2015 Bike Ride

 

Cyclists will travel through a three county area of east-central Illinois during the 20th Annual Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) Bike Ride, to finish what they started.  This cross-country style ride September 7-10, 2015 is an annual fundraiser hosted by the IAA Foundation to support the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom program. The ride has enjoyed a rich history and plans to conclude its tenure with this year’s event.  

This IAITC Bike Ride finale year highlights routes through Champaign, Ford and Vermilion counties, with lodging in the Champaign area.

Riders can participate for one or multiple days and can choose from routes that run approximately 40 or 80 miles.  Vehicle road support and safely scouted, marked routes are planned.  Participation is flexible, desired riding average speed is 12-15 mph.

Along each bike route cyclists stop at schools where fun, interactive student assemblies are held.  Cyclists and IAITC staff and volunteers tell students the important story of agriculture.  Equally important, students are reminded about bicycle safety from this group of “pros”.  Evenings are spent experiencing local sites, family farms and hearty meals. 

Special incentives encourage individuals to raise funds for Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom.  Raising $1,000 or more earns a free full ride and a book pack to a school or library of your choice; raising $500 earns a 50% discount on registration and a free book pack; and those who raise $250 receive a 25% discount on registration.  More details on event registration will be available soon.