By Kevin O'Neill | Oct 05, 2020

2020 Eric Sprattling Memorial 3-States Ride - October Route of the Month

Updated on October 5, 2020: The 2020 Eric Sprattling Memorial 3-States Ride will be a little different this year. In 2009, as part of our 10th Anniversary celebration, we started an annual Eric Sprattling 3-states ride. Eric was a co-founder of XXX Racing, a long-time bike messenger, and a mentor/coach to a lot of the initial team members. One of the hearts on our team jersey is dedicated to Eric; he passed away in 1999. Eric would sometimes do a 3-states ride for training, and we continue to honor his memory every year with a memorial 3-states ride.

The 150-mile 3 state route follows our regular Saturday team ride route and continues along the usual “border-run” route to Wisconsin (second state). The route then proceeds back to Chicago’s lakefront (yes, the LFT) and heads to Indiana (third state) before heading back to the City. There are three route options this year: the full 150-mile 3 states route, a 100-mile (OK, 111 miles) route to Wisconsin and back, and a 57-mile route to Whiting, Indiana, and back.

You don’t have to do the entire epic 150-mile route to participate, but riders of varying abilities participate every year. Read more here.