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Participation in STLRC Rides & Hikes is at your own risk. STLRC assumes no liability.

All rides are free for St. Louis Recreational Cyclists members. Non-members must join by their second ride.

Starting Location:  Miner Park in Glen Carbon, IL

Time of Departure:  8:00AM

Description:  Riding through the Collinsville Seven Gates of Hell (Urban legend) . Join us at Miner Park start in Glen Carbon for a safe (I hope), daylight ride through the gates.

Restrooms at the start: Available at Miner Park.

Ride Leader’s Expectations:  Final Speed: 1st Flight 15+ mph Average and 2nd Flight at a slightly lower average speed.    Drafting – There will be drafting on this ride.   Distance – 44.8 or 47.6 miles.  Ride leaders are leaning towards the longer route. Climbing Elevation:  Approx. 1150′ of climbing.  Riding time: Approx. 3.5+ hours, time on course 4.5 hours.  

2nd Flight:  Tim and Patti Brumleve are leading a 2nd Flight on this ride at a slightly reduced speed.


  • From the Poplar St Bridge:
    • East on I-64 crossing the Mississippi River on the Poplar St. Bridge where I-55, I-44 and I-70 converge entering Illinois
    • After 3 miles, keep left to continue on I-55 for 6.6 miles
    • Use right 2 lanes to take exit toward I-255N/I-270 continue for 4.5 miles
    • Right on exit 29 for IL-162 toward Glen Carbon for 2 miles
    • Turn left onto IL-157 for 0.1 mile
    • Turn right onto W. Main St. for 1 mile
    • Turn left on Collinsville Rd continue for 0.2 miles to Miner Park

    OR:  Taking the JB Bridge on I-255:

    • At the JB Bridge, head east on I-255 over the JB Bridge.
    • Stay on I-255 to right on exit 29 toward Glen Carbon/Granite City.
    • Turn right on Hwy 162 east.
    • Turn left on Hwy Hwy 157.
    • Turn right on Main Street.
    • Turn left on Collinsville.
    • Follow the road past the library to Miner Park.

Cue Sheet:    Seven Gates Ride – Miner Park Start

All participants are expected to bring either the cue sheet, a cycling computer with the ride’s  Navigation files and/or Smartphone with GPS link.  Riders should be able to find their way back if an unforeseeable event happens during this ride.

Please print a cue sheet if you can.  Ride Leaders will have limited extra copies.

For USB wire transfer – Navigation .Fit files:    44.8 mile               47.6 mile

For Smartphone Transfer to Cycling GPS devices:

RidewithGPS Smartphone file for 44.8 mile route

RidewithGPS Smartphone file for 47.6 mile route

Experience Level:  4Bc – 4Bd

Stops:  Re-Group stops as necessary.  Rest/Food at Kelly’s Deli & BP Convenience Store at Hwy 40 & Main St. in Troy.

Road Hazards: There may or may not be a detour between Lockmann and Longhi  (Gates 2 & 3) Roads due to some ongoing work to one of the trestles (gates).  We will make the decision to proceed through if it is deemed safe otherwise we’ll just detour on Lebanon Road and miss a couple of gates. Also, we will be on the Troy O’Fallon Road shoulder for a short distance.

Weather Considerations:  Ride will be canceled if raining at start time, too windy, too hot, or the forecast looks sketchy. Please watch the weather forecasts and radar.

Ride Leaders:   Joe Kruchowski 314-766-0646    Sharon Kruchowski  314-229-0705   Tim Brumleve 314-288-7845  Patti Brumleve 314-803-6244

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