Details on a few bike routes...

Common Rides:

KATY Trail - No riding season would be complete without a ride on the scenic KATY trail which extends from St. Charles westward across the state to Sedalia MO. Organize your ride to include a visit to one of the areas great Wineries (my favorite is Mt. Pleasant, located in Augusta).

Forest Park Bike Path  - the City of St. Louis is blessed with one of this country's great city parks, Forest Park. It contains a nice paved bicycle path that is approximately 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) in length. This path is shared with runners, walkers and roller bladers so be alert.

Sam Vadalabene Bike Path along the Great River Road  - Starts at trail head just north of Alton IL. Ride the Sam Vadalabene Bike path northwest to Elsah, Grafton or Pere Marquette State Park. You can ride a few short miles or take a nice long ride along Mississippi River. Some of the most scenic miles are from Grafton to Pere Marquette State Park. Grafton is a good place to get a bite to eat.

Riverfront Trail  - Trailnet is a developing 10 mile recreational greenway perfect for hiking, biking, rollerblading and the enjoyment of nature. Poised along the Mississppi River, the trail offers an experience with diverse wildlife and native plants without the distraction of street traffic. It travels through a part of St. Louis history and along the edges of old St. Louis neighborhoods. The Riverfront Trail begins at Lenore K. Sullivan and Biddle Streets at the old Laclede Power building (about a half mile north of the Arch). Riverfront Trail cue sheet with mileages and points of interest.

Chesterfield MO to Saint Albans MO

Cue Sheet: Chesterfield MO to Saint Albans MO
Distance: 33 miles roundtrip Classic ride that starts at Smokehouse Restaraunt in West St. Louis County, travels past Spirit Airport, around the edge of Babler State Park and on to St. Albans. Very popular and scenic local ride. The ride is primarily flat with two significant hills (one each direction). A visit to Heads store in St. Albans for food and drink is a must. Restroom facilities available.

Home to the Arch - An out and back to the St. Louis Riverfront and the Arch. Starts at Southwest Park on South Rock Hill Road in Webster Groves and visits downtown, the Riverfront, the Arch, Saint Louis U. and Forest Park on the return.

Columbia IL to Prairie du Rocher IL

Cue Sheet: Columbia IL to Prairie du Rocher IL
Distance: 66 miles roundtrip

Starts at the Market Place in Columbia IL and travels south on Bluff Road through old Valmeyer to Prairie du Rocher. Nice ride on a Sunday morning. Stop for a cool down in front of the quarry cave openings just north of town. Stop by the grocery store for food and drink, then rest a while in the park a block or so to the west. The park has restroom facilities also. A nice metric century ride.

Webster Groves/Kirkwood Loop

Cue Sheet: Webster/Kirkwood
Distance: 21 miles roundtrip

Starts at Southwest Park on south Rock Hill Road about 3/10 mile south of Big Bend. Nice evening ride that is easily chnaged to modify the mileage. This is the basic route that I do more than any other. More enjoyable in non-rush hour times. Travels through Webster Groves, Glendale and Kirkwood MO.

Webster Groves MO to Grafton IL

Cue Sheet: Webster/Grafton
Distance: 116 miles roundtrip

Starts at Southwest Park on south Rock Hill Road about 3/10 mile south of Big Bend in Webster Groves MO. A century ride plus along the mighty Mississippi River. First leg is downtown via River Des Peres and Broadway. Then up the Riverfront Trail to Chain of Rock Bridge, across the Chain of Rocks Canal Bridge, then along the Confluence Trail to Alton. The last leg uses the Sam Vadalabene Bike Trail along IL Route 100, also known as the Great River Road.

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