From the Promoter:
Come check out our newest Cannonball sponsor, the brand new St. Nicholas Brewing Landmark Restaurant on the Mississippi riverfront in Chester, Illinois. The Landmark is serving as race HQ and host for the second and third races of the Fall Cannonball calendar. For both Cannonball II and III we will launch from their place and more importantly finish at their place, arriving to a phenomenal hot meal and cold drink (included with your race). We have even heard there might be a special Cannonball brew from their microbrewery for racers of age!
Cannonball II will roll from Chester on October 27th at 9am and head North along the Mississippi before making its only significant climb up the bluffs and into Ellis Grove, Illinois. Then, a descent down to the Mississippi levee network which will take us all the way to Fort de Chartres, a very cool stone fort built by the French in 1753. Who doesn’t love a cool fort mid-ride!
Festivities at the fort might very well include some extra-curricula’s that will add to everyone’s enjoyment of the day, think photo ops with the shotgun-toting hillbilly from the infamous Sauget Cannonball race earlier this year. We will turn back South from there and head back to the Landmark for a ~70 mile total course with just over 1,500’ of total climbing.