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Z Tour Bike Ride returns to Princeton

Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 3:10 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 4:10 p.m. CST
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Z Tour returns July 19 and will offer a choice of 10-mile, 30-mile, 50-mile, 62-mile or 100-mile ride on specified routes throughout Bureau County.

PRINCETON — On July 19, the Zearing Child Enrichment Center will once again sponsor the Z Tour Bike Ride, a bicycle road ride originating in Princeton and including surrounding communities. The event begins at Zearing Park in Princeton and will include the registrant’s choice of a 10-mile, 30-mile, 50-mile, 62-mile or 100-mile ride on specified routes throughout Bureau County.

The Z Tour Bike Ride will feature themed refreshment stops, mobile emergency first aid, water, air and bike transportation. At the conclusion of the ride, each rider will be provided a complimentary lunch at Zearing Park. A limited quantity of Z Tour Bike Ride dri-fit sport T-shirts, cycling socks as well as a commemorative Z Tour Bike Ride jersey are available for purchase.

Brian Church, Z Tour director, said, “We are really looking forward to continue to build on the success of the first three events. Our steering committee believes we have some of the best cycling roads in Illinois, and an organized road ride like Z Tour will showcase Princeton and the surrounding communities. This year, we are hoping to host 500 riders. It is also a great way to promote the benefits and services offered at the Zearing Child Enrichment Center.”

Each rider must complete a registration form. Minor children who ride with an accompanying adult ride for free. The early register period with a discounted fee ends on June 19. To obtain a register form, stop by the Zearing Child Enrichment Center or visit www.z-tour.org. All Z Tour riders are required to wear a helmet and observe all traffic laws. Questions regarding the bike ride can be sent to ztourinfo@gmail.com.

The 2014 Z Tour Bike Ride Steering Committee includes Brian Church, Dr. Richard Everett, Jan Milles, Peg Maciejewski, Don Schiff, Heidi Lott, Mike Judge, Dan Eiten, Ryan Crouch, Paul McMahon, Dr. Barbara Swalve, DeAnn Heuer, Dennis Toth, Jeff Clawson, Tom Tester, Tim Schneid and Lisa Vincent.

All proceeds from the ride will benefit Zearing Child Enrichment Center in Princeton. Zearing Child Enrichment Center is a not-for-profit, early childhood education facility for infants from 6 weeks old up to children 12 years of age serving Princeton and surrounding communities.

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