The 6th Annual Tour de Shawnee Sponsored by Mark Twain Real Estate
When: Saturday, October 25, 2014
Start Time: 8:00 a.m.
End Time: 5:00 p.m.
Routes: 100 Mile, 65 Mile, 65 Mile with Tunnel Hill Trail, 45 Mile, 30 Mile Hilly, 30 Mile Flat and 15 Mile. 2014 Maps are posted HERE.
Where: Olive Branch, Illinois, Originating at the Horseshoe Lake Community Building on State Highway 3
When: Friday, October 24, 2014, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 25, 2014, 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Where: Horseshoe Lake Community Building on State Highway 3
Tailgate Party: Friday, October 24, 2014
Start Time: 5:30 p.m.
End Time: 7:30 p.m.
Events: Local food including fried fish and bar-b-que, entertainment, and more. Come on out and get to know one another!
Where: Horseshoe Lake Community Building, State Highway 3, Olive Branch, IL
Tell Me About the Tour de Shawnee:
Alexander County Tourism is hosting the Sixth Annual Tour de Shawnee Bike Ride in the beautiful Shawnee Hills of Alexander 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 and will include a stop at the Alto Vineyards. One of the rest stops will include “The Davie School” with the Isle Casino sponsoring this stop.
In addition, The Wetlands Center, owned and operated by IDNR 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 camraderie of hundreds of other cyclists who come to the Tour de Shawnee year after year. Our rest stops are said to be some of the best featuring lots of homemade, freshly-prepared goodies and desserts. If you come just once, you’ll have to come back again and again!
Where Do the Registration Fees Collected for the Tour de Shawnee Go?
All fees collected from Tour de Shawnee Riders goes to the Alexander County Tourism Board. Proceeds are used to promote tourism in Alexander County. Past projects have included support of local food pantries, school organizations, 4-H, historical groups, college scholarships, fire departments, and local attractions.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has been chosen by the Alexander County Tourism Board as the Tour de Shawnee’s Charity of Choice. Riders in the Tour de Shawnee are given the opportunity to donate to the MS Society Local Gateway Chapter by CLICKING HERE. All donations will go toward assisting those individuals in Southern Illinois who are battling MS.
How Do I Find Out More About Southern Illinois?
Cyclists can find out more about the beautiful Southern Illinois area as well as places to stay by clicking the link below:
The guide to Southernmost Illinois may be downloaded by clicking the link below:
Tips for Registering for the Tour De Shawnee:
- Online Registration is located HERE
- Early Registration is from now until October 7, 2014 and costs $40. Registrations received by mail must be postmarked no later than October 7, 2014.
- Only those registering by or before October 7, 2014 receive a free t-shirt at the event.
- Registrations received on or after October 8, 2014 costs $40 (including the day of the event) and you will NOT receive a T-shirt.
- Children 14 and under are free with a adult registered rider.
- Entry fee includes event bag and chance for attendance prizes.
- Each participant will be required to review and sign a release of liability in order to participate.
- For participants under the age of 18 years, additional consents are required and a designated responsible adult must accompany the participant.
- Cyclists should choose a route that meets their goals. Routes include 100 mile, 65 mile, 65 mile with the Tunnel Hill Bike Trail, 45 mile, 30 mile (flat), 30 mile (hilly) and 15 mile. Route maps are found HERE.
- Rest Stops are located approximately every 10 miles on the routes and include beverages, food or snacks, and port-a-potties.
- SAG and rest stops on the 100 mile ride close at 4:00 p.m. Please consider this when choosing your route.
- Online Registration closes on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at midnight.
- Same day, on-site registration will be available at the Olive Branch Community Building. Cash or check only.
- If you are not on our current email list, (even if you can’t join us for 2014) but would like to know about all the Tour de Shawnee rides, please join our email list by CLICKING HERE
- If you are not on our current mailing list (snail mail), please email your name, address, city, state, and zip to email@example.com
- If you have moved or changed email addresses, please be sure to update us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you have questions about the tour please contact: Alexander County Tourism, 618-776-5893 or email@example.com or 618-776-5116 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tour De Shawnee Welcomes All 2014 Riders!