Join us July 15-17 for the 2nd annual DCP Bike Challenge. This year’s route will feature scenic backroads of central Illinois starting in Peoria, IL and ending at the gateway arch in St. Louis.

This all started in 2016 when a local businessman and his daughter decided to take a bike ride from Peoria to Green Bay, WI. The aim was to grow closer to each other as father and daughter. Not only did that happen in a big way but they also challenged themselves to raise money for a not for profit organization that was near and dear to their hearts.

Brett and Katie Beachler raised over $1200 for Dream Center Peoria. 

So this year they wanted to open it up see if they could rally the biking community around Peoria to ride for this amazing organization. 

This year they have chosen to ride from Peoria to the St. Louis Arch. This memorable 180 mile, three-day ride is great for a first-time family ride or for the serious rider looking for a fully supported ride. Proceeds benefit Dream Center Peoria and it's mission to impact families living in poverty, starting with youth.


The Goal:

The goal is big but totally doable. We want to challenge people to raise as much money,  per mile, as possible.


Because we want to see if we could help over 2500 students, who are in need, to start school well on the first day of school with a backpack full of school supplies. 

Dream Center Peoria has ran BackPack Peoria for the last 16 years and during that time has given away over 35,000 backpacks loaded with school supplies to children in need in the Peoria area. Check out BackPack Peoria

It costs $15 for a bag and school supplies. If we could raise $15 per mile, per rider, then the goal of $40,000 would be met with 15 riders riding. The more riders, the bigger the impact on all of our summer programs.


Ride Details:

Dates: 3 days & 2 nights, July 15-17 (Saturday-Monday)

Start Location: Dream Center Peoria (714 Hamilton Blvd, Peoria IL)

End Location:  St. Louis Gateway Arch (vehicle transportation back to Peoria is included)

Cost:  $100 per rider is required to register.  All proceeds benefit Dream Center Peoria and riders are encouraged to set an additional fundraising goal to impact kids and families living in poverty.


Our Fully Supported Tour Basics:

  • Basic daily route distances range from 55 to 65 miles, with an average of 60. Daily maps are provided.

  • Lodging of both nights, all meals and rest stops are provided.

  • 1st night is at iWorship Center in Springfield, Il.  Sleeping pad and sleeping bag required.  Showers available.

  • 2nd night is at Lake Williamson Christian Center in Carlinville IL. Showers available.

  • Luggage transportation provided in separate vehicles for riders.

  • Emergency SAG support, refreshment stops, and t-shirt are included.

  • Nightly meetings include ride information, awards, and more.

  • Personalized fundraising web platform available (link).

  • Use your bike or choose from select rental models offered by Bushwhacker free of charge.  Contact brian.uhlenhopp@dreamcenterpeoria.org for details. 

  • Biweekly training rides will be offered.  Training rides will include an approximate 15, 30, and 45 mile ride. 


Cancellation Policy:

If needed, riders may transfer their registration to another rider at any time, for any reason, at no cost. However, after June 30, we cannot guarantee the correct t-shirt size for the substitute rider.

Until June 30, a cancellation refund will be issued for any reason, minus a $30 fee and any nonrefundable credit card fees.  However, after June 30,  no refund will be issued unless a rider on the waiting list – or someone else you know – can fill your spot.

Sorry, but to protect us from both unused expenses and lost income, we cannot offer exceptions for any reason, including medical or other emergencies.

Finally, no refund will be given for:

  • Participant’s late arrival

  • If a participant chooses to leave the tour for any reason after the trip start date

Ride and Fundraise for Dream Center Peoria:

The DCP Bike Challenge is the only multi-day ride out of Peoria, IL which specifically raises money to support families and youth living in poverty. Proceeds benefit Dream Center Peoria, a Peoria nonprofit with the mission of impacting families living in poverty, starting with youth.

All participants pay $100 to register.  Participants are then encouraged to set a goal and fundraise on top of the registration fee to better support the costs of the ride and help propel Dream Center Peoria mission to introduce hope to the homeless families and youth in Peoria.

All registered riders will have the opportunity to create a personal online fundraising page to use in the months leading up to the tour. We’ll provide helpful tips on how to reach out to friends and family for their support as you prepare to pedal 180 miles in three days. Top individual fundraisers will be recognized and have the chance to win great prizes and tour perks.

The fundraising program is optional but will be strongly encouraged. Riders can also make a donation in lieu of fundraising here. More information and instructions will be provided once registration is received. Contact brian.uhlenhopp@dreamcenterpeoria.org with any questions.