CowaLUNGa Training & Safety

Cow Riders Training



Need some help getting into CowaLUNGa Charity Bike Tour cycling shape? Or want to invite someone to join you on the tour that's new to cycling and needs practice? Multiple training opportunities are available to help you prepare and be ready for a great CowaLUNG ride.

Wheel & Sprocket (Evanston) Training & Team Rides:

Longtime CowaLUNGa sponsor Wheel & Sprocket, your favorite family-owned bike shops in Illinois and Wisconsin, will host CowaLUNGa training rides from their 1027 Davis Street, Evanston, Illinois location. The weekly rides begin on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 (weather permitting) and depart at 6:30 pm from the store, where free parking is available. Each ride is approximately 30 miles and non-registered cyclists are welcome. Have a Cow jersey from a previous year? Wear it to promote CowaLUNGa while you train.

Free CowaLUNGa Training Rides

Join former CowaLUNGa cyclists for these free training rides and meet fellow tour riders. Check back regularly as this list will be updated and information added throughout the season.  CowaLUNGa training ride details will also be shared in emails to registered participants.

  • Saturday, June 10, 2017: 25 - 30 miles at 12 mph pace in Crystal Lake, IL area. Led by 15 year CowaLUNGa veteran Jennifer "Jennie" Ryan (also a member of RHA's Board of Directors). The ride will start and finish at McHenry County College, located at US-14 and Lucas Road, in Crystal Lake.
  • Saturday, July 8, 2017: 40 miles in Richmond, IL area. Team CowaLUNGa captain Laura Mazzenga will host this ride and as a 12-year Cow veteran, is a great resource to new cyclists and veterans alike.
  • Sunday, July 23, 2017: 30 miles from Superdawg (Milwaukee & Devon, Chicago) to Chicago Botanic Gardens (Glencoe). Also hosted by Team CowaLUNGa captain Laura Mazzenga.

Other Invitational Rides/Events

The list below include other invitational rides/events that you can choose to use as "warm ups" for the CowaLUNGa Charity Bike Tour. Registration is required and all have fees associated with participation.

• April 30, 2017 - Folks on Spokes, Park Forest, Illinois

• May 28, 2017 - Bike the Drive, Chicago, Illinois

• June 11, 2017 - Bike Club of Lake County's Ramble, Kenosha, Wisconsin

• July 16, 2017 - Biking with Beanzie, DeKalb, Illinios

• July 22, 2017 - Venus de Miles (women's ride), Lake Forest, Illinois

Local Cycling Clubs

Local cycling clubs have a variety of rides to choose from and are a good way to help you train for CowaLUNGa. Check out a club in your area for more information.

Chicago Cycling Club Rides

The CCC is a social club dedicated to promoting safe group cycling while highlighting the city of Chicago as a viable place to tour. Click here to learn more about these rides or to check the CCC ride schedule. If you attend any rides or functions with the CCC, please make sure to mention that you are with the CowaLUNGa Bike Tour.

Other Local Cycling Clubs

Arlington Heights Bicycle Club
Bicycle Club of Lake County (Libertyville)
Chicago Cycling Club
Elmhurst Cycling Club
Evanston Cycling Club
Fox Valley Bike & Ski Club (St. Charles)
McHenry Cycling Club (Crystal Lake)
Naperville Cycling Club
Oak Park Cycling Club
Schaumburg Cycling Club
Starved Rock Cycling Association
Wheeling Wheelmen Bicycle Club (Buffalo Grove)


Your safety is important. For your own safety and the safety of others:

  • All CowaLUNGa riders are required to wear a bicycle helmet while riding the event.
  • Please obey all traffic laws at all times.
  • Ride within your ability and physical condition.
  • Carry personal identification.
  • Bring a bike in good condition, with a spare tube, basic tools (optional), basic knowledge of repair, a water bottle, sunscreen, etc. (See Packing List.)
  • The routes are on public roads which must be shared with motorists. Local Illinois and Wisconsin law enforcement authorities may patrol the roads and may issue citations for traffic violations.
  • RHA reserves the right to have individuals removed from the ride.

The CowaLUNGa Safety Rules can be viewed and downloaded here. Need information on bike safety and bike laws? Visit Ride Illinois and take their Bike Safety Quiz. You can find Wisconsin's bike laws here.


A Fanny Flag will be issued to each registered CowaLUNGa rider. SAG service and rest stop services will be available only to those riders with a Fanny Flag.


Contact us via email or call 312-628-0210.