Updating to 2015
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. Dates: July 4-11, 2015.
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: 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 2014 (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. Route announcement party is Jan. 24, 2015. Dates: July 19-25, 2015.