Ride Across Illinois (RAIL) - Cycle Across The Entire State of Illinois in One Day!
Event Overview Bicycle Illinois is proud to present our Ride Across Illinois (RAIL) event series! These fully supported ultra-distance cycling events will challenge you to push the limits of your endurance by riding from one border of Illinois to the other in one day.
• RAIL North will travel approximately 175 miles from Moline to Chicago, IL. • RAIL South will travel approximately 165 miles from St. Louis, MO to Vincennes, IN.
Even though the RAIL events can be extremely physically challenging, you will be fully supported the whole way. The encouragement you will receive from our staff, along with your fellow riders, will be energizing while the support will be inspiring! Many of the athletes you will be riding alongside with have never attempted this long of a distance before in one day and we can guarantee that no one will be alone on this new journey.
Because of this ride's difficulty level, we have designed the supporting ride logistics to help you reach this achievement. Both events are scheduled immediately before and after June 21st (the longest day of the year) in order to give you the maximum amount of daylight to complete the ride – 15 hours! There's no need to be concerned about keeping up as you’ll only need to maintain an average riding pace around 12 mph to stay on track with the ride schedule.
Throughout the route, our staff will have snacks, ice water, and sports drinks available at predesignated rest stop locations. By utilizing these rest stops you can take a break, refuel, and focus on staying strong. The distance between each rest stop generally decreases throughout the day giving you the opportunity to take breaks more frequently as you become more fatigued. We know you got this!
Completing a RAIL event is a remarkable accomplishment, and we would like to give you recognition! At the end of the ride, all participants will receive an official “FINISHER” sticker to commemorate your achievement.
If you are up for the challenge, come join us on a RAIL event and claim your spot among a league of the best! (Please note that RAIL rides are not appropriate for novice or inexperienced riders. We strongly recommend having at least completed a century ride of 100 miles or more before registering.)
Included Services and Merchandise All the amenities you need are included at one low price. • Our experienced, caring, Professional Staff • The safest, most direct, fully paved Route which primarily follows back roads and bike paths • Predesignated Rest Stops at progressively decreasing distances along the route • Detailed Cue Sheets, Maps, GPS Route Downloads, and On-Road Signage or Individual GPS units • On Road SAG Vehicle Support • All You Can Eat Snacks and Ice Cold Water and Sports Drinks • Baggage Transportation to the end • A Bicycle Illinois T-Shirt and “Finisher” Sticker
Extra Services and Merchandise In addition, some very nice extras are also available as well! • Transportation to the Start for you, your bicycle, and your baggage both before and after the event • Supported Hotels and Free Hotel Baggage Delivery Service • Long Term Parking in our stopping towns • Mechanical Support on the road • Bicycle Illinois Jerseys, Water Bottles, Extra T-Shirts, Baseball Hats and Polo Shirts
Registration and Prices Check bicycleillinois.com for registration forms, deadlines, and price information. Day of event registration will not be available.