Road Biking Illinois Guide Book

by Ted Villaire (Falcon Guides)
Road Biking Illinois  by Ted Villaire

240pp/maps/photos
ISBN: 0762746882

Readers will find detailed descriptions and maps of forty of the best bicycle rides in Illinois, from easy afternoon jaunts to multi-day tours. Elevation profiles, recommendations for accommodations and restaurants, information on local events and attractions, and special attention to traffic conditions and road hazards make this an indispensable guide for Illinois cyclists.

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Trails from the "Road Biking Illinois" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 43.
... Preview: After exploring the sprawling mansion and stunning sculpture gardens in Robert Allerton Park, the gentle bluffs of the Sangamon River provide many miles of unsurpassed local riding. Cyclists from Deca ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Illinois"
Mahomet, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 45.7
... Preview: This ride consists of two parts, each very different from the other. The west half tours the straight, wide-open roads that run through a vast Mississippi River floodplain (and super-fertile farming t ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Illinois"
Columbia, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 41.4
... Preview: Taking a spin through the largest Amish community in Illinois and the fourth-largest in the nation, you may come to realize that Amish country is best explored on a bike. On a bike you’re seeing the l ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Illinois"
Arcola, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 31.6
... Preview: Given the bustle of the surrounding suburban landscape, the rural character of this ride seems unlikely. As you encounter the oak-covered hills, sprawling marshlands, and farms mixed in with a scatter ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Illinois"
Barrington, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 28.9
... Preview: This ride opens with a short stint on a heavily wooded section of the Major Taylor Trail, one of the newest trails in Chicago. The route in Beverly takes you by a collection of historic mansions, incl ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Illinois"
Blue Island, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 17.9
... Preview: This ride offers a delicious mix of small rural towns and scenic countryside northwest of Bloomington—much of it in the hilly landscape surrounding the Mackinaw River. The route also follows miles of ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Illinois"
Bloomington, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 64.2
... Preview: This ride takes you through a scenic setting that straddles the Illinois-Indiana state line just 40 miles south of downtown Chicago. The landscape features gently undulating farmland broken up regular ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Illinois"
Dyer, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 44.7
... Preview: While following paved trails along this stretch of the Mississippi River, you’ll encounter a handful of local landmarks, including the Gateway Arch in downtown Saint Louis. On the second half of the ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Illinois"
Columbia, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 24.7
... Preview: This ride takes you south of Charleston along quiet roads winding through the beautiful hilly woodlands that accompany the scenic Embarras River. After a bit of Lincolnia on the first leg of the ride, ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Illinois"
Charleston, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 38.1
... Preview: Enjoy a classic Chicago bike ride along the Lakefront Path as it winds past harbors, beaches, the dazzling skyline, and the big blue lake. After passing the museum campus and Soldier Field, you’ll lea ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Illinois"
Chicago, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 29.6
... Preview: This ride reveals a south side of Chicago that is vast and persistently interesting. Visit four great Chicago south-side parks, follow the Lake Michigan coastline, and explore Pullman, a nineteenth-ce ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Illinois"
Chicago, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 27.7
... Preview: Looking for a short, scenic ride in central Illinois? Want minimal hills? How about a ride where you’re likely to see more people sitting on their porches than driving in their cars? Well, the roads ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Illinois"
Chillicothe, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 16
... Preview: While exploring the shoreline of two lakes north of Bloomington, plan for a picnic at any one of a handful of attractive parks along the way. The quiet rural roads between the lakes are decorated with ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Illinois"
Gridley, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 35.3
... Preview: If you live in Illinois, you’ve likely heard of Galena—a small historic town situated on a bluff not far from the Mississippi River. It’s one of the state’s biggest tourist destinations, but what the ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Illinois"
Elizabeth, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 57.5
... Preview: A magnificent series of ridges and hollows (or “hollers,” as Southerners call them) will give your legs a first-rate workout. This ride takes you through dense woodland, along wild and winding roads, ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Illinois"
Karbers Ridge, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 37.3
... Preview: Much of this ride follows the route of the Hillsboro–Roubaix Spring Classic, a favorite bike race in central Illinois. Cyclists love riding in this area because of the quiet roads and the constantly s ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Illinois"
Butler, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 33.9
... Preview: While exploring the Illinois and Michigan Canal on the path once used by mules to pull boats up and down the canal, there’s no shortage of scenic areas containing woods, marshes, prairies, and agricul ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Illinois"
Channahon, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 48.3
... Preview: One of the highlights of this ride is a generous stretch of roadway that offers outstanding views along a wide swath of the Illinois River. Another attraction—just after the ride’s halfway point—is ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Illinois"
Rome, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 42.7
... Preview: This classic central Illinois ride provides a thorough introduction to the pastoral landscape of western Peoria County. Memorable hills and vales greet you in the first and final miles of the ride. In ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Illinois"
Oak Hill, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 44.8
... Preview: Without a doubt, these quiet, winding roads through the river bluffs above the Illinois River offer some of the most scenic riding in the state. Much of the mileage consists of long climbs and long de ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Illinois"
Pearl, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 34.5