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Busse Woods Night Ride 2016

September 10, 2016

Join Friends of the Forest Preserves and Friends of Cycling in Elk Grove for the second annual after-dark bike ride through Busse Woods! Explore the expansive preserve by bike, winding through meadows, woods, and along the shore of the 640-acre lake. All riders will receive a reflective ankle wrap and a bike bell. All adult ticket holders will also receive two craft beers from our generous sponsor, Lagunitas. Live music by Serendipity, 3 bonfires and snacks are included with your registration. S’mores and made-to-order tacos will be available for an additional fee. This is your one chance to explore the forest preserves at night, so don’t miss out!

Based on your feedback, this year we have added a Sunset Ride, departing at 7:00 pm to enjoy sundown at 7:08 in the heart of Busse Woods. We have also added an Extended Ride of 16 miles and running approximately 2 hours.

The Night Ride has capacity for 250 participants who will cycle in 15 waves of no more than 18 riders each. You must be 12 or older to ride. Each wave is approximately 8 miles in length and takes approximately 1 hour to complete, unless otherwise noted. In order to select the time and style of ride that best suits your needs, please register early.  

If you can’t ride but want to enjoy the event, you can purchase a spectator ticket.


  • Early Bird Registration: $35 per adult rider until August 21, 2016 ($40 after)
  • Extended Ride Registration: $45 per adult (there is no early bird price for this ride)
  • Youth Rider (12-20): $20
  • Adult Spectator Ticket: $15 (21yrs and older) includes two craft beers
  • Youth Spectator Ticket: $5 (5yrs-20yrs)
  • Children 4 and younger are free

In the case of bad weather, the event will not be rescheduled. There are no refunds or cancellations.

All riders must wear a helmet and all bikes must have a headlight. Headlights are available for purchase online for $15 and will be sold at the event.

All riders should gather at the departure point at least 10 minutes before your wave begins.

When: Saturday, September 10, 2016 – 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm. First wave begins at 7:00 pm.

Where: Near Busse Lake Boating Center, Busse Woods, Higgins and IL 53, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

View the course map!

If you have questions or would like to support this event as a sponsor, please contact Ilana at ilana@fotfp.org or (312) 356-9990.

This is a fundraiser. All proceeds go to Friends of the Forest Preserves and Friends of Cycling in Elk Grove.

In partnership with the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

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Thank you to our sponsors!

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