Join us June 10-15 for the 16th annual Grand Illinois Bike Tour. The 2018 route will feature central Illinois with a special focus on Abraham Lincoln history. We‚Äôll enjoy great bicycling on quiet country roads and visit charming towns and places from Lincoln‚Äôs life in Springfield, Decatur, New Salem, and his days as a lawyer on the 8th Judicial Circuit.
Our unforgettable six-day ride will make a loop starting and ending in Clinton, with overnight stops in Lincoln, Springfield (2 nights), and Decatur (2 nights). Choose among our daily mileage options for a total ranging from 200 to 370 miles. Pick between our camping and motel options, and enjoy evenings filled with good food and 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.
Our fully supported tour basics:
- Basic daily route distances between towns range from 44 to 52 miles. Longer route and layover day options are available. Routes are marked and cue sheets are provided.
- Campers will tent in parks and the State Fair‚Äôs campgrounds, with showering facilities provided. All breakfasts and dinners (10 meals in total) are included.
- The motel option, available for an additional fee, accommodates approximately 100 riders and sells out early. 8 meals (all breakfasts and 3 dinners) and evening receptions are included.
- Luggage transportation is provided in separate vehicles for campers and hotelers.
- Emergency SAG, refreshment stops, and t-shirt are included. Expert bike repair, as well as professional massage, are also available every day to hotelers and campers, at the campsites.
- Nightly meetings include ride information, awards, and more.
- Velosophie, an optional reading discussion group, meets before dinner each day. This year's readings will focus mostly on Abraham Lincoln.
The ride is limited to 225 riders and only 8 spots remain and our motel option is nearly sold out. Register today!
Date: June 10 - 15, 2018
Distances: 200 - 370 miles total
City, State: Clinton, Illinois
Online Information: http://rideillinois.org/events/2018-grand-illinois-bike-tour/