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GITy Up!

Sign up for the 3rd Annual GITy UP! bike camping weekend!

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GITy Up! is bite-sized, overnight bike touring on the Great River Trail along the Mighty Mississippi in western Illinois, from Rock Island to Port Byron and the communities and forest preserves along the way. 

It’s a Quick Fix! Inspired by the 450-mile Grand Illinois Trail, GITy Up! is a single overnight, supported bike tour for beginning bike campers, for families, for the expert with restless legs but only a weekend free.

Choose 40 miles or 10 miles (good choice if you’re pulling restless tots in a trailer) of trail-based bike touring spread out over two days. We’ll pitch our tents under the stars on at Illiniwek Forest Preserve’s campgrounds on the banks of the Big Muddy. 

You bring your tent, your sleeping bag, your family, your guitar for campfire songs. Leave the freeze dried meatloaf at home; dinner and breakfast are prepared by local caterers. We schlep your overnight gear. (Note: your kids are not your gear.) Limited area hotel rooms are available.

It’s crazy healthy happy fun! Check out what bike campers got into last year on GITy Up! How much adventure you have is up to you!

It’s only $85! Bring the tots: kids 5 yrs. old and younger ride free.

It’s limited! Registration opens Valentine’s Day, February 14—only 150 spots are available. GITy Up! gets goin’ rain or shine; sorry, no refunds on registration fees.

Riding in GITy Up! helps Trails for Illinois make every home a trailhead. Thanks for your interest!