Grand Illinois Trails and Parks (GITAP 2015) — This year’s focus is northwestern Illinois where cyclists will ride about 260 to 500 miles, depending on options. Registration (first-come first served) begins Nov. 1, 2014. Sponsored by League of Illinois Bicyclists. Dates: June 14-19 2015. (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, with overnight stops in Carbondale, Centralia, Effingham, Champaign and Kankanee. Dates: July 4-11, 2015.
Other Illinois bike rides —
Tri-State Bike Tour visits Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin in one day of riding 85 miles, with a century option. Begins in Hammond, Indiana, and travels along Lake Michigan to Kenosha, Wisconsin. Presented by Bicycle Illinois. Date: July 11 and Aug. 9, 2015.
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: Cancelled in 2014 (usually in May)
Also see Missouri: Cycle Across Missouri …
Touring Ride in Rural Indiana (TRIRI) June Bicycle Rally This long-running 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. Spring Mill and McCormicks state parks will host in 2013. Dates: June 7-12, 2015.
Rainstorm 2014 — Ride Across Indiana — Same Thing Only Ride More Returns for its eighth year in 2015. 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 6-11, 2015.
Touring Ride in Rural Indiana (TRIRI) September Escapade This fall ride explores southeastern Indiana. Overnights at Brown County State Park, Spring Mill State Park, and Clifty Falls State Park. Different mileage options most days. Dates: September 20-25, 2015.
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 27. 2014 (tentative date; check back to website or Facebook page)
The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa 2015 (RAGBRAI XLIII) The longest running cross-state bicycle tour celebrates its 43rd year in 2015. Registration to enter the RAGBRAI lottery opens Nov. 15, 2014 through Feb. 15, 2015. The 460-mile ride starts in Sioux City, ends in Davenport, and visits towns Storm Lake, Fort Dodge, Eldora, Cedar Falls, Hiawatha, and Coralville. Also gravel and century options. Dates: July 19-25, 2015.