This list (updated every few weeks as dates change and informational web pages become available) contains mostly rides in East Central Illinois. Two good lists of regional rides are Midwest Bicycle Rides (mostly Illinois) and Bike Rides in Indiana
** – denotes rides organized by bicycling communities of either Champaign, Vermillion or Piatt Communities.
** Saturday, May 19, 2018 PCC Spring Metric, Urbana IL A revival of the Prairie Cycle Club spring metric with 35 and 65 mile routes. A great ride to start your season. More details to follow.
** Saturday, June 2, 2018 River to Rail Ride, Kickapoo State Park (large pavilion near the cemetery). 62 and 32 mile options. a benefit ride for construction of the Kickapoo Rail Trail, which will eventually traverse 24.5 miles of former rail right-of-way from Urbana in Champaign County to Kickapoo State Park in Vermilion County. More details forthcoming.
** Saturday, June 9, 2018, Ride for Ray, Urbana – 13 / 36 / 62 / 100 and 128 mile options. Ray Spooner decided to bicycle across the United States as a way to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for ALS. This ride benefits ALS Research and Awareness. Event Facebook page
Saturday June 16, 2018 Hudson IL (8mi north of Normal IL): The McLean County Wheelers will be hosting their 36th Annual Spring Metric —Wheelin’ Around the Lake. There will be 20, 40 and 60 mile options, and a family ride of 5 miles. All routes leave from Comlara Park (13001 Recreation Area Dr.,Hudson, IL 61748). Complete information here
** Sunday, June 17, 2018 The Apple Pie Ride, River Bend Forest Preserve, Mahomet IL A fun Father’s Day ride with 10 mile family route and 30 mile long route. Ride with your kids or your friends and have a piece of pie at the finish. Ride benefits the KRT. Produced by Champaign Cycle.
Saturday June 30, 2018 Clinton ILTour DeWitt 9, 22, 40 & 62 mile options. More information
Saturday August 4, 2018 Leroy IL: Hop on for Hope Ride to benefit the Village of Hope in Guatemala. 10-50mi options and Family Fun walk/ride. Information
** Sunday August 5, 2018 The Cherry Pie Ride, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, north of Homer IL A fun ride with 10 mile family route and 30 mile long route. Ride with your kids or your friends and have a piece of pie at the finish, Ride benefits the KRT. Produced by Champaign Cycle.
Sunday August 5, 2018 Kankakee IL Two Rivers Century. 22-128 mile options. www.tworiverscentury.com/
** Saturday August 18, 2018 The PCC Tour and Gran Fondo, Urbana IL 35, 65, and 100 mile route with a timed Gran Fondo. This PCC century ride has been produced continuously since 1971. Join the tradition. Produced by Prairie Cycle Club. More details to follow.
Saturday Aug 25, 2018 Wabash River Ride. Supported rides of 33, 46, 66 or 107 miles through some of the most beautiful parts of Tippecanoe, Fountain and Warren counties. Enjoy scenic vistas of the Wabash River, Big Pine Creek and Rob Roy covered bridge. More information
Friday-Sunday, August 31 -September 2, 2018 Louisville, KY Old Kentucky Home Tour; Louisville Bicycle Club. According to PCC board member John Prince “I think this the best two-day ride in the nation’s mid-section, period.” www.louisvillebicycleclub.org
Sunday September 7-9, 2018 Springfield IL: Capital City Century Weekend. Sightseeing and cycling events Saturday Sep 8 , the actual ride on Sunday 9 Sep. Distance options are 10 (group ride) 25, 40, 62 and 100 miles over flat to slightly rolling terrain. The CCC features organized food stops, SAG service, and a post-ride party at the Beach House on Lake Springfield. The 2011 ride had 866 participants. More information
Saturday September 15, 2018 Arthur IL Amish Country Bicycle Tour, sponsored by Decatur Bicycle Club. Distance options: 20, 42 and 60 miles, mostly over flat to rolling terrain, perfect for all bicycle types and all riders. Details
** Sunday, September 30, 2018 Ride to the Depot, White Heath, IL We will have routes of 35, 65, and 100 miles on the best route in our area. Pizza and beer at the finish. The ride benefits the Kickapoo Rails to Trails.
Produced by Champaign Cycle.
Sunday, September 30th, 2018 Decatur IL 5th Annual Prairie Pedal sponsored by Macon County Conservation Foundation. Proceeds from the ride benefit the protection of our air and water quality, natural areas, and wildlife diversity. Three routes on quiet country roads: 20, 40, and 62 mile. http://maconcountyconservationfoundation.org/prairie-pedal
Friday-Sunday, October 5-7, 2018 Elletsville, IN Hilly Hundred, CIBA. The granddaddy of them all. http://www.hillyhundred.org/
Sunday October 7, 2018 Ottawa, IL Pumpkin Pie Ride, sponsored by Starved Rock Cycling Association. Distance options 27, 45, 66, 103 miles (light traffic and rolling hills). Information
** Sunday Oct. 14. The Pumpkin Pie Ride, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, Mahomet IL A fun ride with 10 mile family route and 30 mile long route. Ride with your kids or your friends and have a piece of pie at the finish, Ride benefits the Kickapoo Rails to Trails. Produced by Champaign Cycle. Produced by Champaign Cycle.