Iowa Biking "Bucket List"

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For miles of memories, plan your next trip around one of Iowa's "bucket list" biking events.

RAGBRAI
July 21-27, 2013

A tradition since 1973, the Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) has become a perennial favorite among avid and novice bicyclists. Start by dipping your back wheel in the Missouri River on the western edge of Iowa and finish with your front wheel in the Mighty Mississippi. This week-long, 450+ mile adventure features a different route each year so you'll experience everything Iowa has to offer - hills, valleys, farms, and forest. Iowa's towns greet bicyclists with fanfare - and homemade apple pie.

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Bike Ride to Rippey (BRR)
February 2, 2013

Riders bundle up for the appropriately-named "BRR" event, featuring a 24-mile ride from Perry to Rippey and back again. Plow through snowdrifts, skate on ice patches, and face the frigid temperatures of an Iowa winter for the "Original Winter Bike Ride." The temps might be cold, but the hot breakfast, baked potato lunch, and beer tent will keep you pedaling.

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Tour of the Mississippi River Valley (TOMRV)
June 8-9, 2013

This ride is out to prove Iowa is more than flat farmland. This ride through the scenic Mississippi River Valley starts with a 6,000-foot climb on either the long route (from Bettendorf, 106 miles) or short route (from Preston, 69 miles) to Clarke University in Dubuque. Day two sends you on a return trip via a different route with a 4,000-foot climb.

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Cedar Trails Festival
August 9-11, 2013

Celebrate 100+ miles of trails available through the Cedar Valley at this annual family-friendly festival. Choose the five mile Family Fun Ride, 25-mile recreation ride or the 40-mile Explorer's Ride before the weekend's highlight - a night ride with glowing luminaries lighting your way. Enjoy fun and entertainment the entire weekend along the metro trails.

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Bike Van Buren
August 17-18, 2013

Mix a bit of Iowa history with your bike ride with a weekend trip to the Villages of Van Buren. Nestled in the southeast corner of Iowa, this 100-mile leisure ride weaves through rolling hillsides and eleven historic villages filled with shops, museums, and roadside attractions.

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Onabike in Onawa
August 25, 2013

Northwest Iowa's largest one-day ride leads you through Iowa's scenic Loess Hills. Beginners can take the relatively flat 29-mile route along the base of the Loess Hills. If you're up for a challenge, take the 63-mile route directly through the hilly highways through Turin, Soldier, Moorhead, Pisgah, Little Sioux, Blencoe, and Onawa.

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