CowaLUNGa Ride Logistics

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We take care of as much as possible to make this a smooth and enjoyable tour for you. Please note, CowaLUNGa is a smoke-free event.


After you register, you will receive website links to all the information you need to prepare for the event, including fundraising tips and what to pack for the ride.

Your Bike & Equipment

It is recommended, but not required, that you ride a road bike for this event. Please bring a lock to use during your stops along the route. Secure storage is provided each night for two-day and three-day riders. For all route options, professional movers will pack your bike at the finish line and transport it back to Gurnee Mills (cost included in registration fee). Riders are required to bring and wear a helmet at all times on their bike during the CowaLUNGa Charity Bike Tour. NO HELMET, NO RIDE.


Whether you're enjoying the 18-mile ride or tackling the entire three-day tour, you'll be able to enjoy CowaLUNGa so much more with adequate training. Plan your training rides using resources available here.


Start Line

The CowaLUNGa Charity Bike Tour begins in Gurnee, Illinois. Gurnee Mills, located just west of I-94 off Grand Avenue, hosts our starting line festivities in Parking Lot J (lot location subject to change). Check-in begins at 7:00 a.m. Light snacks will be provided and restrooms are available. Enjoy the festive atmosphere and warm up before the day's ride. Family and friends are welcome to join you at the start line, cheer on your departure, and spend the day shopping at Gurnee Mills.


If needed, free parking is available at Gurnee Mills in a designated area. Details will follow. Your license plate must be provided at check-in as the lots are patrolled. Though there have been no issues in the past, it's always wise to store valuables in your trunk while on the ride.

Rider Packet

Packets are distributed on Saturday when you check in (there is no packet pickup prior to the event). You'll receive your personalized Fanny Flag (like a bike license plate), your official event shirt, a cue sheet that details the day's route, and various other goodies. Check-in is required at each day's finish line and you must be off the route by dinner time.

Fanny Flag (your bike license plate)

Everyone who rides in the CowaLUNGa Charity Bike Tour gets a personalized Fanny Flag to attach to their bike. You'll indicate your Fanny Flag name during the registration process. Some riders go simple and display their name. Others use nicknames, funny phrases, or a short inspirational saying. As long as it's not offensive, your Fanny Flag can be as creative as you wish. Have fun with it!

The CowaLUNGa Fanny Flag has a number of purposes:
▪ Serves as your personal CowaLUNGa identification for the entire ride - to other riders and SAG vehicles
. It is what we call you while on your bike! Choose wisely.
▪ Shows other riders how many CowaLUNGa events you've cycled in - a small cow sticker denotes each year you've participated

▪ Signifies if you are riding in memory of someone - a ribbon will be added if you designate this information during the registration process
▪ Indicates if you are riding as a member of a team
▪ Identifies if you are a team captain, lung health champion, or high fundraiser
▪ Acts as a conversation starter


Total Support

Your safety is our number one concern. We provide on-route volunteer medical support, all-day route patrol, hydration, and mobile bike repair. We also transport your gear from one overnight stop to the next. Nearly 30 volunteers and event support staff are present to make your ride enjoyable and safe.

Daily Cue Sheets

A cue sheet is provided for each day of the ride, offering turn-by-turn directions and mileage for the route. Suggested lunch stops are also included. Your Day One cue sheet will be available at the start line check-in. Day Two and Day Three cue sheets are distributed at the finish line of each day.

Great Food

Our goal is that you never go hungry as a CowaLUNGa rider! Snack foods are offered at the start line and all-you-can-eat breakfasts and dinners are provided each evening. A vegetarian option is always available. Lunch is on your own each day and the routes are planned so that you'll have multiple options from which to choose. Past rider favorites are noted on the daily Q sheets.

Rest Stops

Two rest stops - a "morning" and an "afternoon" location - are offered each day complete with your favorite fuel-up foods, fresh fruit, and hydration options. Restrooms are also available.


Riders who stay for the two-day and three-day tours will enjoy rustic indoor cabins on the first night at Conference Point Center. Three-day riders stay overnight in dormitory rooms on the second night at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. All beds are twin-sized in double-occupancy rooms. Single rooms are assigned by special request only. Higher fees will apply. You must provide your own bed linens and towel. An outdoor camping option is also available (you supply your own tent - we transport it for you).

Rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. If desired, you must provide a list of your preferred roommates at the time of registration. Every effort will be made to honor these requests. Early registration will be given priority. We attempt to place team members together.

Return Transportation

The return trip is available each day of the ride and goes from the finish line back to the start line at Gurnee Mills. (Cars can park during event weekend in a designated area at the mall - with proper documentation given at check-in at the start line.)

Transportation for your and your belongings is by air-conditioned coach bus (18 Mile Riders take a school bus). Bike transportation is provided by Two Men and a Truck - movers pack up your bike, transport it back to the start line, and unload it at Gurnee Mills.

  • 18 Mile Riders return Saturday, July 29, 2017 to Gurnee Mills from Bristol (the morning rest stop) at approximately 12:00 p.m. noon.
  • One Day Riders return Saturday, July 29, 2017 to Gurnee Mills from William's Bay at approximately 8:00 p.m.
  • Two Day Riders return Sunday, July 30, 2017 to Gurnee Mills from Whitewater at approximately 9:30 p.m.
  • Three Day Riders return Monday, July 31, 2017 to Gurnee Mills from Hubertus, Wisconsin at approximately 7:30 p.m.
  • Return arrival times may vary.

Still have questions? Contact us via email or call 312-628-0210.