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WHEN

Sun Jun 09 2019 - Fri Jun 14 2019 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM

WHERE

Holiday Inn Express Tuscola
Tuscola, IL

WHO

Ride Illinois

Description

Tour

Distance - 200-295 miles

Join us June 9, 2019 through June 14, 2019 for our 17th annual Grand Illinois Bike Tour! Our 2019 loop will tour through beautiful Amish country and east central Illinois.  We will start and stop in Tuscola, with overnights in Mattoon (one night), Effingham and Charleston (two nights each). 

Choose among our daily mileage options for a total ranging from 200 to 395 miles. Pick between our camping and motel options, and enjoy evenings filled with good food and fellowship with riders hailing from around the country. Proceeds benefit Ride Illinois and support our mission to make Illinois a better, safer, and more enjoyable place to ride.

Our fully supported tour basics:

  • Basic daily route distances between towns range from 45 to 53 miles. Longer route and layover day options are available. Routes are marked and cue sheets are provided.
  • Campers will tent in parks and campgrounds, with showering facilities provided. All breakfasts and dinners (10 meals in total) are included.
  • The motel option, available for an additional fee, accommodates approximately 100 riders and sells out early. Nine meals (all breakfasts and four dinners) and evening receptions are included.
  • Luggage transportation is provided in separate vehicles for campers and hotelers.
  • Emergency SAG, refreshment stops, and t-shirt are included. Expert bike repair, as well as professional massage, are available every day to hotelers and campers, at the campsites. (In addition, other services are available including tent setup and takedown, towel and sherpa services.)
  • Nightly meetings include ride information, awards, and more.
  • Velosophie, an optional reading discussion group, meets before dinner each day.  Join the fun after dinner at camp, as fellow riders play guitar and banjo.

The ride is limited to 240 riders. 

Route

The tour begins and ends in Tuscola, with free parking for the week, and stops in Mattoon, Effingham (two nights) and Charleston (two nights).

Each day’s ride offers a basic route of 48-51 miles with options for an extra 20 miles or so.  Ride at your own pace on quiet, rural, mostly flat roads and enjoy plenty of time each day to explore the small towns and attractions along the route and in our overnight host towns.

The third and fifth days will be layover days, during which you can explore sites and other local attractions, ride trails and rural roads around Effingham and Charleston, or just enjoy the days however you wish.

Venue

Holiday Inn Express Tuscola

1201 Tuscola Blvd.
Tuscola, IL 61953
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Registration

Regular Rates (after Dec 1)
Non-member $505
Member $470 Join here or email us to confirm status
17 and under $355 (must be accompanied by an adult rider)

Optional Motel Package  (in addition to the registration fee)
Single Occupancy $630 (plus registration fees)
Double Occupancy $380 per person (plus registration fees)

Contact

info@rideillinois.org

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