News and Announcements
  • Congratulations to our guy Keenan Campbell on this award. We are thankful for your continued dedication to the Z Tour Bike Ride.Z Tour Bike Ride shared Bureau County EMA's post.

    Congratulations to our guy Keenan Campbell on this award. We are thankful for your continued dedication to the Z Tour Bike Ride.
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  • We are super excited to announce that an e-edition of the 2017 Z Tour Velo News is now available. This project involved countless hours of creative thinking, editing, and proofing. We are deeply indebted to all of of our contributors and sponsors who made this come to fruition. Please enjoy our publication, register for the event and then share it with your family and friends! A printed version will be distributed in the Bureau County Republican within the next couple of weeks.Z Tour News Letter | Z-Tour Bike Ride - Zearing Park, Princeton, IL - Saturday, July 15th, 2017Take an in-depth look at this year's Z Tour Ride, along with what it, Princeton, and Bureau County h...
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  • Book now and save! These rooms won't last very long!Z Tour Bike Ride Lodging Option
    View LinkApril 24th, 2017
  • I'm registered for Z Tour. How about you?I'm registered for Z Tour. How about you?
    View on FacebookApril 21st, 2017
  • Make the Z Tour Bike Ride your next adventure! Register on-line through or today!Make the Z Tour Bike Ride your next adventure! Register on-line through or today!
    View on FacebookApril 18th, 2017
  • One of your dining options before or after your ride.Niel & Shorty's BBQStep into my office.....
    View on FacebookApril 14th, 2017
  • It has come to our attention that management did not communicate the special rate with the front desk staff yet. This matter will be resolved by tomorrow. Apologies for the inconvenience and thanks for your patience.
    April 10th, 2017
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Ride With Us at the 7th Annual Z-Tour Bike Ride!

The Zearing Child Enrichment Center invites you to ride in the Z-Tour 2017 on Saturday, July 15th, 2017. Each year the scenic Z-Tour begins and ends at Princeton's beautiful Zearing Park.

This road ride provides you a chance to enjoy some of the best bike roads that northwest Illinois has to offer. The routes will feature loops that incorporate hills, rolling terrain, beautiful views of Bureau Creek with minimal traffic.

Well stocked rest stops, enthusiastic staff, and a nutritious meal to follow.

  • Well-marked bike routes
  • Well-paved, low traveled roadways
  • Maps and cue for all routes.
  • Radio-dispatched SAG until 3:00PM
  • Post-ride meal provided
  • Three rest stops supplied with food and beverages.
  • Easy and fast check-in
  • All riders must start between 6:00AM - 9:30AM
  • 65 and 100 milers out by 8:00AM!

Registration Fees

Before June 16th
Early Bird Registration - $30.00

June 17th - July 12th
The last day to register on-line is 7/12

Registration - $35.00

After July 13th
Regular Registration - $40.00

Event Merchandise
Adult dri-fit shirt - $20.00
Cycling socks - $12.00
Bike Jersey - $80.00

Advanced mechandise purchases can be made during the Eventbrite Registration process.

More information regarding this year's Z Tour merchandise can be found by visiting our Merchandise page.

Quantities limited for purchase on the day of the ride.

For additional information please contact us by using the form here or email us at

The 2016 Z-Tour Ride Raised $30,000 For The Zearing Child Enrichment Center!

The Z Tour Bike Ride Steering Committee is pictured presenting a check in the amount of $30,000 generated from the July 16 event which had a record 700 registered riders. All of the proceeds raised from the Z Tour Bike Ride are donated to the Zearing Child Enrichment Center, a not-for-profit early childhood education center that serves area children from 6 weeks of age to 12 years old. Z Tour Bike Ride Steering Committee members include: Front (L-R) Brian Church, Lisa Vincent, Nicole Sampson, Peg Maciejewski, and Annette Schnabel. Middle (L-R) Dennis Toth, Paul McMahon, Keenan Campbell, Kim Hanke, and Bill Schnabel. Back (L-R) Mike Judge, Ryan Crouch, Rick Brooks, and Tom Tester. Absent from the photo: Sue Fandel and Dan Eiten.

2016 Z-Tour Rider Map

Bike Safety Quiz

This past June, the Ride Illinois launched, an interactive resource with brief but thorough quiz-based lessons - one each for Adult Bicyclists, Child Bicyclists, and Motorists. The content, approved by the Secretary of State's Office, covers relevant state laws, safety techniques and how to avoid common crash types. The Ride Illinois has started working with bike shops, bike clubs, driver's education instructors, towns, schools, police and others to promote its use. If you have not seen it yet, check it out and take the quiz today! For those who complete the quiz, a "Certificate of Completion" can be printed out.