, correct lane use, and signaling intentions to traffic.
  • Stay attentive and maintain situational awareness and always look way ahead (50’+). Scan the road ahead for obstacles, potholes, or debris that could pose a threat to you or the group. The further out you look the smoother and more stable you will ride.
  • Avoid overlapping wheels to prevent collisions and maintain a safe/efficient distance from others.
  • There will be times when braking and shifting is necessary to maintain a consistent pace within the group.
  • Be predictable. Shift as needed Ride in a straight line and maintain a steady pace.


In Ride Communication:

  • NO music/earphones/bone conductive devices, we need you to be able to hear all things!
  • Use clear, concise, and loud verbal commands (do not scream) to alert fellow riders of approaching traffic, hazards, changes in pace, or the need to slow down or stop. “Car up”, “car back” “slowing” “stopping” “left turn” “right turn”
  • Hand signals for turning and stopping are as follows (only use these signals if you are very confident bike handler): Left arm straight out for a left turn. For a right, right arm straight out or left arm out and bent upwards. Left arm out and down with your palm to the rear to signal slowing or stopping.


Respect Fellow Riders

  • Be mindful of your fellow riders’ skill levels and abilities, adjusting your pace and expectations accordingly.
  • Avoid aggressive or erratic behavior that could intimidate or endanger others. Remember, group rides should be inclusive and enjoyable for everyone involved.
  • Be prepared to adjust your riding style and pace based on changing road conditions, weather patterns, unexpected obstacles, and varied skill levels of other riders.
  • Encourage camaraderie, support, and mutual respect among group members, celebrating achievements and offering assistance or encouragement when needed.
  • Embrace the opportunity to learn from more experienced riders, asking questions and seeking advice to improve your skills and confidence.


Prepare and Plan Ahead:

  • Please be punctual, arrive prior to the ride start with your gear and equipment ready to ride. The ride rolls on schedule.
  • Conduct a bike check to ensure your equipment is in good working condition, including brakes, tires, and gears, well before the ride.
  • Familiarize yourself with the planned route, noting any potential hazards or challenging sections that may require extra caution.
  • Prioritize safety above all else.


By adhering to these principles of safety and etiquette, we can all enjoy a safe ride. Remember, you play a crucial role in ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for yourself and everyone riding. Saddle up, stay vigilant, enjoy the ride!



April 8
11:30 am - 5:00 pm


O'Fallon, IL 62269 United States
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(618) 622-1693