Ride the Ups and Downs

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Saturday, May 4, 2002

Ride the Ups and Downs is a 1-day tour, not a race, of beautiful northwestern Illinois, an area untouched by glaciers. You’ll be riding on the scenic, hilly Illinois backroads of Jo Daviess County – 22/31/46/60-mile routes on blacktop and packed gravel roads.

“A picturesque gem, Elizabeth gleams amidst lush valleys, high ridges and long views in the heart of Jo Daviess County.” (1997 Visitors Guide)

• Wear a helmet!
• Wear appropriate clothing.
• Bring a bicycle that is in good mechanical condition.
• Be prepared for hills.


 Elizabeth, Illinois

Registration: Elizabeth Community Building, West Edge of Elizabeth, Rt 20, between 7:30am-9am. Telephone no. on day of ride – 815-858-9837.

Time: Riders must begin between 8-9am.

Fee: $15 by April 27; $20.00 after. Fee includes well-marked color-coded maps, sag service, snacks on the route, plus food and drink coupons to be used in local establishments following the ride. T-shirts may be ordered for $10.00, but must be ordered in advance.


Lodging Information

It is essential to make room reservations in advance, as this is a tourist area. Just call the Galena/Jo Daviess county Convention and Visitors Bureau, 800-747-9377, between 9am and 5pm. They will also be happy to send you the Visitors Guide. Jo Daviess County has lots of unique places to stay – B&B’s, hotel, motels, and resorts. There are also state parks in the area for camping.

Not a rider or looking for some other fun?

Participate in Elizabeth’s Annual Spring Fling on day of ride. Craft and Food Fair – Sidewalk Sales – Library Book sales – Walk to Apple River Fort – visit Railroad Museum – Petting Zoo and other stuff for kids in downtown Elizabeth. Chicken dinner at community Building from 4:00-8:00pm. Tickets are $6.00 (adults) and $3.00(children) for the Chicken dinner.


P.O. Box 371
Elizabeth, Illinois 61028

Phone: (815)858-2221
Fax: (815)858-3881
E-mail: [email protected]