January 14, 2019

New Routes for 2019!

We have made several exciting changes to our five route options that will serve every level of rider this year. Special thanks for the continued cooperation of the City of Princeton, in that we are also extremely stoked that all routes (except the 10) will once again return to town and ride down Princeton’s Historic Main Street. There will be no street parking permitted on the west side of Main Street on the day of the ride!

  • 10 mile route – This NEW family friendly out and back route offers an optional two mile challenge for the adventure seeker.
  • 30 mile route – This NEW route features two rests stops and two water stops. This route will meet the needs of any levels of cyclists.
  • 65 mile route – This NEW metric route is going to become favorite which features three rests stops, two hydration stations and 2,300 of elevation. You will enjoy a trip to beautiful Lake Thunderbird!
  • 100 route – The NEW century route is simply awesome! It offers four rest stops, three hydration stations, and 3,000 feet of elevation. It might be our best century ever!!
  • The Adventure Route – NEW, NEW, NEW! – You asked for it and we have it! Our NEW Adventure Route is a 62 miles of paved roads, Hennepin Canal towpath, and gravel roads intended for the low maintenance, high adventure, off-road rider. The route offers two rest stops with and a hydration station.

Because rider safety is our primary concern, all of our routes are mapped with cue sheets/cue cards, using white road (Dan Henry System) markings, and have excellent signage. We patrol roads with support vehicles that are in constant radio communication with the Bureau County Emergency Management Staff. Busy intersections are controlled by our very dedicated local law enforcement.

See our Routes page for more information.

4 comments on “New Routes for 2019!

  1. Doug Ray says:

    Will there be 50 mile route ?

    1. ZTour says:

      There will not be a 50 this year. There is a 65-mile route and the Adventure Route is 62 miles.

  2. Matt says:

    What kind of setup do you recommend for the “adventure” route? A gravel bike with the gnarliest tires possible? Or XC MTB? Sounds fun!

  3. ZTour says:

    I ride these roads regularly on a Cross bike with 35C tires at about 50psi. For gearing I have a 1×11 set up with 40t front and 11-32 cassette. There are only a couple hills(one will sting a bit) on the route. Most of the gravel should be in pretty good shape. As of November, they all were good. I will definitely be riding all of this again many times before we get to Z-Tour in July. There might be a few loose sections, but nothing is too bad. Much of the canal is in really good shape. There is about 20-25 miles of pavement also on this route. With a little luck it will rain the week before Z-Tour and we will have some mud on the canal… That will make for a good ride!

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