Bicycle Illinois is proud to present our Ride Across Illinois (RAIL) event series! These fully supported ultra-distance cycling events will challenge you to push the limits of your endurance by riding from one border of Illinois to the other in one day.
- RAIL North will travel approximately 175 miles from Moline to Chicago, IL.
- RAIL South will travel approximately 165 miles from St. Louis, MO to Vincennes, IN.
Even though the RAIL events can be extremely physically challenging, you will be fully supported the whole way. The encouragement you will receive from our staff, along with your fellow riders, will be energizing while the support will be inspiring! Many of the athletes you will be riding alongside with have never attempted this long of a distance before in one day and we can guarantee that no one will be alone on this new journey.
Because of this ride's difficulty level, we have designed the supporting ride logistics to help you reach this achievement. Both events are scheduled immediately before and after June 21st (the longest day of the year) in order to give you the maximum amount of daylight to complete the ride – 15 hours! There's no need to be concerned about keeping up as you’ll only need to maintain an average riding pace around 12 mph to stay on track with the ride schedule.
Throughout the route, our staff will have snacks, ice water, and sports drinks available at predesignated rest stop locations. By utilizing these rest stops you can take a break, refuel, and focus on staying strong. The distance between each rest stop generally decreases throughout the day giving you the opportunity to take breaks more frequently as you become more fatigued. We know you got this!
Completing a RAIL event is a remarkable accomplishment, and we would like to give you recognition! At the end of the ride, all participants will receive an official “FINISHER” sticker to commemorate your achievement.
If you are up for the challenge, come join us on a RAIL event and claim your spot among a league of the best!
(Please note that RAIL rides are not appropriate for novice or inexperienced riders. We strongly recommend having at least completed a century ride of 100 miles or more before registering.)
Event details and schedule