A 120-ish mile bicycle adventure (route options for 75 and 50 mile as well) with roughly 10,000 ft. of elevation gain in Illinois’ Driftless region. Primarily on gravel, though there will be paved sections along the way. There will be a 75 and 50 mile option. It always takes place the Sunday before Memorial Day, and starts and ends at Freeport Bicycle Co. #ridetenthousand
Ride leaves from in front of Freeport Bicycle Co. on Sunday May 26th at 9:00 am sharp! Plenty of street parking is available in downtown Freeport, please come inside the bike shop when you arrive to sign waiver and pickup a printed route map if you would like one. Routes are listed here for all your GPS computers:
It won’t be 100 degrees this year so the water stops won’t be as frequent. Pack lots of food and water! There will be a water stop at the point of no return where the 130 and 75 split. At mile 52 you can go off route to a gas station in Hanover, and at mile 82 you can go off route into Mt Carroll. Note that going into Mt. Carroll will add about 5 miles to your day. Slurp N Burp will be on route for all 3 routes. They have cokes, beer, burgers, chips…. It will be at mile 109 for the Ten Thousand route. The 50 and 75 are the same as last year. There is a fair amount of pavement this year on 130 mile course but it’s the only way we could connect all of the Driftless’ greatest hits, including Funk Rd which we just scouted out today and it’s a good one.