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Grand Illinois Trail and Parks Bike Tour


Grand Illinois Trail and Parks Bike Tour

Time: June 12, 2016 to June 17, 2016
Location: Begins and ends in Coal City
City/Town: Coal City, Illinois
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Event Type: supported multi-day ride
Organized By: Ride Illinois
Latest Activity: Jan 22, 2016

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Join us in June for the 14th annual Grand Illinois Trail and Parks (GITAP) Bike Tour. Our 2016 route will cover almost entirely new ground, highlighting some of the best sections and attractions of Illinois’ 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 make a loop starting and ending in Coal City, with stops in Oglesby, Washington, the Bloomington-Normal area (two nights), and Pontiac. Enjoy days filled with bike touring, good food and fellowship, all in support of Ride Illinois.

Registration is limited to 225 riders and is first-come, first-served.
Register online today!

Our fully supported tour basics:

  • Basic daily route distances range from 43 to 63 miles, with an average of 50. Longer route options are up to 70-80 miles. Routes are marked and maps are provided.
  • All breakfasts and dinners included, along with refreshment stops and a GITAP t-shirt.
  • Showers and luggage transportation provided.
  • SAG ride support provided for mechanical and medical problems. Expert bike repair available.
  • Nightly meetings include ride information, awards, and our fun (optional) 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 2 miles of the campsites, with shuttling to campgrounds. Read more below.

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