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Readers will find detailed descriptions and maps of forty of the best bicycle rides in Illinois, from easy afternoon jaunts to multi-day tours. Elevation profiles, recommendations for accommodations and restaurants, information on local events and attractions, and special attention to traffic conditions and road hazards make this an indispensable guide for Illinois cyclists.
Spring 2010 brings three new titles to FalconGuides’ Road Biking® Seriesto Illinois, Ohio, and Utah. Presenting a choice selection of approximately forty carefully designed rides throughout their state, local cyclists provide a personal tour of all the beauty and diversity the routes have to offer. They highlight not only the unique features along the roads themselves but also of the people, the ecology, and the history of the area. Each book includes:
Detailed maps and directions
Rides for every fitness level and ability--from short, easy rambles of around 10 miles to more challenging 100+ mile classics
In-depth information about each ride, including length, terrain, traffic conditions, and road hazards
Recommended accommodations and restaurants
Vivid descriptions of points of interest
Options to create longer or shorter rides
Detailed descriptions and maps of forty of the best bicycle rides in Illinois, from easy afternoon jaunts to multi-day tours.
Illinois greets cyclists with a warm and varied embrace, from its small towns and urban historic areas to its scenic parklands replete with lakes and hills. Road Biking Illinois
provides a personal tour of forty-three memorable rides that explore all the beauty and diversity the Prairie State has to offer. Soak in local history relating to the states most famous son, Abe Lincoln. Go back in time in old Mississippi River towns and in Amish country. Discover the sculptures and architecture of Peoria. Or combine a tour of wineries with the stunning scenery of the Shawnee National Forest. And then there are Chicago-area rides, including a visit to President Barak Obamas neighborhood of Hyde Park.
Look inside to find:
• Detailed maps and directions
• Rides for every fitness level and ability—from easy 10-mile rambles to a challenging 75-mile classic
• In-depth information about each ride, including length, terrain, traffic conditions, and road hazards
• Recommended accommodations and restaurants
• Vivid descriptions of points of interest
• Options to create longer or shorter rides
About the Author
A passionate cyclist, hiker, and runner, Ted Villaire is a regular contributor to the Backpacker magazine website and has written freelance articles on outdoor recreation for various publications, including Windy City Sports magazine, Silent Sports magazine, Rails to Trails magazine, The Chicago Tribune, and the Des Moines Register. He served as the editor of a weekly Chicago neighborhood newspaper and he worked for a number of years as a publications editor for a large, Chicago-based nonprofit. He has served with Illinois Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as a hiking leader for its Team in Training program. Villaire is the author of the book, 60 Hikes with 60 Miles: Chicago, published in its second edition in 2008. He also wrote the forthcoming books, Camping Illinois, Road Biking Illinois, and Best Bike Rides Near Chicago (FalconGuides).