The early morning start at Dawes Park of the Evanston Bicycle Club’s 37th annual North Shore Century ride. Credit: Wendi Kromash

Starting early in the morning Sunday, Sat. 18, cyclists of all ages gathered at Dawes Park, 1700 Sheridan Rd., on Evanston’s lakeshore for the Evanston Bicycle Club annual North Shore Century Ride.

Credit: Wendi Kromash

It’s the 37th year that people have taken the different paths that wind them through the North Shore – some riding 25 miles, others choosing to take the 50, 62 (100 kilometers) or 100 mile routes. RoundTable reporter Wendi Kromash rode with her dog, Fig. And along the way, she took pictures, enjoyed the day, the volunteers and she talked to other riders.

Credit: Wendi Kromash

Sunny Kahn and his son, Nader, who live in Evanston, bike regularly. Nader sits on a separate seat that is attached as a trailer to Sunny’s bike.

Together father and son have done many long rides including regular jaunts to Navy Pier. Nader was one of the youngest riders in the North Shore Century Ride. This photo was taken at the Glencoe rest stop, known throughout the cycling community for including ice cream among its delicious array of refreshments. Yummy!

Standing with them was volunteer Tzippora Rhodes, a mechanic, who works at The Recyclery Collective, 7628 N. Paulina St., in Chicago. The non-profit organization calls itself “an educational bike shop” and takes used bike donations and teaches people how to repair bikes.

Rhodes’ shop was one of six that volunteered to staff the rest stops to help with repairs for cyclists. The other five stores were Amlings Cycle, Niles; Trek Highland Park; Velosmith bicycle studio, Wilmette; Wheel & Sprocket, Evanston, and Zion Cyclery.

Evanston Bicycle Club presents the 37th annual North Shore Century Credit: Wendi Kromash

Jim O’Connell (left) and Ed Edens are longtime friends. About a month ago, Edens caught COVID-19 and wasn’t sure he’d be able to ride in the event. But he rallied and the two friends knocked out the 50-mile ride.

More than 160 Evanston Bicycle Club members volunteered to help run the event, doing everything from providing food and water at rest stops to coordinating registration to providing communications and logistical support.  

Credit: Wendi Kromash

Carrie Costanza finished her ride and stopped to get refreshments. Pickle juice is a well known way to reduce the longevity of leg cramps after heavy exercise. Her verdict after sipping some: “This is delightful!”  Pickles were also available.

One of the special things about this ride is that Evanston Bicycle Club members also bake treats for the riders. There were 20 club members who baked throughout the summer, freezing cookies and breads to feed riders.

Arturo Jáuregui (left) and Eddie Santiago are both lawyers who work in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood and are also active cyclists. The two completed 50-mile rides. This was their third North Shore Century Ride. They said they love it and look forward to it every year.

Wendi Kromash

Wendi Kromash is curious about everything and will write about anything. She tends to focus on one-on-one interviews with community leaders, recaps and reviews of cultural events, feature stories about...

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