The Ten Thousand 2020 #ridetenthousand

Sunday, May 24th 2020 at 9:00 am

This is a self supported ride of 120, 75, or 50 miles the full route offers 10,000 ft of climbing! It’s always the Sunday before Memorial Day and starts and end at Freeport Bicycle Co.

The Midwest is often thought of as a vast, flat mass of land punctuated by endless fields of corn and soybeans. Though that is fairly accurate, there exists an area untouched by the glacial advances that have left much of North Central America with the dull landscape we call home. This area is the Driftless.

Ten Thousand will be 120-ish miles and roughly 10,000ft. of elevation gain with gorgeous views atop high ridges, thrilling descents into river valleys, and astonishingly difficult climbs that’ll put even a mountain dwelling cyclist in pain.

The ride leaves from in front of Freeport Bicycle Co. on Sunday May 24th 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 will be listed here for all your GPS computers in the days leading up to the event.

Ride Ten Thousand

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:

130 mile https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29995549
75 mile https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30021971
50 mile https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27556785

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.