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Great Rides – Rockford

Denver Great Rides

Find fun times rollin’ around Rockford

Our shops are excellent launch pads for cycling adventures across northern Illinois. With so many great options, it can be hard to know where to start. That’s why our staff has put together their favorite routes in the area so you can explore without uncertainty.

Riders of all experience levels will enjoy the car-free, scenic experiences that the Prairie Trail and Moraine Hills State Park offer. Road cyclists searching for miles of endless pavement can find just what they're looking for around Roscoe and Sterling. Meanwhile, those chasing shorter paved routes can enjoy the sanctuary of Rock Cut State Park, where, coincidently, mountain bikers can also find miles of singletrack fun. If you're a dedicated cross-country rider, you can revel in some of the best XC riding in the Midwest on the John Muir Hiking-Biking Trails and Emma Carlin Trails. Lastly, gravel grinders can find adventure along the scenic backroads of Seward or by traversing across the crushed limestone of the Great Western Trail.

Beyond our Great Rides collection, we also offer shop group rides on Mondays and Wednesdays leaving from our Mead’s Bike Shop location. If you’re looking for a weekend ride, you can also join us on Saturday mornings for a 35–40-mile ride followed by coffee.

 Ready to begin exploring? Discover your new favorite route below, and be sure to swing by the shop afterward to let us know what you think! 

Our most popular road rides

Prairie Trail

Distance: 50.6 mi

Elevation: +/- 1188 ft

Algonquin, IL

GFNY Rockford - Advanced

Distance: 93.2 mi

Elevation: +/- 3558 ft

Rockford, IL

Ride Ten Thousand - Advanced

Distance: 132.7 mi

Elevation: +/- 9759 ft

Stockton, IL

Ride Ten Thousand - Intermediate

Distance: 82.2 mi

Elevation: +/- 6198 ft

Stockton, IL

FREEmondo Sterling Loop

Distance: 63.3 mi

Elevation: +/- 2376 ft

Sterling, IL

Trek Rockford Rock Cut Loop

Distance: 12.6 mi

Elevation: +/- 656 ft

Loves Park, IL

Roscoe Ramble

Distance: 32.1 mi

Elevation: +/- 1667 ft

Harlem, IL

GFNY Rockford - Intermediate

Distance: 59.5 mi

Elevation: +/- 2309 ft

Rockford, IL

Porter Rd to Harrison

Distance: 24.0 mi

Elevation: +/- 791 ft

Rockford, IL

Our most popular mountain rides

Rock Cut State Park

Distance: 23 mi

Canyon View Park
Bay View Picnic Area
Unnamed Road
Loves Park, IL 61111

Atwood Park Trails

Distance: 8 mi

Canyon View Park
7000 Rydberg Rd
Rockford, IL 61109

John Muir - Emma Carlin Trails

Distance: 45 mi

N9097 Co Rd H
Whitewater, WI 53190

Meadows Park

Distance: 18 mi

Lowell Parkway
Dixon, IL 61021

Paul Douglas Forest Preserve

Distance: 22 mi

W Central Ave
East of Huntington
Blvd/Freeman Rd
Hoffman Estates, IL 60195

Our most popular family rides

Lippold Park Sport and Nature Loop

Distance: 3.2 mi

Elevation: +/- 43 ft

Crystal Lake, IL

Moraine Hills State Park

Distance: 8.8 mi

Elevation: +/- 322 ft

Nunda, IL

Blackhawk Forest Preserve

Distance: 5.1 mi

Elevation: +/- 198 ft

Cherry Valley, IL

Baumann Park Loops

Distance: 2.4 mi

Elevation: +/- 31 ft

Cherry Valley, IL

Our most popular gravel rides

Great Western Trail

Distance: 33.9 mi

Elevation: +/- 623 ft

St. Charles, IL

Fun Hater Gravel Loop

Distance: 33.3 mi

Elevation: +/- 1555 ft

Seward, IL

We’re here to help you find a great local ride - give us a call or stop by today.