Route 66: The Mother Road Eastward — This seven-week van tour takes route 66 from Santa Monica all the way to Chicago. Offered by the Adventure Cycling Association. Dates: Apr. 15 – June 4, 2017.
Grand Illinois Bike Tour — A 300-mile supported bike ride of the Rock River and Mississippi River valleys. Host towns are Dixon, Savanna, Quad Cities, and Sterling. Sponsored by Ride Illinois, a bike advocacy organization. Dates: June 11-16, 2017. (Limited to 225 cyclists, first-come, first-served)
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 19-25, 2017.
Route 66: The Mother Road Westward — An eight-week self-contained bike tour from Chicago to Santa Monica. Offered by the Adventure Cycling Association. Dates: Sept. 10-Nov. 3, 2017.
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: Aug. 26, 2017
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 6, 2017
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