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More videos - this time of the grown up races - from QCBC member Scott Nagel



John was on WQPT's The Cities to talk about the Kwik Star Criterium, watch the video here.



Check out this video of the Koehler Kids Race produced by QCBC member Scott Nagel!




What: Criterium Volunteer Appreciation Party
When: Tuesday, June 5, 6 p.m.
Where: Rudy's upstairs in the Rooftop East Village
Why: Because you deserve it!

Check out John on WQAD's The Score here!




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Village of East Davenport, Iowa, May 27, 2018-The Kwik Star Criterium will donate to the Quad Cities Veterans Outreach Center. Lola VanDeWalle, Founder will receive a donation from Kimberley Keil of Kwik Star at the Start/Finish line (Jersey Ridge Road and 11th Street) at approximately 4:25 PM on Memorial Day, May 28. Lola and Kimberley are available for interviews after the short ceremony.

"We are pleased to donate to Quad City Veterans Outreach on Memorial Day," said Quad Cities Bicycle le Club member John Harrington. "Our club has a history of donating to great charities, so with over 40 years of racing on Memorial Day we thought we'd give to Quad City Veterans Outreach. They are a non-n-profit 501c3 organization and do a fantastic job honoring our local veterans. We also encourage the Quad Cities bicycling community to consider donating at qcvetsoutreach.com."

"We at Kwik Star are delighted by the fact that more of our veterans will be provided much needed goods and services including food, employment assistance and haircuts. It only seems appropriate on a holiday dedicated to the remembrance of our nation's war dead that we thank those who offered the same sacrifice and yet are still with us today. Thank you to Quad City Veteran Outreach for making this possible" said Carl Rick, Public Relations Specialist and Third Generation Owner.

"We are excited to be a part of the Kwik Star Criterium. We thank them for their support of our Quad Cities Veterans Outreach Center and look forward to a great event" said Lola VanDeWalle, Founder, Quad Cities Veterans Outreach Center.

The Kwik Star Criterium was first run as the Moline Criterium in 1965 and has evolved over the years, eventually landing on Memorial Day in 1975. Since then it has joined with other area races to form the Iowa Memorial Weekend Cycling Classic.



John Harrington
Quad Cities Bicycle Club
jwhjkh@gmail.com
563-940-6023
Carl Rick
Kwik Trip, Inc.
crick@kwiktrip.com
608-791-7344
Lola VanDeWalle
Quad City Veterans Outreach
lola@qcvetsoutreach.com
563-529-4782




Village of East Davenport, Iowa, May 26, 2018

The Kwik Star Criterium will include a Bike Blessing at 2:30 on Memorial Day on the Lyndsay Park basketball court.

"We thank the Kwik Star Criterium for giving us the space to hold a Bike Blessing", said Russ Finkler, member of the Grace Lutheran Church of Davenport. "The blessing will start at 2:30 and last about five minutes. All are welcome to attend."


John Harrington
Quad Cities Bicycle Club
jwhjkh@gmail.com
563-940-6023
Russ Finkler
Grace Lutheran Church of Davenport
russfinkler@gmail.com
563-323-9764




Village of East Davenport, Iowa, May 26, 2018-The Kwik Star Criterium welcomes returning Pro Winners Jeannie Kuhajek (2017 Womenís Pro Winner), Vanessa Curtis (2016 Womenís Pro Winner), Josh Johnson (2015 and 2016 Menís Pro Winner) and Daniel Holloway (2014 Menís Pro Winner)


From Jeannie Kuhajek of Richmond, New Zealand, ďAs one of the longest running criteriums in the country, the Kwik Star Criterium is a pretty special race with an important history. It has special meaning to me personally: I've had some of my best, as well as some of my worst races here. I've supported several teammates to wins in previous years, and my own win last year was one of my most satisfying victories. I'm excited to return to the Kwik Star Criterium for 2018. The Village of East Davenport is incredibly welcoming to riders, and the race draws big crowds, making the racing super fun. The event is well organized and professionally run, and the race organizers are among those leading the way toward gender parity in cycling by offering equal prize money for the men's and women's pro races.Ē


From Vanessa Curtis of Iowa City, ďThe Kwik Star Criterium is one of my favorites. I love the course and the crowd. Itís so neat how the neighborhood embraces the race which creates a fantastic atmosphere.Ē


And from Josh Johnson of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, "The Quad Cities Memorial Day Criterium has been one of my favorite races over the past few years (it doesn't hurt that I've had some success). They do a great job involving the local community - from having really engaged host families, to lining the course with people out watching and supporting the race. Always excited to come back and 2018 is no different! Look for the Bissell team out there come Monday."


And finally, from Daniel Holloway of Wichita Falls, Texas, ďItís good to be back in Iowa I've had great memories here and look forward to making more."


The Kwik Star Criterium was first run as the Moline Criterium in 1965 and has evolved over the years, eventually landing on Memorial Day in 1975. Since then it has joined with other area races to form the Iowa Memorial Weekend Cycling Classic.





John Harrington
Quad Cities Bicycle Club
jwhjkh@gmail.com
563-940-6023
Carl Rick
Kwik Trip, Inc.
crick@kwiktrip.com
608-791-7344





"The Quad Cities Criterium is a 53 year tradition in the Quad Cities. The Village of East Davenport is the location on Monday, May 28th for bicycle races that will award equal cash prizes to women and men pro racers. This is a first in criterium history. This year all 15 top finishers will split the $8,000 cash prizes equally."


