Frequently Asked Questions
Why is the ride being presented by the Zearing Child Enrichment Center?
The Z Tour Bike Ride is in its second year and came about as a result of the Center looking for new idea in fundraising. The volunteers who organize the event are cycling enthusiast and have participated in several organized rides throughout the Midwest. The Z Tour Bike Ride hopes to promote the City of Princeton, Illinois, promote bicycling as a safe, recreational activity, and also promote the services offered at The Center. All proceeds that are generated from the ride support the not-for-profit Zearing Child Enrichment Center.
Are you selling T-shirts and socks for the 2012 Z Tour?
Yes! Dri-fit t-shirts and socks are sold separately. If you pre-register for the ride and want to buy a shirt or a pair of socks, note that each shirt costs $15 and the cycling socks are $10. Shirts and socks will be available the day of the ride, but we urge you to pre-order because there will be limited numbers available the day of the ride. This year's shirt is a Dri-Fit workout shirt and is a definite upgrade over last year's shirt.
Is there a discount if you register early?
Yes. If you pre-register for the event by mail, the cost of the ride is $25 for a single rider and $30 for a family. On the day of the ride, the cost is $30 for a single rider, and $35 for families.
Is this a family oriented ride?
You bet! That's why we have six different routes ranging from 10 to 100 miles. This is a ride for everyone. Families with younger children can ride at a leisurely pace on the 10 mile route, while more experienced riders can go at their own pace on the 29, 40, 50, 62 or 100 mile courses. Just remember to get back to Zearing Park before 3 p.m. so you can enjoy your post-ride lunch!
How are the roads marked?
We use a white biodegradable paint and incorporate the Dan Henry Marking System on all routes. Our "route master" goes to great lengths to ensure that our routes are extremely well marked and safe for the riders. Route maps are available, but are rarely needed.
How difficult are the Z Tour routes?
All routes are on flat to rolling countryside, well within the range of most cyclists. The 10 mile route is fairly flat. As you go south of Zearing Park, you will see more changes in elevation. There definitely are some challenging hills that will test the more experienced riders on the longer routes.
Is it safe to ride on these roads?
Yes. For the most part, the routes take lightly traveled, paved roads, and the few motorists that you encounter are courteous. We will have members of the Princeton Police Department and the Bureau County Sheriff's Office monitor intersections that might be considered high traffic. If you follow Illinois bicycling laws, which require you to ride single-file when there is traffic and which require you to ride no more than two abreast at other times, then you should have few problems, if any, with motorists. For more details about Illinois cycling laws, visit the League of Illinois Bicyclists.
Where can I spend the night if I'm coming in from out of town?
The Princeton area has several places to spend the night. For a listing of nearby motels and bed and breakfast establishments, see our Lodging page.
Will the ride go on in the rain?
Unfortunately, yes. It would be very difficult to get the word out about a change of plans, and it would be difficult to find an alternative date.
What if I can't finish the ride?
You should be able to finish because we provide adequate food and water at rest stops and because of our support vehicles on the routes. Be advised that we do not fix or repair bikes, but will transport you and your bike back to Zearing Park. SAG support will end at 3 p.m.
What if I have more questions?
Send an email to email@example.com and we'll answer your questions promptly. You can also call the Center at 815-875-2335 or Brian Church, Z Tour Director at 815-878-5054.
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