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  • A huge thank you to all the volunteers. .. the Z TOUR is the best ride of the year! This route was fantastic ... everyone was so wonderful ... SAG support was ever present. . Seeing the regional medical folks out caring for those of us enduring the heat ... just awesome all around. See ya'll next year!
    July 19th, 2015
  • Did the 30 miler, beautiful ride and the route was very well marked. Everyone involved was so nice. Thank You! Oh by the way, who decided to put the last 2 BIGGEST hills in a ROW right before we got back into town. That was tough, tough, tough.
    July 19th, 2015
  • Post ride roundup of friends from Illinois, Colorado and Texas!Patricia Roth-Taylor added a new photo to Z Tour Bike Ride's timeline — with Brad Taylor and 2 others.

    Post ride roundup of friends from Illinois, Colorado and Texas!
    View on FacebookJuly 19th, 2015
  • Shout out to all organizers & volunteers of today's ride.... What an AWESOME job!!!! The coke a cola at bout mile 92 was a god send!!! Thank you all
    July 18th, 2015
  • Can't wait till next year!! Very well marked routes. Excellent!
    July 18th, 2015
  • Good Morning!Good Morning!
    View on FacebookJuly 18th, 2015
  • What time will SAG support start?
    July 17th, 2015
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Mudcross Challenge, Princeton, IL

Ride With Us at the 6th Annual Z-Tour Bike Ride!

The Zearing Child Enrichment Center invites you to ride in the Z-Tour 2016 on Saturday, July 16th, 2016. 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!

2016 Registration information coming soon!

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

Bike Safety Quiz

This past June, the League of Illinois Bicyclist (LIB) 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 LIB 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.

Mudcross Challenge, Princeton, IL