Grand Illinois Trails and Parks (GITAP 2013) – This year’s focus is the southeastern part of the Grand Illinois Trail, an area of rivers, trails, history, and country roads, all within the Chicagoland area. Depending on options, the bike tour is 250 to 490 miles. Sponsored by League of Illinois Bicyclists. Dates: June 9-14, 2013. (Limited to 160 cyclists)
Bicycle Illinois (formerly Bicycllinois) routes cyclists over about 550 miles of road. The ride leaves from Cairo and ends in Chicago. Dates: July 5-12, 2014.
Other Illinois bike rides –
Tour de Stooges offers five routes of 15, 22, 31, 42 and 64 miles in southwestern Illinois. Lunch and slapstick comedy following the ride. Meets at Lindendale Park, Highland, Ill. Date: May 4, 2013.
Also see Missouri: Cycle Across Missouri …
Touring Ride in Rural Indiana (TRIRI) June Bicycle Rally This long-run bike tour underwent a big change in 2011. Instead of a linear route, TRIRI established a base camp and hosted loop rides from that location. Lincoln and Harmonie state parks will host in 2013. Dates: June 15-20, 2014.
Rainstorm 2014 — Ride Across Indiana — Same Thing Only Ride More Returns for its seventh year in 2014. Cyclists will ride five centuries in five days on hard-surfaced backroads of Indiana. Starting in Richmond, overnights at Brown County State Park, Clifty Falls State Park, Spring Mills State Park, and Bloomington. On the final day, cyclists join the 160-mile RAIN bike ride from Terra Haute to Richmond.Dates: July 8-16, 2013.
Touring Ride in Rural Indiana (TRIRI) September Escapade This fall ride explores central Indiana. Overnights at Turkey Runs State Park, McCormick’s Creek State Park, and Brown County State Park. Different mileage options most days. Dates: September 14-19, 2014.
Ride Across Iowa This one-day Iowa crossing can either be ridden as a race or an extreme recreational bike ride. It’s 300 miles, but there’s also a 150-mile version. Council Bluffs to Muscatine. Date: September (check back to website or Facebook page)
The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa 2014 (RAGBRAI XLII) The route for the 42st RAGBRAI will be announced on Jan. 25, 2014. Registration to enter the RAGBRAI lottery opens Nov. 15, 2013. Dates: July 20-26, 2014.