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June 7, 2024

Food Trucks!

Z Tour is excited to welcome a variety of food trucks for our event this year. Flo’s on Pulaski, Nelson Fair Foods, Golden Rice Authentic Thai, and JJ’s Snow Cones and Cotton Candy will be there to serve you food. Food trucks will be serving from 11:00-3:00/4:00pm or until sold out!

We will still be offering free food and drinks at all our SAG stops to fuel you! We will be serving breakfast from 5:45-10:00AM.

Register for our event TODAY! We are just a couple weeks away!

We will see you in Princeton, Illinois on June 22nd!

May 23, 2024

Me + 3 Challenge

Attention all Businesses!!! JOIN US IN PRINCETON, IL!

The 12th annual Z Tour Bike Ride is happening Saturday, June 22nd and did you know that you could take advantage of the Me + 3 group special?!

Do you conduct wellness challenges for your company? This could be a great opportunity to engage your staff!

Get 4 or more riders in a group and receive a $25.00 Chamber gift card! Chamber gift cards can be used to MANY local businesses in town.

The team at Washington Mills from Hennepin, IL. is riding AGAIN to support the non-for-profit child care center, Zearing Child Enrichment Center!

Will your team ride to support this great cause?

Register today.

March 15, 2024

Z Tour Pre-Party


Come early and stay the night. You won’t want to miss all the events! 

Register today during Early Bird Registration! Deadline is May 30th to lock in the $35.00 ticket price! 

See you all on June 21st for our Registration Event and on June 22nd for Z Tour 2024! 

Visit our Friday Pre-Party page for more information here. 

February 5, 2024

2024 Z Tour is Now Live!

The 2024 Z Tour Registration link is now live. Register here!

The 12th 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.

2024 ROUTES:

White Route- 9.4 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. Rest stop located at Hornbaker Gardens.

Green Route- 30 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- 66 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.

Blue Route- 50 mile route. 30 miles not enough? 66 miles feels like too much? The Blue Route is just right! Enjoy all of what the 30 mile route has to offer with additional mileage to your ride!

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- 64 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 Early check-in is offered on Friday, June 21st. This is located on Downtown Mainstreet in the lawn next to the Prouty building. More details on this fun evening for check in to come!

Princeton Town Happenings: Summer Solstice- Enjoy live music, later shopping hours, local bars and restaurants.

Group Registration Option- Me + 3 =

  • 1 Leader should create a catchy group name and email 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 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 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 sheets
  • 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
  • First aid support at Zearing Park from the Bureau County Health Department from10:00-4:00pm.
  • Light breakfast offered from 6:00-9:00 am at Zearing Park
  • Food Trucks will be available from 10:00am-4:00pm. Food truck names will be announced at a later date. Fees apply. Watch your emails and facebook to receive updates about food trucks.
  • 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!
  • Check back in after your ride at the park!
  • We are encouraging you to do online registration before the event!
  • We will have walk up registration on Friday night from 5:00-8:00 pm in the lawn located next to the prouty building on Main Street downtown and Saturday morning from 5:45-8:30am with limited support. It may take longer to get through registration, please as you are able to, register by midnight on Thursday, June 20th. This will help speed the process up! Plus it is cheaper for you. 😉
  • We heard you!! We are excited to announce Bike Fest is returning and it is now on Saturday following your Z Tour experience and is happening at Zearing Park from 10:00-4:00pm. Details about this event to come!

Download the Ride with GPS app(fees do apply for this service). Some routes are 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. We will update you if changes need to be made last minute due to route issues and changes. Consider finding us on facebook in order to see updates there! 🙂


Coming soon: Visit to order previous years merchandise. Purchases for merchandise will be on the website for previous years merchandise. 2024 Jerseys WILL be available online for pre-order.

Friday Night and Saturday Morning we will have Jerseys and T-shirts available for purchase. All jerseys must be ordered by April 17th. There will be a limited amount of Jersey’s available for Friday night and Day of ride purchase. Otherwise it will be first come first serve for other sizes of Jerseys we have available at Friday Night Registration and the Day of the Ride. No extra orders for Jerseys will be placed this year.

All Ticket sales are final and are nonrefundable! This is a rain or shine event!!

June 14, 2023

(GASP) You haven’t signed up for the Z Tour Bike Ride yet?! 

Not trying to be dramatic or anything, but you are not going to want to miss this event! 

This year’s Z Tour is going on while Princeton’s first annual Bike Fest is happening! Bike Fest is something you do not want to miss out on while you come for our amazing ride! We have several route options with many SAG stops to get nourishment and of course the beloved end of ride meal! We will even have options for massages at the end of your ride! 


Saturday, June 24th
Zearing Park
Princeton, IL 61356

May 24, 2023

$35 price ending soon!

Get your tickets in now. You have 1 week until the prices for Z Tour 2023 go to $45.00 per rider! 

As always, our riders under 12 are free! 


Z Tour is on June 24th, 2023! We cannot wait to see you. 

Don’t forget, if you are riding with a group of 4 or more people, email in order to inform us your group information so we can have chamber bucks ready for you to utilize on Bike Fest weekend!

Come and play early! Our town is hosting a Bike Fest on Friday, June 23rd that will include live bands! 

April 27, 2023

Bike Fest June 23rd!

Princeton is holding the First Annual Bike Fest on Friday, June 23rd – the night before Z Tour!

See the event details below:

January 31, 2023

Registration begins at Midnight!

You can register for the 2023 Z Tour starting at Midnight tonight!

There will be special pricing of $30 for Wednesday and Thursday. Don’t miss the Early Bird Discount!

Z Tour 2023 will be held on Saturday, June 24 with the ride beginning at Zearing Park.

July 28, 2022

Thank You!

What a successful 2022 Z Tour! We had over 300 riders after two long years off. We made over $12,000 to benefit the Zearing Child Enrichment Center for advancements to Safety and Security at the program.

We want to take a moment to thank the many people that either sponsored or helped make this ride a successful day! We could not have done it without you! We look forward to another successful ride in 2023!

Platinum Sponsors:

Heartland Bank & Trust, Princeton Chamber of Commerce

Silver Sponsors:

OSF Saint Clare, Bureau County Emergency Management Agency, Central Bank, Midland States Bank, Rich and Barb Everette, Dimond Brothers

Bronze Sponsors:

St. Margaret’s, City of Princeton


ZCEC Staff, Family and Friends, The ZCEC Board of Directors

212 (Gregg Pearson), Bike Works in Peru, Bureau County Highway Department, Bureau County Sheriff’s Department, Bureau County Township Supervisors, Cami and Paul McMahon, Illinois Department of Transportation, Jamison Media Services, Kent Thompson, Frank Bettasso, Dennis Toth, Ernie Parr, Zig’s Station, Chad Kies, Advanced Sanitation, Princeton Park District, Princeton Police Department, Skoonerz Grill & Bar, The Bike Place, Township Road Commissioner, Princeton Public Library, Village of Tiskilwa, Tim and Judy Harris.

Thanks again,

Lauren Widmer, ZCEC Director

June 20, 2022

What a weekend!

Wow! The weather did not disappoint us for our 2022 10th annual Z Tour Bike Ride! ?

Thank you to all the riders for coming and spending your Saturday with us! ?‍♀️

Thank you to all the volunteers for your hours of time into putting this wonderful event on!??

Thanks to everyone for making this day great! We are so happy we got to have a successful ride after some time off!!

Send us photos if you have any!! ??

Merchandise is still available for purchase on our website! We will be shipping orders out! I will collect our last orders this Friday, June 24th! Once I receive all the items, I will be sure to get the orders sent out as quickly as I can!

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