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Starting Location:  Schnucks Market Place Columbia, IL

Time of Departure:  9:00 AM

Description:  Rolling ride through the back roads to visit Smithton, IL. Options for 44.5 to 47.5 miles.

Ride Leader’s Expectations:  Final Speed – 14 – 15 mph Average.  We will cruise, at times, between 16-20 mph.  Drafting – There will be drafting on this ride.   Distance – Group decision at Rest Stop. Climbing Elevation: 1710′ to 2000′ of climbing depending on route. This ride has rolling hills.  Riding time: Approx. 3.5+ hours, time on course 4 hours.

2nd Flight Opportunities: Anyone is welcome to lead a 2nd Flight at a more moderate pace and shorter distance on this ride.  Please contact the posting Ride Leader to coordinate.


  • From I-55 and I-255 in South St. Louis County go 6.0 miles southeast across the Jefferson Barracks Bridge on I-255.
  • Exit IL Hwy 3 South, go 2.2 miles and turn right on Veterans Parkway @ McDonald’s.
  • Go 0.1 mile and turn left on Columbia Center just past Regions Bank.
  • Turn right into the Schnucks MarketPlace parking lot.

Cue Sheet:  Columbia – Hillcastle – Sandrock – Smithton

Navigation .fit Files:  ColSmith44.5            ColSmith47.5

Download all of the above .fit files into your devices. We’ll decide at the start which one to do.

RidewithGPS Smartphone file for 44.5 mile route

RidewithGPS Smartphone file for 47.5 mile route

Experience Level:  4Cb – 4Cc             

Stops:  Rest/Food stop in Smithton at the Casey’s convenience store on Main St (Hwy 159) and Brevo St.

Millstadt Circle K restroom stop on Long return if needed.

Road Hazards:  Centerville Road has the usual potholes in the turns. Might be a bit of cinders here and there.

Weather Considerations: The ride will be cancelled if: It’s raining or there is a high percentage prediction of rain or high winds. Please watch the weather forecasts and radar.  Check the website for any corrections or cancellations before you leave home.


Ride Leaders:    Joe Kruchowski    314-766-0646          Sharon Kruchowski  314-229-0705

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