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Grand Illinois Trail and Parks Bike Tour - Ride Illinois - Ride Illinois
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06/12/2016 06/17/2016

Grand Illinois Trail and Parks Bike Tour

Join us for the 2016 Grand Illinois Trail and Parks (GITAP) Bike Tour. This year’s route will cover almost entirely new ground, highlighting some of the best sections and attractions of Illinois’s Route 66 Trail – a.k.a. the “Mother Road” – an international draw for bike tourists. GITAP 2016 will also feature the I&M Canal Trail, the Mackinaw Valley Trail, and more. This unforgettable six-day ride will be making a loop starting and ending in Coal City, with stops in Oglesby, Washington, the Bloomington-Normal area (two nights), and Pontiac. Enjoy overnights filled with good food and good fellowship, all in support of Ride Illinois.

Online registration opens November 1, 2015, and is first-come, first-served.

Our fully supported tour basics:

  • Basic daily route distances range from 43 to 64 miles, with an average of 50. Longer route options are up to 70-80 miles.
  • All breakfasts and dinners included.
  • Showers and luggage transportation provided.
  • T-shirt, emergency SAGs, bike repair, and refreshment stops included.
  • Nightly meetings include ride information, awards, and our fun Velosophie program – discussions of bicycling-related literature led by our own experienced riders.
  • Tent camping at designated city and county parks and school grounds
  • An optional five night package of motel accommodations (at extra cost) within 1-2 miles of the campsites.

Experience Illinois’ historic and cultural charms on scenic bike terrain with up to 225 other riders! We hope you’ll join us!

Fees

Basic: $460
Current LIB Members:  $425
Children 12-15 years old: $345
Children 11 or under: $230
Add $25 for registering after June 1

Optional Motel Package: Single Occupancy Room $615, Double Occupancy Room $680 ($340 per person).

 

Cancellation and Refund Policy:
Full refund minus a $15 cancellation fee before April 15
Half refund before May 15
No refunds after May 15

Route

The tour begins and ends in Coal City, with free parking for the week, and stops in Oglesby, Washington, the Bloomington-Normal area (two night layover), and Pontiac.

Each day’s ride offers a basic route and a longer option, on quiet rural roads and some trails. There will be plenty of time each day to explore and enjoy the small towns and attractions along the route and in our overnight host towns. The fourth day will be a layover day, during which riders may ride the Constitution Trail and the Route 66 Trail, explore Bloomington-Normal, or just rest.

 

Campsites

Designated group camping sites will be at Oglesby’s Lehigh Park, Washington High School, Comlara County Park north of Bloomington-Normal, and Chatauqua Park in Pontiac.

Most riders provide their own tents and camping gear, but you can also consider using our Sherpa service (tent, towel, chair rental, as well as tent set up and taken down) through Events Bike Ride Services.

Motel Option

Most riders camp, but a motel option will be available for an additional cost. A limited number of room are available on first come basis. More information about this option will be available soon.

Volunteers

Do you know someone — perhaps a significant other — who would like to be a part of GITAP, but not participate in the biking? Perhaps you’re with a group of riders that want to ferry a vehicle around for the week. We are looking for volunteer drivers and extra
vehicles to give us a hand especially in case of emergencies. Please contact us at info@rideillinois.org if you are interested.

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