Rock River Madness
Event Organized by Discover Dixon


MAY 4, 2024 • DIXON, IL

Join Discover Dixon for the second year of Rock River Madness on May 4, 2024 at historic Lowell Park in Dixon, Illinois.

The ride is a true reflection of our community’s spirit and passion, and a wonderful showcase of our beautiful landscapes. Riders from more than 15 counties, and from ages 12 to 80, hit the 6 courses in 2023!

While you're not riding, grab some food or a drink and enjoy our on-site bicycle vendor!

While it's not a traditional ride, you can still certainly challenge yourself with one of these courses! Still thinking about it? Keep scrolling to learn more, and we're betting you'll be in!

Sign up by Friday, April 26 to guarantee yourself a T-shirt!


Rock River Madness offers multiple course options to fit your skill level and preferred discipline. Whether it's a road or trail, there's a ride that's right for you! 

3 road course routes at 30, 55, and 100 mi intervals

55 and 100 begin at 7 a.m.
30 begins at 8 a.m.

3 mountain bike routes at 6, 10 and 13 mi invervals

Morning: Races kick off at 9, 9:15 and 9:30
Afternoon: 1, 1:15 and 1:30

Rest assured, all trails will be marked clearly and easy to identify!

30-Mile Course

The 30-mile road course is perfect for cyclists of all abilities. Starting at Lowell Park, riders will venture through the rolling hills of Lee and Ogle counties, taking in the breathtaking views of the Rock River region. Featuring moderate elevation changes, this is a great option for those looking for a scenic and enjoyable ride.

55-Mile Course

Looking for a challenge? The 55-mile road course is for you! This course features more hills and elevation changes, making it a tougher ride for experienced cyclists. The course takes riders through some of the most historic and picturesque sites in Lee and Ogle counties, with plenty of opportunities to stop and take in the scenery.

100-Mile Course

For the most experienced and skilled cyclists, the 100-mile road course is the ultimate challenge. The route rolls past scenic and historic sites in the Rock River region, with challenging elevation changes and steep climbs. Be prepared for a long and demanding ride, but the stunning views and sense of accomplishment will make it all worth it.

6-Mile Trail

The 6-mile trail course at Rock River Madness is perfect for novice mountain bikers. The course is designed to be an introduction to off-road cycling, with moderate elevation changes and relatively smooth terrain.

10-Mile Trail

For more experienced mountain bikers, the 10-mile trail course at Rock River Madness is a challenging and exciting ride. It includes steeper climbs and descents, as well as technical sections that require riders to be skilled in handling their bikes.

13-Mile Trail

The 13-mile trail course at Rock River Madness is the ultimate challenge. It features steep climbs, technical descents, and challenging terrain that will test even the most skilled riders. Looking for an adrenaline-fueled ride that will push you to your limits? This is it.


Tucked away in Northwest Illinois, Dixon is more than a charming small town off I-88. It features a vibrant business community of retail shops and restaurants. There’s more adventure to explore along our Rock River, and there’s something here for everyone.



We've partnered with BikeSignUp and Race Joy to provide you with the best experience possible.


Proceeds from Rock River Madness helps to support our local cycling community. Most tracks are maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers and funding is small. Help us continue to make Dixon an outdoor mecca by registering for Rock River Madness!


Camping restrictions at Lowell Park have been lifted for Rock River Madness participants who plan to camp. Primitive, tent camping sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please email or call 815-284-3361 to make arrangements.

Things To Know

Who is putting this event on?

This event is organized by Discover Dixon. Proceeds from the event go towards maintaining and improving our trail systems.

How many road courses can I sign up for?

You can sign up for one road course. 

How many mountain bike courses can I sign up for?

While registering, you are able to pick a max of one mountain bike course in which to participate.

If you select a morning ride, you can also participate in an afternoon ride.

However, only the morning course you chose while registering will be timed through RaceJoy.


Lowell Park will again be open for primitive tent camping. This is primitive camping, so you will need to bring all essential supplies. Arrangements must be made ahead of time with Discover Dixon. Please call 815-284-3361 or email for more information.

Lowell Park is a Public Park

Lowell Park is a public park and will be open to the public during this event. Trails will also be open for the public to use during this event. Please be respectful of others will participating.

Ride vs. Race

Please note that Rock River Madness offers you the chance to have a timed ride through the course you choose, but the rides are not structured as a race between participants. 

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