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MAJOR TAYLOR TRAILKEEPERS RIDE

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Registration

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE 2021 MAJOR TAYLOR CHICAGO TRAIL KEEPERS RIDE!


Routes

The event consists of three doubleback routes centered around a rest stop at Whistler Woods Forest Preserve. The initial route follows the Major Taylor Trail, then one route goes west following the Cal Sag Trail and the other one goes southeast to Major Taylor's gravesite. All routes are fully paved (no dirt or gravel surfaces) and primarily follow low travelled residential streets as much as possible when not following bike paths. The average distance of each ride segment on these routes is 12.6 miles and no ride segment is significantly longer or shorter than any other one - they are all about the same length.

  • Click Here for the general route and rest stop locations overlaid on satellite imagery.

There are two additional rest stops located mid-route (not at the end) on the Cal Sag Trail and Major Taylor Gravesite routes. You can either turn around at these rest stop locations or continue on to ride additional mileage.

By combining these different route options there are many different possible route distances available (up to 80.7 miles total). Participants will be able to ride as much or as little as they want, allowing riders of all ability levels to participate in the event.

This event is perfect for riders who prefer flat riding and do not want hills. The terrain is entirely flat and the only hills are overpasses over highways and railroad tracks. In addition, since each loop begins and ends at the central rest stop location the net elevation gain and net grade for every possible ride is zero. Every foot you pedal up you'll be able to ride back down!

All routes will open at 7:00 am and close at 4:00 pm.

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Major Taylor Trail Route
All participants should initally arrive at the parking lot at the northwest corner of 115th & Halsted St. to park your car, officially check in, and receive all of your registration materials.

From there all riders will ride 2.7 miles to our central rest stop location at Whistler Woods on the fully paved Major Taylor Trail. This ride segment is perfect for very novice/inexperienced riders such as families with very young children.

Starting, Ending, and Parking Location
Northwest corner of 115th & Halsted St.

Chicago, IL 60643

2.7 miles from Whistler Woods


Central Rest Stop
Whistler Woods
735 W. 134th St.
Riverdale, IL 60827

2.7 miles from 115th & Halsted St.


Cal Sag Trail Route
This route follows the existing Cal-Sag Trail to the west and has a mid-route rest stop at the Cal Sag Trail parking area in Palos Hills.

The Cal Sag Trail parking area is 12.7 miles from Whistler Woods. Past the rest stop the route continues to follow the Cal-Sag Trail until it turns around at the SAG Quarries forest preserve for a 11.7 mile round trip. So this route can be either 25.4 or 37.1 miles.

From Whistler Woods to Alsip (6.6 miles) the route primarily follows low travelled residential roads and from Alsip to SAG Quarries (12.0 miles) it is entirely on a fully paved bike path.

Because the rest stop closes at noon, this route will close soon after. We highly recommend any rider that wants to ride this route do it first so they can complete it before it closes.

Cal Sag Trail Route Rest Stop
Cal Sag Trail Parking Area

8600 Calumet Sag Rd.
Palos Hills, IL 60465

12.7 miles from Whistler Woods
11.7 mile round trip to SAG Quarries (optional)

This rest stop will close at 1:00 pm.

Major Taylor Gravesite Route
This route goes to Major Taylor's gravesite in Glenwood and has a mid-route rest stop at the Lansing Woods Forest Preserve in Lansing.

The Lansing Woods rest stop is 12.1 miles from Whistler Woods. Past the rest stop the route continues to Major Taylor's gravesite for 7.0 miles (14.0 miles round trip). So this route can be either 24.2 or 38.2 miles.

From Whistler Woods to Calumet City (7.5 miles) the route primarily follows low travelled residential roads. It then follows the fully paved Burnham Greenway Trail for 3.1 miles, safely crossing under I-80, to Lansing Woods primarily on low travelled residential roads for 1.7 miles more. From Lansing Woods the route follows the fully paved Thorn Creek Trail for 6.3 miles then follows Glenwood Thornton Road for 0.7 miles into the cemetery and Major Taylor’s gravesite.

