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  • Just imagine yourself in this chair or on a massage table enjoying a FREE post-ride massage provided by five Illinois Valley Community College massage therapy students. There is a catch - you can't get one unless you register! See you at the ZJust imagine yourself in this chair or on a massage table enjoying a FREE post-ride massage provided by five Illinois Valley Community College massage therapy students. There is a catch - you can't get one unless you register! See you at the Z
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  • Due to some unforeseen delays in the various townships tar and chipping schedule, we have slightly modified some of the routes (actually they might be even a little better.) Visit www.z-tour.org and see for yourself. Cheers!Z-Tour Bike Ride - Zearing Park, Princeton, IL - Saturday, July 15th, 2017
    View LinkJune 27th, 2017
  • Share the Road and be safe.Share The RoadThank you to St. Pete Bike Club and Andrew Graus for this great video - please share!...
    View on FacebookJune 22nd, 2017
  • Chill out at the Days Inn pool after your Z Tour Bike Ride. Great rates still available. Call the hotel directly to reserve your room.  See you at the Z!Z Tour Bike Ride added 2 new photos — in Princeton, Illinois.

    Chill out at the Days Inn pool after your Z Tour Bike Ride. Great rates still available. Call the hotel directly to reserve your room. See you at the Z!
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  • Happy Father's Day to all from your friends at the Z!Happy Father's Day to all from your friends at the Z!
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  • The clock is ticking to save a few bucks! Fees will increase tomorrow. Ride on, Ride on, Ride on!
    June 16th, 2017
  • According to world champion cyclist Peter Sagan, today marks the 200th birthday of the bicycle and there is no better reason to celebrate than thinking about riding a bike! With this in mind, please realize that there is still time to save yourself a little registration money for the 7th Annual Z Tour Bike Ride held on Saturday, July 15 in Princeton, Illinois. Our early registration period will end on Friday, June 16. Please visit our website at www.z-tour.org for detailed information or register on-line at www.eventbrite.com by searching for Z Tour Bike Ride. There are NO EXTRA FEES to register on-line.
    As a special incentive this year - we are going to offer FREE massages to any cyclist after the ride at Zearing Park. That's right, I said FREE!!!
    Z-Tour Bike Ride - Zearing Park, Princeton, IL - Saturday, July 15th, 2017
    View LinkJune 12th, 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 ztourinfo@gmail.com



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 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.