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Do your own Adventure Cycling Weekend June 2-4...maybe along the Rock River Trail for the Grand Opening of the Rock River Trail June 3rd... and/or Bike Your Park Day...September 30

Are you looking for ways to increase bicycling in your area? Adventure Cycling Association has two free and inclusive annual events - Bike Travel Weekend June 2-4 and Bike Your Park Day Septmeber 30.

For Bike Travel Weekend, bicyclists are asked to go on a bicycle overnight to a campground, hotel, or bed and breakfast during the weekend of June 2-4. Registration and online resources are available for FREE at www.biketravelweekend.org. Registrants will receive free stickers for their group and will be entered to win a bike and Amtrak trip.

For Bike Your Park Day, bicyclists will explore parks and public lands by bicycle on Saturday, September 30. Go to www.bikeyourparkday.org for resources and no-cost registration.

For more information, contact eva@adventurecycling.org or (406) 532-2743.

Sunday, June 11, 2017 to Friday, June 16, 2017

Join us in June for the 15th annual Grand Illinois Bike Tour. This year's route will feature the Rock River and Mississippi River valleys in scenic northwestern Illinois, with charming towns and great bicycling on quiet roads and some trails. Our unforgettable six-day ride - averaging 51 miles per day, with longer options - will make a 300 mile loop starting and ending in Byron, with stops in Dixon, Savanna, the Quad Cities area (two nights), and Sterling. Choose between our camping and motel options and enjoy overnights filled with good food and good fellowship with riders hailing from around the country. Proceeds benefit Ride Illinois and support our mission to make Illinois a better, safer, and more enjoyable place to ride. Maximum 230.


The 7th Annual Z Tour Bike Ride is a charity bicycle ride that provides you with a chance to enjoy some of the best roads that north central Illinois has to offer. The five routes we feature incorporate hills, rolling terrain, and beautiful views of Bureau Creek and the Hennepin Canal all with minimal traffic. The event will take place in Princeton, Illinois on Saturday, July 15.

New this year will be an early check-in option on Friday, July 14 held inside the Prouty Building in downtown Princeton from 6-8PM. The Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce will provide live music, food, and drink vendors at "Down on Main Street" that evening.
  • Easy and fast check-in opening at 5:45 AM.
  • Detailed maps and cue for all routes - 10, 30, 50, 65, and 100 miles
  • Five themed rest stops supplied with nutritional food, beverages, and music
  • Well-marked routes, paved, and low traveled roadways
  • RV friendly/tent camping options at the Bureau County Fairgrounds
  • Radio-dispatched SAG and support provided by the Bureau County EMA
  • Light breakfast offered from 6:00-9:00AM at Zearing Park
  • Post-ride meal served from 11:00-4:00PM at Zearing Park.
  • All riders must start between 6:00-9:00AM.
  • Helmets required!
  • Metric and century riders must be on the ride no later than 8:00AM
  • Register before June 16 and save.
  • All routes begin and end at Princeton's beautiful Zearing Park.

After years of planning and fund raising led by the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, the high trestle trail grand opening was held in April 2011. This new 25 mile trail connects 5 Central Iowa communities, 4 counties and 670 miles of trails in Central Iowa. The highlight of this trail is the bridge crossing the Des Moines River on the northern reaches of the Saylorville Project. The trail bridge, a former Union Pacific railroad bridge, is one of the largest in the world at 1/2 mile in length and 13 stories tall.