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March 15, 2024

Z Tour Pre-Party

DID YOU SEE THE FUN!?    

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! 

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! 🙂

MERCHANDISE!

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!!

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! 

REGISTER TODAY!

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 ztourinfo@gmail.com 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

Friends:

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 2, 2022

Need somewhere to stay Friday and Saturday night of the Z Tour?

We would love to see you at the Friday night Street Concert in Downtown Princeton, so you need a place to stay after the event, check out the fairgrounds for a nice camping spot! Check out the link below to see more about the Down on Main Street concerts! 

Concerts


The Bureau County Fairgrounds does have camping options available! See the “camping” link below for how to register! 

Camping


The Campgrounds have a 2 day garage sale the weekend of Z Tour! This is going on Friday and Saturday! Think about stopping to see if there are any good finds 🙂 

Register for Z Tour today!! 

March 7, 2022

2022 Registration is Live!

The 10th 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. We continue to offer a family friendly 10 mile route. The Adventure Route is a 60 mile route with a challenging variety of surfaces and inclines; including pavement, gravel, and maybe a little mud, all with limited support. This route is geared towards more experienced riders looking for less traveled roads. For 2022, we will have 3 unique loops beginning and finishing at Zearing Park, these routes vary in distance and difficulty. Riders can also choose to add a 20 mile Tiskilwa loop to take in some of the more challenging hills Bureau County has to offer. All routes are available on Ridewithgps.com. Ride just one loop or take them all on. If riders elect to ride all 4 main routes, total mileage is 105 miles with nearly 3,000ft of elevation gain.

Get more information for this great ride held in Princeton, Illinois online at ztour.org. Early check-in is offered on Friday night’s “Down on Main Street” live concert Friday evening, band to be announced at a later date. Enjoy live music, food vendors and drinks as you check in for the ride. Merchandise pick-up and sales are also available during these times. Enjoy other local events such as Beef and Ag days on Saturday after your ride at Soldiers and Sailors Park in Princeton, IL. 

Back by popular demand is the Group Registration Option- Me + 3 = 

  • 1 Leader should create a catchy group name
  • Each individual should register under that catchy 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! 

Register your group today and join the Z Tour and city of Princeton for all the fun starting Friday evening at 5:30 pm. We will be doing check in and registering from 5:30-7:30pm. Vendors start serving at 6:00 and the concert starts at 7:00pm. 

**ONLY 750 Riders this year! We strongly encourage you to get your tickets before the event!!**

  • Easy and really fast check-in opening at 5:45 am.
  • Detailed maps and cue for our loops! 
  • Five themed rest stops supplied with nutritional food, beverages, and music. 10-mile with an optional hill challenge, Adventure Route, 3 loops to choose from with a Tiskilwa loop to add on! 
  • Camping options at the Bureau County Fairgrounds (nominal fee).
  • Several Air B and B options- book early!! 
  • Radio-dispatched SAG and support by the Bureau County EMA until 3:00 pm
  • Light breakfast offered from 6:00-9:00 am at Zearing Park
  • NEW THIS YEAR- Food Trucks from 10:30-3:00 pm at Zearing Park after the ride! Featuring La Katrina Autentica and Little Tribe Woodfire on Wheels! Please visit their FB pages for menus! There will not be an end of ride meal served this year. 
  • Long haul riders are encouraged to start between 6:00-8:00 AM. Helmets required!
  • 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! 
  • We are encouraging you to do online registration before the event!
  • We will have walk up registration at the Friday night street concert from 5:30-7:30 pm and Saturday morning from 5:45-8:30am with limited support. It may take longer to get through registration, please as you are able register by midnight on Thursday, June 16th. This will help speed the process up!

Download the Ride with GPS app. Some routes subject to change closer to the ride date. 

MERCHANDISE!!

All Jerseys must be ordered by April 21st , in order to receive the jerseys by the ride! If ordered after that, you will have to wait to receive your jersey in the mail after the ride. 

All Tshirts must be ordered by Monday, June 6th in order to receive the Tshirts by the ride! If ordered after that date, you will have to wait to receive your Tshirt in the mail after the ride.

Socks can be ordered at any time and are first come first serve based on the amount we have in stock.

December 17, 2021

2022 Ride Survey

Please check out our link below and help us with our 2022 Ride! 

We will have a couple changes to our 2022 Ride and would like your input on these changes 🙂 

1) We have decided to change the date to June 18th, 2022!! 

2) Due to food shortages and volunteers for our event, we have decided to pivot to a NEW and fun option for our end of ride meal. We will have 3 different food trucks available. A variety of options. Mexican, Pizza, and Hot Dogs. The expense of the end of ride meal will be on the riders this year with this change of meal option. 

You can check out each Food Truck option on Facebook! 
La Katrina Autentica 
Dog House of LaSalle
Little Tribe Woodfire On Wheels 

3) The Routes will be a series of loops to connect to see different parts of Bureau County. You can stop midride or at the end to eat! 🙂 These will be posted on Ridewithgps.com once everything goes live on eventbrite.com!!!

Z Tour 2022 Survey Link 

May 4, 2021

Bingo Cards now available

Fill a Bingo card this year for some extra fun and be entered for a chance to win a 2022 Z Tour Bike Ride ticket!

There are two versions. Cards are available to download here:

Bingo Card 1

Bingo Card 2

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