Across State Bicycle Tours: Illinois


Ride the Fault — The 7-day bicycle tour loop visits areas of four states hit by the 1812 New Madrid earthquake. Starts and ends in Sikeston, Mo. The route is changing for 2018, dropping Arkansas and adding southern Illinois. Routes in Missouri, Tennessee, and Kentucky remain. Mostly flat route with occasional hills on a couple of days to provide scenic variety.  Dates: June 2-9, 2018. (Registration opens Dec. 1, 2017)

Grand Illinois Bike Tour  —  A supported bike ride on central Illinois that visits locations with historical connections to Abraham Lincoln. Starts and ends in Clinton, with overnight stops in Lincoln, Springfield (2 nights) and Decatur (2 nights). Options allows 200 to 370 miles of bicycling. Sponsored by Ride Illinois, a bike advocacy organization. Dates: June 10-15, 2018. (Limited to 225 cyclists, first-come, first-served)

Ride Across Illinois (RAIL) North — Crosses the entire state of Illinois in one day; 175 miles from Moline to downtown Chicago. Presented by Bicycle Illinois. Date: June 17, 2018

Ride Across Illinois (RAIL) South — The 165-mile route crosses Illinois from St. Louis, Missouri, to Vincennes, Indiana, in one day. Presented by Bicycle Illinois. Date: June 23, 2018

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: Aug. 18-25, 2018.

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. 9-Oct. 29, 2018

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. Dates: July 15 & Aug. 25, 2018

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 McKendree University, Lebanon, Ill. Date: May 5, 2018

Also see Missouri: Cycle Across Missouri

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