DeKALB – Over the past 14 years, about 5,200 riders have participated in Biking with Beanzie at least once; some ride every year. The 15th annual recreational bike ride will take place Sunday, July 14.
The sponsorship of Kishwaukee Community Hospital has allowed the Kishwaukee Kiwanis to continue the community/family ride introduced last year. Through a partnership with the Live Healthy DeKalb County initiative, participants can also buy food from an expanded group of local vendors during and after the ride.
Biking with Beanzie starts and ends at DeKalb High School, 501 W. Dresser Road, on the north side of DeKalb. Riders can choose from routes that are approximately 25, 46, 62, 80 or 101 miles and cater to a variety of skill levels. The routes take cyclists through the city of DeKalb and rural areas in DeKalb, Lee and LaSalle counties. The countryside is generally flat with some rolling terrain. All routes are well-paved, lightly-traveled and posted with fun signs and ride information. There are rest and refreshment stops along all routes, plus SAG wagon and motorcycle support. Upon returning to the high school at the end of the ride, riders will find fruit, drinks and local food vendors, plus access to the school’s showers.
The Community/Family Ride also starts at the high school with three routes. The three-mile route heads west; the five-mile route heads east then goes north to the Kishwaukee Kiwanis Nature Trail and follows this trail through Hopkins Park and quiet neighborhoods; and a new eight-mile option combines both routes.
Registration is available online or by mail for both the long-distance and the Community/Family ride. Registration for the long-distance ride is $22 before July 8 and $30 after July 8. Day-of registration is open from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Riders taking the 80 and 101-mile routes should be riding out by 8 a.m. and all other riders should leave by 10 a.m. Registration for the Community/Family Ride is $10 for adults and children 14 and older and will take place from 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. the day of the ride. All ride events end at 3:30 p.m.