2017 Crystal Lake Night Owl Bike Ride

Pedaling into the Night for a Bicycle Friendly Crystal Lake

In collaboration with the The Land Conservancy of McHenry County, the 2017 Crystal Lake Night Owl Bicycle Ride will be held Saturday night, August 5, 2017. This year's ride will be $15 per rider (regardless of age) with a 500 rider limit ($20 per rider the "Night of" the event). The purpose of this late evening ride is to benefit The Land Conservancy of McHenry County and promote bicycling as an alternate means of transportation and exercise within the City of Crystal Lake. The idea is to have a unique, fun and healthy activity for area residents to experience the streets, landmarks and people of Crystal Lake and to further make Crystal Lake a bike friendly community.

Since the first Night Owl Ride back in 2012, we have raised approximately $8,700 for The Land Conservancy of McHenry County (TLC). Since 1991, TLC has helped protect over 2,200 acres of McHenry County's prairies, wetlands and woodlands by working with private landowners, communities and other partners. Lifelong residents, as well as new residents, are attracted to McHenry County's special combination of small towns, natural areas, rural character and rural agricultural fields and farmsteads.

Update: May 20 2017 The 2017 Ride will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2017 and start at :00 PM at City Hall. Registration will be occur June 1!- click here to register.


The ride will start at 10:00 P.M. at the Crystal Lake City Hall complex (100 W. Woodstock Street). The safety of Night Owl participants is of primary importance. The route is on public streets and must be shared with motor vehicles during evening hours. We require all riders to wear helmets, have lights on your bicycle and ride no more then two abreast. The Crystal Lake Police Department also reminds us to obey all traffic laws. This is NOT a race, but a RIDE. The Crystal Lake Police Department bike patrol will ride along with us to insure a safe and fun ride for all participants. The following links provide additional information.

Route Info 2017 Route information is available here.

Registration Info 2017 Registration will open June 1. Access to online registration and/or paper registration forms can be found here.

Volunteer Info We need a dozen of you!

Sponsor Info Support those who support the Crystal Lake Night Owl Bike Ride! - Blazing Star Nursery, Country Donuts in Crystal Lake, Davey Tree, Eisenmann, Think-Ink, Wheels Werks Custom Bikes.

Close the Oak Street Gap Click here to learn about the Oak Street Gap and how MCBA is working to finish the path.

The routes will start and end at the City of Crystal Lake City Hall and traverse points of interest such as the:


The organizing group is currently lead by representatives from the Wheels Werks Bike Shop, Lucky Brake Bikes, The Land Conservancy of McHenry County and other individuals. Anyone is welcome to join us plan! Please contact Ron Eberle via e-mail or at 815-354-3428.

Watch for updates throughout the year

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