About

The Chicago Cycling Club was established in March 1994 by Todd Harris, Kathy Papienski, Kathy Schubert and Brad Beutler to fill a void caused by a lack of touring clubs in the City of Chicago.

The mission of the Chicago Cycling Club is to:

Mailing Address

Chicago Cycling Club, P.O. Box 1178
Chicago, Illinois 60690-1178

2017 Officers

Anne Alt, President

The bike has been my favorite form of transportation since age 6. Between club rides, personal exploration and invitational rides, riding city streets has given me a much more extensive knowledge of Chicago than I could have gotten any other way. When multi-modal trips became possible using local buses and trains, I started using them as a car-free option to extend my range and explore the city and metro area. My 4 bikes (mountain bike, folding bike, recumbent and road bike) and cargo trailer offer options for nearly any type of ride. I love getting around without sitting in a car in traffic. 

Leading club rides is a fun way to introduce people to some of my favorite places. I never imagined that going on a friend's ride would introduce me to a new neighborhood where I'd later end up living. That was my introduction to the bike friendly neighborhood of Beverly. There's always more to learn about the city. I wonder what I'll discover this year. 
Thomas MacNeill-Zimmerman, Vice President

Thomas MacNeill-Zimmerman is a chiropractic physician in Chicago, and has two great kids Willa (12) and Effie (8). My wife Mara is a yoga instructor, and we share office space at our business Todays Chiropractic and Yoga Center on the north side. I have been enjoying the CCC Wednesday roadie rides for over 7 years, and have helped organize ride leaders with the emphasis on new leaders every year. I enjoy cycling daily in my short commute, as well as training my team mates on the Play It Again Sports Cycling Team. 
Brian Bird, Treasurer

What started out in 1996 as a way to stay in shape while saving my knees after giving up running and playing volleyball has turned into a lifetime journey involving good company, fun times and seeing new places. Bike riding has led me to go to places I never would have thought to go such as Puerto Rico, Europe, and continental locales in our country and Canada. 

Bike riding has also made me realize that it can be done in all types of weather throughout the year - and is a great alternative way to get around town on weekends instead of being stuck in traffic driving a car!
Jennifer Welch, Secretary

Jen is a car-less cycling commuter and a regular want-to-be roadie at the not-quite-ready-for-prime-time Monday night Introduction to Training Rides. She has completed various multiple day rides across and throughout Illinois with the League of Illinois Bicyclists & Bicycle Illinois. You’ll find her at century rides all over the state from April to October and at exactly one Olympic distance triathlon each summer. 

When she’s not riding, Jen is a Deputy Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services and a volunteer with the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network.
Greg Borzo, Member at Large

I'm a lifelong cyclist for, oh, so many reasons, especially to stay healthy; to protect the environment; and to save money. I believe the bike is the "noblest invention," as others have said. Also, it's the most common form of transportation, worldwide, so I feel a sense of community with others around the world when I bike. Cycling is the most sustainable form of transportation -- and it certainly has done a lot to sustain me over the years! 

I love to watch movies about biking. See my reviews under "Bike Movies" at gregborzo.com. Please email me with any ideas for additional bike movies to review. 

One of my best vacations was a bike trip through the Loire River Valley in France. I would highly recommend that to anyone who likes to eat and drink...while drinking in history and beauty.

Currently, I'm a self-employed writer with thousands of articles and four books to my name, including The Chicago "L," Where to Bike Chicago: Best Biking in City and Suburbs; and RAGBRAI: America's Favorite Bicycle Ride. 

I used to own 4 bikes but had to cut down to two (a road bike and a hybrid) when we moved to the South Loop. I'm active in the Chicago Tour-guide Professional Assn. and a volunteer at the Chicago History Museum, where I lead many tours, including the Devil in the White City tour -- by bike! 
Kathryn Shanahan, Member at Large

Kitty Shanahan is a serious 3-season cyclist who joined CCC in the late 90s so she could meet funsters who choose not to ride alone in Chicago! And it's happened! When not riding, she works for Chicago Public Schools as a social worker.