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200 bicyclists touring area

Published: Saturday, June 14, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

OREGON – More than 200 bicyclists will be cruising through the area on a 5-day tour, starting Sunday.

The Grand Illinois Trail and Parks ride, coordinated by the League of Illinois Bicyclists and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, begins Sunday and ends Friday in Oregon, with overnight stops in Freeport, Galena (two nights), Savanna, and Morrison.

GITAP introduces bicycle tourists to the rural roads, trails, and towns of the GrandIllinois Trail. Each year, the ride tackles a different section of the 500-mile northern Illinois loop.

This year’s riders, who hail from 14 states and average 57 years of age, will bike between 275 and 450 miles during the week.

The ride will feature a stop at the opening ceremony of the new Morrison-Rockwood Recreational Trail. Activities, including a birds of prey show, an interactive art exhibit and a bike giveaway, begin at noon Thursday near the town’s covered bridge, at the intersection of Crosby and Norrish roads.

The LIB is a nonprofit bicycle organization working for better biking conditions in Illinois. Go to www.bikelib.org to learn more. Go to www.dnr.illinois.gov/recreation/greenwaysandtrails for more information on the annual ride.

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