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  • Thank you to Ed Barsotti of Ride Illinois for sharing his immense amount of knowledge regarding how to make Princeton, Illinois a more bicycle friendly community. What a resource!Thank you to Ed Barsotti of Ride Illinois for sharing his immense amount of knowledge regarding how to make Princeton, Illinois a more bicycle friendly community. What a resource!
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  • Happy thought of the day. Shop local!Happy thought of the day. Shop local!
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  • So happy to have these fine folks join the Z Tour Bike Ride Steering Committee: Lauren Widmer, Sarah Church, Kelly Sissel-Morris, Dave Mosier, and Kim Hanke. Let the planning and organizing begin!Z Tour Bike Ride with Kelly Sissel-morris and Sarah Church.

    So happy to have these fine folks join the Z Tour Bike Ride Steering Committee: Lauren Widmer, Sarah Church, Kelly Sissel-Morris, Dave Mosier, and Kim Hanke. Let the planning and organizing begin!
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  • The weather forecast looks pretty decent for the next several days. It's too early to be thinking about the indoor trainer. Ride on!The weather forecast looks pretty decent for the next several days. It's too early to be thinking about the indoor trainer. Ride on!
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  • SAVE THE DATE.................. Z Tour Bike Ride, Saturday, July 15, 2017!!

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    Z Tour Bike RideThe 7th Annual Z Tour Bike Ride is a charity bike event that will take place in Princeton, Illinois ...
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  • SAVE THE DATE.............. Z Tour Bike Ride, Saturday, July 15, 2017!!

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    Z Tour Bike RideThe 7th Annual Z Tour Bike Ride is a charity bike event that will take place in Princeton, Illinois ...
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  • The 7th Annual Z Tour Bike Ride is a charity bike event that will take place in Princeton, Illinois on Saturday, July 15, 2017!

    An early check-in option will again be held on the evening of Friday, July 14 inside the Prouty Building in downtown Princeton.

    We will continue to partner with our outstanding Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce to offer live music, food, and drink vendors at “Down on Main Street” on Friday evening.

    There are lot of positive things happening in TigerTown, so SAVE THE DATE and plan to be a part of one of the best road cycling events that Illinois has to offer!
    October 24th, 2016
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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.

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


For additional information please contact us by using the form here or email us at ztourinfo@gmail.com





Bike Safety Quiz

This past June, the Ride Illinois launched www.bikesafetyquiz.com, 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.



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