Venus is for all skill levels and features courses to accommodate any rider – novice or seasoned. In 2015, we'll be offering 2-course options in the 25-mile and 60-mile range.

Registration will be opening soon. Check back for more information on 2015 courses, pricing, and start times. Note: While fundraising is strongly encouraged, it will not be required to ride in Venus de Miles 2015.

All courses begin and end at Lake Forest College, at the Glen Rowan House, 500 N Sheridan Rd, Lake Forest, IL 60045. Plan to park your bike and join us after the ride for the post-ride festival.

Each rest stop offers a one-of-a-kind experience that you won’t want to miss. If you have any mechanical issues on the course, experts from local bike shops as well as our popular Men in Drag, will be on hand to help you.

While we want everyone to have fun, your safety is our number-one concern. Below you’ll see our rider agreement, which includes the most important things to keep in mind when riding. Commit this to memory, because we're serious about it. If you're not, we'll ask you to leave.

Venus de Miles is conducted on open roads with vehicular traffic. Roads include both marked and unmarked hazards. Though we go to great lengths to make the ride as safe as possible, always remember that safety is in your own hands. Ride by these rules:

→ Wear a helmet at all times - NO EXCEPTIONS!
→ Ride single file. Maximum of two abreast when conditions allow; do not impede traffic.
→ Ride as far right as reasonable.
→ Rules of the road apply; same rights and duties as the driver of any other vehicle.
→ Obey all traffic lights, signs, and regulations.
→ Carry ID and relevant medical information.
→ Pass only on the left; announce “passing,” or “hello,” or “on your left.”
→ Use hand signals to indicate road hazards, stopping, slowing, and right, and left turns.
→ Prepare properly - nutrition, hydration, training, and bring layers.
→ Respect others - riders, volunteers, law enforcement, and the environment.
→ No Burleys. You are welcome to have your child on a tag along bike or tandem, however you need to register them separately.
→ No headphones (really). We’ll provide the music; please leave your iPods at home.
→ Riding safely and considerately is vital to your enjoyment and the safety of other riders.