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  • We have been fortunate to have some really great riding weather recently but Winter is on the way! With sub-zero temperatures and snow right around the corner you just need to be prepared for the riding conditions. Winter weather shouldn’t stop you from year round cycling. Here are winter riding t...We have been fortunate to have some really great riding weather recently but Winter is on the way! With sub-zero temperatures and snow right around the corner you just need to be prepared for the riding conditions. Winter weather shouldn’t stop you from year round cycling. Here are winter riding t...
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  • We have been fortunate to have some really great riding weather recently but Winter is on the way! With sub-zero temperatures and snow right around the corner you just need to be prepared for the riding conditions. Winter weather shouldn’t stop you from year round cycling. Here are winter riding t...We have been fortunate to have some really great riding weather recently but Winter is on the way! With sub-zero temperatures and snow right around the corner you just need to be prepared for the riding conditions. Winter weather shouldn’t stop you from year round cycling. Here are winter riding t...
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  • It is with great pleasure and much jubilation that we present this record donation in the amount of $32,000 to the Zearing Child Enrichment Center. We are humbled beyond words for the continued support and generosity. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! We hope to see you next year on Saturday, July 21, 2018.It is with great pleasure and much jubilation that we present this record donation in the amount of $32,000 to the Zearing Child Enrichment Center. We are humbled beyond words for the continued support and generosity. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! We hope to see you next year on Saturday, July 21, 2018.
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  • It is with great pleasure and much jubilation that we present this record donation in the amount of $32,000 to the Zearing Child Enrichment Center. We are humbled beyond words for the continued support and generosity. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! We hope to see you next year on Saturday, July 21, 2018.It is with great pleasure and much jubilation that we present this record donation in the amount of $32,000 to the Zearing Child Enrichment Center. We are humbled beyond words for the continued support and generosity. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! We hope to see you next year on Saturday, July 21, 2018.
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The 2017 Z-Tour Ride Raised $32,000 For The Zearing Child Enrichment Center!

The Z Tour Bike Ride Steering Committee is pictured presenting a check in the amount of $32,000 generated from the July 15 event which had a record 770 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: Brian Church, Lisa Vincent, Nicole Sampson, Peg Maciejewski, Annette Schnabel, Dennis Toth, Paul McMahon, Cami McMahon, Keenan Campbell, Bill Schnabel, Mike Judge, Ryan Crouch, Rick Brooks, Tom Tester, Sue Fandel, Rachel Skaggs, Mary Brown, Kelly Sissel-Morris and Lauren Widmer. .


Bureau County Emergency Management Agency Presents Two Lifesaver Awards to Z Tour Bike Ride Volunteers.

During the 2017 Z Tour Bike Ride, two individuals went above and beyond the call of duty. Kelly Sissel-Morris was at Zearing Park before the ride and encountered a rider that was choking. Morris performed the Heimlich maneuver and opened the riders airway. Lauren Eckberg was driving home near Tiskilwa and discovered a rider with injuries on the route. Eckberg grabbed shirts from her car and made a makeshift bandage to control the bleeding. Eckberg notified Zearing Command and the rider was transported to Perry Memorial Hospital by Tiskilwa EMS. Both riders have fully recovered and look forward to the 2018 Z Tour Bike Ride.


Ride With Us at the 8th Annual Z-Tour Bike Ride!

The Zearing Child Enrichment Center invites you to ride in the Z-Tour 2018 on Saturday, July 21st, 2018. 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 for the 2018 ride will open in January.

2016 Z-Tour Rider Map



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.