Outdoor writer Tim Renken of the "St." "Louis Post-Dispatch "correctly predicted that "Illinois Hiking and Backpacking Trails "by Walter G. Zyznieuski and George S. Zyznieuski would "become the definitive trail guide for Illinois hikers."Now the brothers Zyznieuski have teamed up again and, following the same procedures that produced their classic hiking guide, have produced the definitive guide for the rapidly growing sport of mountain biking.The Zyznieuskis tell you all you need to know about mountain biking in Illinois. The forty-eight trails they explored for this book run from three to seventy-eight miles long (the Hennepin Canal State Trail) and range in difficulty from extremely easy to challenging.Along with a map and a complete description of each trail, this illustrated book is packed with practical information. The brothers discuss the various surfaces: dirt, mowed grass, limestone screenings, and old railroad beds. And they advise riders as to what they need to take on the trip, stressing safety necessities such as a helmet.The appendixes discuss the Grand Illinois Trail, provide information on where to order maps, and list mountain bike clubs, trail organizations, International Mountain Bicycle Association rules of the trail, and Illinois bike rules.As they did with "Illinois Hiking and Backpacking Trails, "Walter and George have explored every trail they mention in this illustrated guide.
Walter G. Zyznieuski has been employed with state and local governments in the environmental field for the past seventeen years. As a past board member of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Illinois Chapter, he has been a part of the statewide trail planning activities.George S. Zyznieuski has been involved in various aspects of operations management for the past twelve years in the Denver area. An avid outdoorsman, he continues to visit his home state of Illinois.
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