• Please join Us for the 5th Annual Z-Tour Bike Ride!

    To help support the Zearing Child Enrichment Center!
  • This Year's Z-Tour consists of five scenic routes...

    10 mile, 30 mile, 50 mile, 62 mile and 100 mile route.
  • ...through historic Princeton, IL and the beautiful Bureau County Countryside.

    Rolling hills and picturesque scenery along each route.
  • Ride back into time crossing stretches of the Hennepin Canal and Bureau Creek

    Taking in the panoramic views of northwest Illinois!
  • "Excellent from start to finish. Family friendly route. Looking forward to next year. Thanks!"

    - Joanne H.

5th Annual Z-Tour Bike Ride

The Zearing Child Enrichment Center invites you to ride in the Z-Tour 2015 on Saturday, July 18th, 2015. 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
  • 100 milers out by 8:00AM!

Registration Fees

2015 Registration information coming soon!

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 League of Illinois Bicyclist (LIB) 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 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.

News and Announcements

  • November 21st 2014Link to status update
  • Hard to believe that we are meeting tonight to begin the planning for the 2015 Z Tour Bike Ride. Looking forward to another great ride that supports a wonderful cause - The Zearing Child Enrichment Center. Stay tuned for updates.

    November 19th 2014Link to status update
  • If you are looking to stay in shape or get in shape, an indoor cycling class is being organized and will be held in Princeton this winter. Here are some of the details: The class will start in January and end in March. It will meet Tuesday and Thursday nights from 5:30 - 6:30 and on Saturday morning from 8:00 - 9:00. You will need your own bike and trainer. A nominal fee of $50 will be collected from each participant for the use of the facility. Once collected, this fee will be donated to a local youth organization. This class is a great opportunity regardless of your experience or ability level to meet other area cycling enthusiasts. If you are interested, please contact Ryan Crouch at 815-712-0306 or ryancrouch@ivcontainer.com. Space is limited!!

    October 28th 2014Link to status update
  • Thank you to everyone that had a part in making this event a huge success. In four years, the Z Tour Bike Ride has generated over $53,000 for the Zearing Child Enrichment Center. See you next year on Saturday, July 18, 2015

    August 28th 2014Link to status update
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