2023 Z Tour Bike Ride

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2023 Z Tour Bike Ride

We are back for our 11th annual Z Tour Bike Ride! See you on June 24th!

By Zearing Child Enrichment Center

When and where

Date and time

Saturday, June 24 · 5:45am - 4pm CDT


Zearing Park 503 Zearing Park Avenue Princeton, IL 61356

Refund Policy

No Refunds

About this event

  • 10 hours 15 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

The 11th Annual Z Tour Bike Ride is a charity road ride, supporting the Zearing Child Enrichment Center in Princeton, which provides riders a chance to enjoy some of the finest bike riding roads that North-Central Illinois has to offer. The well marked and supported routes will incorporate hills, rolling terrain, and beautiful views of Bureau Creek and the Hennepin Canal all with minimal traffic. We have several options for routes this year.

2023 ROUTES:

White Route- 11 mile route. This family route is great for our younger riders and their families and friends to get out and enjoy the day. This route will be marked by our 'rookie of the year' white bikes.

Green Route- 36 mile route. No need to rush on the shortest of our main routes, you will have plenty of time to take in the beauty of the countryside. Marked by our sprinter green bikes.

Yellow Route- 65 mile route. The 'Long Tour' will challenge riders with a few more hills, but also included an additional rest stop for you to catch your breath along the way. Marked by our champion yellow bikes.

Rainbow Route- 102 mile route. You will want to get an early start for those riders looking for some of the best roads Z Tour offers will enjoy the 'Rainbow Route.' Marked by our world champion rainbow bikes.

Polk-a-dot Route- 74 mile route. Previously known as the Adventure route, this will still include a mix of pavement, gravel, and maybe a little mud. For the safest and most enjoyable ride, we recommend experienced riders with a minimum of 28c tires on this route. Marked by our king of the mountain red bikes. Are you up for the mixed surface ride, but not wanting to go 70+ miles? We have a map on Ride with GPS that will guide riders on a shortened version of this Polka Dot Route.

Get more information for this great ride held in Princeton, Illinois online at ztour.org. Early check-in is offered on Friday, June 23rd during the Summer Solstice shopping event. Enjoy live music, later shopping hours, local bars and restaurants serving up delicious Z Tour specials after you get checked in for the ride. At check in we will have Summer Solstice discount bags available for all riders registering that evening! Merchandise pick-up and sales are also available during these times. Shopping will be on both ends of town.

Group Registration Option- Me + 3 = 

  • 1 Leader should create a catchy group name and email ztourinfo@gmail.com with their catchy group name along with all individuals that plan to ride in that group.
  • Each individual should register with the Me + 3 ticket option and email ztourinfo@gmail.com with their catchy group name
  • At least 4 riders in a group
  • Receive (1) $25.00 in Chamber Bucks to spend at Princeton businesses OR $25.00 on select Z Tour Merchandise! The Leader will be awarded the Chamber Bucks to be used as you wish. Maybe take everyone out for a round of drinks or an appetizer during our town's Summer Solstice event!

Register your group today and join the Z Tour and city of Princeton for all the fun starting Friday evening at 5:00 pm. We will be doing check in and registering from 5:00-6:30pm. The Summer Solstice Event will be going on both ends of town with lots of businesses participating!

**We strongly encourage you to get your tickets before the event for planning purposes!!**

  • Easy and really fast check-in opening at 5:45 am.
  • Detailed maps and cue for our loops!
  • Themed rest stops supplied with nutritional food, beverages, and music.
  • Tent Camping available right at Zearing Park this year. Fees applied. Camping options(tent or camper) at the Bureau County Fairgrounds also available(nominal fee).
  • Several Air B and B options- book early!!
  • Radio-dispatched SAG and support by the Bureau County EMA until 3:00 pm
  • Light breakfast offered from 6:00-9:00 am at Zearing Park
  • End of ride meal will be provided from 10:00am-4:00pm
  • All other riders should start NO LATER than 9:00am. Helmets required!
  • All routes begin and end at Princeton's beautiful Zearing Park, where volunteers will be around to greet you and welcome you back from your long adventures!
  • We are encouraging you to do online registration before the event!
  • We will have walk up registration at the Friday night from 5:00-6:30 pm and Saturday morning from 5:45-8:30am with limited support. It may take longer to get through registration, please as you are able register by midnight on Thursday, June 22nd. This will help speed the process up! Plus it is cheaper for you. ;)

Download the Ride with GPS app(fees do apply for this service). Some routes subject to change closer to the ride date. We will have some route maps, however please take time to download your maps to your mobile device so you have it with you.


Visit ztour.org/shop to order Merchandise. You cannot order merchandise via Eventbrite this year. It will all be done through our website.

We have Jerseys, Socks, Dri Fit style V Neck, Dri-Fit style Unisex T-shirts, and 50/50 Blend Unisex T-shirts available for purchase prior to the ride or day of. You are guaranteed your items on the day of the ride, if you order prior to April 17th for Jerseys and June 1st for t-shirts. Otherwise it will be first come first serve for other sizes of Jerseys and shirts we have available at Friday Night Registration and the Day of the Ride. If you order past the dates listed above, there will be a shipping fee applied to your order in order for us to send items to you after the ride.

About the organizer

The Zearing Child Enrichment Center has provided high quality educational childcare services to area families for over 45 years. We are a service-oriented not-for-profit agency that offers developmentally appropriate programs for children age's six-weeks through twelve years. The programs provided enhance the physical, social-emotional, communication/language, and cognitive development of children while contributing to the economic vitality of our community.

More information about where your ride fees go can be found at ZCEC.ORG

$0 – $35