Watch the video here.



DAVENPORT, Iowa - John Harrington with Quad Cities Bicycle Club joined Brittany Price in studio to discuss the upcoming Kwik Star Criterium. This marks the 53rd year of the bike race. It's happening on Memorial Day at the Village of East Davenport. This year's proceeds will benefit Quad City Veterans Outreach.

Watch the video here.



John and Tom were interviewed on WOC 1420 AM, the audio is available on their website.




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VILLAGE OF EAST DAVENPORT, Iowa, April 4, 2018-The Kwik Star Criterium will donate to Quad City Veterans Outreach.

"We are pleased to donate to Quad City Veterans Outreach on Memorial Day," said Quad Cities Bicycle Club member John Harrington. "Our club has a history of donating to great charities, so with over 40 years of racing on Memorial Day we thought we'd give to Quad City Veterans Outreach. They are a nonprofit 501c3 organization and do a fantastic job honoring our local veterans. We also encourage the Quad Cities bicycling community to consider donating at qcvetsoutreach.com.

"We at Kwik Star are delighted by the fact that more of our veterans will be provided much needed goods and services including food, employment assistance and haircuts. It only seems appropriate on a holiday dedicated to the remembrance of our nation's war dead that we thank those who offered the same sacrifice and yet are still with us today. Thank you to Quad City Veteran Outreach for making this possible" said Carl Rick, Public Relations Specialist and Third Generation Owner.

"We are excited to be a part of the Kwik Star Criterium. We thank them for their support of our Quad City Veterans and look forward to a great event" said Lola VanDeWalle, Founder of Quad City Veteran Outreach.

The Kwik Star Criterium was first run as the Moline Criterium in 1965 and has evolved over the years, eventually landing on Memorial Day in 1975. Since then it has joined with other area races to form the Iowa Memorial Weekend Cycling Classic.



John Harrington
Quad Cities Bicycle Club
jwhjkh@gmail.com
563-940-6023
Carl Rick
Kwik Trip, Inc.
crick@kwiktrip.com
608-791-7344
Lola VanDeWalle
Quad City Veterans Outreach
lola@qcvetsoutreach.com
563-529-4782






What: Annual Pre-Criterium Volunteer Orientation Party
Purpose: Learn about the 2018 Criterium...Sign up to volunteer for our pre-race, race, and post-race needs. Meet race directors and shift leaders. Provide feedback to make the race more enjoyable and safer for riders, volunteers, and spectators. 1st time volunteer? You'll make plenty of friends coming down here!
Where: 11th St. Precinct Mounds St. Side
When: Tuesday, May 1st, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m Doors open at 5:30.
Food: Pizza and soft drinks provided!!!

Volunteer Openings I am looking for an environmentally conscious person who could assume the role of organizing our recycling initiative this year.
Also could use a person to assume the Shift 2, 10:30 - 1:00 volunteer duties. Would be good to do with a spouse or cycling friend or both!

Thank you for making the 2018 possible!

Contact Dean "Bareback" Mathias
309-737-8429
mathiasdebdean@peoplepc.com




An update on recent Kwik Star Criterium news in the Rock Island Dispatch-Argus
http://qconline.com/sports/kwik-star-returns-to-back-criterium/article_452d9c93-0979-5ba2-aa1f-6537eff262df.html





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Kwik Star Criterium set for Monday, May 28

VILLAGE OF EAST DAVENPORT, Iowa, February 26, 2018 - The Quad Cities Criterium, an annual Memorial Day weekend tradition run by the Quad Cities Bicycle Club, will be known as the Kwik Star Criterium this year and 2019 as Kwik Trip, Inc. has re-signed as title sponsor.

"Kwik Star is proud to increase our commitment to the Quad Cities Criterium. The race has a great history and long tradition. We are grateful for the opportunity to help support an event which benefits the Quad Cities and our surrounding communities," said Carl Rick, Public Relations Specialist and Third Generation Owner of Kwik Trip, Inc.

"We are excited to have Kwik Star as the title sponsor of the Quad Cities Criterium for the next two years. Kwik Star's commitment allows us to grow our event to make it more appealing to racers and fans," said Quad Cities Bicycle Club member John Harrington. "While our races draw racers from all over the country, the core of our ridership and spectators are from Iowa and the surrounding states."

The Quad Cities Criterium was first run as the Moline Criterium in 1965 and has evolved over the years, eventually landing on Memorial Day in 1975. Since then it has joined with other area races to form the Memorial Day Bike Race Weekend series.

In 2014 the race moved to its current location in the Village of East Davenport and features a challenging hilly circuit.


About Kwik Trip, Inc. Kwik Trip, Inc. operates its Iowa stores under the Kwik Star banner and is one of the largest independently held convenience store chains in the United States, with more than 630 Kwik Trip and Kwik Star stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa and employs over 21,000 people. In 2017, Kwik Star was ranked #2 on the Des Moines Register's Top Work Places list by its 1700 coworkers in Iowa. They currently operate eight Kwik Stars and one Tobacco Outlet Plus Grocery store in the Quad Cities area.



John Harrington
Quad Cities Bicycle Club
jwhjkh@gmail.com
563-940-6023
Carl Rick
Kwik Trip, Inc.
crick@kwiktrip.com
608-791-7344







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