Biking Bucket List
There are some biking events that simply can’t be missed – and Iowa is home to oh so many of them. Check them off one at a time to complete a biking bucket list that rivals any found across the country.
Tour of the Mississippi River Valley (TOMRV)
June 7-8, 2014
Think Iowa is all flat farmland? This ride through the scenic Mississippi River Valley will make you think again. It starts with a 6,000-foot climb on the long route from Bettendorf (106 miles) and the short route from Preston (69 miles) to Clarke University in Dubuque. Day two sends you on a return trip via a new route that features a 4,000-foot climb.
Cedar Trails Festival
June 12-15, 2014
A family that bikes together stays together! And there’s really no better place to bike with the family than at the Cedar Trails Festival, where you’ll find more than 100 miles of trails waiting for you. You can choose from 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. It’s a weekend full of fun!
June 28, 2014
Your love of biking and bacon converge on the Bacoon Ride! This is the inaugural year for this event and it’s already the second largest ride in Iowa, which just goes to show how serious Iowans take their bacon – and biking. You’ll enjoy 10 stops along the Raccoon River Valley Trail where bacon specialty foods will be waiting to please your palate. Biking + bacon = one delicious ride.
July 20-26, 2014
Biking enthusiasts from around the world flock to Iowa every summer to participate in the mother of all biking events – RAGBRAI (the Register’s Great Bike Ride Across Iowa). This weeklong, 450+ mile adventure features a new route every year, but one thing’s always the same no matter the route – Iowan hospitality and, of course, the homemade apple pie. Since 1973, thousands of bikers have started their RAGBRAI journey by dipping their back wheels in the Missouri River on the western edge of Iowa and finished with their front wheels in the Mighty Mississippi.
Bike Van Buren
August 16-17, 2014
History buffs, grab your bikes! During Bike Van Buren, you’ll get a weekend trip through the charming Villages of Van Buren nestled in the southeast corner of Iowa. On this 100-mile leisure ride, you’ll weave through rolling hillsides and 11 historic villages filled with unique shops, museums and roadside attractions.
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