Friday, October 23 – Saturday, October 24, 2015
7th Annual Tour De Shawnee Bike Tour
Horseshoe Lake Community Center, State Highway 3, Olive Branch, Il.
Friday: 5:30-7 p.m. Tail Gate Party
Tailgate party is for all cyclist, sponsors and volunteers. Local food including fried fish and barbeque, entertainment, and more.
Saturday: 8 a.m. Bike Tour
The Tour de Shawnee bike ride offers 15, 30, 65 and 100 mile distances, routes for all ages and levels of experience. SAG and rest stops provided. Helmets are required for all participants including children in bike seats and buggies.
This Bike Ride takes place in the beautiful Shawnee Hills of Alexander County, Pulaski County and Union County. The routes will wind through terrain that includes easy-ride, flat stretches, rolling hills as well as a few “challenging” hills. Bike along the trails that Lincoln used to travel to Thebes from Jonesboro and along trails along the Santa Fe hills that the French used to enter Illinois.For the first time, this year’s 100 mile ride will head in to “Wine Country” in Union County.
In addition, The Wetlands Center is also the beginning of a bike ride on the Tunnel Hill State Trail for one of the 65 mile rides. Cyclists may choose to travel a 2.5 mile bike trail that is a part of the Tunnel Hill State Park.
The Tour de Shawnee is a beautiful, scenic ride during which riders can experience the serenity of the rolling hills, farm land, Shawnee National Forest, Horseshoe Lake, historical sites such as the Thebes Courthouse and Mound City National Cemetery. Whether you are a seasoned veteran who likes the challenge of longer rides and difficult hills or are a beginner who likes to take it easy, we have a ride for you in the Tour de Shawnee. You will enjoy the camaraderie of hundreds of other cyclists who come to the Tour de Shawnee year after year. Rest stops feature lots of homemade, freshly-prepared goodies and desserts.
Entry fee is $40 for riders that register by October 17th, which includes free event t-shirt. Late registrations cost $45 and will not receive event t-shirt. Entry fee includes event bag and chance for attendance prizes. Children under 14 are free with an adult registered rider.