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Organized Rides

Throughout the warm months, bicycle clubs, charities, and organizations conduct a large number of organized bike rides throughout the state. Many of the rides are single-day, on a weekend, on relatively quiet rural roads, with a variety of mileage options. Some rides attract dozens, many others bring in hundreds, and a few range from 1,000 to 20,000 riders! For cyclists ready to try more road riding, consider participating in one of these rides – the “safety in numbers” can give you experience to increase your confidence. Organized rides are also a great way to explore and experience riding in a different part of the state!

Ride Illinois helps to promote the organized rides of our affiliated bike clubs and supporting organizations through our annual bike ride mailing. For the past 18 years, every March, Ride Illinois members and thousands of affiliated bike club members receive a mailing with information on invitational rides in the mail.

We are excited to announce that for 2019, Ride Illinois will be switching to a “keeper” magazine format, filled with details and registration info on participating rides. Instead of separate brochures, participating rides will have a page in our magazine of bike rides in and near Illinois.

Interested in receiving the mailing? Become a member of Ride Illinois.

Are you a coordinator of an organized bike ride and want to be included in our annual mailing or ride calendar below? Learn more about becoming an affiliated bike club or contact Communications and Projects Coordinator Gina Kenny at gina@rideillinois.org.

The following listing details 2018 rides hosted by Ride Illinois-affiliated bike clubs and organizations.

March 2018

St. Patricks Day Ride
Wheeling Wheelmen
Sunday, March 18

April 2018

Folks on Spokes Easter Ride
Folks on Spokes
Sunday, April 29
Park Forest

May 2018

Tailwind Century
Quad Cities Bicycle Club
Saturday, May 5
Moline, IL

Ride Of Silence
Wednesday, May 16
Various Locations

Arlington 500
Arlington Heights Bike Club
Sunday, May 20

42nd Annual Blackhawk Country Roads Ride
Blackhawk Bicycle & Ski Club
Saturday & Sunday, May 26 – 27

MB Bike the Drive
Active Transportation Alliance
Sunday, May 27

June 2018

Udder Century
McHenry County Bicycle Club
Sunday, June 3
Crystal Lake, IL

Fight For Air Ride
American Lung Association
Friday, June 8 – Sunday, June 10
Crystal Lake, IL

Tour Of the Mississippi River Valley
Quad Cities Bicycle Club
Saturday, June 9 – Sunday, June 10
Bettendorf, IA

Route 66 Ride
Saturday, June 9
St. Louis

BCLC Ramble
Bicycle Club of Lake County
Sunday, June 10
Wilmot, WI

Grand Illinois Bike Bike Tour
Ride Illinois
Sunday, June 10 – Friday, June 15

Spring Metric
McLean County Wheelers
Saturday, June 16
Comlara Park

Bike the 10th Congressional District
Sunday, June 17, 2018

Lincolnshire, IL

TüFer Tandem Ride
Sunday, June 18
St. Louis

Bike MS: Tour de Farms
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Saturday, June 23 – Sunday, June 24

Swedish Days Ride
Fox Valley Bicycle & Ski Club
Sunday, June 24
Burlington, IL

Swiss Cheese & Spotted Cows
Derks Cycle Tours
Thursday, June 28 – Sunday, July 1
Spring Green, WI

Rail to Katy Trail Ride
Saturday, June 30-Sunday, July 1
St. Louis

July 2018

4th of July Metric Century Plus
Joliet Bicycle Club
Tuesday, July 4

Biking with Beanzie
Kishwaukee Kiwanis of DeKalb/Kish Bike and Rec Club
Sunday, July 15

Venus de Miles
Greenhouse Scholars
Saturday, July 21
Lake Forest

August 2018

Two Rivers Century
Kankakee River Bike Club
Sunday, August 5

Rotary Ride
Rotary Club of Naperville Downtown
Sunday, August 12

Ride Like an Egyptian
Egyptian Theatre and Kish Bike & Rec Club
Saturday, August 18

Cycle For Life
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Saturday, August 18
Maple Park

No Balony Ride
Illinois Valley Wheelm’n
Saturday, August 18
Morton, IL

Bike Psychos Century
Bike Psychos
Sunday, August 19
Coal City

Wright Ride
Oak Park Cycle Club
Sunday, Aug. 19
Oak Park

Cycle Fest – Tour Of Palatine
Bike Palatine
Saturday, Aug. 25

September 2018

Bike MS: Gateway Getaway Ride
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Saturday, September 8 – Sunday, September 9

Capital City Century Weekend
Springfield Bicycle Club
Friday, September 7 – Sunday, September 9

Bike For The Kids
Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley
Sunday, September 9

Harmon 100
Wheeling Wheelmen
Sunday, September 9
Wilmot, WI

Heartland Century
Quad Cities Bicycle Club
Saturday, September 15

Amish Country Tour
Decatur Bicycle Club
Saturday, September 15
Arthur, IL

Lori’s Lakeside Century
Valparaiso YMCA
Saturday, September 15
Chesterton, IN

Octoberfest Casual Ride
Bike Palatine
Saturday, September 15

Tour de Taco
Bike BloNo
Saturday, September 15

North Shore Century
Evanston Bicycle Club
Sunday, September 16

Full Moon Ride
Bike Palatine
Friday, September 21

Ride the Rivers
Saturday, September 22
St. Louis

October 2018

Tailwind Century
Quad Cities Bicycle Club
Saturday, October 6
Moline, IL

Pumpkin Pie Ride
Starved Rock Cycling Association
Sunday, October 7
Ottawa, IL

4th annual Bob Carmody Memorial Ride
Springfield Bike Club
Saturday, October 13
Springfield, IL


Appleknocker Gran Fondo
Sunday, October 14
St. Louis