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MAJOR TAYLOR TRAILKEEPERS RIDE

RoutesPlaces We Pass ThroughRoute Profile DataUpdates


Routes

The event consists of three doubleback routes centered around a central rest stop location at Whistler Woods Forest Preserve. One route follows the Major Taylor Trail north, one route goes west following the Cal Sag Trail and the other one goes southeast to Major Taylor's gravesite. All routes are fully paved (no dirt or gravel surfaces) and primarily follow low travelled residential streets as much as possible when they do not follow bike paths. The average distance of each ride segment on these routes is 14.0 miles and no ride segment is significantly longer or shorter than any other one - they are all about the same length.

  • Click Here for the general route and rest stop locations overlaid on satellite imagery.

There is one additional rest stop located mid-route (not at the end) on the Major Taylor Gravesite route. You can either turn around at this rest stop location or continue on to ride additional mileage.

By combining these different route options there are many different possible route distances available (up to 68.2 miles total). Participants will be able to ride as much or as little as they want, allowing riders of all ability levels to participate in the event.

This event is perfect for riders who prefer flat riding and do not want hills. The terrain is entirely flat and the only hills are overpasses over highways and railroad tracks. In addition, since each loop begins and ends at the central rest stop location the net elevation gain and net grade for every possible ride is zero. Every foot you pedal up you'll be able to ride back down!

All routes will open at 8:00 am and close at 4:00 pm.

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Initial Check-In
All participants should initally arrive at at Whistler Woods rest stop location to park your car, officially check in, and receive all of your registration materials.

Central Rest Stop, Starting, Ending, and Parking Location
Whistler Woods Forest Preserve Grove 2
735 W. 134th St.
Riverdale, IL 60827

Major Taylor Trail Route
The Major Taylor Trail route is a 15.6 mile loop (7.8 miles each way) along the entire The Major Taylor Trail. This route consists of both fully off road paved bike paths and also riding on the beautiful residential streets of the Beverly neighborhood.

Cal Sag Trail Route
This route follows the existing Cal-Sag Trail to the west for 7.2 miles one way (14.4 mile round trip loop). Unfortunately due to a major construction project, the Cal-Sag Trail is closed before it crosses the Cal Sag channel right before 127th St. and Cal Sag Rd. so you will need to turn around there. From Whistler Woods to Alsip (6.6 miles) the route primarily follows low travelled residential roads and from Alsip to the turn around location (0.6 miles) it is entirely on a fully paved bike path.

Due to the shorter length of the route there will not be a mid-route rest stop on it.

Major Taylor Gravesite Route
This route goes to Major Taylor's gravesite in Glenwood and has a mid-route rest stop at the Lansing Woods Forest Preserve in Lansing.

The Lansing Woods rest stop is 12.1 miles from Whistler Woods. Past the rest stop the route continues to Major Taylor's gravesite for 7.0 miles (14.0 miles round trip). So this route can be either 24.2 or 38.2 miles.

From Whistler Woods to Calumet City (7.5 miles) the route primarily follows low travelled residential roads. It then follows the fully paved Burnham Greenway Trail for 3.1 miles, safely crossing under I-80, to Lansing Woods primarily on low travelled residential roads for 1.7 miles more. From Lansing Woods the route follows the fully paved Thorn Creek Trail for 6.3 miles then follows Glenwood Thornton Road for 0.7 miles into the cemetery and Major Taylor’s gravesite.

Because the rest stop closes at 1:00 pm, this route will close soon after. We highly recommend any rider that wants to ride this route do it first so they can complete it before it closes

Major Taylor Gravesite Route Rest Stop
Lansing Woods Grove 1
Lansing, IL 60438
(800) 870-3666

12.0 miles from Whistler Woods
13.9 mile round trip to the Major Taylor gravesite (optional)

This rest stop will close at 1:00 pm.


Major Taylor Gravesite
Mount Glenwood Memory Gardens (South)
18301 Glenwood-Thornton Road
Glenwood, IL
(708) 758-5663
Hours: Open until 4:00 pm

13.9 miles (round trip) from Lansing Woods


Places We Pass Through

The event will touch 13 incorporated communities over all the routes. Communities in bold indicate rest stop locations.

Major Taylor Trail Route
Cal Sag Trail Route
Gravesite Route
  • Chicago
  • Riverdale
  • Riverdale
  • Blue Island
  • Alsip
  • Riverdale
  • Chicago
  • Dolton
  • South Holland
  • Calumet City
  • Lansing
  • Glenwood

Route Profile Data

Note that the posted route data may not correlate exactly to the actual route you will ride due to reroutes necessary within one month of the event.

Each Ride Segment

Major
Taylor

Trail
Loop
Cal Sag
Trail
Loop
Whistler
Woods to
Lansing
Woods
Lansing
Woods to
Whistler
Woods
Gravesite
Loop
Distance (mi)
15.6
14.4
12.1
12.1
14.0
Elevation
Profile
Starting
Elevation (ft)
631
631
631
611
611
Ending
Elevation (ft)
631
631
611
631
611
Highest
Elevation (ft)
643
654
640
640
650
Lowest
Elevation (ft)
609
586
602
602
608
Gross
Climb (ft)
96
287
311
314
468
Gross Climb
Profile
Net
Climb (ft)
0
0
-3
3
0
Gross Grade
0.7
0.4
0.5
0.5
0.6
Net Grade
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0

Ride Segment Summary

Unique Ride Segments
5
Total Possible Routes
6
Total Rest Stops
2

Recommended Routes
Here are our recommendations on how to combine different route segments into some standard cycling distances:

Nominal
Distance
Actual
Distance
Route Segments
15
15.6
Major Taylor Trail (shortest possible route)
25
24.2
GraveSite 1
50k (31.1)
31.2
2x Major Taylor Trail
40
39.8
GraveSite 1, Major Taylor Trail
50
52.6
Cal Sag Loop, GraveSite 1, GraveSite 2
100k (62.1)
68.2
All routes

Updates

Major Taylor Trailkepers Ride Specific Updates for the 2022 Season

8/18/22

  • Route information updated for the 2022 event!

8/19/21

  • The event will now start directly from Whistler Woods and will no longer start from the parking lot at 115th and Halsted. Accordingly, all parking will be at Whistler Woods.
    • The Major Taylor Trail Route will now follow the entire Major Taylor Trail, not just the segment from 115th and Halsted to Whistler Woods.

2/26/21

  • Initial web page posted!

General Updates

  • Click Here for updates to our general policies and procedures for all events.

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