Our route parallels Lake Michigan,
following bike paths and trails about 75% of the
way, and is entirely flat. When it does not follow paths,
the route follows lightly traveled secondary roads.
on one of the links at left for additional information about
The event will start in Forstythe
Park in Hammond, IN. The park is on the Indiana side of
Wolf Lake, which the Illinois/Indiana border passes directly
through. Out of Forsythe Park you will bike to the Burnham
Greenway Trail which is a rails to trails path that proceeds
quite a bit of Chicago's south side. You will then continue
to bike through Chicago's south side passing through Calumet
Park and Rainbow Park.
At 71st Street, Chicago's world famous
Lakefront Path begins and you will bike on the Lakefront
One of the most amazing things you will ever see is when
you catch your first view of the Chicago's awe inspiring
skyscrapers and beautiful lakefront as you're coming up the
end lakefront path we will travel along very low traveled
residential streets through Chicago's north side
to the beginning of the North Branch Trail. You will ride
path many of Chicago's famous "bungalow" style
houses and also on streets that are on the edge of forest
preserves. At times you will be amazed that you are still
in the city
You will then bike on the North Branch Trail, which follows
the North Branch of the Chicago River through the northern
suburbs through desnely forested areas. You will keep very
cool while riding from the shade from the thick green trees!
At the end of North Branch Trail you will bike to the start of the Green Bay
Trail/Robert McClory Path in Glencoe which is almost a direct route
to our rest stop in Waukegan, passing immediately past the
famous Ravinia festival in Highland Park.
Just past Waukegan, the Robert McClory Trail turns to a
crushed limestone surface. If you choose to ride on this
path it is almost a directly straight, twelve mile ride to
the ending location in Kenosha. Or you can also follow
the on road options primarily on residential streets we
will have avaialble as well.
After you arrive at the ending location, you
can replenish yourself with snacks and sports drinks before
riding the century option. The century option will be
a loop route that begins and ends at the ending location. It
will proceed through Kenosha, directly along the Lake Michigan
shoreline, and connect back with part of the on-road route
into the ending location.