POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Rest stops are our oases during rides and are highly recommended. You can
take a break from the previous ride, and get
ready for the next one. Cool off in a shady shelter, drink some ice water,
utilize spray guns and hoses, and replenish yourself with snacks and sports
drinks all while socializing with
If necessary, you can also do minor
to your bike or seek minor medical attention. Any pertinent
information about upcoming ride conditions will also be announced during this
time. Rest stops are convenient; however, you are not required to stop.
Before the Ride
A rest stop will be available at the start of every ride where you will have
the chance to stock up on snacks and drinks for the upcoming
During the Ride
Rest stops will be set up at pre-designated locations along the
route, typically at park type facilities. Bicycle Illinois
banners will be hung on our vehicles at every rest stop location and will
be easily visible from the road.
All rest stops will have bathrooms stocked with toilet paper and paper towels,
running water, and picnic tables or benches to relax on.
Extra toilet paper and paper towels will be provided in case the bathrooms
Most rest stops, except the final rest stops at the main lodging sites,
will have a shelter for shade (or to avoid the
hose for a quick cool off.
The average distance between rest stops, and the total number of
rest stops throughout the route depends on the overall
length of the ride and will also be listed in the ride itineraries
for each event.
Opening and Closing Times
Unless otherwise indicated, all rest stops will stay open as long as needed.
There will not be a set closing time and they will stay open until the last
rider arrives or nightfall, whichever comes first. When a rest stop opening
and/or closing time is indicated, services will be guaranteed available.
The rest stop opening times are the earliest times that the rest stops
will be guaranteed to be open in order to accomodate the planned
maximum pace. Occasionaly, rest stops may open earlier
than the posted time depending on when the attendant is
able to arrive at the location and prepare for riders. When a rest stop
opens, the route segment immediately after it will offically be open as well.
In the very, very rare situation where you arrive at the rest stop before the
opening time you can call our SAG dispatch who will give you an estimated
time of when the rest stop attendant is expected to
arrive. In most instances, you will likely only have to wait a few minutes,
but you may want to reconsider your riding pace so you are not stuck in this
The rest stop closing times are the absolute latest times possible to
depart the rest stop and still be able to maintain the minimum
cumulative riding pace while still enjoying a 15 minute break at each rest
stop closes, the route segment immediately preceeding it will offically
close as well.
For safety reasons, all riders must depart each rest
stop by the posted closing time; there will be no exceptions.
If you have not departed a rest stop by its posted closing time, we must
assume that you have become too physically exhausted to complete
the ride during the alloted time and your pacing pace will not increase
as the ride progresses. Since it would be unsafe and irresponsible
for us to allow you to continue riding, you and your bike will be transported
to the ending location in a SAG vehicle.
If you have not arrived at the rest stop by its posted closing time we will
either have you continue riding to the rest stop or make you stop riding
and wait where you are at a safe location on the route for us to come pick
you up, depending on your location at the rest stop closing time.
Here for more information about being transported to the ending
After the Ride
A rest stop will always be provided at the end in order for our participants
to replenish themselves from the previous ride.
Due to the fact that participants will be arriving at the final rest stop
sporadically, the rest stop at these locations will be fully stocked but
may be lightly manned. If you require assistance at the final rest stop please
contact us at (877) TOUR-ILL [868-7455] and it will be promptly attended.
When we have a separate main lodging site (or ending location) and a
supported hotel in the next stopping
town, the final rest stop will be provided at the main lodging site (or ending
location) and not at the
supported hotel. In this case,
you will first arrive at the main lodging site (or ending location) where
you will replenish from the previous, and then continue riding to the supported