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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 2019 rides hosted by Ride Illinois-affiliated bike clubs and organizations as well as rides in the 2019 Ride Illinois Ride Guide.


Ten 27 Cycling Club Sunday Ride
Ten27 Cycling Club

Bike Palatine Casual Rides
Bike Palatine
and Thursdays, starting May 4

March 2019

St. Patricks Day Ride
Wheeling Wheelmen
Sunday, March 17

April 2019

Folks on Spokes Easter Ride
Folks on Spokes
Sunday, April 14
Park Forest

May 2019

Ride the Ups & Downs
G.O.A.T.S. Cycling
Saturday, May 4

Tailwind Century
Quad Cities Bicycle Club
Saturday, May 5

Ride of Silence
Wednesday, May 15
Various Locations

Arlington 500
Arlington Heights Bike Club
Sunday, May 19

Blackhawk Country Roads
Blackhawk Bicycle & Ski Club
Saturday, May 25 – Sunday, May 26

June 2019

Bike Scavenger Hunt
Bike Palatine
Saturday, June 1

Tour de Charleston
Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce
Saturday, June 1

Fight For Air Ride
American Lung Association
Friday, June 7 – Saturday, June 8
Crystal Lake

Food Bank Flyer Ride
Team 224
Saturday, June 8

Tour of the Mississippi River Valley
Quad Cities Bicycle Club
Saturday, June 8 – Sunday, June 9
Bettendorf, IA

BCLC Ramble
Bicycle Club of Lake County
Sunday, June 9
Twin Lakes, WI

Grand Illinois Bike Tour
Ride Illinois
Sunday, June 9 – Friday, June 14

Wheelers’ Annual Spring Metric
McLean County Wheelers
Saturday, June 15

Longest Friday Ride
Bike Palatine
Friday, June 21

Swedish Days Ride
Fox Valley Bicycle & Ski Club
Sunday, June 23
Maple Park


July 2019

4th of July Metric Century
Joliet Bicycle Club
Thursday, July 4

Palatine 4th of July Parade
Bike Palatine
Saturday, July 6

MUP Tour
League of Michigan Bicyclists
Saturday, July 6 – Saturday, Jul 13
Manistique, MI

Biking with Beanzie
Kishwaukee Kiwanis of DeKalb/Kish Bike and Rec Club
Sunday, July 14

Z Tour Bike Ride
Z Tour
Saturday, July 20

Bike Palatine Community Bike Ride
Bike Palatine
Saturday, July 20

August 2019

CowaLUNGa Bike Tour
Respiratory Health Association
Saturday, August 3 – Monday, August 5

Shoreline West
League of Michigan Bicyclists
Saturday, August 3 – Saturday, August 10
Montague, MI

Two Rivers Century
Kankakee River Bike Club
Sunday, August 4

Ride to Cure Diabetes
Thursday, August 8 – Sunday, Aug. 11
La Crosse, WI

Rotary Ride
Rotary Club of Naperville Downtown
Sunday, August 11

Ride Like an Egyptian
Egyptian Theatre and Kish Bike & Rec Club
Saturday, August 17

Bike Psychos Century
Bike Psychos
Sunday, August 18
Coal City

Wright Ride
Oak Park Cycle Club
Sunday, Aug. 18
Oak Park

No Baloney Ride
Illinois Valley Wheelm’n
Saturday, August 24


CycleFest – Tour of Palatine
Bike Palatine
Saturday, August 24

Busse Woods Night Ride
Friends of Cycling in Elk Grove
Saturday, Aug. 24

Elk Grove Village

September 2019

Capital City Century
Springfield Bicycle Club
Sunday, September 8

Harmon 100
Wheeling Wheelmen
Sunday, September 8
Wilmot, WI

Bike For The Kids
Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley
Sunday, September 8

Full Moon Ride
Bike Palatine
Friday, September 13

Heartland Century
Quad Cities Bicycle Club
Saturday, September 14

Amish Country Tour
Decatur Bicycle Club
Saturday, September 14

Frisco Hill Challenge
Trailnet and the Jefferson County Heritage and Historical Society
Saturday, September 14
Imperial, MO

North Shore Century
Evanston Bicycle Club
Sunday, September 15

Everybody Rides
Project Mobility
Sunday, September 15
St. Charles

Tri Right 101 Ride
Team Tri Right
Sunday, September 15
New Lenox

Oktoberfest Casual Ride
Bike Palatine
Saturday, September 21

Ride the Rivers Century
Saturday, September 21
St. Charles, MO

Venus de Miles
Greenhouse Scholars
Saturday, September 28

October 2019

Tailwind Century
Quad Cities Bicycle Club
Saturday, October 5

Pumpkin Pie Ride
Starved Rock Cycling Association
Sunday, October 6

Appleknocker Gran Fondo
Sunday, October 13