Pedal the Preserves

Save the date for August 17, 2024! Pedal the Preserves is an exciting cycling event, benefiting the Forest Preserve Friends Foundation. All levels of cyclists are welcome.

Take advantage of our bike to camp option with specially reserved campsites at Middle Fork River Forest Preserve. Camp overnight on August 17.

Join the Journey: Pedal the Preserves and Make a Difference!

Join the Journey: Pedal the Preserves and Make a Difference!

Put the Pedal to the Medal for Preservation: Become a Sponsor!

Why Should Your Business Sponsor Pedal the Preserves?

All funds raised benefit the Forest Preserve Friends Foundation which directly contributes to the preservation and maintenance of Champaign County’s Forest Preserves. Your business can be a part of that mission.

Sponsoring the event is a great opportunity to get recognition. Hundreds of preserve visitors will see your logo and/or business name on event signage, the Forest Preserves website, on social media, and more!

Levels include:

  • Tour: $2500- Event Sponsor
  • Century: $1000- Route Sponsor
  • Metric: $500- General Sponsor
  • Time Trial: $100- Public Support

See flyer for more detail or:

Contact Ryan Anderson 


Volunteer Power: Pedal the Preserves Needs You!

We need volunteers! 

Volunteers are needed to help with set up, registration, aid stops, route support and camping support. This event is hosted by Champaign County Forest Preserves and the Prairie Cycle Club. By volunteering you help ensure the success of a fun, community event and support the Forest Preserves Friends Foundation which funds the preservation and maintenance of Champaign County’s Forest Preserves. Volunteers get a free volunteer shirt!

To volunteer contact Sue Gallo.

Prairie Cycle Club

Thank you to our event partners.

The Prairie Cycle Club (PCC), founded in 1971, is a local not-for-profit social group for bicyclists in Champaign and adjacent counties in Illinois. PCC serves a variety of bicyclists including beginning riders, recreational riders, touring cyclists, long distance riders, commuters, and racers. PCC plays a crucial role in making Pedal the Preserves possible; we are grateful for their support and proud to collaborate with them. Learn more about PCC. Visit:

Or email Susan Jones.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

This year's sponsors of Pedal the Preserves include:

Questions About the Ride?

Contact Jen Gravley with any questions about the ride/route options.

Route Maps 2023
Note: these are route maps from 2023 to give participants an idea of what to expect. FINAL ROUTES will be posted closer to the day of the event.