Venus is for all skill levels and features three courses, including an all-new 13-mile course, to accommodate any rider – novice or seasoned. The route maps below are drafts until we receive jurisdictional blessings. Please note that sections of each course are on Lake County's shared bike path system to make it the safest possibly course and rules of the road apply at all times. Lake County is proud of their extensive bike path system, as they should be!

Still wondering what Venus is all about?

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Check our 2014 Venus de Miles Ride Guide for more details about the event. You're welcome to switch distances if you change your mind - just show up at the new start time!

(Courses subject to change for any reason including but not limited to construction, road closures, jurisdictional approval, etc.)

All rides begin on August 9, 2014, 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.

Beautiful in any season, the community of Lake Forest, Illinois, is located 31 miles north of the City of Chicago on the west shore of Lake Michigan. It is recognized for its natural beauty, sensitivity to open space and preservation of its historic structures and landscapes. Vibrant business districts, including the historic and charming Market Square, welcoming residents and visitors alike. Chartered in 1861, The City of Lake Forest is home to prestigious businesses and residential locations and offers many excellent schools and cultural opportunities.

Registration is non-refundable and non-transferable - Venus de Miles is a rain or shine event.

Get there early. We’ll have plenty of breakfast treats and activities before the ride start. You’ll even have a chance to meet some of the inspiration behind the ride, the Greenhouse Scholars.

→ The 64-mile route starts at 7AM
→ The 28-mile route starts at 8AM
→ The 13-mile route starts at 9AM

Each course will offer waves of up to 100 riders with five minute increments. Waves are not pre-assigned, so if you'd like to ride with your friends, just stick together in the same start wave.

6:00am Venue open to riders/Packet Pick-up open
6:30am Pre-ride Yoga/Stretching for the 64-mile riders
6:45am Announcements and National Anthem
7:00am 64-mile ride start
7:30am Pre-ride Yoga/Stretching for the 28-mile riders
7:45am Announcements
8:00am 28-mile ride start
8:30am Pre-ride Yoga/Stretching for the 13-mile riders
8:45am Announcements
9:00am 13-mile ride start
10:00am-3:00pm Post Ride Festival and Vendor Expo

• Complimentary Rejuvenation Center, with mini-manicures and pedicures, graciously
provided by Tricoci University of Beauty Culture
• Mini-yoga Sessions led by a Certified Yoga Teacher & Therapist at 11am, 12pm, and 1pm
• Injury Assessments & Foam Rolling Sessions/Stretching led by Airrosti Rehab Centers at 11:30am, 12:30pm, and 1:30pm
• Gourmet lunch
• Delicious cocktails from North Shore Distillery and tasty craft beers from Goose Island
• Rockin’ tunes, spun by our DJ
• Trek demo bikes provided by the Trek Store of Highland Park
• Interviews with VIP riders
• Vendor Expo with unique gear and treats
• Several Greenhouse Scholars who your ride is supporting

→ $79 Before 3/1
→ $99 Before 8/3
→ $129 8/3 Through 8/9

All bib numbers will be distributed to riders upon arrival to the venue the morning of the ride. All packets and t-shirts will be distributed after the ride at the post-ride festival.

Parking will be available in downtown Lake Forest, less than a mile from the start, in addition to on-campus locations. More details to come.

Ditch your car and ride the train to Venus de Miles. The train will drop you off at the Lake Forest Metra Station, a 15-minute walk to the campus.

A special Venus rider rate is available at the Residence Inn Lake Forest/Mettawa. $95 for studio-style king room with pull out queen sofa and kitchenette. Breakfast is included. Click HERE or call Carly McCall at 847-615-2701 to make your reservation today!

Located near Lake Forest’s Historic Market Square District, the Deer Path Inn has rates for Venus riders starting at $165. Each guest room is individually decorated and named after a National Trust of England Site. Call Meghan Simko at 847-574-3730 to make your reservation. Must be booked 30 days in advance.

Looking for more information about Lake County? All you need to know can be found on the Lake County Convention and Visitors Bureau website including events, lodging, restaurants, and much, much more.

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.