Only 12 More Days Until the Ride!

IAITC_Bikeride 14Cyclists will take to the roads in a mere 12 days to travel on "Nature's Rollercoaster" as part of the 19th Annual Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) Bike Ride.  This cross-country style ride starts on Labor Day, September 1, and continues through September 3; all part of the annual fundraiser hosted by the IAA Foundation to support the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom program.

This year's journey takes participants through the far northwest of the state, and includes Stephenson, Carroll, JoDaviess, Ogle, and Winnebago Counties, with lodging and evening activities in the Freeport area.

"We are thrilled that the bike ride is coming our way," said Bruce Johnson, Stephenson County Farm Bureau Manager.  "The riders will certainly see a change of topography from past routes, as they take in a diverse mix of scenery to enjoy in their travels - from dairy farms to windmills, and everything in-between."

Riders can participate for one or two 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, and the desired riding average speed is 12-15 mph.

"Rider safety is of utmost importance" said Charlie Grotevant, bike ride co-chairman.  "We spend a great deal of time planning the best possible routes for great riding and great views of the countryside.  That's one of the reasons we've had such a great following for 19 years now." 

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 free registration, and a grant and book pack to a school or library of your choice; raising $500 earns a 50% discount on registration and a book pack; and those who raise $250 receive 25% discount on registration.

The Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom program is dedicated to teaching students the role that farmers and agriculture plays in our everyday lives. Participation in events like the IAITC Bike Ride helps raise funds to continue agriculture literacy programs and provide free resources to teachers in the classroom.

There is still time to register! Be sure to check out the special 1-Day rates and student discounts. Get more details at or by calling 309.557.2230. 

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