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B-N, Pontiac on Grand Trail bike tour

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BLOOMINGTON — Pontiac and the Twin Cities are among host communities for the 14th annual Grand Illinois Trail and Parks bicycle tour.

Ride Illinois, a not-for-profit bicycle organization, will host the event June 12-17. Other communities involved include Coal City, Oglesby and Washington.

Registration is open to the public. The event draws up to 225 people from up to 20 states.

Participants average 50 miles per day on quiet country roads and some off-road trails, while their luggage is transported to the next overnight destination. About two-thirds of the riders will camp at designated in-town locations, while the rest stay in nearby motels. Local caterers are used for breakfast and dinner.

The tour starts and ends at Coal City High School. Central Illinois stops include Oglesby’s Lehigh Park on June 12, Washington High School on June 13, Comlara Park north of Bloomington-Normal on June 14-15, and Pontiac’s Chatauqua Park on June 16.

“Illinois is a great place to explore by bicycle,” said Ed Barsotti of Ride Illinois. “We are proud to show off our towns and countryside to the friendly folks who ride our tour.”

Information and registration is at www.rideillinois.org/events/gitap

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