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 ztour.org. 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 ztourinfo@gmail.com 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 ztourinfo@gmail.com 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 ztour.org/shop 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!!

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