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 6-13, 2013.
Around Illinois Back Roads — Returned in 2010 after a two-year hiatus; Check Joliet Bicycle Club for details. Dates: August (?)
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. Clifty Falls and Brown County state parks will host in 2013. Dates: June 9-14, 2013.
Rainstorm 2013 — Ride Across Indiana — Same Thing Only Ride More Returns for its sixth year in 2013. Cyclists will ride five centuries in five days on hard-surfaced backroads of southern Indiana. On the final day, cyclists join the 160-mile RAIN bike ride from Bloomington to Terra Haute. Lodging at Indiana State Park inns (three nights) and nice hotels (two nights) is included in the tour fee.. Dates: July 8-16, 2013.
Touring Ride in Rural Indiana (TRIRI) September Escapade This fall ride explores southeastern Indiana. Overnights at Brown County State Park, Spring Mill State Park (two nights), and Clifty Falls State Park (two nights). Different mileage options most days. Dates: September 15-20, 2013.
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 2013 (RAGBRAI XLI) The 41st RAGBRAI will be the second shortest on record at 406 miles as well as one of the flattest. It starts in Council Bluffs and ends in Fort Madison, stopping in host cities Harlan, Perry, Des Moines, Knoxville, Oskaloosa, and Fairfield along the way. Registration by lottery. Dates: July 21-27, 2013.
Other Iowa bike rides –
Dr. Bob Breedlove Memorial Ride Three options of 30, 60 or 90 miles in honor of Bob Breedlove, who lost his life while competing in his 6th RAAM in 2005. Leaves from West Des Moines. Proceeds go to YMCA Partners with Youth Program. Date: (no word on 2013)