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2021 Grand Illinois Bike Tour

1705 N. State St., Litchfield, IL 62056

  • Presented By: Ride Illinois
  • Dates: June 13, 2021 - June 18, 2021
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Litchfield High School
  • Price: Cost varies

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Overview

Red Diamonds

The 19th Annual Grand Illinois Bike Tour has a distinct Great Rivers & Routes flavor!

This year's ride begins and ends in Litchfield and tours the trails of Madison County. Riders choose among daily mileage options for a total ranging from 200 to 375 miles, consisting of quiet rural roads and 140-plus miles on trails (almost all asphalt-surfaced) on old railroad corridors. Participants pick between camping and hotel options and enjoy evenings filled with good food and fellowship with riders hailing from around the country.

The ride is limited to 250 riders. 

Preliminary Route Mileages (subject to change)

Day 1: Litchfield to Lebanon
Basic Route – 52.4 miles, +808 ft climbing (camping) or 51.9 miles, +689ft climbing (hotel)
Long option – TBD

Day 2: Lebanon to Edwardsville
Basic Route – 45.3 miles, +971 ft climbing (camping) or 50.1 miles, +1,043 ft (hotel)
Long option – TBD

Day 3: Layover day in Edwardsville
Long Route – 49.6 miles, +743 ft climbing (camping) or 48.6 miles, +683 ft (hotel)
Shorter options – TBD

Day 4: Edwardsville to Godfrey/Alton
Basic Route – 52.9 miles, +1,045 ft (camping) or 50.4 miles, +835 ft (hotel)
Long option – TBD

Day 5: Layover day in Godfrey/Alton
Details TBD. Longer options will include riding adjacent to the Mississippi River and its bluffs to Grafton (est. 40-44 miles) and/or Pere Marquette State Park (est. 53-57 miles).

Day 6: Godfrey/Alton to Litchfield
Basic Route – 45.1 miles, +1,333 ft (camping) or 46.3 miles, +1330 ft (hotel)
Long option – TBD

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Red Diamonds