Event Information

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2024

6:00 am - Registration Opens

7:00 am Presentation of Colors 

7:30 am - Ride Start Time for all Blue Route Riders

8:30 am - Ride Start Time for Purple Heart, Red, and White Route Riders

Come join us and tour the flat farmlands of the Mississippi River valley heading south out of Columbia, Illinois with views of the bluffs as we support our adopted Heroes.  This is an event for all ages and abilities.


The JCS Bike for Heroes ride offers five different route distances:

  • Purple Heart Route: approximately 10 miles (depart at 8:30)
  • Red Route: approximately 25 miles (depart at 8:30)
  • White Route: approximately 50 miles (depart at 8:30)
  • Blue Route: approximately 80 miles (depart at 7:30)
  • Blue Route with Bronze Star 103.4 miles (depart at 7:30)


The Ride with GPS links are shown below. 

Purple Heart Route - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33625199

Red Route - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33624832

White Route - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33625207

Blue Route - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33624834

Blue Route with Bronze Star 103.4 - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/42076734


*All routes will start and end at the Sunset Overlook Restaurant,11604 Bluff Rd, Columbia, IL 62236.

Our location and routes have been carefully chosen to allow our Heroes to ride alongside you in safety.  Our route avoids busier roads.  Instead, you will be cycling on paved levee roads.

There will be several rest stops with snacks, drinks, and facilities available for your convenience. On the 25 and 50 mile routes, you will travel the flat farmlands and enjoy views of the Missouri and Illinois river bluffs.  The 80-mile route options will include lunch.

The 80-mile route extends to Prairie Du Rocher, Illinois where you will ride alongside bluffs and pass Fort De Chartres. Built in 1753, this site marks the location of the last of four successive French forts built during the colonization of the Illinois Country.

Put a team together or come join others and ride to support our most severely wounded Soldiers and Marines who have sacrificed so much for our Freedom.  This ride is suitable for all skill levels.