Major Taylor Gravesite Route Rest Stop
Lansing Woods
Lansing, IL 60438
(800) 870-3666

12.1 miles from Whistler Woods
12.4 mile round trip to the Major Taylor gravesite (optional)

This rest stop will close at 4:00 pm.


Major Taylor Gravesite
Mount Glenwood Memory Gardens (South)
18301 Glenwood-Thornton Road
Glenwood, IL
(708) 758-5663
Hours: Open until 4:00 pm

12.4 miles (round trip) from Lansing Woods


Places We Pass Through

The event will touch 13 incorporated communities over all the routes. Communities in bold indicate rest stop locations.

Major Taylor Trail Route
Cal Sag Trail Route
Gravesite Route
  • Chicago
  • Riverdale
  • Riverdale
  • Blue Island
  • Alsip
  • Crestwood
  • Palos Heights
  • Palos Park
  • Lemont
  • Riverdale
  • Chicago
  • Dolton
  • South Holland
  • Calumet City
  • Lansing
  • Glenwood

Route Profile Data

Note that the posted route data may not correlate exactly to the actual route you will ride due to reroutes necessary within one month of the event.

Each Ride Segment

115th/Halsted
to Whistler
Woods
Whistler
Woods to
115th/Halsted
Whistler
Woods
to Cal
Sag Trail
Parking
Sag Trail
Parking to
Whistler
Woods
Cal Sag
Trail
Loop
Whistler
Woods to
Lansing
Woods
Lansing
Woods to
Whistler
Woods
Gravesite
Loop
Distance (mi)
2.7
2.7
12.7
12.7
11.7
12.1
12.1
14.0
Elevation
Profile
Starting
Elevation (ft)
636
614
614
617
617
614
611
611
Ending
Elevation (ft)
614
636
617
614
617
611
614
611
Highest
Elevation (ft)
643
643
643
643
630
640
640
650
Lowest
Elevation (ft)
609
609
584
584
598
602
602
608
Gross
Climb (ft)
96
118
585
582
498
311
314
468
Gross Climb
Profile
Net
Climb (ft)
-22
22
3
-3
0
-3
3
0
Gross Grade
0.7
0.8
0.9
0.9
0.8
0.5
0.5
0.6
Net Grade
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0

Ride Segment Summary

Unique Ride Segments
8
Total Possible Routes
10
Total Rest Stops
3

Every Potential Route
Note: every route includes the round trip ride on the Major Taylor Trail route between 115th/Halsted and Whistler Woods.

Whistler Woods to Cal Sag
Trail Parking (round trip)
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Cal Sag Trail Loop
No
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Whistler Woods to Lansing
Woods (round trip)
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Gravesite Loop
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Total Distance (mi)
30.8
29.6
42.5
55.0
43.6
66.7
69.0
80.7
Rest Stops
3
3
4
5
4
6
6
7
Elevation Profile
Starting Elevation (ft)
636
636
636
636
636
636
636
636
Ending Elevation (ft)
636
636
636
636
636
636
636
636
Highest Elevation (ft)
643
643
643
643
650
643
650
650
Lowest Elevation (ft)
584
602
584
584
602
584
584
584

Gross Climb (ft)

1381
839
1879
2006
1307
2504
2474
2972
Gross Climb Profile
Net Climb (ft)
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Longest Ride Segment
Distance (mi)
12.7
12.7
12.7
12.7
14.0
12.7
14.0
14.0

Shortest Ride Segment
Distance (mi)

12.1
12.1
11.7
12.1
12.1
11.7
12.1
11.7
Average Distance Between
Rest Stops (mi)
10.3
9.9
10.6
11.0
10.9
11.1
11.5
11.5
Longest Ride Segment Gross
Climb (ft)
585
314
585
585
468
585
585
585

Shortest Ride Segment
Gross Climb (ft)

582
311
498
311
311
311
311
311

Average Gross Climb
Between Rest Stops (ft)

460
280
470
401
327
417
412
425
Gross Grade
0.8
0.5
0.8
0.7
0.6
0.7
0.7
0.7
Net Grade
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0

Updates

Major Taylor Trailkepers Ride Specific Updates for the 2021 Season

2/26/21

  • Initial web page posted!

General Updates

  • Click Here for updates to our general policies and procedures for all events.

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