News and Announcements
  • The Z Tour Bike Ride jerseys arrived late yesterday and will be shipped out to those who placed orders today. As always, thank you for your continued support.
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  • For those of you that might have missed our pre-ride festivities, here is a little sample.
    View on FacebookJuly 18th, 2017
  • Lost but not found. (Forego the snarky remarks 😉. ) These items can be claimed by their rightful owner by contacting ZCEC.
    View on FacebookJuly 17th, 2017
  • The updated total is now at 780. Thank you to everyone that had a hand in making this a great cycling event. Save the date for the 8th Z Tour Bike Ride - See you on Saturday, July 21, 2018!
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  • A Z Tour Bike Ride first occasion: He asked and she said yes! Ride on. Ride on. Ride on. Congratulations Mallory and Jordan.
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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 Fees

June 17th - July 14th
Registration - $35.00

Day of Ride - July 15th
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.