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2019 Grand Illinois Bike Tour

Our next Grand Illinois Bike Tour will be from Sunday, June 7, 2020 through Friday, June 12, 2020 in Metro East, Illinois side of the St. Louis area. Our theme will be Trails of Madison County, with more than half of the miles on paved trails. Early bird registration opened November 1.

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). Join us and invite your cycling friends (non-riding volunteers needed too). 

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. (We are now full and only accepting people on a wait list.)

Why should you ride GIBT? We will let some of the riders in this year’s GIBT answer that with their favorite parts of the ride:
• Seeing old friends and spending a week with like-minded people.
• Loved the small group size
• Velosophie, meeting new people, visiting the local sites, and challenging myself and succeeding.
• Enjoying the daily luxury of just having to ride, the old eat, ride, sleep and nothing else.

Want more details and more reasons why you should join us? Check out our video:

Planning for the 2020 Grand Illinois Bike Tour is already underway! To be added to our 2020 GIBT email list, email Gina Kenny.