The TLC Night Owl Bike Ride

The TLC Night Owl Bike Ride is a fun, late-night group bike ride on the bike lanes and trails of Crystal Lake. We’ll pedal off on Saturday night, August 7, 2021 at 10:00 PM. Proceeds from the ride benefit The Land Conservancy or McHenry County.

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Details

Date: Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021
Time: 10:00 p.m., rider check-in begins at 8:30 p.m.
Location: Crystal Lake City Hall, 100 W. Woodstock St. Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Cost: $20 night of ride, online registration is now closed.

Rider check-in will begin at 8:30 p.m., and the ride starts at 10:00 p.m. Please come to the registration table so we can check off your name and give you your complimentary reflective ankle band and reflective safety vest if you ordered one.
Parking is available across the street at the Metra commuter parking lot.

Country Donuts in Crystal Lake will once again provide donuts after the ride! 

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Parking is available across the street at the Metra commuter parking lot.

Ride starts and ends at: 100 W. Woodstock St. Crystal Lake City Hall

Updated route for 2021! Most of the riding will take place on designated bike routes, lanes and paths. Miles of additional rustic trails have been added to the route. The route is approximately 20 miles.

There will also be a shorter, family-friendly route, which is 9-1/2 miles.

Safety is the number one priority for the Night Owl! Please review these items before coming to the ride:
  • Helmets are mandatory.
  • Lights and reflectors are mandatory.
  • Review the route before you start the ride.
  • Obey all traffic laws. (Officers may issue citations.)
  • Carry an ID and cell phone.
  • Bike must be in good condition.
  • Do not ride more than two abreast.
  • Please bring a reusable water bottle.
Watch our Facebook page for any updates on the ride. There will be no refunds for the ride.

The fine print: 

The Night Owl is limited to 500 riders. Any rider 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult throughout the ride. 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 than 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. 

Please note: We will follow all Covid-19 guidelines that are in place on the date of the ride.

There are no refunds for the Night Owl ride.

Online registration for the Night Owl is now closed. Riders may register onsite at the night of the ride for $20. 

The 2021 Night Owl Route

Please link to the map via Google Maps on your phone. The route is marked with signs and course marshals will be posted along the route to ensure riders stay on course. Print copies of the map will NOT be available at the ride.

Rest Stop

The rest stop is located at Woodscreek Park. Water, restrooms, snacks and first aid will be available here.

Volunteers Wanted!

The Night Owl is not possible without our wonderful volunteers – would you like to help out during this fun event? We are looking for people to check in and register riders, course marshals, people to assist at rest areas and more!

The volunteer positions are listed in this Google doc (click here to sign up)

Tip for signing up: If you’re on a phone you’ll need to click the little blue “pencil” icon in the top right corner in order to fill out your info. If you’re having trouble, just email [email protected] and I’ll fill in your info. Thank you! 

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

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Show your support for a bike-friendly McHenry County and get exposure with area cyclists and families!

The Night Owl is a great opportunity to showcase your business or organization to area families and outdoor enthusiasts! There will be up to 500 riders assembling to pedal Crystal Lake at night, as well as many behind-the-scenes volunteers.

This fun, much-anticipated event presents the opportunity for exposure to area families and cyclists! All proceeds from the ride support land preservation in McHenry County.

A variety of support packages are available to make this event a success! Please make your commitment by July 1 to take full advantage of sponsor benefits.

Platinum Sponsor—$1,000 (3 opportunities available!)

  • Sponsor-provided banner placed in premier location at the ride
  • Largest logo placement on all promotional materials and registration forms (print and online)
  • Largest business logo on website
  • Logo on banner in staging area before and after ride
  • Five courtesy rider entries to be used at your discretion
  • Recognition in all press releases
  • Opportunity to provide promotional items at start/finish line
  • Featured business post on Night Owl Facebook page

Gold Sponsor—$500

  • Logo displayed on promotional materials
  • Logo on website and banner in staging area before and after ride
  • Two courtesy rider entries to be used at your discretion
  • Recognition in all press releases
  • Opportunity to provide promotional items at start/finish line
  • Featured business post on Night Owl Facebook page

Silver Sponsor—$250

  • Logo on website
  • Logo on banner in staging area before and after ride
  • One courtesy rider entry to be used at your discretion
  • Opportunity to provide promotional items at start/finish line

Bronze Sponsor—$100

  • Logo on website
  • Logo on banner in staging area before and after ride

The 2019 Night Owl Ride

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