Now in its 49th year, the Swedish Days ride remains one of the premier road bike tours held in the Chicago area. The ride starts and finishes next to Central High School, near Burlington, Illinois. The school is located on Plato Road, 1 mile west of IL Route 47 and approximately 8 miles south of I–90 (44W625 Plato Road, Hampshire, IL 60140 for gps maps). From here all routes travel quiet and scenic paved roads of rural Kane County. The terrain is mostly flat with the occasional hill. Along the way enjoy frequent rest stops stocked with thirst-quenching beverages and energizing food; including selections of fruits, breads, and our famous homemade cookies.
Moisture Wicking T-Shirts
Moisture Wicking T-shirts pre-orders is now closed. Moisture Wicking T-shirts also featuring the above logo may be available day of the ride while supplies last. Pre-order costs were: Men's and women's sizes S - XL cost $25; Men's XXL is $27 and Men's XXXL is $30.
Note: the t-shirt will be a light blue that closely matches the logo color, not the color in the t-shirt image.
Subject to availability, a limited number of T-shirts may be available on the day of the ride for an additional charge.
FVBSC Polar Insulated Water Bottles
Water bottles featuring the club logo may be pre-ordered at this time.
$11.00 for the 20 oz. bottle or
$13.00 for the 24 oz. bottle.
Subject to availability, a limited number of bottles may also be available on the day of the ride for $14.00.
Due to a number of Kane County road construction projects, our routes are different from the ones originally advertised. Below are the five route distances being offered in 2018.
Routes include 27-Miles (one rest stop), 44-Miles (two rest stops), 74-Miles (two rest stops), 105-Miles (four rest stops), and 128-Miles (five rest stops).
2018 RIDE with GPS ROUTES:
Disclaimer: We prepared these routes so riders with GPS units would have electronic course information to follow. Please use these routes as an additional tool along with the road markings, signs and maps.
2018 Cue Sheets:
Online Registration*: Discounted advance registration through June 4th:
$25 for single rider
$40 for family (1-2 adults, children under 18)
Starting June 5th:
$30 for single rider
$50 for family.
Day of Registration:
Submit completed and signed registration form with payment at the registration table. Note that only cash or checks can be accepted for registration on the day of the ride.
*Non-members will be charged a $2.00 convenience fee by Club Express.
The Bike Rack in St.Charles has generously offered to provide everyone who pre-registers by June 5th for this years ride, a $20 gift card toward a purchase at their store. Riders must pick up their gift card in person on the day of the ride. They will not be mailed to those who do not attend the ride.
Rain or Shine - no refunds.
Day of Ride
- Check-in begins at 6:00 AM and ends at 9:30 AM
- 104/128-mile riders must be on the road by 8:00 AM
- Wristband, map and cue sheet are available at the registration desk
- All riders MUST wear a wristband
- All riders are strongly encouraged to wear a helmet
- Riders must be off the course by 4:00 PM
Rest Stops: Rides include well-placed rest stops, loaded with plenty of cold water, beverages, fruit, sandwiches, and snacks. Wrist bands will be used to identify registered riders.
Route Directions: Excellent maps, cue sheets, and road markings are provided.
Sag Service: Radio-equipped sag wagons will patrol all routes from 6:30 AM to 4 PM for your safety and convenience. Mechanics will also be available at the start for minor adjustments. Note: Riders are advised to carry a pump and patch kit and/or extra tube.
After the Ride: Cold watermelon and ice cream are served at the end of the ride; limited to the first 700 riders.
*MAPS AT REGISTRATION* - We will have maps available at the ride; but we encourage you to print out and review the map(s) before ride day. That way you can quickly and confidently get on the road after registration. Also if you feel like changing route distances mid-ride, you’ll have a good idea of what your options are.